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Blog Birding #281

Shorebird season is on the horizon, and many birds are already heading back south. Time to get reacquainted with some of the more common migrants like Solitary Sandpiper, as Tom Johnson lays out at View from the Cape.

Solitary Sandpipers are small members of the genus Tringa, the same genus that includes the yellowlegs and [read more…]

#ABArare – Great Knot – Maine

On July 23, puffin researcher Keenan Yakola found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Great Knot on the restricted Seal Island in Knox County, Maine. This is a 1st record for Maine and only the second record of this East Asian species in the eastern part of the continent.

Photo: Keenan Yakola

Seal Island [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 22, 2016

As it has been for what seems like the entirety of the year, southeast Arizona has been the place for ABA Area rarities, as birds notable birds continue once more into the latter half of July. Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and both Plain-capped Starthroat (4) and Berylline Hummingbird (4) were seen [read more…]

#ABArare – Nazca Booby – California

On July 16, a whale-watching vessel out of Monterey, California, found more than whales when all on board were treated to an ABA Code 5 Nazca Booby, the 5th confirmed record for the ABA Area and the 2nd from the central California Coast, the farthest north this species has ever been documented.

Photo: Elizabeth [read more…]

ABA Area Big Years: July Update and a Record Broken

From the beginning of the year, that Neil Hayward’s 2013 ABA Big Year record of 748 was going to be overtaken never seemed to be in doubt. Hayward was the beneficiary of a great many new species in the ABA Area, from both splits and introduced exotics (including one mid-year split that all birders have [read more…]

Blog Birding #280

Pokemon Go is a full-scale phenomenon right now, and many birders have noted the similarity to our own hobby of seeking and finding. Anna Fasoli at The Nemesis Bird goes deep.

The parallels to birding are uncanny. In a nutshell, you are on a quest to find these adorable yet intriguing creatures, and some of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 15, 2016

By mid-July we’re starting to see migration pick up again, as the number of unusual shorebirds around the ABA Area, both rare on a continental and local scale, has increased quite a bit in recent days. It continues to be a fantastic year for Ruff in the ABA Area, as many new and continuing individuals [read more…]

Blog Birding #279

Summer birding is upon us, and monsoon season in the southwest shortly to come.Cassidy Gratton, writing at Bourbon, Bastards and Birds pens a fine tribute to this wonderful time of year.

Already, the seeds of cumulus clouds are above us. They will grow steadily throughout the day. The monsoon is a slow and relentless clock, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 8, 2016

Arizona continues to be the rarity capital of the ABA, as continuing Pine Flycatcher (ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue, with the latest of those three successfully fledging young this week. They are joined in that state by the return of the Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) at Madera [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 1, 2016

Welcome to the second half of 2016, with midsummer behind us and the summer doldrums set in. Continuing ABA rarities continue to be familiar, with the Maine Little Egret (ABA Code 4), and the Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (potential ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Slate-throated Redstart (4) remaining.

Western Alaska, and in particular, [read more…]

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