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Bird Commonly Found in Asia Spotted by Enthusiasts in Alaska

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    Bird Commonly Found in Asia Spotted by Enthusiasts in Alaska
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    Bird watchers have spotted a rare thrush in Alaska.

    The dusky thrush, which is commonly found in Asia, has only been spotted a few times in Alaska, the Daily Sitka Sentinel reported . Bird enthusiast Matt Goff reported seeing one Friday in Sitka.

    "I don't think it's an uncommon bird in Asia," Goff said. "But in North America -- it's very unusual."

    The dusky thrush's appearance differs slightly from that of its North American counterparts. It lacks the bright red or orange breast of a varied thrush, or robin, and has "pale," "distinctive" lines around its eyes, Goff said.

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    Word of Goff's sighting spread quickly and enthusiasts from all over flocked to the Crescent Harbor in hopes of catching a glimpse.

    One out-of-state enthusiast even flew in to see the bird, Goff said. That was Yve Morell, who is on a quest to achieve an American Birding Association Big Year, an informal competition in the birding community to identify the largest number of birds within a year.

    "She flew in Saturday night, and saw the bird Sunday, and left at noon," Goff said. "She had been on the East Coast. I think she headed to Texas."

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