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Migration Mixup in Alaska

By November 14, 2012

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Fall migration is the ideal time to find rare birds, but a first-ever bird record for Alaska recently is more than a bit unusual. According to SitNews, an ash-throated flycatcher was recently seen, identified and photographed in Ketchikan, the first ever record of this bird in the state.

These western flycatchers rare go further north than central Washington, and that only during the summer breeding season. This young bird has likely gotten mixed up in its migration, accidentally heading north instead of south, much to its dismay but to the delight of Alaskan birders.

How can a bird get so very lost on migration? Learning how birds migrate can help you understand just how tricky this process can be and why birds may sometimes end up far from where they are expected.

Ash-Throated Flycatcher
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