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Rare Bird Alert: April 20, 2018

All the rare bird action of the last couple weeks seems to be centered on Arizona. And why not? Spring is a great time for overshooting migrants, even those short-distance or altitudinal migrants of western Mexico who take up with ABA Area breeders and slide into the southeastern corner of the state. In the last [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: eBird’s Global Big Day with Ian Davies & Kyle Horton

Spring is right around the corner. And if you’re going to be birding, you might as well be eBirding. You should definitely be eBirding on May 5th, eBird’s annual Global Big Day. Last year birders recorded more than 6600 species from 160 different countries on one day. eBird’s Project Coordinator Ian Davies joins me to [read more…]

#ABArare – Marsh Sandpiper – California

On April 16, an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper was discovered, or perhaps re-discovered, at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, California. This is the same site that hosted a Marsh Sandpiper in 2016.

Photo: Steve Hampton/Macaulay Library

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area lies directly between West Sacramento and Davis, California, just off [read more…]

#ABArare – Wood Sandpiper – New York

On the evening of April 16, 2018, Patricia Lindsay found a Wood Sandpiper on a golf course in Suffolk County, New York, the 2nd record for that state and only the 4th record for the Atlantic coast.

Photo: Shai Mitra/Macaulay Library

The bird was seen on the Timber Point Golf Course, in a puddle [read more…]

#ABArare – Fan-tailed Warbler – Arizona

The Red Warbler didn’t stick around long, but a couple of very nice ABA Area warblers took its place in southeast Arizona. The most notable of which is an ABA Code 4 Fan-tailed Warbler in Cochise County, found by RIck Taylor at his home on April 13.

Photo: Chris Rohrer/Macaulay Library

The bird has [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 13, 2018

As we sit on the doorstep of spring migration things are beginning to get interesting across the ABA Area, with a new slate of noteworthy records to report this week. But first, those continuing birds including Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4), Streak-backed Oriole (4), and Sinaloa Wren (5) in Arizona, Tamaulipas Crows (4) are still [read more…]

Blog Birding #359

Meet newly minted ABA Young Birder of the Year Adam Dhalla, interviewed at The Eyrie.

Yes, I started birding around five years ago when I was seven. The bird that really got me started, or my ‘spark bird’ was definitely the majestic Snowy Owl. It was December 2012, and after hearing about the huge [read more…]

#ABArare – RED WARBLER – Arizona

On April 9, 2018, Janet Moore and Janet Stein discovered a potential ABA Area 1st record in a Red Warbler at Rose Canyon Lake, Pima County, Arizona, near Tucson. The bird was refound at the same location later that day by Dave Stejskal, Mark Stevenson, and Molly Pollock.

Rose Canyon Lake is 17 [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Godwit – New Jersey

Early April is a great time for vagrant shorebirds in the ABA Area, and the season kicked off in New Jersey this past weekend with the discovery by John Stippick of an ABA Code 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Pedricktown Marsh, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, Sunday April 8.

Photo: John Stippick/Macaulay Library

Pedricktown Marsh [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 6, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area are beginning to clear out, and this week sees the lowest number in some time. Arizona continues to be hot, however, with continuing Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) Sinaloa Wren (5) and Streak-backed Oriole (4). Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue in south Texas, as do the Nazca Boobies (4) in [read more…]

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