Wednesday, June 23, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

Canadian birders photographed a small flock of 6 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that ventured far north to Atholville, New Brunswick, which established a First Provincial Record.

Offcourse Black-bellied Whistling Ducks seem to make rare bird lists almost weekly, but last week a flock of 6 documented in New Brunswick constituted a First Provincial Record. Other “southern birds found in northern locales included a Second State Record White-tailed Kite in eastern Ohio and another White-tailed Kite found in northwest Wisconsin established a Sixth State Record. An unusual sighting of a pair of Mute Swans on the border of Nebraska and South Dakota created dual records – a Third State Record for Nebraska and a Fourth State Record for South Dakota.



First Provincial Record Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (6) – Atholville, New Brunswick

Second State Record White-tailed Kite – near New Athens, Ohio

Third State Record Mute Swans (2) – Lake Yankton, Nebraska

Fourth State Record Mute Swans (2) – Lake Yankton, South Dakota

Sixth State Record White-tailed Kite – Crex Meadows, Wisconsin



Oriental Greenfinch – Ketchikan, Alaska

Northern Wheatear – North Shaftsbury, Vermont

Bank Swallows (2) – Arctic Bay, Baffin Island, Nunavut

Costa’s Hummingbird – Ellensburg, Washington

Fulvous Whistling Duck – Memphis, Tennessee

Snowy Egret – Walla Walla, Washington



Little Egret – Maine

Bahama Mockingbird – Florida

Berylline Hummingbird – Arizona


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