May 20, 2022
Lots of interesting birds still hanging out in the ABA rea into this week, starting with Arizona’s flycatcher bonanza. Both Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Pine Flycatcher (5) near Tucson. The Bananaquit (4) is still being seen, as was the White-winged Tern (4) in Virginia through the beginning of the week. The Garganey in New Brunswick is also hanging around.
The 1sts continue to roll in, and the most exciting one of the week comes from Ontario, where a Hepatic Tanager in Shell Park is not only an Ontario 1st but the 3rd record of this southwestern species in Canada. hepatic Tanager doesn’t have much of a pattern of vagrancy but older records from northern Michigan, as well as those previous Canadian records in Quebec and Alberta, suggest that it might be overlooked in some parts of the east.
And we stay in Canada for another 1st. To Newfoundland, where a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks in Lewisporte represent the latest outlier for this waterfowl species with an impressive proclivity to wander in recent years.
Over to Quebec, where a Tundra Bean-Goose (4) is a nice find at La Côte-de-Beaupré.
New Hampshire’s 4th record of Chuck-Will’s-Widow was well-photographed in Rye, part of this ongoing larger pattern of southern species being seen far to the north of their normal range.
A recent spate of mid-Atlantic Arctic Terns resulted in Connecticut’s 5th record of the species in Litchfield.
The pelagic blitz in North Carolina turned up a European Storm-Petrel (4) in offshore Dare this week.
Florida hosts its second LaSagra’s Flycatcher in Miami-Dade just this month with a bird discovered near Homestead.
Arkansas’s 4th record of Limpkin was seen in Washington, not more than a week after the state’s 3rd and only a year after the state’s 1st.
Good for Indiana and the midwest was a Ruff (3) in Hamilton.
Michigan’s 4th record of Lewis’s Woodpecker was showing very well at a private residence in Muskegon.
Wisconsin had a Fulvous Whistling-Duck in Dane, which is only the state’s 2nd.
A single Anhinga in Chetopa, Kansas, represented that state’s 10th record, and it was followed closely by two more individuals at the same site.
And apparent Baikal Teal (4) was seen at Grays Lake NWR in Idaho.
Notable for Washington was a Snowy Egret in Walla Walla.
And up to Alaska, where St Paul Island is open to visiting birders for the first time in three years, and a Smew (4) was the early prize.
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