May 10, 2024

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area into this first week in May include the now annual Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona , and Brown Jays (4) and Roadside Hawk (4) in Texas.

In the last couple years, Wisconsin has proven to be something of a magnet for unusual southwestern vagrants. This week saw yet another find the shores of Lake Michigan in the form of the state’s 1st Varied Bunting in Ozaukee Co, a gorgeous male bird. Varied Bunting has very few extralimital records to the north and east of their core range, including another male at a feeder in Pennsylvania in 2018, and a female-type at the banding station at Long Point, Ontario in 1995. Both come from the first week in May, and this females of this species could easily fly under the radar among myriad Indigo Buntings.

It has been an excellent week for the Great Lakes – par for the course in early May – as on the Lake Erie shore in Ontario as birders enjoyed both a Ferruginous Hawk in Chatham-Kent Co and the province’s 1st record of White-tailed Kite at Long Point in Norfolk Co.

Rhode Island gets into the action as well, as the state’s 1st record of Mottled Duck was found in Washington Co.

Following birds in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia in recent weeks, a European Golden-Plover (4) was seen even farther west in Percé, Quebec, this week.

Maine’s 3rd record of Mountain Bluebird was well-photographed in Monhegan Island.

New Hampshire’s 4th Black-necked Stilt was in a marsh in Rockingham Co.

In Pennsylvania, a Black-throated Gray Warbler was discovered in Lancaster Co.

Florida hosted a MacGillivray’s Warbler in Lee Co.

Birders are visiting Ohio in great numbers this week for the warbler show, but the state’s 4th Black-billed Magpie along the Erie shore in Lake Co was a very exciting find.

Manitoba’s 2nd Worm-eating Warbler was seen in Winnipeg this week.

Notable for South Dakota was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Britton.

Iowa’s 2nd Swainson’s Warbler was found in Dallas Co, not more than 3 years after the state’s 1st.

Montana’s 2nd Crested Caracara was seen in Beaverhead Co.

Wyoming’s 2nd Neotropic Cormorant was in Goshen Co.

Good birds continue to abound in Texas, as a Slate-throated Redstart (4) was discovered this week at Big Bend NP. The state’s 9th Piratic Flycatcher (4) , and the third seen in the ABA Area this spring following two individuals in Florida, was seen in Harris Co. And a Black Noddy (3) was well-photographed in Port Aransas.

New Mexico had quite the week as a likely Common Redpoll was seen in Lea Co, representing the state’s 7th. There is still some discussion about whether it could be Hoary Redpoll. Less ambiguous is the state’s 5th Ruff (3) in Guadalupe Co.

Noteworthy for Arizona and the ABA Area is a Crescent-chested Warbler (4) in Cochise Co, the second in the ABA Area this spring after a bird in west Texas.

And in British Columbia, a Lesser Nighthawk well-documented in Tofino is the province’s 5th. A Ferruginous Hawk was also recorded in Chilliwack.

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.