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Rare Bird Alert: February 24, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017 6:41
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It was another relatively slow February week in the ABA Area, despite the fact that the west coast and the upper Midwest have seen some dramatic weather. Much higher than average temperatures across the continent likely got more people outside, but sadly that did not result in more rare birds. The Black-backed Oriole continues in eastern Pennsylvania into this week, as does a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) in Arizona. Both the Rose-throated Becard (3) and the Golden-crowned Warbler (4) were seen this week in Texas. The Redwing (4) is still in British Columbia, as is a Brambling (3) in Oregon.

A couple birds returned to the list this week. The Black-tailed Gull (4) in central California was seen again following an absence of a few weeks, and the young Ross’s Gull (3) in New York was reported once more. The Newfoundland Yellow-legged Gull (4) made an appearance this week, and there continue to be multiple Pink-footed Geese (4) and Barnacle Geese (4) across the northeast.

Most noteworthy bird of a relatively slow week is a potential 1st record for New York in the form of a Clark’s Grebe in Oswego. The bird was seen by a few on the first day it was reported, but has been difficult to find since. 

Elsewhere in the northeast, a Townsend’s Solitaire was found in the town of Orford, New Hampshire.

North Carolina had a Thick-billed Murre seen from shore in Dare.

In British Columbia, a Sagebrush Sparrow was seen in Osoyoos.

And in California, an apparent Iceland Gull was photographed in Los Angeles.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT and I will try to fix them as soon as possible. This post is meant to be an account of the most recently reported birds. Continuing birds not mentioned are likely included in previous editions listed here. Place names written in italics refer to counties/parishes.

Readers should note that none of these reports has yet been vetted by a records committee. All birders are urged to submit documentation of rare sightings to the appropriate state or provincial committees. For full analysis of these and other bird observations, subscribe to North American Birds <>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.

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