#ABArare guru John Puschock sends word of a MEGA in western Alaska.
On June 5, Jess Findlay was hiking down Attu’s Weston Mountain when a swift streaked past him. He was able to snap a few photographs before it flew off. While far from the best photos, they were good enough to show that it was the ABA Area’s fifth White-throated Needletail (Code 5).
Since the discontinuation of Attours in 2000, the only tour company running spring trips to the legendary island has been John’s Zugunruhe Birding Tours. You can get more information about future trips to Attu at his website.
Prior to this record, Attu has two previous reports of this species (1978, 1984). The other two are from nearby Shemya (1974, 1985). It hasn’t been seen in the ABA Area since 1985.
All sight records likely refer to the migratory caudacutus subspecies.
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