Wednesday, April 28, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

A First State Record Zone-tailed Hawk was found in Baltimore, Maryland by lucky birders (photo by Brian Small).

Birders found three new state record birds last week, including a First State Record Zone-tailed Hawk in Maryland, a First State Record Violet-green Swallow in New York, and a Fourth State Record Hooded Oriole in northwest Florida! Rare birds from beyond the United States and Canada found within our borders included a Black-headed Gull in Washington, a Little Stint in California, plus both a La Sagra’s Flycatcher and Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Florida; and there’s more.



First State Record Zone-tailed Hawk – Baltimore, Maryland

First State Record Violet-green Swallow – Buffalo, New York

Forth State Record Hooded Oriole – Pensacola, Florida



Black-headed Gull – DuPont, Washington

Little Stint – San Diego, California

La Sagra’s Flycatcher – Everglades National Park, Florida

Fork-tailed Flycatcher – Stock Island, Florida Keys

Cave Swallow – near West Newbury, Massachusetts

Black-throated Gray Warbler – New York

Fish Crow – Estrie, Ontario

Neotropic Cormorant – Outaouais, Ontario

White-faced Ibis – near Apple Grove, West Virginia



European Golden Plover – Massachusetts

Northern Jacana – Arizona

Red-legged Thrush – Florida

Black-faced Grassquit – Florida

Blue Bunting – Texas

Barnacle Goose – Indiana


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