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#ABArare – Solitary Snipe, Common Rosefinch – Alaska

We’re reaching the peak period for Asian rarities in western Alaska, and two recent finds on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs deserve mention. On September 23rd, Sulli Gibson and Nicole Koeltzow flushed an ABA Code 5 Solitary Snipe near the village of St. Paul. This is the ABA Area’s 3rd record of this cryptic [read more…]

#ABArare – Piratic Flycatcher – Texas

On September 22, Bill and Kathy Lupardus found an ABA Code 4 Piratic Flycatcher at South Llano River State Park in Kimble County, Texas.

Photo: Bill Lupardus/Macaulay Library

South Llano State Park is located about 2 hours northwest of San Antonio, just south of I-10. The bird was located at the Acorn Bird Blind, [read more…]

Blog Birding #380

Ron Pittaway’s much-anticipated Winter Finch Report for the winter of 2018-2019 is out, and it looks like it’s going to be a good one in the east.

This is an irruption (flight) year for winter finches in the East. Cone and birch seed crops are poor to low in most of Ontario and the Northeast, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 21, 2018

First things first, thanks to Greg Neise for covering the Rare Bird Alert last week while I was in Cuba.

Mid-September is traditionally a very good time for rare birds in North America, particularly on the western side of the continent. Even so, the landfall of Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas was the major weather [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: What is Birding Like?

Have you ever had to describe birding to a friend or family member who just doesn’t get it? What analogies do you use? Is birding like a religion? A sport? An obsession? Guest host Greg Neise brings Birding editor Ted Floyd and young birder liaison Jennie Duberstein to bear on the issue in a [read more…]

Blog Birding #379

At The Nemesis Bird, Tim Healy tells the take of a particularly excellent New York pelagic.

Pelagic birding trips appeal to my inner explorer. Searching for wildlife on the high seas offers a special kind of thrill, an opportunity to break from more typical, terrestrial efforts and visit a realm beyond the boundaries of humanity’s [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 7, 2018

Little Egrets (ABA Code 4) continue to be seen in the northeast United States, with a single individual moving between Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the long-staying Maine bird persisting at Scarborough Marsh. A Thick-billed Vireo (4) was seen in Florida again and yet another Red-footed Booby (4) from a pelagic in California.

Alaska comes [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Photography as Birding with Keith Barnes

Birders in North America are increasingly keen to combine the somewhat separate skills of birding and photography, but around the rest of the world birding is pretty much synonymous with photography to the point where sometimes you don’t even carry binoculars. It seems strange to us, but it’s the way things are to birder [read more…]

#ABArare – Willow Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher – Alaska

Rarity season in western Alaska is shifting into gear, with reports of nice Asian landbird vagrant in the Bering Sea, one each from Gambell and St. Paul, a Code 4 Willow Warbler on the former and a Code 4 Taiga Flycatcher on the latter.

Greg Schyphers and crew, stationed at Gambell, had the Willow Warbler [read more…]

Blog Birding #378

In this season of migration Larry at The Brownstone Birding Blog urges birder not to take the birds they do see for granted when seeking out birds you might see.

One of the advantages of using eBird is that you can look to see what people are seeing in the area and then go [read more…]

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