Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

What are the chances of finding 2 Social Flycatchers anywhere north of the Rio Grande? There were 2 at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus in Brownsville last week!

Two exciting First State Records were reported last week: a Blue Mockingbird in New Mexico, and a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper in Rhode Island. There was also a Second State Record Slaty-backed Gull in Florida, and a Sixth State Record Lewis’s Woodpecker in Wisconsin. Birders found a Seventh Provincial Record Pine Warbler in Alberta and a Seventh State Record Common Eider in Michigan; plus Texas birders were busy finding 2 Social Flycatchers, a Crimson-collared Grosbeak, a Golden-crowned Warbler, and a Fork-tailed Flycatcher!



First State Record Blue Mockingbird – Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

First State Record Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – Galilee, Rhode Island

Second State Record Slaty-backed Gull – Fort Pickens, Florida

Sixth State Record Lewis’s Woodpecker – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Seventh Provincial Record Pine Warbler – Edmonton, Alberta

Seventh State Record Common Eider – Ludington Harbor, Michigan



Crimson-collared Grosbeak – McAllen, Texas

Golden-crowned Warbler – Weslaco, Texas

Social Flycatchers (2) – Brownsville, Texas

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – San Benito, Texas

Tropical Kingbird – Wellfleet Bay, Massachusetts

Oriental Turtle Doves (2) – Prince Rupert, British Columbia

Wood Stork – Woburn, Massachusetts

Wood Stork – Gloucester, Massachusetts

Blackburnian Warbler – Home Valley, Washington

Lapland Longspur – Venice, Florida

Clay-colored Sparrow – Goose Bay, Labrador

Great-tailed Grackle – Fall City, Washington

Red-footed Booby – Port Aransas, Texas

Thick-billed Murres (2) – offshore Point Defiance, Washington



Inca Tern – Hawaii


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: November 19, 2021 - 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 information about individual rare bird sightings from the state rare bird alert listserves that you can access at or at