October 15, 2021
The lonely Oahu Inca Tern (ABA Code 5) in Hawaii remains the sole ABA Area rarity continuing from last week. Who knows how long it will stay there?
The month of October has been flush with Dusky Warbler (3) on the Pacific coast, and that continues with a third individual found this week in Los Angeles, California. Other warblers of note in the state are of New World origin, a Red-faced Warbler in San Diego and a smart Golden-winged Warbler in San Luis Obispo.
We have one 1st record to report this week, from the other side of the continent. In Connecticut, an Eurasian Tree Sparrow at an undisclosed location will represent the 1st for the state.
Continuing the trend of Little Egrets (4) in the northeast, a young bird was seen this week in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
In Massachusetts, a MacGillivray’s Warbler was netted and banded in Monomoy NWR.
New York’s 7th record of Gray Kingbird turned up in Suffolk.
Still noteworthy for Florida but increasingly regular in the south, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) was well-photographed in Miami-Dade.
In Arkansas, a Vermilion Flycatcher was seen in Pope.
Oregon becomes the latest state to welcome an Emperor Goose, when one was seen associating with Canada Geese in Beaverton.
And to Alaska, where a very nice Siberian Rubythroat (4) was found in Utquiagvik.
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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