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.
STATE & PROVINCIAL RECORDS
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
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
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
CONTINUING RARE BIRDS
Little Egret – Maine
Bahama Mockingbird – Florida
Berylline Hummingbird – Arizona
For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at https://www.aba.org/rare-bird-alert-june-18-2021/ 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/