January 24, 2020
Both a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) in Florida and a Garganey (4) in California have continued into the third week of January, both birds having been seen for the entirety of 2020 so far.
Exciting for Oregon this week was a Mountain Plover discovered in Clatsop. The bird is quite close, as the plover flies, from an individual in extreme southwestern Washington a few weeks ago, and birders have speculated that this might be the same bird having relocated across the mouth of the Columbia River.
Staying in the west, an Indigo Bunting is a nice bird for British Columbia. This one was near Nanaimo.
Notable for Arizona was a young Reddish Egret near Tempe.
In Wisconsin, a Lark Bunting was photographed in Manitowoc.
Florida’s 2nd record of Pacific Golden-Plover turned up in rural Palm Beach this week, quite close to where the state’s 1st record was seen only a few years ago.
Massachusetts had yet another Varied Thrush this winter, its third for the season, in Westhampton.
And in Rhode Island, a male Tufted Duck was a good find in Newport.
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It’s about 75 miles between the locations of the Washington and Oregon Mountain Plovers, or at least a third of the way up the Washington coast, which is not what I would think anyone would consider “extreme southwestern Washington”.