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Rare Bird Alert: October 21, 2016

Things are beginning to pick up in late fall, as rarity season begins to reach its peak. Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include the Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in south Texas and the Blue-footed Booby (4), found again this week in California.

The season’s 2nd Lesser Sand-Plover (3) in the Lower 48 [read more…]

#ABArare – Amethyst-throated Hummingbird – Texas

On October 15, an Amethyst-throated Hummingbird was discovered by a homeowner in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, and subsequently recorded on a feeder cam administered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The bird spent much of the afternoon and evening visiting the feeder. Pending acceptance, this would be a 1st record for Texas, and [read more…]

Blog Birding #293

Birding has many joys, not least of which is finding something that is definitely not supposed to be where it is. Dorian Anderson of The Speckled Hatchback recounts the discovery of a California Dusky Warbler.

However, the excitement of chasing rarities, “poaching” as I often refer to the process, pales in comparison to finding rarities [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 14, 2016

This week was a particularly slow one, especially this deep into rarity season. But California, at least, picks up the slack with a number of excellent finds. As for noteworthy continuing birds, the Arizona Lesser Sand-Plover (ABA Code 3) stuck around into the beginning of the last week, while the Pink-footed Goose (4) in Quebec [read more…]

2016 Proxy Ballot Update – Where to Get Your Ballot if You Haven’t Received it Yet

The ABA’s Annual Membership Meeting is coming up and with it, the deadline to return the proxy ballot containing the by-laws change that would expand the ABA Area to include Hawai’i.

Due to an error at our mailing house, many ABA members will have received two ballots. The first will typically have an incorrect [read more…]

Blog Birding #292

Storm-petrels are among the most numerous birds on earth, but their habitat preferences put them out of reach of most birders. So it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to appreciate them the way Jared Clarke of Bird the Rock was able to recently.

For a place that boasts the world’s largest colonies of Leach’s Storm-Petrels, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 7, 2016

Continuing ABA rarities have mostly cleared out, but Texas hosted at least two into this last week. The Variegated Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) on South Padre Island stuck around through last weekend before the weather changed and it disappeared. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) that was also on Padre left a couple days previously.

The accommodating [read more…]

ABA Area Big Years: Early October Vagrant Chasing

Big Year birders are trickling back from western Alaska, as the meat of the rarity season comes to a close there, and just in time for the excitement of peak rarity season in the rest of the continent. By early October, most ABA Area breeding birds that spend the winter in Central and South America [read more…]

#ABArare – Lesser Sand-Plover – Arizona

On Sunday, October 2, Jason Wilder and Chuck LaRue found an ABA Code 3 Lesser Sand-Plover at Round Cedar Lake in Coconino County, Arizona. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for Arizona (which has had an incredible run this fall) and one of only a very few records in western North America away from [read more…]

Blog Birding #291

It’s looking like it’s going to be a fairly good winter for Red Crossbills in the coming months, and as one of North America’s most vexing species from a taxonomic perspective, birders often want to keep track of the “Types” of crossbills they cross paths with. Nick Bonomo has some great information on how to [read more…]

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