May 24, 2024

Late means means rarity minded birders turn their eyes to western Alaska, where Asian vagrants and birders are arriving on the islands in significant numbers. On St Paul Island in the Pribilofs, highlights include Terek Sandpiper (ABA Code 3) Long-toed Stint (3),  Siberian Rubythroat (3), Smew (3), and Garganey (4). On nearby St George, a Spotted Redshank (4) was a highlight. and on Adak in the western Aleutians,  Common Greenshank (3), Hawfinch (4), and Taiga Flycatcher (4) were all noteworthy.

Washington birders enjoyed the state’s second state 1st in as many weeks recently with the discovery of a Lesser Nighthawk in Kittitas Co.

Oklahoma hosted a state 1st Elegant Tern in Woodward Co, the farthest inland this species has ever been recorded in North America.

Michigan’s 1st confirmed state record of Great-tailed Grackle was represented by a female at Whitefish Point in Chippewa Co. Perhaps more exciting, though, was a stunning 2nd state record of White-winged Tern (3) in Bay Co.

In Wisconsin, a Bar-tailed Godwit (3) in Washington Co is an exciting 1st record. Note that the bird in the link is misidentified, understandably so, as a Marbled Godwit.

Quebec also had a White-winged Tern (3) this week, photographed at Îles-de-Contrecoeur.

In Nova Scotia, a Painted Bunting was visiting a feeder in Mooseland.

Exceptional for New Brunswick, a Yellow-nosed Albatross (Atlantic) (4) was well-photographed from the ferry between Digby and St John.

For the third consecutive year, a Tufted Puffin has joined the Atlantic Puffin colony at Matanicus Rock in Maine.

Massachusetts had a Swallow-tailed Kite in Hampshire Co this week, more notable for being far inland.

Rhode Island’s 5th or so record of White-winged Dove was seen in Jamestown.

In New York, a Black-billed Magpie was photographed flying along the Lake Erie shoreline in Monroe Co, not more than a week or so after a similar report came from Ohio.

Semi-annual now in North Carolina, a Bermuda Petrel (3) was photographed in the Gulf Stream off Dare Co this week.

In Florida, a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (3) was seen in Monroe Co, and what appears to be a second Yellow-headed Caracara (5) was seen in Hendry Co.

Arkansas had a Lesser Goldfinch at a feeder in Washington Co this week.

Texas boasted a second Piratic Flycatcher (4) of the spring in Brazoria Co this week. It is the fourth in the ABA Area in the last 6 weeks.

Arizona had a Yellow Grosbeak (4) in Pima Co.

And in Montana, the state’s 8th Red-bellied Woodpecker was seen in Gallatin Co, and the state’s 2nd record (and first photographed) of Pacific Golden-Plover was seen at Ninepipes NWR.

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.