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Liam used to do a thread like this on the old forum. Each day that I can, I'll post a digest of that day's noteworthy sightings. (Note-this is for truly rare stuff to the ABA entirely, or really rare sightings for certain states.) Some of these have lots of sightings, so I have pulled random ebird checklists. Others are the ebird list for the original spotter.

October 16, 2021:

-Brambling in Great Falls, MONTANA https://www.facebook.com/groups/685284001855488/posts/1492184107832136/

-Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Pasadena, MARYLAND https://ebird.org/checklist/S96245467

-continuing Emperor Goose in Beaverton, OREGON https://ebird.org/checklist/S96099272

-continuing Bell's Vireo in Woodstock, VERMONT https://ebird.org/vt/checklist/S96181043

-continuing Short-billed Gull in Johnson County, IOWA https://ebird.org/checklist/S96104713 (checklist is from the 13th, but it was reported that the bird continues to be seen.)

 

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meghann, what a cool idea, thanks for doing this!

The Fork-tailed Flycatcher was last eBirded yesterday at/after 5:30 pm in the pouring rain. A strong cold went through Maryland yesterday afternoon. This morning I talked to a birder who had looked earlier today and it had/has not been seen today. I was not in a position to go look for it yesterday; I have seen 3 individuals of this species over the years though.

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8 minutes ago, Peromyscus said:

meghann, what a cool idea, thanks for doing this!

The Fork-tailed Flycatcher was last eBirded yesterday at/after 5:30 pm in the pouring rain. A strong cold went through Maryland yesterday afternoon. This morning I talked to a birder who had looked earlier today and it had/has not been seen today. I was not in a position to go look for it yesterday; I have seen 3 individuals of this species over the years though.

Credit goes to Liam, really, as he did it on the old forum, but I figured it needed revived. Not everyone is on Facebook or follows the ABA Rare group, so good to share the info here.

I did see on FB that the chasers this morning had not been successful. I have not seen a Fork-tailed. There was a one hit wonder here in Georgia recently, but it was never seen again after the original sighting. Maybe the Maryland bird is the same one, and it will come back down. One can hope!

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3 minutes ago, meghann said:

There was a one hit wonder here in Georgia recently, but it was never seen again after the original sighting. Maybe the Maryland bird is the same one, and it will come back down. One can hope!

Maybe it will be like the Heermann's Gull and return to your state! The four accepted Maryland forktails (of which I saw the second, on its second day) have been two-day wonders at best.

I am not and never will be on Facebook, so thank you for monitoring it.

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After a quiet day yesterday (just a report that the Brambling continued). Here's some from today:

Broad-billed Hummingbird (continuing since the 13th) Humboldt, IOWA

Little Egret (2 of them) Kelligrews, NEWFOUNDLAND

Pink-footed Goose (4 of them!) Stephenville, NEWFOUNDLAND

Barnacle Goose (2) Unknown, NEWFOUNDLAND (shot by hunters, sigh.)

Corn Crake found deceased in St John's, NEWFOUNDLAND

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22 hours ago, meghann said:

After a quiet day yesterday (just a report that the Brambling continued). Here's some from today:

Broad-billed Hummingbird (continuing since the 13th) Humboldt, IOWA

Little Egret (2 of them) Kelligrews, NEWFOUNDLAND

Pink-footed Goose (4 of them!) Stephenville, NEWFOUNDLAND

Barnacle Goose (2) Unknown, NEWFOUNDLAND (shot by hunters, sigh.)

Corn Crake found deceased in St John's, NEWFOUNDLAND

Clearly I should head to Newfoundland and Labrador

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There was a Yellow-crowned night-heron in Calgary Alberta, the second ever recorded in the province, a few days ago. It was first found October 5th (though I think it was reported as Black-crowned initially), then disappeared but was refound and seen from October 13th-15th. I think about 150 or so people managed to see it. 
 

I would have probably gone to see it (30 mins away), but it just happened to be the worst timing possible for me! Midterm season 😪. I don’t usually chase birds but the FOMO hit me hard with this one.

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22 hours ago, Aaron said:

There was a Yellow-crowned night-heron in Calgary Alberta, the second ever recorded in the province, a few days ago. It was first found October 5th (though I think it was reported as Black-crowned initially), then disappeared but was refound and seen from October 13th-15th. I think about 150 or so people managed to see it. 
 

I would have probably gone to see it (30 mins away), but it just happened to be the worst timing possible for me! Midterm season 😪. I don’t usually chase birds but the FOMO hit me hard with this one.

Yeah, I think that was a few days before I started this. Was trying to just start at a certain point to not get it clogged up.

Sorry you couldn't go chase it. Real life getting in the way of birding is always rough.

