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Rare Bird Alert: June 22, 2018

Things have slowed a little in the ABA Area as the heat of summer begins to bite, but there are still a handful of noteworthy birds continuing throughout the ABA Area. The Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine looks like it might stick through the summer as they have in the past. A Tufted Flycatcher (4) is still being seen on and off in Arizona. The White-tailed Eagle (4) on St Paul Island, Alaska, was seen again, and a Mexican Violetear (4) in Texas was present at least through the beginning of the week.

We’re getting to the end of the spring season in Alaska, but there is still time for good birds to turn up, most interesting is probably a Common House Martin (4), the second in western Alaska this year, on St Paul. On the mainland, a Common Cuckoo (3) was found in Nome.

Photo: Sulli Gibson/Macaulay Library

Down to British Columbia, where two Chestnut-sided Warblers were seen in the province, at Malcolm Island and Powell River.

In Nevada, a Brown Pelican was seen in Clark this week, possibly related to Tropical Storm Bud which was making some noise in the southwest last week.

In Colorado, a Painted Bunting was seen in Jefferson.

Arizona had a Nutting’s Flycatcher, or perhaps it’s more accurate to say that it was refound, in Mohave.

Good for Texas, an Arctic Tern was seen in Reeves.

Oklahoma had a Magnificent Frigatebird seen briefly near Stillwater.

In Nebraska, a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck was photographed near Atkinson.

Notable for South Dakota, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was seen in Hutchinson.

Wisconsin had a handful of Arctic Terns in Sheboygan, and a Snowy Egret in Milwaukee.

Another inland record of Brown Pelican came through last week, in Lincoln, Kentucky.

Maryland’s 4th record of Roseate Spoonbill was found in Calvert, the latest record in a glut of spoonbills in the eastern part of the continent.

Good for Massachusetts, a Royal Tern was photographed in Barnstable.

And in Quebec, yet another American Oystercatcher, this time at Iles-de-la-Madeleine.


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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