March 8, 2024

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area are still mostly centered in south Texas, where Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawk (4), Gray-collared Becard (5), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), all persist. Even the Mottled Owl (5) made a reappearance this week, likely as birders made an effort for it for the first time in several weeks. Elsewhere, the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey is still being seen, as is the Fieldfare (4) in Wisconsin.

A sharp-looking Brambling (3) at a feeder in Croyden, Utah, is the second in the interior west this year. This widespread Eurasian finch is a regular vagrant in the ABA Area, though aside from western Alaska, it’s pattern is random and mystifying. Bramblings have been recorded in nearly every region aside from the deep south, but most records come from a broad swath of the continent across the northern Lower 48 and southern Canada.

Notable for Texas, a Varied Thrush was present in Amarillo.

In Georgia, a American Tree Sparrow in Fulton Co is one of fewer than 10 records for the state.

And in New York, a Swainson’s Hawk has been seen regularly in Kings Co.

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.