February 23, 2024

Texas leads the way as it has for months now with continuing Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawk (4), Cattle Tyrant (ABA 1st), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4). The Gray Heron (4) in Nova Scotia made an appearance again this week, and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey is still being seen.

We start in Wisconsin this week where a Fieldfare (4) in Ashland Co represents a 1st for the state. It’s been a busy winter for Eurasian thrushes in the ABA Area with both Fieldfare and Redwing seen in the “usual” places at the eastern end of the continent. But records of these birds are far less common in the interior, and Fieldfare has been represented in the western Great Lakes only once before, in northern Minnesota in 1991. Fieldfare, in particular, has been represented by multiple records in Quebec this winter, and one in Ontario.

Wisconsin also boasts an Glaucous-winged Gull this week, seen in Sauk Co.

In Washington, two Whooper Swans (3) in Skagit Co represent the 4th and 5th records for the state.

Texas has had Blue Bunting (4) in the Lower Rio Grande Valley already this year, but a stunning adult male in Cameron Co is particularly notable. Most records in the ABA Area represent young birds.

Louisiana’s 8th record of Hooded Oriole is visiting a feeder in Jefferson Parish.

In Virginia, a Thick-billed Murre in Virginia Beach is a nice find, and of a piece with the impressive alcid movement we’ve seen along the east coast this winter.

And in Newfoundland, a Redwing in St. John’s is the third in the far east of the ABA Area this year following one earlier this month in Nova Scotia and another last week in St. Pierre et Miquelon.

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.