Nikon Monarch 7

aba events

Rare Bird Alert: January 20, 2017

Some weeks we have a lot of rarities to report, and some weeks we don’t. Unfortunately, this week fits mostly in the second category, but there are still a great number of persisting ABA vagrants throughout the ABA Area. The long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) in Texas has been joined in the state by a Rose-throated Becard (3). The British Columbia Red-flanked Bluetail has stuck through this week, though the Idaho bird has disappeared. The two rare gulls in California made it into the week, but only one made it out. The Ross’s Gull (3) was unfortunately taken by one of the resident Peregrine Falcons, but the Black-tailed Gull (4) is still hanging around. A Bananaquit (4) in south Florida is putting on a good show, and in Arizona, both a Nutting’s Flycatcher (5) and a Streak-backed Oriole (4) continue. The Yellow-legged Gull (4) was seen again this week in Newfoundland, and Pink-footed Geese (4) and Barnacle Geese (4) continue to be seen in a number of states and provinces in the northeast.

The most notable new bird for the week was a lovely male Falcated Duck found among a large flock of wigeon in  Skagit, Washington. The bird has been fairly easy since its discovery, and is the 5th record for that state.

The Washington Falcated Duck has been seen every day since its discovery this week. Photo: Grace Oliver/Macaulay Library (S33729421)

In Colorado, a Glaucous-winged Gull is a noteworthy find in Arapahoe.

Texas had a southerly Black-legged Kittiwake on South Padre Island this week.

I’ve inadvertently neglected to mention this bird this year, despite it’s presence for at least two weeks, but Nebraska has hosted a Golden-crowned Sparrow near Creighton.

In Wisconsin, a California Gull was found in Winnebago.

Pennsylvania’s 5th record of Townsend’s Warbler was coming to a feeder in Columbia.

An Anna’s Hummingbird on the Outer Banks, Dare, North Carolina is that state’s 3rd.

And yet another Western Spindalis (3) was found in Florida, this one in Miami-Dade. It’s the 4th individual to be reported already this year.

—=====—

Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org 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 <aba.org/nab>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.

Facebooktwitter
The following two tabs change content below.
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.
Nate Swick

Latest posts by Nate Swick (see all)

  • Patrick Maurice

    A Snowy Plover was found on Little Tybee Island, in Georgia during the GOS Meeting, I think that still qualifies for the RBA?
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33747260

  • Kirsten Mills

    There are 2 pink footed geese in Victoria bc of unknown origin. At bcbird alert.blogspot.ca

For decades, we have worked hard to mentor and encourage birding’s next generation.

Please help us build a brighter future for birds and for birding. Click here to donate now.

We have raised 100.11% of our $30,000.00 goal:

100.11%


American Birding Podcast

Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
Read More »

Recent Comments

Categories

Authors

Archives

ABA's FREE Birder's Guide

If you live nearby, or are travelling in the area, come visit the ABA Headquarters in Delaware City.

Beginning this spring we will be having bird walks, heron watches and evening cruises, right from our front porch! Click here to view the full calender, and register for events >>

via email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]
  • It’s the Maine Young Birders Club! May 13, 2017 4:03
    York County Audubon is helping to launch the Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC)—the first of its kind in the state! […]
  • Announcing the 2017 ABA Young Birders of the Year! February 28, 2017 10:48
    The judges have reviewed all of the outstanding entries. ABA staff has compiled the scores. After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest! Your 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year in the 14-18 age group is 18-year-old Johanna Beam from Lyons, Colorado. […]

Follow ABA on Twitter