American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: March 8, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a trio of great birds still being seen in Texas. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), Yellow Grosbeak (4), and at least one of the Golden-crowned Warblers (4) were seen this week.  Florida continues to host a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) and a Thick-billed Vireo (4), and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California was seen in the past week as well. In Arizona, the White-throated Thrush (4) continued at least into the beginning of the week.

We’ll start this week in Florida, which has seen a very nice run of Caribbean vagrants in the last couple months. The latest addition to that list is a Black-faced Grassquit (4) in Monroe. 

Photo: Lucas Bobay, Used with permission

Moving on to Georgia, which had a very odd combination of finch-like birds in the state this week. The state’s 8th Common Redpoll was visiting a feeder in Gwinnett, followed by the state’s 2nd record of Lazuli Bunting at a feeder in Albany.

A Rock Wren in St. Mary’s, Maryland, the state’s 3rd record, has evidently been present all winter but was only recently made public. This bird can still be seen.

Notable for Pennsylvania was a Varied Thrush in Northampton. 

Louisiana had a pair of Great Kiskadees in Vermilion. 

In Nebraska, a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch was seen at Scott’s Bluff.

Trumpeter Swan in San Juan, New Mexico, is a good find so far south.

In California, a sharp male Garganey (4) has been present for several days in Yolo. 

And in Hawaii, a Brambling was photographed on Midway Island.


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.