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Rare Bird Alert: February 15, 2019

There are still a lot of noteworthy ABA rarities in the US and Canada into this week, highlighted by the potential ABA 1st Dark-billed Cuckoo (no code) in Florida, which was present into the beginning of last week but has not been seen for a few days now. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California continues, as does the ABA 1st Long-legged Buzzard (no code) on St. Paul Island, Alaska. British Columbia’s Dusky Thrush (4) was spotted again this week after a brief absence, and the White-throated Thrush (4) is still being seen in Arizona.  But it’s Texas that hosts the largest concentration of ABA Area goodies, with a Yellow Grosbeak (4), a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and at least two Golden-crowned Warblers (4).

We don’t have anything of the magnitude of last week’s Dark-billed Cuckoo, but there was a steady smattering of notable birds throughout the ABA Area as we head into the end of winter. A female California Common Eider of the pacific v-nigrumsubspecies in Monterey, California, is a nice bird for the west coast.

Also in the west, British Columbia had a Brown Thrasher in Nelson earlier this month.

Good for Idaho was a Rusty Blackbird in Gooding. 

Colorado had a Gyrfalcon, one of two in the lower 48 this week, in Larimer. 

In New Mexico, a Brant was a good find among the goose flocks at Bosque del Apache NWR.

In Indiana, a Varied Thrush was visiting a feeding station in Lafayette.

New Jersey had the other Gyrfalcon in the Lower 48 this week, a hulking gray bird in Cape May, which was subsequently seen by many birders.

And in Florida, a Western Spindalis (3) was seen in Miami-Dade. 

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Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org 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 <aba.org/nab>, 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.