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Rare Bird Alert: November 11, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016 6:43
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I apologize in advance for any missing birds or piddling mistakes in this edition of the Rare Bird Alert. I’m way out of town, and what internet I can access is inconsistent at best. I even considered skipping this week, but after 301 consecutive weeks I don’t know how I can stop now. In any case, it’s going to have to be bare bones this week. Please let me know in the comments if anything is missing.

Notable continuing ABA rarities include the Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) in Texas, the surprisingly sticky Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) in Michigan, the White Wagtail (3) in New Hampshire, and the long-staying Blue-footed Booby (4) in California.

Massachusetts had a trio of nice birds this week, highlighted by the state’s 4th Hammond’s Flycatcher in Middlesex. In Essex, birders had both a Pink-footed Goose (4) and a Western Tanager.


Massachusetts’s 4th record of Hammond’s Flycatcher showed well this week. Photo: Neil Hayward (S32445312) via Macauley Library

New Hampshire’s 6th record of Prothonotary Warbler was found in North Hampton.

Nova Scotia had a Townsend’s Warbler in Barrington.

Nice for the Great Lakes, a Barrow’s Goldeneye was found in  Shirleys Bay, Ontario.

In Pennsylvania, a Say’s Phoebe was found in Lancaster, and an Anna’s Hummingbird, the state’s 2nd, was visiting a feeder in York.

In Maryland, a Say’s Phoebe was in Anne Arundel.

Illinois had a Gray Kingbird at Carlyle Lake in the southern part of the state.

In Manitoba, a Summer Tanager in Tolstoi was a nice bird.

The Westport, Washington Bar-tailed Godwit was returned for another year, and a  Prothonotary Warbler   was found in Clallam.

And in New Mexico, a Couch’s Kingbird was a nice find in Socorro.


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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