Wednesday, September 21, 2022

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

A Second State Record Acorn Woodpecker was documented by birders visiting Packer John’s Cabin Park near Meadows, Idaho.

Asian birds crossing the Bering Strait continue to thrill seasonal visitors to St. Lawrence and St. Paul Islands west of mainland Alaska, including a Blyth’s Reed Warbler, a Gray Wagtail, and a beautiful Eurasian Bullfinch. In the Lower 48, an exciting First State Record Small-billed Elaenia was photographed in California, a Second State Record Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher was documented in Colorado, a Second State Record Acorn Woodpecker delighted birders in Idaho, as did a Second State Record Tropical Kingbird in Georgia – and there are many more exciting rare birds to share.



First State Record Small-billed Elaenia – Farallon Islands, California

Second State Record Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher– near Fountain, Colorado

Second State Record Acorn Woodpecker – near Meadows, Idaho

Second State Record Tropical Kingbird – Rome, Georgia

Fifth State Record Laughing Gull – Sparks, Nevada

Eighth State Record Brown Pelican – Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Twelfth State Record Ruff – Hammonassett, Connecticut

Twelfth State Record Elegant Tern – Port Aransas, Texas



Blyth’s Reed Warbler – Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Gray Wagtail – St. Paul Island, the Pribilofs, Alaska

Eurasian Bullfinch – St. Paul Island, the Pribilofs, Alaska



Northern Wheatear – Kennebunk, Maine

Arctic Tern – Henderson, Nevada

Swallow-tailed Kite – La Cote-de-Beaupre, Quebec

Limpkin – Sippo Lake, Ohio

Black-throated Gray Warbler – Wilson Park Farm, Pennsylvania

Wedge-tailed Shearwater – offshore San Diego, California

Blue-footed Booby – offshore San Diego, California



Gray Heron – Prince Edward Island

Little Stint – California

Berylline Hummingbird – Arizona


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: September 16, 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