Greetings Alaska Birders,
The question about Cassin's Finch(Carpodacus cassinii)records has come
up often in conversation about the recent sighting in Seward. Below
are the confirmed (documented) records for this species in Alaska:
One Male 20 April-14 May 1985
Observers: George C. West, et. al.
Reference: American Birds; Volume 39, Number 3, page 340
One Immature 30 September 1991
Location: Middelton Island
Observers: Steve C. Heinl, Rich A. MacIntosh
Reference: American Birds; Volume 46, Number 1, page 138
One Male 23 January-10 February 1992
Observers: F.Cloyd, P. Benson, George C. West, "Buzz" L. Scher
Reference: American Birds; Volume 46, Number 2, page 303
One Male 19-26 October 2008
Observers: L.Kolund, Andrew W. Piston, Steve C. Heinl, et. al.
Reference: Birds of Southeast Alaska Fall 2008(unpublished
report), Birds of Southeast Alaska in Western Birds (in press)
One Female 20 February + 2009
Observers: Carol Griswold, Joe Staab, et. al.
Reference: North American Birds; Volume 63, Number 2 (in press)
Cassin's Finch is Casual in Alaska because there are more than 2
records for the state.
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