Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Weekly Rare Bird Highlights

Illinois birders recorded a Second State Record Northern Wheatear at Prairie Ridge State Natural Area in rural southeast Illinois.

It was another exciting week for birders to find a variety of rare birds and establishing 7 new First Records, starting with a First State Record Pink-footed Goose in Kentucky, a First Provincial Record of a Costa’s Hummingbird in wintery Saskatchewan, a First Territorial Record Bobolink in the Yukon, and First State Records of a Lesser Nighthawk in South Carolina, a Tropical Kingbird in New Hampshire, King Eiders in Wyoming, and a Limpkin in New York! There were also 3 Second State Records, 3 Third State Records, and many other rare birds to review.



First State Record Pink-footed Goose – Shelbyville, Kentucky

First Provincial Record Costa’s Hummingbird – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

First Territorial Record Bobolink – Haines Junction, Yukon

First State Record Lesser Nighthawk – Kiawah Island, South Carolina

First State Record Tropical Kingbird – near Portsmouth, New Hampshire

First State Record King Eiders (2) – Lake Hattie, Wyoming

First State Record Limpkin – Lewiston, New York

Second State Record Brambling – Britton, South Dakota

Second State Record Northern Wheatear – Prairie Ridge, Illinois

Second State Record Bullock’s Oriole – Kaveski Farm, Massachusetts

Third State Record Black-chinned Hummingbird – Bloomington, Indiana

Third State Record Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Third State Record Lark Bunting – Clarksville, Tennessee



Fan-tailed Warbler – Mesa, Arizona

Fan-tailed Warbler – Catalina, Arizona

Snowy Owl – Los Angeles, California

Black-chinned Hummingbird – near Brewster, Massachusetts

Broad-billed Hummingbird – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ferruginous Hawk – near Trenton, Tennessee

Bell’s Vireo – near Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Cassin’s Kingbird – Nantuckett, Massachusetts

Brown Booby – offshore Cape Cod, Massachusetts



European Marsh Harrier – New Jersey

Smooth-billed Ani – Texas

Social Flycatcher – Texas


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: November 18, 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