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#ABArare – Red-flanked Bluetail – Alaska

New from western Alaska, Paul Lehman and company found a number of noteworthy birds highlighted by an ABA Code 4 Red-flanked Bluetail and also including Rustic Bunting (3) and two Little Buntings (4), at Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island.

Photo by Paul Lehman, used with permission

Photo by Paul Lehman, used with permission

Red-flanked Bluetail is an Old World Flycatcher known in the ABA Area almost exclusively from the Bering Sea region, where it is more likely in fall than in spring, but very rare in either season. In addition to the records in western Alaska there are three from the rest of the continent, two coming from islands off the coast of California and a third from British Columbia in January of 2013. This is the second bluetail in western Alaska this fall, following a bird found last week on St Paul.

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