October 6, 2023

American Flamingos (ABA Code 4) continue to be seen across the southeast with the largest flock in North Carolina. Individuals and small flocks are also continuing in South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, with Kansas and Wisconsin continuing to be outliers. Alaska birders continue to report Garganey (4), Wood Warbler (5), and Eurasian Hobby (4). A Large-billed Tern (5) is still being seen in Florida, as is a Common Greenshank in California. In Arizona, Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Berylline Hummingbird (4) continue, and a small flock of Brown Jays (4) and multiple Golden-crowned Warbler (5) are still being reported in south Texas.

Not much more than a week after an unidentified reed bunting was photographed north of Vancouver, British Columbia, a confirmed Pallas’s Bunting (4) turned up in Victoria. As there’s no way to conclusively determine whether this is the same bird seen earlier, this is being treated as a different individual, and a 1st provincial record. It seems about equally likely that the same weather system could bring multiple individuals as this being the same bird seen 100 or so miles away.

Maryland joins the ranks of states with American Flamingo records as a single bird was seen at Assateague and a pair photographed in St Mary’s Co this week. This is a state 1st.

EDIT: The Assateague birds were, in fact, on Assateague Island in Virginia. Further, Maryland had a previous American Flamingo record making the St Mary’s birds the state’s 2nd record.

What a week for western Alaska, as a stunning Pine Bunting (5) was photographed at Gambell this week. St Paul Island also enjoyed a bunting surprise with a Little Bunting (4) St Paul Island. The ABA Area’s 4th record of Red-backed Shrike (5) turned up in on Adak in the Aleutians, and a Pacific Swift (4) in Nome is one of only a handful on the mainland. And from the other direction, a Nazca Booby (4) was photographed in Glacier Bay.

Washington also had a Nazca Booby (4) this week, seen from a pelagic out of Westport. This is the state’s 4th.

Oregon birders enjoyed a nice week, with White Wagtail in Union Co, a Red-necked Stint (3) in Tillamook Co, and a Bay-breasted Warbler in Harney Co.

Surprisingly unusual for New Mexico given their regularlity next door in Arizona, a White-eared Hummingbird (3) was visiting a feeder in Dona Ana Co.

The rarity season in Texas ramps up with a Crimson-collared Grosbeak in Hidalgo. The state’s 3rd record of Bar-tailed Godwit was seen in San Patricio Co.

Louisiana’s 3rd Cassin’s Sparrow was discovered this week in Cameron Parish.

Illinois had a young Purple Gallinule in Peoria.

South Carolina’s 2nd record of MacGillivray’s Warbler was captured at a banding station in Kiawah Island in Charleston Co, the same site that saw the state’s first record.

Quebec’s 8th Tropical Kingbird turned up in Rimouski.

A sharp adult Purple Gallinule was seen in Lunenburg Co, Nova Scotia.

And in Newfoundland, a Cerulean Warbler was an exciting bird at Cappahayden on the Avalon Peninsula.

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.