There were no reports of potential firsts this week in the ABA Area, putting our streak in jeopardy for the first time in several months, but the trickle of southbound migrants turning up in unexpected places has turned into something more like a stream. That's not unsusprising for the end of July, as those 24 hour days that drive the breeding season in the far north are beginning to wane (Barrow, Alaska, has only 23 hours of daylight these days...)
Not unsurprisingly, southern California continues to be the place for vagrant shorebirds. Not content to let Los Angeles county get all the attention, birders in San Diego turned up some nice shorebirds of their own, most notably a first San Diego county record Lesser Sand-Plover (ABA Code 3).
Also in the same area a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (3) was reported as well. Elsewhere in California a remarkable 11 Hawaiian Petrels (4) were seen from a cruise ship passing through the waters of several northern California counties.
Though they breed just across the border, a California Thrasher is a good bird on the Oregon side of the line, and one turned up in Jackson.
Stint season continues with another Red-necked Stint (3), this time in Grays Harbor, Washington.
Arizona's second Slate-throated Redstart (4) of the year was found on Fort Huachuca in Cochise.
In New Mexico, a Blue-throated Hummingbird was seen in Grant.
A young Rose-throated Becard (3) was found and photographed at Santa Ana NWR in Hidalgo, Texas.
It's been a pretty good year for inland Brown Pelicans, as another turned up at Quivira NWR, Stafford, Kansas.
In Michigan, a Glossy Ibis was notable in Monroe.
Always nice on the coasts, a Franklin's Gull was found near St Vincent, Newfoundland.
Massachusetts's second Pacific Golden-Plover was photographed in Plymouth.
Jamaica Bay NWR in Queens, New York, continues to produce with a Ruffs (3).
Two female Ruffs (3) were also in Atlantic, New Jersey, and a Brown Booby (3) was seen in Ocean but may well be that same bird that has been seen occasionally in Monmouth over the last couple weeks.
Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org and I'll 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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