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#ABArare – Common Chaffinch – Newfoundland

Louise Butler discovered a Common Chaffinch (Code 4) coming to her feeder in Corner Brook, Newfoundland sometime around Feb 25. Word of her find finally began to spread on March 16 when it was reported on the nf.birds email group. The Butlers do not mind birders stopping by to view the bird; however, I do not yet have contact information. The bird is still being seen as of March 17.

ABArare Common Chaffinchphoto by Darroch Whitaker

The provenance of Chaffinches in North America is always questioned when one is found, but considering that they are regular visitors to Iceland, at least some may be wild birds, particularly those found in Newfoundland. The province has three previous records that may have been Old World vagrants [I wouldn’t have too much trouble counting them on my life list, including this latest one!], with the last coming around this time of year in 2010.


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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.