aba events

    #ABArare – Siberian Blue Robin – Alaska

    Hot on the heels of St. Paul’s Code 5 Pine Bunting (which is still present as of Oct 4), Gambell strikes back with a Code 5 of it’s own: a Siberian Blue Robin discovered by David Pavlik in the Circular Boneyard on Oct 2, the same day that the Pine Bunting was found. This is only the second record for the ABA Area, with the first coming from Attu on May 21, 1985 (that one was found in a canyon now known to birders as “Blue Robin Canyon”).

    ABArare Siberian Blue Robin 03

    ABArare Siberian Blue Robin 02photos by David Pavlik

    The identification of this bird was uncertain at first with Rufous-tailed Robin being considered as another possibility, but several birders with extensive experience with Siberian Blue Robin weighed in with the opinion that this is a first-winter female of that species. A post to the AKBirding email group explained the reasoning behind the identification.

    Pavlik, the only birder currently at Gambell, did not see the bird on Oct 3, but he refound it on Oct 4. Check out his blog for more photos and notes on his observations.

    The following two tabs change content below.
    John Puschock

    John Puschock

    John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
    John Puschock

    Latest posts by John Puschock (see all)

    Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
    If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
    Read More »

    Recent Comments

    Categories

    Authors

    Archives

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    • Young Birder Blog Birding #36 December 30, 2014 6:50
      As the year winds down, many of us are enjoying or preparing for Christmas Bird Counts! […]
    • Open Mic: Birds of the Black Forest Fire December 23, 2014 7:01
      When I took on the challenge of the 2014 Young Birder of the Year Contest, I was fully aware that it would be the hardest thing I had ever done. I planned to devote myself to the study of birds for nearly six months spending hours each day compiling a field notebook, studying nest boxes, […]
    • 2014 Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend December 15, 2014 9:37
      By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]

    Follow ABA on Twitter