October 20, 2023

American Flamingos (ABA Code 3) continue to be seen into this week in Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Both Hawfinch (4) and Wood Warbler (5) remain on St Paul Island, Alaska. One Large-billed Tern (5), present in Florida since the summer, is still being seen.  A small flock of Brown Jays (4) is in south Texas. California still hosts a Little Stint (4) and Arizona a Tufted Flycatcher (5).

Bird tourism has closed up shop in western Alaska for the season, but birders sticking it out on the islands into the increasing clod and dark are still finding good birds. Most recently, the ABA’s 4th record of Song Thrush (5) was a new highlight to what continues to be a very nice fall rarity season.

Michigan’s 1st record of Black-chinned Hummingbird was a long-awaited addition to the state’s list. This bird, a young male, was visiting a feeder in Keweenaw Co. Also, a Tropical Kingbird was seen in Monroe Co, one of multiple individuals reported in the Lower 48 this week.

Birders are starting to key in on vagrant Western Wood-Pewees in the east, and Alabama is the latest state to host one. This state 1st was photographed and recorded on Dauphin Island this week.

Out to California, where a female Garganey (4) was well-documented in Humboldt Co. To the south, a Wood Thrush was a nice find in Orange Co.

Noteworthy birds in Washington include a King Eider in Pacific Co, the state’s 5th Blue Grosbeak in Kitsap Co, and a Dickcissel in Clallam Co.

In Idaho, a Hudsonian Godwit near Lewiston is a nice find.

Wisconsin also hosts a Tropical Kingbird this week, with a bird found in Ashland along the Lake Superior shore.

Louisiana’s 3rd record of Hepatic Tanager was seen in Jefferson Parish.

Georgia’s 2nd Smooth-billed Ani, and the first in many decades, was photographed in McIntosh Co.

South Carolina boasts the state’s 2nd record of Yellow-green Vireo, picked out of a mistnet on Kiawah Island, in Charleston Co. This is exactly where the state’s first record was discovered a few years ago.

North Carolina is the third state to host a Tropical Kingbird this week, with a bird in Currituck Co,

Hawkwatchers at Cape Henlopen, Delaware, discovered a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) this week.

New York’s 2nd Limpkin was found this week in Chemung Co.

Connecticut had a LeConte’s Sparrow at Hammonassett this week.

Rhode Island’s 6th Say’s Phoebe was seen by many in Johnston.

Little Stint (4) at Saint-félicien, Quebec, represents only the 2nd for the province.

And in Nova Scotia a Limpkin in Liverpool is surprsingly not the first record for the province (there are records of the species from the 1950s!), but is the first for this most recent Limpkin expansion phenomenon.

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.