A SERVICE OF THE OUTDOOR WIRE DIGITAL NETWORK
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9, 2019
A first state record Heermannís Gull was found at Fort Peck in northeast Montana.
Rare gull sightings were a theme last week with a first state record Heermann’s Gull found in northeast Montana, a long way from the usual California coast where this species is normally found. Speaking of California, a second Slaty-backed Gull was observed in as many weeks in Monterey, plus a California Gull was found in southwest Michigan. Other exciting rare birds included a Rufous-backed Robin, a Laysan Albatross, an Ancient Murrelet and a Calliope Hummingbird – and there’s more!
First state record Heermann’s Gull – Fort Peck, Montana
Third state record Black-headed Grosbeak – west-central Michigan
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
Rufous-backed Robin – near Uvalde, Texas
Laysan Albatross – Port Madison, Washington
Ancient Murrelet – St. Ignatius, Montana
Fork-tailed Flycatcher – near Wills Point, Texas
Calliope Hummingbird – near Annapolis, Maryland
King Eider – Duluth, Minnesota
MORE EXCITING RARE SIGHTINGS
Painted Bunting – Newton, Massachusetts
Barnacle Goose – Chebogue, Nova Scotia
Eared Grebe – Provincetown, Massachusetts
Slaty-backed Gull – Monterey, California
California Gull – Bangor, Michigan
Golden-crowned Sparrow – Downsville, New York
Harris’s Sparrow – Wahkiakum, Oregon
Varied Thrush – Cleveland, Ohio
Rare birds continuing into the new year include the amazing young Great Black Hawk in Maine, the Fieldfare in British Columbia, the Golden-crowned Warbler in Texas, the Pink-footed Goose in Colorado, the Barnacle Goose in Pennsylvania, the Tufted Duck in Minnesota, the long-staying Red-footed Booby in California, and the first North American Long-legged Buzzard (hawk) on St. Paul Island in Alaska. What exciting birds will mid-January bring?
For more information, see the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at http://blog.aba.org/2019/01/rare-bird-alert-january-4-2019.html
Special Thanks to Nate Swick, who does such a great job of compiling the ABA’s Rare Bird Alert, which we utilize in preparing 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 on https://www.facebook.com/groups/ABArare/