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#ABArare – Pied Wheatear – Alaska

On July 4, 2017, Alexander Harper discovered an apparent Pied Wheatear near the jetty at Cape Nome, Nome, Alaska. Pending acceptance, this is a 1st Alaska and ABA Area record.

Photo: Alexander Harper

Cape Nome is a south-facing headland southeast of the town of Nome, Alaska. The jetty where the bird was seen is on the farthest south point, about 30 minutes by car from the town of Nome. There are three passenger flights per day to Nome via Anchorage.

Pied Wheatear is a wide-ranging and common Old World species, breeding from southeast Europe across to China and wintering primarily in East Africa.  Presumably, this individual is from the East Asian population though Pied Wheatear has no named subspecies.

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