On April 10, an unidentified couple found an ABA Code 4 Slate-throated Redstart at Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona. The bird was subsequently refound and photographed by Mary Dineen. The bird has not been refound since then but may still be present.
photo by Mary Dineen, used with permission
Barfoot [read more...]
Over at Leica’s Traveling Trinovid blog, John Sterling discusses the bizarre dead-leafing behavior that many warbler employ as they forage.
In North America, we have dead-leafing Bewick’s and Carolina wrens, but also four warbler species that are dead-leafing specialists only during the winter: Orange-crowned, Blue-winged, Golden-winged and Worm-eating. In 1988 I collected foraging behavior data [read more...]
When it rains it pours in early spring, it seems. Not just in the flood of year firsts returning to North America from parts south, but also in the number and scope of rarities in the ABA Area. Two states pick up first records this week – sure it’s nothing like the streak we saw [read more...]
On the evening of 4/9, Roger Muskat discovered an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper in Solano County, California. The bird was found again the next day early in the morning, but has proven to be intermittent, finally showing again on the evening of 4/10. This is the second record for California and only the second [read more...]
On April 7, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter found a female Northern Wheatear in DeBaca County, New Mexico. The finders were birders from Colorado passing through New Mexico who had stopped at Bosque Redonodo Lake where they came across this stunner. Pending acceptance, this is a first state record for New Mexico and one of [read more...]
Common and Chihuahuan Ravens are difficult even in the best of circumstances. At Earbirding, Nathan Pieplow breaks down vocalizations of the two species in an attempt to determine whether that can be a reliable identification point.
Here in Colorado, we have lots of ravens. Conventional wisdom says the ones on the southeastern plains are Chihuahuans, [read more...]
Birders in the east who did not get their fill of Northern Lapwing (ABA Code 4) last winter will be interested in the recent discovery of another of these natty European plovers in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, yesterday (4/4) evening and again today (4/5). The bird was reported to the listserv by Doug Hitchcock, though no [read more...]
Between the rush of early spring migrants to much of the ABA Area and the near annual bird “reports” associated with April Fool’s Day, this was an, er, “exciting” one for birders in North America. Thankfully, after a relatively slow March things seem to be picking up a bit, not surprisingly as birds begin to [read more...]
Earlier today (4/2), Tony and Yvonee Dunne photographed a Common Shelduck near the town of Renews, Newfoundland. Pending acceptance (a big “if” when referring to vagrant waterfowl), this would be a first provincial record and potential first for the ABA Area.
Photo by Tony/Yvonne Dunne, more photos available here
The town of Renews is [read more...]
How many birders have made their way down the boardwalk at Magee Marsh, pausing amongst the crowds to gawk at a Blackburnian Warbler or Philadelphia Vireo, enjoying the opportunity to visit with friends old and new and enjoy some of the most spectacular spring birding on the continent? Thousands? Tens of thousands?
It has undoubtedly [read more...]