June 3, 2022
A lot of continuing flycatchers in the ABA Area in June, with both Pine Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Tufted Flycatcher (5) looting set for the summer in Arizona, and LaSagra’s Flycatcher (4) and non-flycatcher Bahama Mockingbird (4) in Florida. Plus the south Texas Social Flycatcher (5) was rediscovered this week, as if jealous of all the Tyrannid energy elsewhere.
1st records this week include yet another inland Brown Booby (3), furnishing a a new species for Kentucky on the border of Camden and Logan counties. Notably this is a totally different bird from the individual seen in Missouri earlier in the month, as both birds were seen concurrently.
While Michigan might be one of the few states in the east without a Brown Booby record, it does make news with a Cassin’s Kingbird in Leelanau, which represents a 1st.
Over to New York, where a Neotropic Cormorant in Orange is a nice find for this rapidly expanding species.
New Jersey joins the Garganey (4) party, with the state’s 3rd record found in Monmouth this week.
Up to St Pierre et Miquelon, where a Yellow-crowned Night Heron is an exciting find.
In North Carolina, a Bermuda Petrel (3) from a Hatteras pelagic in Dare is the 1st seen in the state, and the ABA Area, in a few years.
To Alaska, where a Redwing (4) in Utquiagvik is the second rare European thrush in as many weeks for the town. And on Gambell, a Common House-Martin (4) gets the spring season rolling.
Alberta also had a Garganey (4) this week, on in Edmonton is the province’s 7th.
A pair of Great-tailed Grackles in Clark are a nice find for Washington.
In California, a Nazca Booby (3) was seen offshore in Orange.
And Kansas’s 3rd record of Hepatic Tanager was well-photographed in Finney.
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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