Wednesday, June 9, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

One of the 6 First State Record birds located last week, a male Yellow Grosbeak was found at a feeding station near Colorado City, Colorado (photo by Johanna Beam).

Last week birders established 6 new First State Records and 5 Second State Records, along with even more rare bird sightings! The First State Record birds included a Yellow Grosbeak in Colorado, an Arctic Loon in Wisconsin, a Limpkin in Minnesota, a Broad-billed Hummingbird in Missouri, a Bell’s Vireo in Wyoming, and what appears to be an interstate traveling Heermann’s Gull in New Jersey. Second State Record birds included a Steller’s Eider, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a White-tailed Kite, Common Black Hawk, and a Pine Warbler.



First State Record Yellow Grosbeak – near Colorado City, Colorado

First State Record Arctic Loon – Lake Superior shore, Herbster, Wisconsin

First State Record Limpkin – Hugo, Minnesota

First State Record Broad-billed Hummingbird – Kansas City, Missouri

First State Record Bell’s Vireo – near Lusk, Wyoming

First State Record Heermann’s Gull – Cape May, New Jersey

Second State Record Steller’s Eider – Point-des-Mont, Quebec

Second State Record Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (6) – Woodbury, Connecticut

Second State Record White-tailed Kite – Point-des-Monts, Quebec

Second State Record Common Black Hawk – Wichita Mountains Refuge, Oklahoma

Second State Record Pine Warbler – Primm, Nevada

Fifth State Record Arctic Tern – Waconda Lake, Kansas

Tenth State Record White-rumped Sandpiper – Edmonds, Washington



Pallas’s Bunting – Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska

Little Egret – near Rachel Carson Refuge, Maine

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – near Kennebunkport, Maine

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Townville, South Carolina

Vermillion Flycatcher – Dorothee, Quebec

Cinnamon Teal (2) – Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Tricolored Heron – Cape Freels, Newfoundland

Hooded Oriole – Cache Creek, British Columbia

Glossy Ibis – Lordes de Blanc Sablon, Quebec



Black-faced Grassquit – Florida

Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

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