A bird walk yesterday morning led by Huck Hutchens at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo Co, Texas, turned up an ABA Code 4 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat. The bird was seen and photographed by many throughout the day.
Photo by Chris Benesh, used with permission
Estero Llano Grande is located just south of Weslaco, [read more…]
2015 is off to a good start with a number of great birds found in the first few days or lingering in to the new year. The most recent of which is a female ABA Code 4 Blue Bunting, found by Dan Jones at Santa Ana NWR in Hidalgo Co, Texas.
Photo by Dan [read more…]
While not an Old World or tropical vagrant by any means, this post does concern one of the most wanted birds in North America so I’ll make a bit of an exception.
This afternoon (1/2/2015), Jason Mullins found an adult Ivory Gull on the Mississippi River near Quincy, Illinois. The bird was initially seen just [read more…]
On December 6, Alan Hopkins found an ABA Code 3 Rustic Bunting in a public park in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Being as the bird is rare away from Alaska and within the city limits of one of California’s largest cities, the race was on. It was refound once the afternoon of [read more…]
Of course these things happen on holidays. In writing this up on my phone from my family’s Thanksgiving event, so apologies up front for any typos or autocorrect errors.
This morning (11/27), a ranger at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo, Texas, found a bird he identified as a strange female vireo. Upon [read more…]
On the late afternoon on 11/18, Justin Bosler found an ABA Code 4 Common Crane among a large flock of Sandhill Cranes at Muleshoe NWR in Bailey County, Texas. Pending acceptance this is a first state record for Texas.
Photo by Justin Bosler, used with permission
Muleshoe NWR is in the Texas panhandle, just [read more…]
The massive storm currently brewing in the Bering Sea, Nuri, seems to have dropped some birds on western Alaska. On Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutians, a Dusky Thrush was found visiting a feeder in the town of Unalaska, prompting a search for more interesting birds.
The search paid off big time with the discovery [read more…]
On the afternoon of November 9, Lee Sliman, a volunteer at Nestucca Bay NWR, found what appears now to be a Tundra Bean-Goose among a flock of Cackling Geese at the refuge in Tillamook, Oregon. The report was confirmed by birders later, and for the last two days the bird has been seen by many [read more…]
Last year, November was the month of plenty for birders across the continent. It got so ridiculous by about the second week that I coined the term “Novembird” as a joke, but also as a tag to hang on every incredible thing showing up in late fall of 2013. Looks like 2014 could be a [read more…]
After a year off, it looks like an ABA Code 4 Falcated Duck has returned to Colusa NWR in Colusa County, California. A bird was seen here both during the winter of 2011-12 and 2012-13, but was not noted last winter, either because it wasn’t present or, more likely, it wintered in a spot not [read more…]