Wednesday, June 15, 2022

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

Birders documented the First State Record of an Anhinga in Indiana last week.

It was a real record-breaking week with 4 First State Record birds documented, along with 3 Second State/Provincial Records! First State Records included the sighting of 2 Anhingas in Indiana, a Cassin’s Sparrow in Montana, a Cassin’s Kingbird in Wisconsin, and a Limpkin in Kansas. The Second Provincial Records were an Orchard Oriole in Alberta, with a Rock Wren in Quebec, and birders documented a Second State Record of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Vermont. Also, slightly north of the Mexican border birders are still seeing a Yellow Grosbeak.



First State Record Anhingas – Sugar Ridge Swamp, Indiana

First State Record Cassin’s Sparrow – Bowdoin Refuge, Montana

First State Record Cassin’s Kingbird – near Colby, Wisconsin

First State Record Limpkin – Marais des Cignes Waterfowl Area, Kansas

Second Provincial Record Orchard Oriole – Lethbridge, Alberta

Second State Record Black-bellied Whistling Ducks – near Ferrisburgh, Vermont

Second Provincial Record Rock Wren – Rimouski, Quebec

Fourth Provincial Record Scarlet Tanager – Vancouver, British Columbia

Fifth Provincial Record Scarlet Tanager – Vancouver, British Columbia

Seventh State Record Tricolored Heron – near Dubuque, Iowa



Yellow Grosbeak – Pena Blanca Lake, Arizona

Long-toed Stint – Gambell, Alaska

Varied Thrush – Jacksonville, Florida

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks – Armour, South Dakota

Indigo Bunting – Quesnel, British Columbia

Sandwich Tern – Magdalen Islands, Quebec

Loggerhead Shrike – Fitchburg Airport, Massachusetts



Pine Flycatcher – Arizona

Garganey – Montana

Garganey – New Jersey

Bahama Mockingbird – Florida

LaSagra’s Flycatcher – Florida


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: June 10, 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