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Rare Bird Alert: March 15, 2019

Heading into mid-March, Texas remains the vagrant grosbeak capital of North America with continuing Yellow Grosbeak (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in the state. The recently reported Garganey (4) and the long-staying Red-flanked Bluetail (4) were both seen in California this week, and Florida retains a number of Caribbean vagrants, the most notable of which are Thick-billed Vireo (4) and Bananaquit (4).

There wasn’t much in the way of continent-level rarities to report this week, but Arkansas had a state 1st in the form of an Allen’s Hummingbird visiting a feeder in Saline. 

In Ontario  a Lazuli Bunting visiting a feeder in Ottawa prompted  little bit of drama when the homeowner got a little bit more than she bargained for in the form of visiting birders.

Good for Georgia, a Western Meadowlark was photographed and recorded singing in Macon. 

Spotted Towhee photographed in Broward, Florida, is a nice change from all the Caribbean strays seen so far this year.

In Missouri, a Ruff (3) was seen in Dunklin. 

Kansas had a Eurasian Wigeon in Kearny, perhaps the first photographed in the state.

In Texas, the Tamaulipas Crows (4) have apparently returned, with a pair at the Brownsville landfill in Cameron this week. Also, a Short-tailed Hawk was seen in Real. 

And in Oregon, a female Chestnut-collared Longspur was a great find in Linn. 


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.