Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The ABA Rare Bird Alert’s Weekly Highlights

Pensacola, Florida must be among the least likely places in America to find a Little Bunting, but last week’s super-rare sighting created a First State Record (photo by Allen Lyu).

The identification of a Little Bunting in Pensacola, Florida created a First State Record and represents the first record of this species east of the Rocky Mountains. Native to Asia with a limited range in Europe, almost all records of vagrant Little Buntings in the Western Hemisphere are from the Bering Sea Islands of western Alaska and a few mainland Alaska cities, along with a few additional sightings in Pacific Coast states and one in Arizona. A male Tufted Duck, another widespread Eastern Hemisphere species, was photographed in West Virginia to document that First State Record sighting. Among the other rare birds sighted, the real standouts were a Crested Caracara in North Carolina, a Tundra Bean Goose in southern California, and a Band-tailed Pigeon in Minnesota.



First State Record Little Bunting – Pensacola, Florida

First State Record Tufted Duck – Alpine Lake, West Virginia

Second State Record Glaucous-winged Gull – Cleveland, Ohio

Third State Record Crested Caracara – near Lumber Bridge, North Carolina



Tundra Bean Goose – near Cotulla, California

Band-tailed Pigeon – near Brownsville, Minnesota

Limpkin – Arkansas Post National Memorial, Arkansas



Gray Heron – Nova Scotia

Red-flanked Bluetail – California

Blue Bunting – Texas

Brown Jays – Texas

Common Crane – Washington

Whooper Swan – Washington

Common Shelduck – Pennsylvania

Bahama Mockingbird – Florida

LaSagra’s Flycatcher – Florida

Streak-backed Oriole – California


For more information, refer to the American Birding Association’s Rare Bird Alert at Rare Bird Alert: March 10, 2023 - 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