February 16, 2024

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawks (4) Gray-collared Becard (5), Cattle Tyrant (5), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), in Texas. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey is also continuing into this month.

We once again look to St Pierre et Miquelon, which is having an excellent winter, with another Euro vagrant in the form of a Redwing (4) this week. There have been a small number of records of this migratory thrush in eastern Canada so far in 2024.

Redwing – St Pierre et Miquelon – Valérie Jackman

It has been a notable month for wrecked seabirds on both coasts, with Florida seeing at least two Atlantic Puffins washed ashore, one in Brevard Coand another in Miami-Dade Co. Both were taken into rehabilitation facilities, with the latter unfortunately not surviving.

And along both Oregon and Washington coasts, dead Nazca Boobies have been discovered on beaches in Coos Co and in the Puget Sound. There are fewer than 10 records for both states, though this is hardly the manner in which birders prefer to add them.

Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org 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.