January 31, 2020

As with last week, a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) in Florida and a Garganey (4) in California represent the continuing continental rarities.

Newfoundland has had an excellent winter for Redwing (4), and the third of the season was found this week in Clarenville, not entirely unexpected this time of year in the eastern most point of North America.

Photo: Pauline Drover, used with permission

It has already been a noteworthy winter for vagrant alcids, and Connecticut joins the fun with its 10th Thick-billed Murre seen near Stonington.

It’s an alcid kind of week for South Carolina as well, with the state’s 4th Black Guillemot in Georgetown. 

Louisiana had a Golden-crowned Sparrow seen at Red River NWR in Bossier. 

Always good for Texas was a Rose-throated Becard in Starr, in the western part of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Michigan had a Black-headed Grosbeak coming to a feeder in Livingston. 

And the 6th record of Merlin for the Hawaiian Islands was seen in South Kohala on the big island of Hawai’i this week.

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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.

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