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Rare Bird Alert: March 22, 2019

The continuing rarities in the ABA Area are a familiar group, led by the overwintering Long-legged Buzzard (no code) on St Paul Island, Alaska. California has a pair of east Asian birds still hanging around in the Garganey (ABA Code 4) and a Red-flanked Bluetail (4), and Texas remains the grosbeak capital of the US with both a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) and a Yellow Grosbeak (4) being seen. And in Florida, several Caribbean vagrants are still being seen, the most notable of which are a Thick-billed Vireo (4) and a Bananaquit (4).

The easy highlight of the week was the discovery of a Dusky Thrush (4) at a private residence in in Washington, Oregon. The bird had been present earlier in the month and only reported recently. Even so, this represents a 1st for the state and only the second record of this species in the Lower 48.

It was a good week for Short-tailed Albatross (3) in the northern Pacific, with at least 2 birds seen on a pelagic out of Westport, Washington, this week.

British Columbia also had Short-tailed Albatross (3), a single bird from a boat out of Tofino.

Noteworthy birds in Texas include a Golden-crowned Sparrow in Reeves and an Olive Warbler in Hidalgo. 

In Ohio, a Great Cormorant was seen from the lakeshore in Cuyahoga for the fourth consecutive year.

In Florida, a House Crow (no code) has once again been discovered in Sarasota. The bird is almost certainly ship-assisted, but this species has a reputation for riding ships and turning up in odd places. In some cases it has even established robust populations.

The latest ABA Area Barnacle Goose (4) was found in Washington, Rhode Island, this week.

And in Massachusetts, a California Gull, evidently the state’s 5th record, was found in Franklin. 


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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