June 21, 2024

In continuing ABA Area rarities, the Steller’s Sea-Eagle (ABA Code 4) that has spent the last year and a half in Newfoundland was seen again this week.

Mid-summer is not typically thought of as gull season, but at least what rare gulls we do get in early summer are looking very sharp. That was the case in Michigan where the state’s 1st record of Black-tailed Gull (4) was see on the southern shore of the Upper Peninsula in Schoolcraft Co. This east Asian species has followed a similar path laid before it by Slaty-backed Gull, as it is fairly regular on the Pacific coast and becoming moreso in the western Great Lakes. One was seen earlier this month in Illinois as well.

Abnd speaking of well-worn paths, the one laid by Limpkins over the past few years seems to be followed by an other traditionally Floridian snail specialist. Tennessee boasts as surprising 1st record of Snail Kite this week in Wayne Co.

North Carolina’s 3rd record of Neotropic Cormorant was photographed in Columbus Co.

New Hampshire had a large flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks show up near the town of Epping.

In Quebec, a Sandwich Tern not only returned for the third consecutive summer to the Magdalen Islands, but was observed apparently breeding with a Common Tern.

Florida’s 2nd record of Wedge-tailed Shearwater was seen in Brevard Co waters from a pelagic. This is the 5th sighting of this Pacific seabird in the Atlantic basin, most of which have occurred in the last three years.

Notable for Louisiana was an Arctic Tern in Cameron Parish.

Texas becomes the ltest state to record American Flamingos (4) for a second consecutive summer, with a flock of four in Galveston Co.

Oklahoma had a Bronzed Cowbird in Payne Co this week.

Good for Minnesota was a Rock Wren, appropriately seen in Rock Co.

Alberta had a Wandering Tattler in Camrose-Lloydminster Co.

In California, the state’s first chaseable Eastern Wood-Pewee in some time was photographed by many in Orange Co.

And the latest from Alaska includes another Far Eastern Curlew in St Paul and a Lesser (Siberian) Sand-Plover on the mainland in Nome.

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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