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Rare Bird Alert: April 21, 2017

Spring moves on and the remaining ABA rarites of winter have mostly moved on. Arizona is still hosting a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) – can we call it resident by this point? – as well as the multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) that seem to have settled in for the season. The British Columbia Redwing [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: 2017 Splits and Lumps, The AOS Episode

The newest episode of the American Birding Podcast is out!

Every year, birders look forward to the check-list supplement from the American Ornithological Society (formerly the American Ornithologists’ Union), and this year is no exception. In fact, 2017 offers a bounty of potential splits for your armchair ticks, as well as some very compelling [read more…]

Blog Birding #316

What happens with a neotropical migrant has a run-in with an intransigent bivalve? Donna Schulman at 10,000 Birds has the remarkable story.

Early evening I returned to the Nature Center. A group of newly arrived birders were searching for the Prothonotary, missing in action. Fortunately, Eric Miller and Lisa Scheppke, Queens birding colleagues, arrived and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 14, 2017

Into mid-April, and the listservs across the continent are buzzing with reports of returning migrants. But there are still a few birds moving to places where they don’t belong, and even fewer continuing rarities in the ABA Area. The continuing Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania was seen into the beginning of the past week, but has [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Vireo – Florida

Florida just keeps producing. On Monday, April 10, 2017, Carl Goodrich and Lee Dunn discovered a Cuban Vireo at Indigenous Park in Key, West Florida. This is potentially a 2nd record for the ABA Area.

The 2017 bird has yet to be photographed, but the 2016 individual was more accommodating, at least early on. [read more…]

Blog Birding #315

Birders are often travelers, subject to the many vagaries of air travel. Experienced flyer Bill Thompson III offers some tips on making the most of your airport time at Bill of the Birds.

Today I’m trying to fly to Portland, Maine from Columbus, Ohio. But the travel demons are afoot and the only flight [read more…]

#ABArare – Loggerhead Kingbird – Florida

Another day, another Caribbean flycatcher in south Florida. Yesterday, Larry Manfredi found and photographed an ABA Code 5 Loggerhead Kingbird in Miami-Dade, Florida.

Photo: Larry Manfredi/Macaulay Library

The bird was discovered at an out of the way location west of Miami. A locally rare Pine Siskin has been present there for a few days [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

Yesterday morning (4/7) Shane Runyon and Nico Salio found an ABA Code 5 Cuban Pewee at Bill Baggs State Park in Miami-Dade, Florida. Pending acceptance, this would be the 6th record for the ABA Area, all from Florida.

Photo:Nico Salino/Macaulay Library (S35801016)

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (open 8 am to sundown; $4 [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 7, 2017

Things are starting to pick up as the weather warms across the ABA Area. Many winter rarities are moving on with only a small handful remaining. Arizona hosts most of them, as the Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) look to be settling in for another crack at breeding. The Streak-backed Oriole (4) might never leave [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Kim Kaufman on The Biggest Week

The newest episode of American Birding Podcast is out this morning!

The Biggest Week in American Birding is one of the biggest birding events on the calendar, and a wonderful opportunity for birders to make a difference while enjoying the best spring birding on the continent. Biggest Week creator Kim Kaufman joins me to talk [read more…]

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