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    Dispatches from Attu: Making Lemonade

    This story starts slow, but stick with it. It gets a lot better near the end. Trust me.

    After scoring the Pin-tailed Snipe on May 31, we had renewed hopes for the second week of Zugunruhe‘s Attu trip. The weather forecast was still poor for bringing more vagrants (east winds and no low pressure systems [read more...]

      Dispatches from Attu: The Finding of the Snipe

      While the forecast was for winds out of the southeast, we awoke to southwest winds on May 31. Since they weren’t associated with a storm passing by us I didn’t have high hopes, but it was still more encouraging than yesterday’s northeast winds. We split up into three groups to cover more area, with some [read more...]

        Dispatch from Attu: To the End of the Aleutians

        Editor’s Note: We’re excited to offer dispatches from John Puschock and Zugunruhe Tours‘s trip to legendary Attu, at the very tip of the Aleutian Islands. John will be posting about the journey here at the ABA Blog every few days.

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        Greetings from Casco Cove! We’re almost done with the first week of [read more...]

          Rare Bird Alert: January 31, 2014

          Once again winter weather ruled the eastern side of the ABA Area, but despite that, birders still got out in the field and found a good number of noteworthy birds. Dry conditions persisted in the western U.S., and Alaska experienced unseasonably warm weather. And in North Carolina, Nate had some family obligations, so I’m filling [read more...]

            #ABArare - Crimson-collared Grosbeak - Texas

            On January 19, Marci and Terry Fuller found an immature male Crimson-collared Grosbeak (Code 4) at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) near Alamo, TX. They found the bird along the entrance road about three-fourths of the way from the dike near the visitor center to the old manager’s residence (the area that now has [read more...]

              #ABArare - Common Snipe - Newfoundland

              On January 11 while leading a tour group, Bruce Mactavish discovered a Common Snipe at the spot he describes as “the famous snipe spot made infamous by [a] Jacksnipe three winters ago” in Ferryland, Newfoundland. The identification was not confirmed during the first sighting, but birders refound it on January 12 and obtained diagnostic photos. [read more...]

                #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 [read more...]

                  #ABArare - Ross's Gull - Iowa

                  While Snowy Owls are staging a major invasion over eastern parts of the ABA Area, another visitor from the North is delighting birders in Iowa. A Code 3 Ross’s Gull was found at Lake Red Rock, west of Pella and southeast of Des Moines, by Aaron Brees on December 1.

                  To get to Lake [read more...]

                    #ABArare - Red-footed Booby - Florida

                    Roberto Torres took fellow birders Rangel Diaz, Josh Friers, and Larry Manfredi out on his boat on November 1 to explore the offshore waters of Miami-Dade County. At the Pacific Reef Lighthouse, among a group of 42 Brown Boobies, Manfredi picked out an immature Red-footed Booby (Code 4).

                    Red-footed Booby (shown by arrow) among [read more...]

                      #ABArare - Common Swift - California

                      There are rarities that are somewhat expected, even when they’re a first for the ABA Area (e.g., Amazon Kingfisher in Texas, Loggerhead Kingbird in Florida). Then there are those that weren’t on the radar. Today we have one of the latter. While not quite at the level of the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, the Common Swift found [read more...]

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