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#ABArare – Dusky Thrush – British Columbia

On January 19, 2019, David Baird and Bryan Vroom found an ABA Code 4 Dusky Thrush at the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo, British Columbia. This is the 3rd record for the province and one of a handful of records of this highly migratory East Asian thrush on mainland North America.

Nanaimo is on the southern end of Vancouver Island, north of Victoria. The bird has been seen for the last few days on the north side of Gordon Road near the town of Cedar. A map, created by Melissa Hafting of BC Bird Alert can be found here.

Dusky Thrush is a highly migratory thrush, breeding in eastern Russia and wintering primarily in Japan and China. It is most commonly encountered in the ABA Area in western Alaska, where it is a rare passage vagrant. It has also been recorded on mainland Alaska, in Yukon, British Columbia, and Washington.