Rare Bird Alert: December 9, 2016


We’re pretty familiar with the continuing rarities in the ABA Area, and not much has changed in a week there. Still continuing are the Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 4) in Texas, the Pine Bunting (5) in Alaska, several Western Spindalis (3) and at least one Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida, the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, and the  Common Shelduck (not listed) in Quebec.

New to the list of Eurasian vagrants, and particularly notable for not coming from Alaska, was a Rustic Bunting (3) at Neah Bay, in Clallam, Washington, a site that has rapidly become one of the premier spots for ABA Area rarities in late fall in North America. The bird has been seen each day since its discovery.


Photo: John F. Garrett/Macauley Library (S32915228)

The bunting wasn’t the only Asian finch to turn up in unexpected places, a Brambling (3) briefly visited a feeder in Brockville, Ontario, on a snowy day.

Trekking out to the new ABA addition of Hawaii, a Great Blue Heron found its way all the way to Kapauu on the big island.

Good for Oregon was a Hooded Oriole visiting a feeder in Tillimook and a McCown’s Longspur found in Klamath this week.

In Nevada, a Harris’s Sparrow was photographed in Clark.

Wisconsin had a Townsend’s Warbler in Kenwaunee.

In Missouri, a young Thayer’s Gull was a very nice find in Taney.

Louisiana stakes its annual claim as the place for vagrant flycatchers with a Couch’s Kingbird and a Say’s Phoebe, both in St. Tammany.

Mississippi also had a Couch’s Kingbird, the state’s 2nd, in Leflore.

A Broad-billed Hummingbird was visiting a feeder in Eastman, Georgia.

South Carolina’s 2nd record of Snail Kite was a one-day wonder at an impoundment in Greenville.

Pennsylvania had a Calliope Hummingbird in Berks and a King Eider in Lycoming.

Notable for New Jersey was a Pink-footed Goose (4) and a pair of Trumpeter Swans, both in Monmouth.

In Connecticut, a Ash-throated Flycatcher was found in New Haven.

Quebec had a Spotted Towhee in Bas-Saint-Laurent.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org 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 <aba.org/nab>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.



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