We continue to report excellent birds from Alaska, as the late September rush is on in the Bering Sea. Two ABA Code 4 Siberian Accentors, one each on St. Lawrence (Gambell) and St. Paul Islands, were found in the last few days, the Gambell bird from 9/19 and the St. Paul bird on 9/21.
New from St. Paul, and worth a standalone post of its own, is an ABA Code 5 Wood Warbler found and photographed on the island by the St. Paul Tours/TDX group. The species was mentioned in an earlier post as one was found only a couple days ago on Adak, in the central Aleutians. This [read more...]
I’ll warn you right off the bat, there will be a number of Alaska posts coming one right after another. It’s just that things have been really hot there in the last few days, and the late September push looks to be in full effect all across the western part of the state, from the [read more...]
Quickly leaping towards the top of incredible ABA Area records this year comes the truly bizarre and amazing report of a Code 3 Berylline Hummingbird, not from Arizona where they are generally encountered, but from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, first seen on September 17. Pending acceptance, this is a first state record for Michigan [read more...]
Scarcely 24 hours after the discovery of a Red-flanked Bluetail (which continues today), the guys on St. Paul Island, Alaska, struck again. This time the bird is a Code 4 Taiga Flycatcher, photographed here by Doug Gochfeld on the side of the entrance road.
Photo by Doug Gochfeld, as usual more photos are available [read more...]
Birding on Alaska’s Bering Sea Islands continues to be productive, highlighted recently by an ABA Code 4 Red-flanked Bluetail discovered by Doug Gochfeld, Scott Schuette, and Olaf Danielson at Hutchinson Hill on St. Paul Island.
Photo by Doug Gochfeld, used with permission. Additional photos available on his flickr page
Red-flanked Bluetail is an Old [read more...]
With all the excellent birds in Alaska recently, you might be forgiven for thinking the birding elsewhere is just ho-hum. But you’d be wrong, as just this afternoon, Louise Zemaitis and Alec Humann spotted an ABA Code 5 Whiskered Tern from the hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point State Park in Cape May County, New [read more...]
I questioned whether to include this bird as #ABArare, as Northern Wheatear is a breeder (albeit pretty remotely) in the ABA Area and a semi-regular vagrant to Atlantic Canada and the Northeast US, but as records elsewhere the Lower 48 are relatively scarce, and chase-able records somewhat moreso, I decided just to go for it. [read more...]
We nearly went two days without a major ABA Area rarity from western Alaska, but the folks on St. Paul, in the Pribilofs, snapped that streak with a vengeance. Doug Gochfeld found a ABA Code 5 Common Chiffchaff at Hutchinson Hill. It’s the 4th documented record for the ABA Area (and likely the 5th overall), [read more...]
I’m used to writing maybe one or two of these a week. Heck, sometimes a month or two will go by without an ABA Area rarity to cover, but I think it’s safe to say by now that western Alaska is currently having one of “those” years. Gambell is crawling with vagrants. St. Paul is [read more...]