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Rare Bird Alert: October 9, 2015

October and November are peak time for rarities across most of the continent, and things continue to stay interesting just about everywhere but particularly in the western half of the continent. There some patterns emerging in the last couple weeks, none of which are unexpected for this time of year. Eastern landbird vagrants are starting [read more…]

Blog Birding #246

Congo Peafowl is a ghost bird, living in a difficult area to access and difficult to find once there. At Nature Travel Network, Laura Kammermeier relays the story of a recent, and successful, quest to finally find one.

The Congo Peafowl, therefore, is “one of the most elusive animals on earth.” This might very well [read more…]

#ABArare – Wood Warbler – Alaska

More from western Alaska, this time once again from Gambell in St. Lawrence Island. Paul Lehman found a Code 5 Wood Warbler.

Photo by Paul Lehman


Wood Warbler is the rarest Phylloscopus to occur in the ABA Area, breeding no closer to North America than central Russia, a full 2500 miles west [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Dotterel – Ontario

Jut getting word that an ABA Code 4 Eurasian Dotterel was discovered this afternoon near Oliphant, Bruce County, Ontario, by Michael Butler. The bird was associating with a flock of shorebirds of Lake Huron. This is a first provincial record for Ontario and a first record for this species in the eastern half of the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 2, 2015

This report is coming from the floor of the American Birding Expo, and composed between various stints of setting up, so my apologies for the lack of a preamble this time round. We’ll go straight to the birds. Continuing rarities in the ABA include some very long-staying birds, namely the Texas Collared Plover (ABA Code [read more…]

Follow the ABA at the American Birding Expo!

We’re busy setting up for the ABA Summit and the American Birding Expo this week. The ABA lounge is back in action and we’re excited to welcome all the birders and birding industry folks from North America and beyond as we celebrate this community that we’re all a part of.

We’ll be sharing a [read more…]

#ABArare – Dusky Thrush – Alaska

New from Gambell, Alaska, an ABA Code 4 Dusky Thrush was found by Paul Lehman and crew, in addition to an extraordinary number of Siberian Accentors (7 at last count), and Little Bunting, among others.

Photo by Paul Lehman

Dusky Thrush is a rare vagrant to western Alaska, and is generally more common as [read more…]

Winter Finches are Coming, maybe: The 2015-16 Winter Finch Report

As reliable as the mudflats full of shorebirds and the first frost, there’s no surer sign of the changing seasons that Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Report.

The focus of the annual “What to expect when you’re expecting irruptive finches” is always on Ontario, but Pittaway’s insights can be extrapolated to the rest of the [read more…]

Blog Birding #245

Sorry for the garbled post that went out earlier today. Evidently, something went funky between composing the post and publishing it. Everything should be fixed now.


Being the spouse of a birder can be thankless, it can be maddening, it can also be hilarious. Danette Collins shares 10 things she’s learned from [read more…]

#ABArare – Piratic Flycatcher – Texas

Yesterday (9/26), Kevin Smith found and photographed a likely Piratic Flycatcher at Barker Reservoir in Houston, Texas.

Photo by Kevin Smith, used with permission. More photos available here.

Barker Reservoir is in west Houston, just south of I-10, off of Hwy 6 (Addicks Satsuma Rd). For more specific directions Kevin offers the following:

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