A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2019
A wayward Trumpeter Swan has been attracting birders at Milford Pond (a large lake) in Milford, Massachusetts since it was found January 28.
Last week’s most wayward birds included a Gray Kingbird south of New Orleans, two Bramblings in Minnesota, a Barnacle Goose in Rhode Island and another in New York, and yet another Golden-crowned Warbler in southern Texas (the third reported this season). Other exciting off-course birds included an Arctic Loon offshore northwest Washington state, a Lazuli Bunting that continues to visit a feeding station in Ottawa, Ontario, and a couple Varied Thrushes – one in New York and another in Michigan. There is more to report, so read on!
Third State Record Gray Kingbird – Diamond, Louisiana
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
Golden-crowned Warbler – near McAllen, Texas
Bramblings – Winona County and Callaway, Minnesota
Barnacle Goose – North Kingston, Rhode Island
Arctic Loon – offshore Neah Bay, Washington
Lazuli Bunting – Ottawa, Ontario
Townsend’s Warbler – South Trenton, New Jersey
MORE REALLY RARE BIRDS
Varied Thrush – Staten Island, New York
Varied Thrush – Suamico, Wisconsin
Trumpeter Swan – Milford, Massachusetts
Common Murre - offshore Hatteras, North Carolina
Previously reported rare birds that continue to be monitored by birders include the Long-legged Buzzard on St. Paul Island, Alaska, the Yellow Grosbeak in southern Texas, the Pink-footed Goose in northern Colorado, the Barnacle Goose in New York; plus the White-throated Thrush in southeast Arizona, and the Red-flanked Bluetail in Los Angeles.
For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2019/02/rare-bird-alert-february-1-2019.html
Special Thanks to the ABA, and Nate Swick, who does such a great job of compiling the ABA’s Rare Bird Alert, which we use to prepare this weekly replay.
You can often find more information about individual rare bird sightings from the state rare bird alert listserves that you can access at http://birding.aba.org/ or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/