Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

An offcourse Ash-throated Flycatcher created a Third Provincial Record when birders found one of these “Southwest” flycatchers in Upper Ferry, Newfoundland; and another was photographed in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which established the Tenth State Record for that state.

Florida boasted 2 First State Records last week, a Wedge-tailed Shearwater and a Bulwer’s Petrel were photographed near Tampa Bay and Tarpon Springs respectively. Although both seabirds were documented on the Gulf side of Florida, the Wedge-tail is only the third Atlantic record of this primarily Pacific species; and the Bulwer’s Petrel represents only the fifth Atlantic record. There was also a First Provincial Record Carolina Wren far north in Labrador, plus many more exciting rare bird records to review, including more seabirds.



First State Record Wedge-tailed Shearwater – offshore St. Petersburg, Florida

First State Record Bulwer’s Petrel – offshore Tarpon Bay, Florida

First Provincial Record Carolina Wren – Battle Harbor, Labrador

Second State Record Brown Booby – Hampton, Vermont

Third Provincial Record Ash-throated Flycatcher – Upper Ferry, Newfoundland

Third State Record Pacific Golden Plover – Gila Bend, Arizona

Third State Record Black-bellied Whistling Ducks – Rocky Hill Meadows, Connecticut

Tenth State Record Ash-throated Flycatcher – Whitefish Bay, Michigan



Dusky Warbler – Gambell Island, Alaska

Common Chiffchaff – Gambell Island, Alaska

Piratic Flycatcher – near Brownsville, Texas

Ruff – Freeborn County, Minnesota

Long-tailed Jaeger – near Shell City, Missouri

Long-tailed Jaeger – Clark County, Nevada

Magnificent Frigatebirds (7) – Grand Lake, Arkansas

Magnificent Frigatebird – Henderson, Nevada

Swallow-tailed Kite – St. Louis County, Minnesota

Ruddy Turnstone – John Lake Playa, Arizona

Red Knot – John Lake Playa, Arizona

Least Flycatcher – Meteor Crater Park, Arizona

Brown Thrasher – near Hennepin, California



Common Shelduck – Quebec

Inca Tern – Hawaii

Little Egret – Delaware

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