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Rare Bird Alert: February 22, 2019

It’s hard to beat Texes these days, especially with the rediscovery this week of the long-staying Roadside Hawk (4) in the Valley. At least two Golden-crowned Warblers (4) and a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) are also down there, and a Yellow Grosbeak (4) is still visiting a feeder up the river a bit. The White-throated Thrush (4) in Arizona is also still around though fewer birders have been visiting it lately, and the same can be said for the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California. The Dusky Thrush (4) in British Columbia was also rediscovered this week, and Barnacle Geese (4) are being seen in New York and Pennsylvania.

Florida continues to produce Caribbean goodies, the latest a Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Miami-Dade. The Bahamian visitor has been more common in recent years, which could be explained by more and better birders in South Florida as much as it can be about any sort of irruptive event.

In Virginia, a young Tufted Duck at Virginia Beach represents the 2nd record for the state, and one of only a few records for the southeastern part of the continent.

In Tennessee, a Say’s Phoebe was seen in Shelby. 

New York had a Townsend’s Solitaire in Columbia, which has been seen by many birders during its stay.

Noteworthy for Oregon, a Sedge Wren was photographed in Lane. 

California has a lot of eastern warbler records, but Blue-winged Warbler, found this week in Los Angeles, is one of the better ones.


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.


American Birding Podcast: Birding at 100 (Issues) with Ted Floyd

The February 2019 issue of Birding magazine is noteworthy not only for being the Bird of the Year issue, or for launching the 50th Anniversary of the ABA, but for another, less obvious, reason. February 2019 is the 100th issue of Birding for which Ted Floyd has been editor-in-chief. The 16 years that Ted has been in charge of the ABA’s flagship publication have seen a lot of changes, not just in the way that the ABA has reached its members and the birding community, but for birding itself. Ted joins me to talk about how birding has changed over the years, and how Birding has changed along with it.

Plus, an update on the border wall and a Dark-billed Cuckoo in Florida.

Come join the ABA in Colombia this summer!


Happening NOW: There’s Something Happening Somewhere; Let’s Talk About That

Right now it’s snowing. That is the quick and easy summation of what is happening now in downtown Baltimore on this chilly, gusty Wednesday afternoon. I haven’t seen a bird yet today, despite spending an inordinate amount of time staring out my living room window into the trees in m

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Blog Birding #396

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty shares a brief history of the ABA in a time when birding information is more plentiful than ever.

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A Sense of Loss, and Some Hope for the Future

A review by Sanford Sorkin

North on the Wing: Travels with the Songbird Migration of Spring, by Bruce M. Beehler

Smithsonian Books, 2018

264 pages, hardcover

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Rare Bird Alert: February 15, 2019

There are still a lot of noteworthy ABA rarities in the US and Canada into this week, highlighted by the potential ABA 1st Dark-billed Cuckoo (no code) in Florida, which was present into the beginning of last week but has not been seen for a few days now. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California continues, [read more…]

A Luxurious Look at a One-of-a-kind Work of Art

A review by Sandra Paci

The Wall of Birds: One Planet / 243 Families / 375 Million Years

by Jane Kim with Thayer Walker

Harper Design 2018

224 pages, hardcover

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This profusely illustrated book tells the fascinating story behind the artist and scientific illustrator Jane Kim’s creation of a [read more…]

At The Top of the Pecking Order

A review by Caitlin Kight

Woodpecker, by Gerard Gorman

Reaktion Books, 2018

180 pages, softcover

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Gerard Gorman’s Woodpecker is the latest volume in Reaktion Books’ Animal Series, a handsome collection of lavishly illustrated books that explore the natural and cultural history of a range of iconic animals. By examining [read more…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 1, On Hearing the First Cardinal in Spring


Several days ago I went birding with the express purpose of procuring audio of a Northern Cardinal. My objective was to obtain an ordinary recording of a normal cardinal. Exhibit A, this guy, an adult male of the species:

In the cut above, our cardinal sings two cheer! notes, then nine birdy! notes, [read more…]

Announcing the 2019 ABA Young Birders of the Year!

We’re thrilled to announce the 2019 ABA Young Birders of the Year! [read more…]

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