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#ABArare – Eurasian Hobby, Oriental Cuckoo, and more – Alaska

The last few days have seen an influx of quality Asian rarities to little St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs. In lieu of handling them all individually, it’s easier to put them all together in one post.

On June 1, a movement of birds including Code 3s Common Cuckoo, Siberian Rubythroat, and Eyebrowed Thrushes was seen on the island. The highlight was a Code 4 Eurasian Hobby, the 5th record for the island. Most records of the little falcon come from western Alaska.

In the last day or so, birders on the island have found an additional run of rarities including ABA Code 4s Red-flanked Bluetail and Gray-streaked Flycatcher. One of the more interesting finds was a hepatic-morph Oriental Cuckoo, also a Code 4, but a difficult ID. This is also the 5th record for the island.

Oriental Cuckoo is known in the ABA Area from around 11 records and 5 specimens, exclusively from the Bering Sea Islands and Aleutians. Field identification of the species is extremely difficult, given to its similarity with the more regularly occurring Common Cuckoo.

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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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