July 16, 2021
The Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is the sole remaining rare bird in the ABA Area that has continued into this week, but fear not, this new week sees some pretty exceptional birds.
It’s hard to beat a a Steller’s Sea-Eagle (4) for drama, but the bird originally seen in New Brunswick a couple weeks ago is exceptional for reasons beyond being one of the world’s most iconic birds. This week the bird moved up the Quebec coast to Gaspé, where it represents a provincial first. But perhaps the most extraordinary thing is that this individual appears, based on the pattern in the spread wing, to be the same individual that was seen in Denali National Park in the middle of Alaska last fall, itself a pretty notable find for a species that is most commonly seen in North America on the very fringes of western Alaska.
That wasn’t the only good bird for Quebec. A stunning male Lark Bunting was visiting a feeding station in Quebec City.
Canada brings us another 1st this week, from British Columbia, where a Tricolored Heron at Cowichan Bay is a 1st for the province.
A pelagic out of Westport, Washington, had two different young Short-tailed Albatross (3), a very nice find away from Alaska.
Nevada’s 2nd record of Common Crane (4) was seen in Churchill this week.
Wyoming’s 3rd Eastern Wood-Pewee was a bird apparently singing as if on territory in Crook.
It’s increasingly hard to keep up with the number of Limpkin in Texas this summer, but one in Chambers should represent the 4th, all of which came in 2021.
Illinois also had a Limpkin this week, the state’s 2nd, in Lake, very very close to the Wisconsin border which, as of yet, does not have a record of this species.
Indiana’s 4th Royal Tern was in La Porte, at the same site where at least 2 of the state’s previous records were seen.
Good for Ohio was a White Ibis in Jefferson.
#SpoonbillSummer continues in Pennsylvania, where a Roseate Spoonbill was seen on the Lancaster/Chester border.
And New York gets in on the fun with two different Roseate Spoonbills, one in Broome and the other at Montezuma NWR in Seneca, the state’s 5th and 6th records respectively.
Good birds in New Hampshire include a very nice Eared Grebe in Lempster and a Green-tailed Towhee in Salem.
St Pierre et Miquelon adds a Pacific Golden-Plover to the list of great shorebirds seen there this spring.
And North Carolina’s 3rd record of Pacific Golden-Plover was seen in Dare, presumably the same bird that has visited the exact same spot and the same time of year for the last two previous years.
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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