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Rare Bird Alert: March 30, 2018

Continuing ABA Area rarities this week include a trio of birds in Arizona in a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) , multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) and Sinaloa Wren (5). A Barnacle Goose (4) continues in Ontario, Nazca Boobies (4) in California, and the Tamaulipas Crows (4) in Texas were seen this week as well.

A pelagic trip out of Tofino, British Columbia. this week had a great many impressive species, highlighted by at least three Short-tailed Alabatrosses (4). The massive seabirds are very rarely seen outside of Alaskan waters, and even there they are hardly a sure thing in much of the western part of that state.

One of three young Short-tailed Albatrosses seen off of British Columbia this week. Photo: Ilya Povalyaev/Macaulay Library

No 1st records to report this week, but Nevada had a pair of eastern vagrants in a Painted Bunting in Clark and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in Elko.

In Colorado, a Yellow-billed Loon, the second of the winter, was seen in Pueblo.

Yet another Tufted Flycatcher (5) was seen this week in Arizona to add to the 3 birds currently in Cochise. This one was seen in Pima, a first for that county. Something is definitely happening with the species and birders in New Mexico and California should be on the lookout.

In New Mexico, a Red-breasted Sapsucker in Grant was definitely a nice find.

Good for Louisiana, a “Mangrove” Yellow Warbler, a subspecies that could potentially see full species status this year, was found in Cameron.

In Mississippi, a Neotropic Cormorant was found in Yazoo.

Alabama had a Ruff (3) in Decatur.

In Vermont, a Pink-footed Goose (4) was seen in Grande Isle.

Nova Scotia has a Cinnamon Teal at French Basin.

In Pennsylvania, a Painted Bunting was visiting a feeder in Chester.

Noteworthy for Ohio, a Cinnamon Teal was discovered in Wayne.

And in Manitoba, a Gray-crowned Rosy-FInch was seen near Grand Rapids.


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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