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Rare Bird Alert: June 24, 2016

Continuing rarities have mostly cleared out this week, though the incredible Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (1st ABA record), Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue to be found reliably. The Pine Flycatcher is now sitting on a nest, and there are some speculation that it has bred with a nearby Cordilleran Flycatcher, potentially creating hybrids that will no doubt keep Empidonax enthusiasts (such that they exist), up at night.  Little Egret Maine

Top marks for the week come from western Alaska, where rarity season is still in full swing. A Common Swift (5) was found and photographed on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs this week, as it made a quick pass over the island. This is the 3rd St. Paul record, and only the 5th ABA Area record of the species.

Only one potential 1st record this week, from North Carolina. A young Crested Caracara was found on Cape Hatteras, in Dare, where it has shown well since its discovery. Also in the state, a Roseate Tern was seen in Carteret.

Maryland also had a Roseate Tern this week, in Worcester.

In Massachusetts, yet another Ruff was seen, in Essex.

Maine’s 9th record of Wilson’s Plover turned up on Popham Beach.

A nice bird in Ontario, a Least Tern was seen near Darlington.

In Ohio, a Western Meadowlark has been singing in Clark.

A great find inland, an Arctic Tern has been seen by many in Big Stone, Minnesota.

In Kansas, a Swallow-tailed Kite was seen in Anderson.

Texas had a Mangrove Cuckoo photographed in Cameron, this week.

Nice for Wyoming, a Canada Warbler was seen in Laramie.

In eastern Oregon, a nice adult Red-headed Woodpecker was photographed at a feeder in Lake.

And British Columbia had three noteworthy finds this week, a White-winged Dove and a Snowy Plover in Ucluelet, and a Northern Parula in Vancouver.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT and I will try to fix them as soon as possible. This post is meant to be an account of the most recently reported birds. Continuing birds not mentioned are likely included in previous editions listed here. Place names written in italics refer to counties/parishes.

Readers should note that none of these reports has yet been vetted by a records committee. All birders are urged to submit documentation of rare sightings to the appropriate state or provincial committees. For full analysis of these and other bird observations, subscribe to North American Birds <>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Editor, Social Media Manager at American Birding Association
Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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