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#ABArare – Dusky Thrush – Alaska


Like the Falcated Duck and Nutting’s Flycatcher, yet another rarity from last winter has shown up again: Anchorage, AK’s Dusky Thrush (Code 4). Mr. Whitekeys found it on Dec 6 three houses west of the intersection of St. Elias Drive and Lord Baranof Drive (map here). Like last year, it was with a flock of American Robins. Whitekeys was looking for it after a report surfaced that it had been seen recently along Knik Avenue (located south of the Dec 6 sighting).

ABArare Dusky Thrush Whitekeys
photo by Mr. Whitekeys

Last winter, the Dusky Thrush was found on Dec 10, and it stayed until at least mid-March. The thrush was often seen with a flock of robins in various locations in Anchorage’s Turnagain neighborhood, so the recommended search strategy is to look for robin flocks and thoroughly examine them.

It is probably the first individual to be featured twice in #ABArare; click here for the first post about it.

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John Puschock

John Puschock

John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
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