Anchorage Area Rarity – Evening Grosbeak

The Evening Grosbeak

Location:  Palmer, AK – The Butte area

First Seen:  January 12, 2012

Last Seen:  March 25, 2012 (with additional undocumented sightings as late as mid-May, 2012)

Discovered by:  Bob and Chariie Sartor

Relative Rarity:  One prior record from the Anchorage area.  Up to twenty (20) additional records from South east, Alaska.


Anchorage Area Rarity – Dusky Thrush

The Dusky Thrush

Dusky Thrush

Dusky Thrush

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Turnagain Subdivision

First Seen:  December 10, 2011

Last Seen:  March 17, 2012 (but also seen in subsequent years in the winter up through 2014)

Discovered by:  Thede Tobish

Relative Rarity:  Most reports from the Western Aleutians.  Outside of Alaska there have been 4 North America sightings. This was the first sighting in South Central Alaska. – ABA

Information:  Frequently associating with a winter flock of American Robins

Anchorage Area Rarity – Red Wing

The Redwing



Location:  Seward, AK – Lowell Point Beach

First Seen:  November 16, 2011

Last Seen:  November 26, 2011

Discovered by:  Jim Hebert

Relative Rarity:  Carol Griswold sent a photo to Buzz Scher who positively identified it.  Thanks to Carol, Jim, and Peregrine Joe for hosting out of town and out of state seekers.