September 17, 2021
The continuing rarities in the ABA Area should be familiar to regular readers. The Arizona Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) continues, as does the Little Egret (4) in Delaware. The Inca Tern (5) in Hawaii may not know how to get back to the Pacific coast of South America. They are all joined by a continuing Common Chiffchaff (4) on Gambell, Alaska.
Exciting news from Florida this week where a Variegated Flycatcher (4) at a private residence in Marion represents a 3rd record for the state and only the 8 for the ABA Area. This species is an austral migrant, and is known for the exceptional scattering of records around the ABA Area, with records in Maine, Ontario, Washington, and Tennessee. Florida, however, has almost as many as the rest of the ABA Area combined, and has in recent years, collects a small cluster of records.
We have two 1st records from report this week. New York’s long overdue 1st record of Snowy Plover was discovered in Oswego this week. And as if to prove that the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect is legit, birders subsequently found a Common Ringed Plover at the same site the next day.
New Mexico’s 1st record of Yellow-footed Gull, a young bird, was photographed in De Baca. This represents the farthest east record of this species in the ABA Area.
Arizona also had a young Yellow-footed Gull this week, in Mohave which represents that state’s 2nd record. Also good for Arizona was a Least Flycatcher in Yuma.
The Searcher pelagic trip out of San Diego, California, produces a surplus of Sulids, with at least two Blue-footed Boobies (4) in Santa Barbara and as many as 10 Nazca Boobies (4) over the course of the trip, mostly in San Diego. Also good, was a Bar-tailed Godwit (3) found in Monterey.
Washoe, Nevada, was the center of the state’s birding universe this week with both Nevada’s 7th Ruff and 11th Blackburnian Warbler.
Alaska had a Brown Booby (3) photographed from a ferry near Juneau, perhaps the farthest north record of this species.
Wyoming’s 3rd Little Gull was photographed in Natrona.
Ohio’s 3rd Snowy Plover was seen in Lucas.
Good for Pennsylvania was a Say’s Phoebe in Northampton.
A shrimping boat working waters east of Belle Isle, Labrador, noted a Black-browed Albatross (4) this week.
Quebec also had a Say’s Phoebe this week, in Gaspésie.
Rhode Island’s 5th record of Brown Booby (3) was seen near Hope Island in Long Island Sound.
And in Delaware, a Cinnamon Teal was a nice find at Prime Hook.
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.