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#ABArare – Redwing – British Columbia

On February 11, Jeremy Gatten found an ABA Code 4 Redwing in a row of trees in a residential neighborhood in Victoria, British Columbia. The bird was actively singing, and was seen that afternoon by many birders. This is the 3rd record for British Columbia.

Photo Jeremy Gatten/Macaulay Library

The bird was found in the row of trees behind 3957 South Valley Drive in Victoria. Birders are advised to remember that it is a densely-housed residential area. As mentioned above, this is potentially BC’s 3nd record of the species and may be the same individual that was present at this location from December 2015 through April 2016.

Redwing, like Fieldfare, is a highly migratory Turdus thrush with a number of records in the eastern ABA Area, most from Canada’s Maritime Provinces but scattered as far south as Pennsylvania. Its much less common in the west, and is known from only a few records, notably southeast Alaska (2011), Washington (2004-05), and the aforementioned previous British Columbia account (2013). Surprisingly, there are no western Alaska records of this species, though it is suggested in Howell, et al’s Rare Birds of North America that this may be due to movement occurring after birders have mostly left the vagrant traps in the Bering Sea and Aleutians.

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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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  • Melissa H

    It’s most definitely the same bird from Dec 2013 and Dec, 2015-April 2016. We now know it’s a male since it was singing. Jeremy Gatten has been on a role first the PUSA now this. I bet the Redwing was there all winter. Cheers

    • Rick Wright

      What a great bird! How do we know that it is “most definitely” the same bird?

      • Melissa H

        It keeps coming back to the exact same spot around the exact same time and if it’s not the same bird three times in a row it would be the weirdest coincidence ever! LOL

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