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23 hours ago, meghann said:

Brown-headed Nuthatch in Finney County, KANSAS (being reported as the Westernmost record ever of this species on ebird.)

:classic_ohmy::classic_ohmy::classic_ohmy:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I WANT!!!!!!!!!!

Too bad I'm going to be on the other side of the state tomorrow! 😭😭😭

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2 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

:classic_ohmy::classic_ohmy::classic_ohmy:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I WANT!!!!!!!!!!

Too bad I'm going to be on the other side of the state tomorrow! 😭😭😭

Bro I feel ya, there's a BBHU (2nd state record) in IA rn but I can't chase it atm. 

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If I may be allowed to contribute to this, North Carolina's first (presumably) Thick-billed Longspur was found this afternoon at Pea Island NWR, Dare County.

eta: I saw mention of this on the Carolinas birding list a few minutes ago. I would love to look for it but it's got to be at least 6 hours away.

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On 10/22/2021 at 8:53 PM, Peromyscus said:

If I may be allowed to contribute to this, North Carolina's first (presumably) Thick-billed Longspur was found this afternoon at Pea Island NWR, Dare County.

eta: I saw mention of this on the Carolinas birding list a few minutes ago. I would love to look for it but it's got to be at least 6 hours away.

Thanks! I meant to do a post last night for it, but fell asleep. Extracting birds for banding is exhausting. Lol.

Today, and at least one other from yesterday:

Thick-billed Longspur is continuing today in NORTH CAROLINA

Harris's Sparrow in Wilton, CONNECTICUT

LeConte's Sparrow in Fairfield, CONNECTICUT

Phainopepla near Zealandia, SASKATCHEWAN https://ebird.org/checklist/S96551312

Rock Wren in White County, GEORGIA (first state record!) https://ebird.org/checklist/S96587848

Vermillion Flycatcher in Cape May, NEW JERSEY https://ebird.org/checklist/S96582352

Cassin's Kingbird in St. Mary's Parish, LOUISIANA https://ebird.org/checklist/S96590348

 

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7 hours ago, meghann said:

Thanks! I meant to do a post last night for it, but fell asleep. Extracting birds for banding is exhausting. Lol.

Today, and at least one other from yesterday:

Thick-billed Longspur is continuing today in NORTH CAROLINA

Harris's Sparrow in Wilton, CONNECTICUT

LeConte's Sparrow in Fairfield, CONNECTICUT

Phainopepla near Zealandia, SASKATCHEWAN https://ebird.org/checklist/S96551312

Rock Wren in White County, GEORGIA (first state record!) https://ebird.org/checklist/S96587848

Vermillion Flycatcher in Cape May, NEW JERSEY https://ebird.org/checklist/S96582352

Cassin's Kingbird in St. Mary's Parish, LOUISIANA https://ebird.org/checklist/S96590348

 

I bet it is exhausting.

Cape May, New Jersey, also had an Anhinga yesterday (and Friday iirc)

Interesting side information

The Georgia Rock Wren was found by a South Carolina birder

The North Carolina Thick-billed Longspur was found by a Virginia birder

The earlier Maryland Kirtland's Warbler was found by a Pennsylvania birder

eta: so it pays to bird out of state, even if only a few miles out of state

 

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On 10/22/2021 at 8:53 PM, Peromyscus said:

If I may be allowed to contribute to this, North Carolina's first (presumably) Thick-billed Longspur was found this afternoon at Pea Island NWR, Dare County.

eta: I saw mention of this on the Carolinas birding list a few minutes ago. I would love to look for it but it's got to be at least 6 hours away.

That is such a plain looking bird, I’d have dismissed it as a House Sparrow and moved on.  

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On 10/20/2021 at 6:56 PM, meghann said:

Slaty-backed Gull in King County, WASHINGTON

This bird has been hanging around through at least yesterday, but I don't see any reports from today yet. However, there's some talk that this may not be a "pure" Slaty-backed and could have some Glaucous-winged influence.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S96512112

https://ebird.org/checklist/S96494825

All of the eBird reports have remained unconfirmed to this point too

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37 minutes ago, neilpa said:

This bird has been hanging around through at least yesterday, but I don't see any reports from today yet. However, there's some talk that this may not be a "pure" Slaty-backed and could have some Glaucous-winged influence.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S96512112

https://ebird.org/checklist/S96494825

All of the eBird reports have remained unconfirmed to this point too

Informative update! Thanks!

 

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Today so far:

Lesson's Seedeater in Pointe-aux-Outardes, QUEBEC---obviously there is a huge origin debate going on for this bird currently. The Quebec records committee will be taking a vote on it at some point.

Black-throated Gray Warbler in Hammonasset, CONNECTICUT (yet another in the trend of out of state birders finding crazy birds!)

 

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