Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

A dramatically colored Red-faced Warbler has been thrilling birders in the San Diego area (photo by Derek Mameister).

Three Second State Record birds were discovered last week, including a Canada Warbler in Washington, a Short-tailed Hawk in Georgia, and a Great Crested Flycatcher in Idaho. Add a Red-faced Warbler and Common Ringed Plover in California, Long-tailed Jaegers in Iowa and Missouri, a Black-legged Kittiwake in Connecticut, plus the Asian gems of a Middendorf’s Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Dusky Warblers, and 3 Siberian Accentors on Gambell Island, Alaska, and you have a stellar week of rarities, but there’s more.



Second State Record Canada Warbler – near Ephrata, Washington

Second State Record Short-tailed Hawk – Loundes County, Georgia

Second State Record Great Crested Flycatcher – Montour Wildlife Area, Idaho



Red-faced Warbler – San Diego, California

Middendorf’s Grasshopper Warbler – Gambell Island, Alaska

Dusky Warbler (2) – Gambell Island, Alaska

Siberian Accentor (3) – Gambell Island, Alaska

Common Ringed Plover – Lake Tolowa, California

Purple Gallinule – Detroit, Michigan

Swallow-tailed Kite – Earlham, Iowa

Roseate Spoonbill – Gibsonburg, Ohio

Black-legged Kittiwake – New Haven, Connecticut

Pomarine Jaeger – Saylorville Lake, Iowa

Long-tailed Jaeger – Saylorville Lake, Iowa

Long-tailed Jaeger – Smithville Lake, Missouri

Red-footed Booby – Morro Bay, California

Townsends’ Warbler – Brooklyn, New York

Ovenbird – Ritzville, Washington



Little Stint – California

Common Shelduck – Quebec

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