Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

Ontario birders documented a most impressive First Canadian Record Marsh Sandpiper near Thedford, Ontario last week, which also created a First Provincial Record for Ontario. Meanwhile, American birders found 3 First State Records, including a Willow Ptarmigan in Massachusetts, a White-tipped Dove in Arizona, and a Tropical Parula in New Mexico. Add to those impressive sightings a Second State Record Limpkin in Arkansas and the Fourth State Record Black-bellied Whistling Duck in Maine, and there’s more to report.



First Canadian Record Marsh Sandpiper – Thedford, Ontario



First Provincial Record Marsh Sandpiper – Thedford, Ontario

First State Record Willow Ptarmigan – Worchester County, Massachusetts

First State Record Tropical Parula – Washington Ranch, New Mexico

First State Record White-tipped Dove – Garden Canyon, Arizona

Second State Record Limpkin – near Lake City, Arkansas

Fourth State Record Black-bellied Whistling Duck – Camden, Maine



Ruff – near Rock Creek, Minnesota

Dusky Thrush – Ketchikan, Alaska

Bananaquit – Key Biscayne, Florida

Bahama Mockingbird – Key Biscayne, Florida

Groove-billed Ani – near Vaughn, New Mexico

Western Meadowlark – Forsythe Refuge, New Jersey

Kentucky Warbler – Fort Collins, Colorado

Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Laval, Quebec

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks – Bloomington, Minnesota

White-tailed Kite – Neah Bay, Washington



Thick-billed Vireo – Florida

Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

European Golden Plovers – Newfoundland

Brambling – Newfoundland


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: May 6, 2022 - American Birding Association ( 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 info about individual rare bird sightings from the state rare bird alert listserves that you can access at or at