The First North American Record Bat Falcon continues to be seen and photographed at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge south of McAllen, Texas (photo by Willie Sekula).
Sightings of Slaty-backed Gulls created a First State Record and a First Provincial Record last week in South Carolina and New Brunswick respectively. North Carolina birders also found a Third State Record White Wagtail. An Ivory Gull was documented on the lakeshore in Duluth, Minnesota, and a Purple Sandpiper on the lakeshore in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s also noteworthy that some exciting record birds continue to be seen, including the First North American Record Bat Falcon and Inca Tern, the Steller’s Sea Eagle, and more.
STATE & PROVINCIAL RECORDS
First State Record Slaty-backed Gull – near Red Hill, South Carolina
First Provincial Record Slaty-backed Gull – Saint John, New Brunswick
Third State Record White Wagtail – Eagle Island, North Carolina
REALLY RARE SIGHTINGS
Ivory Gull – Duluth, Minnesota
Purple Sandpiper – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Dickcissel – Jamestown, Washington
Hoary Redpoll – Seattle, Washington
CONTINUING RARE BIRDS
Bat Falcon – Texas
Steller’s Sea Eagle – Maine
Inca Tern – Hawaii
Curlew Sandpiper – California
Social Flycatcher – Texas
Blue Mockingbird – New Mexico
Crimson-collared Grosbeak – Texas
Golden-crowned Warbler – Texas
Northern Lapwing – Maryland
Northern Lapwing – New Jersey
For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: January 7, 2022 - American Birding Association (aba.org) 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/