aba events
Nikon Monarch 7

    #ABArare – Little Bunting – California

    Keith Slauson found a Little Bunting (Code 4) late on December 12 in McKinleyville, CA. Light was poor at the time, so he was unsure of the identification. He and other birders returned to the site the next morning and confirmed that it was in fact a Little Bunting. This is the fourth record for California and fifth for the Lower 48.

    Little Bunting

    Photo by Rob Fowler.

    The bunting was found along Fischer Road on the southwest side of McKinleyville, just north of the Hammond Bridge over the Mad River (map here). To get there, take the School Road exit off of Hwy 101 in McKinleyville and go west. Turn left on Fischer Road. this is a T-intersection. Go south about 0.5-miles. The bunting has been associating with Savannah and White-crowned sparrows near the first utility pole north of the Hammond Bridge. Do not park along Fischer Road. There are several pull-outs here, two north of the bridge and one south, where you can park.

    Slauson reports that the bird is often easiest to find by call, giving a short “tsik” that’s noticeably different than the sparrow calls. It was spending a lot of time foraging on the ground and sometimes perches in thistle plants. It has been seen on both sides of Fischer Road.

    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

    • Anonymous, in Rare Bird Alert: August 29, 2014... { A Canada Warbler found and photographed in Goshen, Wyoming is one of less than 10 reports for the state. }
    • Liron, in The Unlikeliest Twitch... { Fantastic post, so much fun to read (and watch)! Congrats on the successful twitch! }
    • Nick Block, in ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist... { Hi Cory, Currently, there are no explicit rules addressing this important question. This question is the next recording-related item on the Recording Standards and Ethics... }
    • chainzaw, in On Stringing...... { Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000149 EndHTML:0000002566 StartFragment:0000000199 EndFragment:0000002532 StartSelection:0000000199 EndSelection:0000002532 Jeez ... tough crowd here! Yes, we have all known serial stringers. But if you are so compulsive... }
    • John, in The Unlikeliest Twitch... { What a "rip", thanks for sharing such an exciting "twitchy" experience Greg and John! And a big thank you to your benefactor, not everyday someone... }
    • Older »

    Categories

    Authors

    Archives

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

    • Open Mic: My First Breeding Bird Survey August 12, 2014 8:22
      When I got asked to go on my first Breeding Bird Survey with one of our areas top birders, I jumped at the opportunity! I met Katie Koch, a US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist at 4:45am. That was the earliest time I've been birding by 15 minutes. […]
    • What to Do When You Feel Under the Weather at Bird Camp August 6, 2014 6:47
      Imagine you are at a bird camp. Camp Chiricahua, for instance. Maybe this year. Maybe even this week. You are having lots of fun making new friends, seeing lots of cool birds, and traveling to all sorts of awesome places. But with all this activity and excitement, you start wearing yourself down. […]
    • Young Birder Blog Birding #31 August 1, 2014 5:45
      July is often a difficult month for birders, but the month has come to an end. For many birds, breeding season is long gone and preparation for fall migration have begun. […]

    Follow ABA on Twitter

    Nature Blog Network