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#ABArare – Dark-sided Flycatcher – Alaska

Mainland Alaska just got its first Dark-sided Flycatcher (and I believe mainland North America too, but correct me if I’m wrong).  Thede Tobish, Nick Hajdukovich, Lisa Oakley, and Luke DeCicco found this Code 4 species at Barrow, Alaska on June 17.

ABArare Dark-sided Flycatcher Barrow 01

ABArare Dark-sided Flycatcher Barrow 02 

photos by Luke DeCicco

The bird was found near the DEW line site northeast of town (map here). There are signs that this is a restricted area, but DeCicco reports that a person on site said it was OK to bird this area, though they were cautioned to be careful about contanimants. At this time, it’s unclear if others should check in before birding this area or if blanket permission was obtained.

To get to this site, drive northeast on Stevenson St. (the road that parallels the Chukchi Sea shoreline) to Dewline Rd. Turn right and continue to its end. The Dark-sided Flycatcher was found at the west end of the two long buildings.

Previous ABA Area records have come from Alaska’s islands in the Bering Sea region. There is also a record from Bermuda.

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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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