June 28, 2024

It scarecely needs to be said, but the Steller’s Sea-Eagle (ABA Code 4) in Newfoundland continues into this week and doesn’t look to be leaving anytime soon.

We start in Nunavut, where a Yellow-nosed Albatross photographed in the Labrador Sea southeast of Baffin Island is a 1st for the territory and the farthest north record of this southern ocean breeding species on the planet. The bird was seen following a turbot boat.

On to Florida, where at least one of the Large-billed Terns (5) that spent the summer in the state looks to have returned to Collier Co, to the exact location where one of the birds was seen for several months. Even though it’s probably safe to assume that this is the same bird that was present last year, this is the 3rd record for Florida.

Up to Virginia where a Crested Caracara was seen in Loudon Co.

New Jersey had a Brown Booby (3) inland in Monmouth Co.

Notable for Massachusetts was a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) in Martha’s Vineyard, and a flock of Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Amherst.

Michigan’s 2nd record of Bar-tailed Godwit (3) was seen in Schoolcraft Co this week.

And in Oregon, a Nazca Booby (3) was photographed offshore in Curry Co waters.

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.