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#ABArare – Little Bunting – Arizona

We’re used to vagrants in Arizona coming up from the north, but perhaps the stunner of the season is one from far to the northwest. Richard Webster discovered an ABA Code 4 Little Bunting at Slaughter Ranch in Cochise County, Arizona on May 27.

Slaughter Ranch is off Geronimo Trail 15 miles east of Douglas, Arizona, about 2.5 hours southeast of Tucson and very close to the Mexican border. The bird was present in the area by the big pond, near what Google Maps calls the Slaughter Ranch Museum. Reports from May 28th were negative.

Though never common, Little Bunting is second only to Rustic Bunting among the Old World Emberiza buntings to show up on this side of the Pacific. Though most records in the ABA Area are unexpectedly from Alaska, there are a number of Lower 48 records for this species, most from California, and even one from Baja California Sur, Mexico in 2008.

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