Wednesday, February 17, 2021

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

A stunning male Painted Bunting was coming to a seed feeder in Sugarcreek, Ohio (photo by David Hawkins).

Redwings continued to dominate the rare bird sightings last week: Three more were sighted in Canada, including a Fourth Provincial Record Redwing in Saanich, British Columbia, plus Nova Scotia birders found two Redwings. For the second week, Maine birders appreciated their continuing Second State Record Redwing in a city park in Portland. There are a few other rare bird sightings too, including a Painted Bunting in Ohio, Broad-billed Hummingbird in California, Harris’s Sparrow in Pennsylvania, California Gull in Kentucky, and more.



Fourth Provincial Record Redwing – Saanich, British Columbia



Redwing – Baccaro, Nova Scotia

Redwing – Crystal Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia

Broad-billed Hummingbird – Davis, California

Painted Bunting – Sugarcreek, Ohio

Harris’s Sparrow – near New Holland, Pennsylvania

California Gull – Calvert City, Kentucky



Redwing – Portland, Maine

Northern Jacana – Arizona

Blue Buntings – Texas

Crimson-collared Grosbeaks – Texas

Golden-crowned Warbler – Texas

Cuban Pewee – Florida

Streak-backed Oriole – California


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