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Rare Bird Alert: September 30, 2016

The last week of September was a very good week for vagrants in North America, with a number of exciting finds coming from all corners of the ABA Area. First to check in with our continuing birds, the now very familiar Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, the Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, and [read more…]

#ABArare – Variegated Flycatcher – Texas

On September 28, Bill Beaty found an ABA Code 5 Variegated Flycatcher on South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas. This would be the 7th record for the ABA Area and the 1st for Texas.

Photo: Javi Gonzalez

The bird was seen at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, typically hanging out around [read more…]

#ABArare – Dusky Warbler – California

On September 24, Ron Thorn discovered an ABA Code 4 Dusky Warbler in a patch of fennel in San Mateo County, California. The bird has been fairly reliable in this spot, which just south of San Francisco and notably just north of the San Francisco Airport. I can’t immediately recall a more convenient bird for [read more…]

Blog Birding #290

ABA Board member J. Drew Lanham, whose new memoir was published recently, offers an excerpt of the work focusing on the concerns of a black man birding in rural South Carolina at Literary Hub.

On mornings like this I sometimes question why I choose to do such things. Was I crazy to take this route, [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Sparrowhawk – Alaska

St. Paul and Gambell are the most popular fall hotspots in western Alaska, but the Aleutians produce as well, despite less coverage. Frank and Barb Haas hit the jackpot on the western Aleutian island of Adak this past Wednesday (9/21) when they photographed an unusual Accipiter that looks like a good candidate for the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 23, 2016

According to our friends at Birdcast, this past week was a good one for migration with fair to excellent conditions across the continent. As such, the rare birds alerts were more active this week, with a number of notable vagrants moving along with the expected species, particularly on the left half of North America.

Continuing [read more…]

Test your ID Skills with the ABA Photo Quiz

Birders love Photo ID quizzes. Or, at least, they certainly get a lot of attention. Maybe we like tackling the finer points of bird ID when the obvious stuff is obscured. Or maybe those of us who are adept at taking poor bird photos hold out hope that our headless, branch-obscured, butt shots can find [read more…]

Blog Birding #289

It’s worth noting, in this exciting time of year, that there are lots of wonderful resources available for birders looking to make the most of their fall. Birdcast, by the folks who brought you eBird, is one of the finest, and is worth a daily visit this time of year.

Marginal and locally favorable migration [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 16, 2016

Finally, at long last, the zugunruhe of autumn is starting to clear our long-staying ABA Area vagrants. Many of the Arizona birds were not reported this week (maybe AZ birders were too busy piecing together their blown minds following the Hurrican Newton bonanza to look for them), but our friend the Maine Little Egret (ABA [read more…]

ABA Area Big Year Update: September, and Everyone Goes to Alaska

For a Big Year birder, 9 months in means that most all of the regularly occurring ABA Area breeding birds have been tallied. September is the beginning of rarity season, which means that any birder with the hopes of a sizeable Big Year list needs to put themselves in position to sweep up as many [read more…]

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