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Rare Bird Alert: December 15, 2017

This is the last rare bird update before Christmas Bird Count season begins. The annual count period typically produces a handful of great birds across the ABA Area, the result of thousands of motivated birders thoroughly covering patches from coast to coast (and increasingly around the world). Birders are likely hoping that the lingering rarities [read more…]

#ABArare – Mistle Thrush – New Brunswick

On Saturday, December 9, Peter Gadd in Miramichi, New Brunswick, photographed an apparent Mistle Thrush feeding on Mountain Ash berries in their yard. This is not only a 1st record for New Brunswick and Canada, but it is a potential 1st ABA Area record of this wide-ranging Eurasian Turdus thrush.

Photo: Michel Doucet/Macaulay Library

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Rare Bird Alert: December 8, 2017

The first week of December brings some interesting new birds to spots across the ABA Area. But we’ll start with the continuing ones, some of which should be familiar to readers by now. In Texas, Tamaulipas Crows (ABA Code 4) continue in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere and may stay all winter. The Garganey [read more…]

#ABArare – Green-breasted Mango – Texas

On December 2, 2017, John Brush discovered a young Green-breasted Mango (ABA Code 4) at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in Hidalgo County, Texas. Green-breasted Mango has occurred in the ABA Area around 20 times, with all but a few records coming from south Texas.

Photo: Cynthia Bridge/Macaulay Library (S40885401)

Quinta Mazatlan is one [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 1, 2017

Into the the final month of the year, where the continuing ABA rarities are for the most part familiar. The Nazca Booby (ABA Code 4) was seen again this week in southern California, which has hosted all 6 species of North American Sulid in the last month. Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue to be seen in [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – California

On Sunday, November 26, birders reported a dingy immature Garganey (ABA Code 4) at Waller Park, in Santa Maria, California, Santa Barbara County. The bird has apparently taken in with the resident feral duck flock, which has led to a lot of speculation as to the bird’s provenance. However, there are birders who feel that [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 25, 2017

The presence of a mid-week holiday didn’t seem to slow down the rare bird world this week, even despite the lack of first records. The new ABA Checklist includes an overhaul of ABA rarity codes, so you may see some new numbers this week. Bear with me as we all adjust to this new normal. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 17, 2017

Continuing birds include the return of Tamaulipas Crow (ABA Code 3), still being seen reliably at the Brownsville Dump in Texas, the long-staying Blue-footed Booby in California that researchers on the Farallones have been keeping tabs on, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida, and a handful of Pink-footed Geese (4) and Barnacle Goose (4) scattered [read more…]

#ABArare – Red-footed Booby – California

On October 29, Josiah Clark found a young booby in Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County, California. It was later refound on November 13 where it was identified as an ABA Code 4 Red-footed Booby. While the species is somewhat regular in extreme southern Florida, it is far less common in the Pacific basin. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 10, 2017

It was an interesting week in the world of ABA Area rare birds, with a handful of false starts on the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook group. All understandable though, as November is traditionally an exceptional month for rarities continent-wide. In any case, the confirmed batch of new birds this week is full enough. Noteworthy [read more…]

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