Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

Tops among the many rare birds documented last week was a First State Record Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush found near Bisbee, Arizona – which also constituted only the Fourth American Record of the species (photo by Ken Lamberton).

We should celebrate back-to-back record-breaking weeks with another 5 First State/Provincial Record birds documented last week, along with 3 Second State Records! There was also an ultra-significant Fourth American Record, an Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush found in Arizona, which also established a First State Record for that state. Other Firsts included the sighting of a Wedge-tailed Shearwater in Texas, a Wood Stork in Nova Scotia, a Thick-billed Longspur in the Yukon, and a Limpkin in Indiana! Also, check out all the Second and Third State Records and more.



Fourth North American Record Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush – near Bisbee, Arizona



First State Record Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush – near Bisbee, Arizona

First State Record Wedge-tailed Shearwater – Cox Bay, Texas

First Provincial Record Wood Stork – New Harbour, Nova Scotia

First Territorial Record Thick-billed Longspur – Watson Lake, Yukon

First State Record Limpkin – Monroe Lake, Indiana

Second State Record Broad-billed Hummingbird – Laughing Whitefish Point, Michigan

Second State Record Cassin’s Sparrow – near Missoula, Montana

Second State Record Limpkin – near Desoto, Kansas

Third State Record Crested Caracara – near Cassoday, Kansas

Third State Record Royal Tern – Saint Joseph, Michigan



Gray-streaked Flycatcher – Saint Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska

Tricolored Heron – Maumee Bay, Ohio

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – near Castle Point, New York

White-winged Dove – Jones Beach, New York

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks – Long Island, New York



Pine Flycatcher – Arizona

Social Flycatcher – Texas

Garganey – New Jersey

Bahama Mockingbird – Florida

LaSagra’s Flycatcher – Florida


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: June 17, 2022 - 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