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Rare Bird Alert: January 18, 2019

Notable ABA Area rarities still being seen into the last week include the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, which continues to make a mockery of everyone’s predictions about how a tropical bird can manage to survive a New England winter. The White-throated Thrush (4) in Arizona is also still being seen, as is the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California. Both a Pink-footed Goose (4) and a Barnacle Goose (4) are still in Colorado, with another Barnacle Goose (4) hanging on in New York. British Columbia birders saw the Fieldfare (4) this week, and the long-staying Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas and the Red-footed Booby (4) in California were noted this week as well.

Ohio birders were excited this week when the species many regarded as the most-likely next 1st record was finally seen in the state. A sharp adult Slaty-backed Gull (3) in Stark means that Ohio is no longer the only state or province on the Great Lakes to lack this increasingly expected East Asian gull.

Staying around the Great Lakes, a Barrow’s Goldeneye in Manistee, Michigan, was a nice find for that state.

Noteworthy for Utah, a Great Black-backed Gull was seen in Dagget.

Washington’s 3rd record of Cape May Warbler was visiting a feeder in Snohomish. 

In Oregon, a Magnolia Warbler in Lincoln is good for the state.

A rather shocking record from Texas, a Bohemian Waxwing was photographed among a flock of Cedar Waxwings near Fort Worth.

Good for Georgia, a Bullock’s Oriole is at a private residence in Clayton. 

A drake Cinnamon Teal in Dare, North Carolina, is the state’s first in nearly 20 years.

In Maryland, a Barnacle Goose (4) was seen in Frederick. 

And in Connecticut, a Tufted Duck (3) is in Fairfield.


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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