September 22, 2023

The American Flamingos (ABA Code 4) scattered across the southeast by Hurricane Idalia continue to be seen in a number of locations, most notably Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina, where a flock of 16 birds remains into its third week. The pair of birds in Pennsylvania have taken different routes, however, with the individual injured by a Snapping Turtle remaining in rehab while its partner has apparently taken off for parts unknown. A Tufted Flycatcher (5) is still being seen in Arizona, while one of the Large-billed Terns was present into this week in Florida.

Texas continues to see an impressive influx of Golden-crowned Warblers (4) with at least 4 birds reported from sites in both Cameron and Hidalgo Counties.

No 1st records to note this week, but Alberta welcomed the province’s 4th record of Black-throated Gray Warbler at St. Albert this week.

It’s been a very good fall for rare eastern warblers in the west, with a Louisiana Waterthrush, one of the rarer eastern vagrants, seen in Santa Barbara Co, California, this week.

North Carolina had a Townsend’s Warbler in Dare Co, there are fewer than 10 records for the state.

In New York, a Bell’s Vireo was well-photographed in Nassau Co this week.

And a very confused Yellow Rail turned up at an apartment complex in Groten, Connecticut this week.

Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT 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.