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#ABArare – Fieldfare – Saskatchewan

On March 30, Brenda Schmidt photographed an ABA Code 4 Fieldfare in her yard in Creighton, Saskatchewan. This represents a 1st provincial record and the 1st interior record for this species in Canada, one of only three such records in North America.

While the host is birder-friendly, Creighton, Saskatchewan is not an easy place to get to, located as it is in the eastern-middle of the state near the border with Manitoba and a full 7.5 hours from the provincial capital, Regina.

Fieldfare is a nomadic Turdus thrush of northern Europe and Asia. They are regular winter visitors to Iceland, and as such the majority of records for the ABA Area come from Atlantic Canada. They can also come from the other direction, however, and there are also four accounts of Fieldfare in Alaska and one in British Columbia.

While this bird is exceptional, it’s not the first time the species has turned up in the middle of the continent, A record from Minnesota in 1991 and a more recent one from Montana in 2015 illustrates the ability of this species to wander quite widely.

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