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Rare Bird Alert: March 1, 2019

Texas continues to lead the way in terms of ABA rarities with continuing Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4), Yellow Grosbeak (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and Blue Bunting (4). The long-staying White-throated Thrush (4) in Arizona was seen at least through the beginning of the week. Both the Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California stuck around, and a Barnacle Goose (4) was in New York early in the week.

While not strictly speaking a 1st record, the remarkable sighting of a Boreal Chickadee at a feeder in Warren, New Jersey, certainly feels like it as it’s the 1st in more than 30 years. Since the last irruption of this species in the 50s, there had only been one record, in 1981.

Florida has been building up a stable of good Caribbean species in the last month, and new to that list this week are Bananaquit (4) and La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) in Miami-Dade, and a Yellow-faced Grassquit (4) in Monroe. 

In Michigan, a Varied Thrush was seen in Emmet. 

Minnesota had a Eurasian Tree Sparrow in Lake of the Woods, the farthest north record in that state.

Very good for Texas is a young Western Gull seen near Dallas.


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.