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Rare Bird Alert: June 28, 2019

Attendees of the annual American Ornithological Society conference, held this year in Anchorage, Alaska, have been appreciating the continuing Falcated Duck (ABA Code 4) in Alaska. The Slate-throated Redstart (4) in Texas and one or more Little Egrets (4) in Maine also continue into the past week.  Both the Zenaida Dove (5) in Florida and the long-staying Common Crane in northern Arizona are still being seen, as is a Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

For the second time this year, and the 3rd time in the ABA Area, a Red-legged Thrush (5) was seen in Florida. A bird in Miami-Dade has already outstripped previous individuals in terms of accomodation, being present for two days so far instead of the one-day wonders of the past. And it may stick it out a little bit longer too, as reports suggest that it is building a nest in a nearby ornamental tree, though it’s unlikely it will find a partner.

There were no 1st records to report this time around, but we do have a 2nd. A Virginia’s Warbler in Jefferson, Montana, has ony been recorded once before in that state.

Good finds in Alaska this week include a Bobolink near Homer and a Common Rosefinch (4) in St Paul Island.

In California, a White-eyed Vireo was seen in Humboldt. 

In Maricopa, Arizona, an apparent Yellow Grosbeak (4) was photographed on a bird feeder and reported to iNaturalist.

Texas had a Thick-billed Kingbird in Jeff Davis. 

Noteworthy for South Dakota, and indeed anywhere in the Lower 48, a Yellow-billed Loon is present near Pierre.

Minnesota’s 13th record of Black-bellled Whistling Duck, a small flock of them, was in Grant this week.

Quebec also had Black-bellied Whistling Ducks this week, in Lanaudière.

Maine’s 3rd record of Brown Booby was photographed on a buoy just offshore in Knox. 

More Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks to report, this time in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

And in New Jersey, a Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) turned up in Ocean. 


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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