August 18, 2023

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) in southeast Arizona, along with the Large-billed Terns (5) in Florida. The on-and-off Steller’s Sea-Eagle (4) is on again in Newfoundland

For the third consecutive week, a Lesser Sand-Plover (3) leads off the roundup, this time in individual in Barnstable Co, Massachusetts, where it represents a 1st record for that state. It’s not unreasonable to believe that this might be the same individual that was seen the previous week in Rhode Island as the distance between the two spots is only 70 miles as the plover flies.

A light week this week as the peak of migration is still a couple weeks off. We check in to western Alaska to note that the Pribiloffs are having a minor Long-toed Stint (4) movement, which birds seen on both St. George and St. Paul Islands

And up to Quebec, where a Brown Booby (3) is unexpected at the migration hotspot that is Tadoussac. There are fewer than five records for the province.

Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT and I will try to fix them as soon as possible. This post is meant to be an account of the most recently reported birds. Continuing birds not mentioned are likely included in previous editions listed here. Place names written in italics refer to counties/parishes.

Readers should note that none of these reports has yet been vetted by a records committee. All birders are urged to submit documentation of rare sightings to the appropriate state or provincial committees. For full analysis of these and other bird observations, subscribe to North American Birds, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.