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Rare Bird Alert: March 23, 2018

Apologies in advance for the abbreviated nature of this week’s Rare Bird Alert. I’m in Israel with the Subadult wheatears and in the field a great deal of the daylight hours, so I have to put this thing together between bouts of jet leg so it will be a bare bones version. Birds I have missed are no intentional, and links to photos will return next week.

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include the Mistle Thrush in New Brusnwick,  Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) and Tufted Flycatcher (5) in Arizona, Tamaulipas Crow (4) and Blue Bunting (4) in Texas, Nazca Booby (4) in California and a Barnacle Goose (4) in Ontario.

Reported earlier this week, a Cuban Pewee (5) was apparently photographed in Miami-Dade, though the original observer was not aware of the significance of the find, identifying it as Eastern Wood-Pewee. Unfortunately the bird has not been re-discovered.

Photo: Robyn Meyer/Macaulay Library

No firsts to report this week, but a Black-throated Gray Warbler in Harford, Maryland, is that state’s 8th.

Connecticut’s 8th record of Varied Thrush was found near Simsbury.

A Great Cormorant has returned to the breakwater in Cuyahoga, Ohio, for the third straight year.

In Louisiana, a Curve-billed Thrasher in Baton Rouge is the state’s 5th.

Good for New York, a Mew Gull was in Kings.

Arkansas had a Vermilion Flycatcher in Benton.

In Iowa, a Townsend’s Solitaire was discovered in Crawford.

Good for Tennessee, a Cinnamon Teal was seen in Davidson.

And in Utah, a Harris’s Sparrow was found 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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