July 9, 2021
Continuing ABA Area rarities include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona and Little Egret (4) in Maine.
We begin in the far northwest, where rare shorebird season begins with a bang in the form of British Columbia’s 3rd record of Wood Sandpiper in Victoria, a well-documented individual. That wasn’t the only noteworthy find in the province, as a Great-tailed Grackle in Colwood represents BC’s 7th.
In Nevada, a young Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in Clark represents the state’s 2nd record and the first in nearly 30 years.
A compelling report of a Eared Quetzal (4) comes from Cochise, Arizona, where birders would be excited for a repeat of least year’s incredible phenomenon.
Over to Texas, where a Green-breasted Mango (3) is visiting a feeder at the Corpus Cristi home of none other than Swarovski’s Clay Taylor.
In Florida, a Bahama Mockingbird (4) was a nice find in Sarasota, though there are no subsequent reports following the discovery.
Pennsylvania becomes the latest state to host extralimital Roseate Spoonbills when a small flock touched down in Snyder.
New York had a Purple Gallinule in Queens.
From St Pierre et Miquelon comes a “Eurasian” Whimbrel among a flock of the expected North American subspecies.
And in Minnesota, a flock of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks was seen in Sherburne.
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.
Note that on 9 July the Steller’s Sea-Eagle found anew in the vicinity now of Wakeham, in the Gaspé (Quebec) — this where the York River approaches its estuary.