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Rare Bird Alert: June 30, 2017

Rare birds continuing the ABA Area consist of birds we’ve heard about before. A White-tailed Eagle (ABA Code 4_ continues to be seen on St. Paul Island in Alaska. And the Flame-colored Tanager (4), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), continue in Arizona, along with the state first Common Crane (4), refound recently after a short absence.

Bird of the week, and currently on the short list of exceptional rarities for 2017, was a Wood Sandpiper in Gallatin, Montana, an obvious 1st record for that state and one of very few interior records of this primarily East Aisan shorebird. For as good as the shorebird season has been this spring in Western Alaska, perhaps it’s no surprise that some species have ended up in the interior of the continent away from Alaska.

But that doesn’t mean that Alaska was shutout this week. The Last Frontier does have a 1st record to report this week, though it came from the opposite direction than one might expect. A Northern Parula near Ketchikan represents a 1st record of the little southeastern warbler in Alaska.

Perhaps more expected, though that does sound odd when referring to an Asian vagrants, was an Olive-backed Pipit  (3) seen on the criminally underbirded St. George Island in the Pribilofs.

Good for Washington was a Magnolia Warbler near Seattle.

A boat out of Yaquina Bay, Oregon had two young Short-tailed Albatross (3) this week.

Always a good bird in the interior of the continent, a Yellow-billed Loon was seen in Dolores, Colorado.

Often expected in the Arizona summer, a Berylline Hummingbird (4) was visiting a feeder in Santa Cruz.

Iowa’s 3rd record of Wood Stork was a young bird in Greene this week.

In Ontario, a Magnificent Frigatebird was seen flying around Point Pelee this week.

Quebec had a Yellow-throated Warbler in Montérégie.

The second for the Maritime provinces in as many weeks, a Crested Caracara was found this week in Mascarene, New Brunswick.

New Hampshire had a young Brown Pelican in Rockingham, thought to be the same bird that had been seen in Maine and Massachusetts the week before.

In Maryland, the state’s 4th or so Neotropic Cormorant was photographed in Calvert.

And in Alabama, a pair of American Flamingos were seen briefly on a beach in Baldwin. Provenance on birds such as these is always an open question, but the birds were evidently wary and soon flow off over the Gulf of Mexico and were not seen again.


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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