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Notable rarities continuing into this week include the Gray Heron (ABA Code 5) in Nova Scotia, and the long-staying Little Egret (4) in Maine. Florida’s Black-faced Grassquit (4) was seen again this week and Arizona is still full of birds including Common Crane (4), Berylline Hummingbird (4), Streak-backed Oriole (4), and Crescent-chested Warbler (4).
Rhode Island is the center of the rare shorebird universe as in addition to last week’s Terek Sandpiper which has apparently moved on, birders this week found a Little Stint (4) and a Ruff (3) in Charleston, and a Red-necked Stint (3) just down the road in Westerly. I’m not certain, but my working hypothesis is that the heat in east Asia has opened some sort of portal to Rhode Island of all places.
Virginia also has a Ruff (3) this week, in Loudon.
Noteworthy for Florida was a really nice male Western Spindalis (3) at Big Pine Key in Monroe.
In Montana, a Yellow-billed Loon was photographed in Lincoln.
In Quebec, a Mountain Bluebird was seen at Rivière Bleue.
Arizona adds to its haul with a Tropical Parula in Cochise.
And in Montana, a Yellow-billed Loon was seen in Lincoln.
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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