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Rare Bird Alert: April 6, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area are beginning to clear out, and this week sees the lowest number in some time. Arizona continues to be hot, however, with continuing Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) Sinaloa Wren (5) and Streak-backed Oriole (4). Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue in south Texas, as do the Nazca Boobies (4) in California, and at least one Pink-footed Goose (4) is being seen in Quebec this week.

We don’t often mention Saskatchewan in this space, but a surprising Fieldfare (4) in the town of Creighton brings the prairie province to the fore this week. This is only the third inland record of this Eurasian thrush, though there are a small handful for the coastal states and provinces in the northern part of the ABA Area. This is the 1st record for Saskatchewan.

Only the third record for the interior of the continent and the first for Saskatchewan, this Fieldfare is on the shortlist of most exciting finds of the year so far. Photo: John Corden/Macaulay Library

One other 1st record to report, a Black Phoebe in Laramie, Wyoming, represents the 1st for that state of this southwestern flycatcher.

Over in British Columbia, a Parakeet Auklet photographed from a boat out of Tofino represents a fairly uncommon record of this Bering Sea breeder.

In Washington, a Whooper Swan (3) was seen near the town of Elma.

Arizona had a Long-tailed Duck at a sewage pond in Yuma.

In Texas, a Northern Pygmy-Owl was recorded and photographed in Guadalupe Mountains National Park in the far west of the state. .

It was a good week for southern records of Long-tailed Duck as Louisiana also had a record in Cameron.

Missouri’s 2nd White-tailed Kite was seen in Cedar.

In Michigan, a Snowy Plover was seen in Macomb.

Quebec had a Mountain Bluebird near Québec City.

In New Hampshire, a Northern Wheatear was found near Durham.

Notable for New Jersey, a Townsend’s Solitaire was found in Ocean and a Ruff (3) in Cumberland

Virginia had a Brown Booby (3) well inland in Mecklenburg.

In Georgia, a young Great Cormorant was seen in Columbus.

And in Alabama, which has seen a run of great birds in the weeks since that yellow Northern Cardinal made the news, had a Lazuli Bunting at a feeder in Phenix City.


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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