January 26, 2024

Once again, the week starts with Texas’s incredible slate of continuing Lower Valley rarities which include Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), multiple Roadside Hawks (4), Mottled Owl (5), Gray-collared Becard (5), a small flock of Brown Jays (4), and multiple Golden-crowned Warblers (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeaks (4).  The New Jersey Red-flanked Bluetail (4) is also continuing into this week.

New Mexico, which has had an excellent run of rarities including multiple 1st records in the last few months, adds another one. A Purple Sandpiper found in Eddy Co is the 1st for New Mexico, but one of a handful for the interior west. Most of those records come from mid-winter, December into January. So this bird is right on time, such that a 1st record can be said to be.

Remaining on the left half of the continent, a Gilded Flicker in Salt Lake City is a good bird for Utah, especially so far north, and a reminder to pay attention to common species like flickers for potential surprises.

In Indiana, a Brambling (3) visited a feeder in Fort Wayne.

New York’s 2nd record of Glaucous-winged Gull was found in New York City this week, Orange Co to be more precise.

In Delaware, a Barnacle Goose (3) was discovered in a good flock in Smyrna.

South Carolina had a young Black-headed Gull in Lexington Co.

And in Florida, a Green-tailed Towhee was seen in Escambia Co, in the panhandle.

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.