Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

A First North American Record Pearly-eyed Thrasher, a bird that may have originated from the Bahamas, was an exciting find for birders in Key West, Florida (photo by Matthew Jolley).

The big excitement generated last week was a First North American Record Pearly-eyed Thrasher, a Caribbean species found by birders in Key West, Florida! Another Trumpeter Swan also created a First District Record for Washington, DC, and a Piping Plover sighted at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge established a Sixth State Record in California. A few other really rare birds rounded out last week’s finds, including a Pink-footed Goose in Pennsylvania, a Garganey in northern California, and a Ruff near Chicago. Continuing rare birds also provide an impressive list of exciting species found far beyond their usual range!



First North American Record Pearly-eyed Thrasher – Key West, Florida



First District Record Trumpeter Swan – Washington, DC

Sixth State Record Piping Plover – Don Edwards Refuge, California



Pink-footed Goose – Kettle Creek Lake, Pennsylvania

Garganey – near Redding, California

Ruff – near Chicago Heights, Illinois



Gray Gull – Alabama

Bare-throated Tiger Heron – Texas

Mottled Owl – Texas

Roadside Hawk – Texas

Cattle Tyrant – Texas

Gray-collared Becard – Texas

Red-flanked Bluetail – New Jersey

American Flamingos – Florida

Gray Heron – Nova Scotia

Brown Jays – Texas

Fieldfare – Wisconsin

Golden-crowned Warbler – Texas

Fan-tailed Warbler – Texas

Crimson-collared Grosbeak – Texas

Berylline Hummingbird – Arizona


For more information, you can refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: March 29, 2024 - American Birding Association ( 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 ABA state rare bird alert listserves that you can access at Birding News brought to you by American Birding Association - ( or at ABA Rare Bird Alert | Facebook