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Rare Bird Alert: February 16, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities are once again headlined by the Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, where the homeowners hosting the bird have been diligently recording its presence every day since its first arrival. In Texas, continuing Blue Bunting (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Tamaulipas Crow (4) provide an intriguing trio for would be listers. Both Streak-backed Oriole (4) and Sinaloa Wren (4) continue to be seen in Arizona. Nazca Boobies (4) and Garganey (4) are both present in southern California this week. Pink-footed Geese (4) have been seen in New York, New Jersey, and Prince Edward Island, and a Barnacle Goose (4) is in New Jersey.

Most notable bird of the period comes from northern California, which saw an adult Black-tailed Gull (4) discovered in Del Norte. The species is rare away from Alaska, but California did host a subadult bird in the Bay Area last year as well.

One 1st record to report this week, from Tennessee, a state that has seen a significant boost in its state list in the last 12 months. A young Mew Gull in Shelby is an overdue 1st for the state.

Heading west, a Brown Thrasher has been in Elko, British Columbia, for a few weeks but only made public recently.

Notable birds for Texas include a Common Redpoll in Lufkin and a Mew Gull in Arlington.

In Nebraska, a Varied Thrush is in Lincoln.

Wisconsin 6th record of Clark’s Nutcracker, and remarkably the first in 45 years, is at a private residence in Oneida.

Louisiana had a nice Rough-legged Hawk in East Carroll

In North Carolina, several Common Murre were seen on a pelagic trip out of Dare.

New York has a Green-tailed Towhee at a feeder in Cayuga.


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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