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Rare Bird Alert: December 21, 2018

Continuing birds in the ABA area include the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, both Golden-crowned Warbler (4) and Roadside Hawk (4) continuing in Texas this week, the Pink-footed Goose (4) in Colorado, and a long-staying Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

The bird of the week is arguably British Columbia’s 2nd record of Fieldfare (4), found on a Christmas Bird Count in Salmon Arm in the interior of the province. This Eurasian thrush is more commonly encountered in the northeast part of the ABA Area, but there have been a handful of records in the interior west in the last decade, a testament to the nomadic tendencies of this striking bird.

We had one 1st record to report this week, an exceptional record of a Great Kiskadee in Noble, Indiana. This record comes a few weeks after an individual of this species was rediscovered after several weeks in Ontario.

And speaking of Ontario, a pair of Slaty-backed Gulls (3) in Brantford were nice finds for the province. 

Excellent for Nova Scotia, a Harris’s Sparrow was discovered at a feeder in Halifax.

In Connecticut, a Tufted Duck (3) was seen near Bridgeport.

New York had its first Pink-footed Goose (3) of the season in Nassau.

And in Pennsylvania, the other regular Euro goose, Barnacle Goose (4), was in Bucks.

Kentucky had a Say’s Phoebe in Barren.

A Bar-tailed Godwit (3) was seen at Chincoteague NWR in Accomack, Virginia, this week.

In Georgia, a pair of Trumpeter Swans were present at Piedmont NWR in Jones.

Louisiana had a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) this week in Calcasieu and a pair of Crested Caracaras near New Iberia.

Texas also had another Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) this year, this time in Hays.

Notable for Oregon was a Virginia’s Warbler near Brookings and the state’s 3rd record of Sedge Wren in Lane.

And in Alaska, a Rustic Bunting (3) was seen in Sitka.


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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