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Rare Bird Alert: June 16, 2017

There are but a small handful of continuing ABA rarities this week, including the nesting attempt sin Arizona from Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Slate-throated Redstart (4). The Common Crane (4), Arizona’s first, also stuck around into this week. In Alaska there has been a bit of turnover, but a White-tailed Eagle (4), Marsh Sandpiper (5), Common Rosefinch (4), and Hawfinch (4) all continue in the Bering Sea.

An easy highlight for this week was a Brown-chested Martin (5), photographed east of Orlando. The bird stuck around apparently into the next day, but as it was associating with a sizeable flock of swallows it was difficult to parse out the actual observations of the bird from the would-be reports.

A surprising, and apparently brief-staying, Brown-chested Martin was seen by a lucky few near Orlando, Florida, this week. Photo: Mitchell Harris/Macaulay Library

We have a surprising four 1sts to report this week, beginning in South Carolina where a Black-whiskered Vireo in Charleston represents a 1st for that state.

In New Mexico, a White-tailed Hawk photographed on a Breeding Bird Survey in San Miguel is a 1st there.

New Hampshire’s long-anticipated 1st record of Brown Booby (3) was present in a suburban neighborhood in Windham.

And Maine had an exceptional run of birds this week, featuring the state’s 1st Snowy Plover in Georgetown, the state’s 2nd record of Burrowing Owl in York, and a Magnificent Frigatebird, Maine’s 8th, in Cumberland.

That same frigatebird in Maine might have been seen a day or two previous in Massachusetts, where a Magnificent Frigatebird, that state’s 4th, passed by Barnstable.

In Nova Scotia, a Black-bellied Whistling Duck was seen in Baccaro.

Nunavut had it’s apparent 2nd record of Steller’s Eider on Baffin Island.

In Quebec, the province’s 3rd Crested Caracara was seen in Yamachiche, and a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3), was photographed at Bécancou.

Ontario’s 4th record of Violet-green Swallow is apparently acting like it’s trying to breed, perhaps with a Tree Swallow, at Thunder Bay.

Good for New York was a Wilson’s Plover in Suffolk.

Delaware had its 2nd record of Tropical Kingbird in New Castle, and yet another Little Egret (4) was found at Bombay Hook.

Yet another Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) was found, this time in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

June can be a great month for pelagic birding in the Gulf Stream, and the ABA’s 5th record of Swinhoe’s Storm-Petrel (5) is surely a great example of that, out of Hatteras, North Carolina.

Tennessee’s 3rd record of Arctic Tern was photographed in Lincoln.

In Manitoba, a Lazuli Bunting was a nice find near Melita.

Wisconsin had an as-yet-unidentified Tropical/Couch’s Kingbird in Bayfield. If the former, as is most likely, it would be that state’s 2nd.

Alaska is slowing, but a Black-tailed Gull (4) is a nice find on Gambell.

British Columbia had some nice birds this week, including a Chestnut-collared Longspur in Golden, a Chestnut-sided Warbler near Richmond, and an Ash-throated Flycatcher at Sechelt.

In California, a Nazca Booby (5), was seen in the Channel Islands. There are still only a few records in the ABA Area for this species, but it’s increasing every year.

In Nevada, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was found in Wendover.

And in Utah, a White Ibis was noteworthy at Farmington Bay.


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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