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    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...]

                  #ABArare - Tundra Bean-Goose - California

                  On Oct 19, Garrett MacDonald and Tyler Pockette found a Bean-Goose, apparently a Tundra Bean-Goose (Code 3), at Unit 1 of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge in California. It was in a flock of about 600 Snow and Ross’s geese and several Greater White-fronted Geese. Many birders looked for it on Oct [read more...]

                    #ABArare - Blue-footed Booby - British Columbia

                    After my last post about the Blue-footed Boobies (Code 4) in California, the northward momentum of the invasion seemed to fizzle out. They made it as far north as Sonoma County and seemed to be poised to continue moving north, but then..nothing. Well, not entirely nothing: on Sep 24 while leading a whalewatching cruise, Kyle [read more...]

                      #ABArare - Chiffchaff and Red-flanked Bluetail - Alaska

                      A few rare vagrants visited Gambell the past several days. The first one found was a Chiffchaff (Code 5), discovered by Paul Lehman on Sep 22 and present until Sep 23. This is the third sighting of one in the ABA Area, with the previous two also from Gambell.

                      Chiffchaff is similar to several other [read more...]

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