February 21, 2020
Rare birds continuing into the third week of February include the stunning Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington, plus of familiars La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) in Florida and Garganey (4) in California.
There was one first record to report this week, in North Carolina where a Bronzed Cowbird visiting a feeder in Carteret would be a state 1st. Bronzed Cowbird is typically a bird of the south-central and southwest of the ABA Area but has been moving eastward in recently years to the point where it is uncommon but regular in Florida.
And speaking of Florida, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Monroe is always a nice find for the ABA Area.
Georgia had an Allen’s Hummingbird — banded, measured, and well-photographed–visiting a feeder in Lawrenceville this week.
Good for Delaware and anywhere south of the northeast, a Pink-footed Goose (4) was found in Sussex.
New York had a Townsend’s Solitaire in Suffolk, on Long Island this week
In New Hampshire, a female-type Painted Bunting was seen at a feeder in Carroll.
We don’t often get to mention Prince Edward Island, but we’ll make an exception for a Tufted Duck (3) in Queens.
And in Ohio, the state’s 2nd record of Slaty-backed Gull was found in Cuyahoga.
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.
Florida had a first state record Scott’s Oriole in Tallahassee this week: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/210558761#_ga=2.72970515.1893076548.1582313932-673162228.1582313932