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    #ABArare – Siberian Accentor – Alaska

    Kit and Janet Durnil spotted a bird they couldn't identify on the afternoon of Jan 22, so they called Carol Griswold to come take a look. Griswold was able to refind it and get some photos, but she was also stumped, so she sent the photos to some experts. With a quick look at the photos, Buzz Scher identified it as a Siberian Accentor (Code 4).

    ABArare Siberian Accentor 1

    ABArare Siberian Accentor 2photos by Carol Griswold

    The Accentor was found at a feeder at the red house on the corner of Second Ave. and Madison St. (map here). It was not seen the next day (Jan 23), but it was found again on Jan 24, first about a block south of the original location around 10:30 AM and then back at the feeder area from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.

    Please stay on the roads while looking for the Accentor. Do not go into anyone's yards. The feeder can be seen very well from both Second Ave. and Madison St.

    This is not the only Asian stray in Seward. There are also two Bramblings less than 3 miles to the south. They have been in the southern portion of the Lowell Point area for about two months (approximate location marked on the Accentor map). Further afield, the Dusky Thrush in Anchorage is also still being seen, but it moves around a lot. Check the Alaska Birding group for the latest sighting information. One could have an effecient "Threefer" chase trip with a little luck.

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    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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