Wednesday, October 13, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

A species rarely encountered during migration, a first fall Kirtland’s Warbler was photographed at Swann Park in Baltimore, Maryland and created a First State Record (photo by Matt Felperin).

Four First State Records and a First Provincial Record were established last week when local birders found a Golden-crowned Warbler in Louisiana, a young Kirtland’s Warbler in Maryland, a Kentucky Warbler in Saskatchewan, a Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Georgia, and Nelson’s Sparrow in Nevada! Birders also found birds that created Second Provincial Records, including a Yellow-crowned Night Heron in Alberta and a MacGillivray’s Warbler in Ontario. A Third Provincial Record Steller’s Eider was also found in Quebec – and there’s more!



First State Record Golden-crowned Warbler – Peveto Beach Woods, Louisiana

First State Record Kirtland’s Warbler – Baltimore, Maryland

First Provincial Record Kentucky Warbler – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

First State Record Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Cockspur Island, Georgia

First State Record Nelson’s Sparrow – Lake Meade near Henderson, Nevada

Second Provincial Record Yellow-crowned Night Heron – Calgary, Alberta

Second Provincial Record MacGillivray’s Warbler – Toronto, Ontario

Third Provincial Record Steller’s Eider – La Haute-Cote-Nord, Quebec

Tenth State Record Black-throated Blue Warbler – Lucky Peak, Idaho



Dusky Warbler – Corte Madera, California

Crested Caracara – Saltcoats, Saskatchewan

Emperor Goose – near Las Flores, California

Emperor Goose – Seattle, Washington

Swainson’s Hawk – Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Kirtland’s Warbler – Valle Crucis Park, North Carolina

Black-throated Blue Warbler – Huntington Beach, California

Blue-winged Warbler – Cappahayden, Newfoundland

Varied Thrush – Sands Point, New York

Great Crested Flycatcher – St. Pierre et Miquelon



Inca Tern – Hawaii

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