Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

Found on the Atlantic Coast at Patrick Space Force Base in Florida, documentation of a Mountain Plover established a Third State Record (photo by Gerry Meenaghan).

Birders in New Hampshire found the First State Record Garganey, while on the other side of the nation a First State Record Bohemian Waxwing was documented at Teec Nos Paas, Arizona, near the Four Corners area. An Asian Fieldfare found in British Columbia created a Third Provincial Record while a Third State Record Mountain Plover was found on the beach at Patrick Space Force Base in central Florida. For the third week in a row, the Cleveland lakeshore hosted another state record gull – last week the Third State Record Slaty-backed Gull was photographed, preceded the week before by a First State Record Glaucous-winged Gull and 2 weeks prior by the First State Record Common Gull – quite amazing!



First State Record Garganey – near Walpole, New Hampshire

First State Record Bohemian Waxwing – Teec Nos Paas, Arizona

Third Provincial Record Fieldfare – Kelowna, British Columbia

Third State Record Mountain Plover – Patrick Space Force Base, Florida

Third State Record Slaty-backed Gull – Cleveland, Ohio

Eighth Provincial Record Common Ringed Plover – Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Eighth State Record Mountain Bluebird – near Brook, Indiana



Bahama Mockingbird – Cape Canaveral, Florida

Swainson’s Hawk – Staten Island, New York

Common Murres – offshore Virginia Beach, Virginia

Bohemian Waxwing – Lake Le-Aqua-Na, Illinois

Harris’s Sparrow – near Auburn, Maine

Western Tanagers (2) – Charleston, South Carolina



Eurasian Blackbird – Labrador

Red-flanked Bluetail – California

Common Shelduck – Pennsylvania

Whooper Swan – Washington

Common Crane – Washington

Streak-backed Oriole – California

Little Stint – California

Curlew Sandpiper – California

Social Flycatcher – Texas


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: January 13, 2023 - American Birding Association ( 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 info about individual rare bird sightings from the state rare bird alert listserves that you can access at or at