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Rare Bird Alert: February 22, 2019

It’s hard to beat Texes these days, especially with the rediscovery this week of the long-staying Roadside Hawk (4) in the Valley. At least two Golden-crowned Warblers (4) and a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) are also down there, and a Yellow Grosbeak (4) is still visiting a feeder up the river a bit. The White-throated Thrush (4) in Arizona is also still around though fewer birders have been visiting it lately, and the same can be said for the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California. The Dusky Thrush (4) in British Columbia was also rediscovered this week, and Barnacle Geese (4) are being seen in New York and Pennsylvania.

Florida continues to produce Caribbean goodies, the latest a Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Miami-Dade. The Bahamian visitor has been more common in recent years, which could be explained by more and better birders in South Florida as much as it can be about any sort of irruptive event.

In Virginia, a young Tufted Duck at Virginia Beach represents the 2nd record for the state, and one of only a few records for the southeastern part of the continent.

In Tennessee, a Say’s Phoebe was seen in Shelby. 

New York had a Townsend’s Solitaire in Columbia, which has been seen by many birders during its stay.

Noteworthy for Oregon, a Sedge Wren was photographed in Lane. 

California has a lot of eastern warbler records, but Blue-winged Warbler, found this week in Los Angeles, is one of the better ones.

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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.
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