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Rare Bird Alert: June 23, 2017

The hot part of the year is upon us, but now that the solstice is past we can start to look forward to fall migration and six months of southbound birds. But perhaps not yet, as Alaska is still holding on to spring migrating vagrants including continuing Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5), White-tailed Eagle (4), Common Rosefinch (4) and Hawfinch (4) in the Bering Sea. And down in Arizona, the triumvirate of Slate-throated Redstart (4), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5) are still holding tight, attempting to nest.

One of the most surprising records for the period came from Maine, where a Yellow-nosed Albatross (4) was photographed on Pond Island, Sagadohoc. This species is seen from time to time in the north Atlantic, and given how long-lived albatrosses are, it is probably that many of those records represent only a small handful of individual birds.

Any albatross in the Atlantic is a big deal, a Yellow-nosed Albatross on land in Maine perhaps even more so. Photo: Shannon C/Macaulay Library (S37695893)

Also good for Maine, a young Brown Pelican was seen near Prout’s Island.

We have two 1st records to report for the, both hummingbirds in the middle of the continent. The first from Tennessee, where a Broad-billed Hummingbird at a private location in Fayette is that state’s 1st.

And in Wisconsin, a Buff-bellied Hummingbird was seen briefly at a feeder in Grafton, Ozaukee for a 1st record.

Continuing westward, Colorado’s 10th record of White Ibis was an adult bird found in Adams.

Good for British Columbia, Parakeet Auklets were seen off Haida Gwaii and an Acorn Woodpecker was found in Victoria.

Alaska is slowing down a little after a great spring, but a Little Stint (4) was good for St. Paul, and a Tundra Bean-Goose (4) was a flyover in Gambell.

Notable in Nevada this week, a Common Ground-Dove was seen in Clark.

Surprising for Texas, both for location and season, a Varied Thrush turned up in Canyon.

New Jersey becomes the latest state to host Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) this spring, with one in Cape May.

New York had a Brown Booby (3) in Nassau.

A wrecked Great Shearwater near Madison, Connecticut is that state’s 6th record. The bird later died in rehab, unfortunately.

In New Brunswick, a Crested Caracara was seen in St. George.

And in Nova Scotia, if a pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Musquodoboit wasn’t enough, a Burrowing Owl was photographed in Duncan’s Cove.


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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