On September 24, Ron Thorn discovered an ABA Code 4 Dusky Warbler in a patch of fennel in San Mateo County, California. The bird has been fairly reliable in this spot, which just south of San Francisco and notably just north of the San Francisco Airport. I can’t immediately recall a more convenient bird for [read more…]
St. Paul and Gambell are the most popular fall hotspots in western Alaska, but the Aleutians produce as well, despite less coverage. Frank and Barb Haas hit the jackpot on the western Aleutian island of Adak this past Wednesday (9/21) when they photographed an unusual Accipiter that looks like a good candidate for the [read more…]
According to our friends at Birdcast, this past week was a good one for migration with fair to excellent conditions across the continent. As such, the rare birds alerts were more active this week, with a number of notable vagrants moving along with the expected species, particularly on the left half of North America.
Continuing [read more…]
Finally, at long last, the zugunruhe of autumn is starting to clear our long-staying ABA Area vagrants. Many of the Arizona birds were not reported this week (maybe AZ birders were too busy piecing together their blown minds following the Hurrican Newton bonanza to look for them), but our friend the Maine Little Egret (ABA [read more…]
Rarity season in the Bering Sea is underway, with excellent birds being found in both the Pribs and on Gambell this past weekend. On St. Paul Island, Stephan Lorenz and crew found an ABA Code 4 Jack Snipe. The bird was initially found on September 9, but refound again yesterday.
Jack Snipe from St. [read more…]
Continuing rarities include Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) in Arizona, Marsh Sandpiper (5) on St Paul in Alaska, and the long-staying Little Egret (4) in Maine.
This past week was a tale of two hurricanes, one on either side of the continent. Both Atlantic and Pacific birders anticipated the bounty of [read more…]
Hurricane Newton, the 9th hurricane of an unusually busy Pacific season made landfall in Baja California Sur as a Category 1 storm before pushing northwest along the peninsula and turning eastward towards southeastern Arizona, the first hurricane to do so in nearly two decades. Though not an exceptionally strong storm by the time it reached [read more…]
When I began the practice of reviewing notable ABA Area rarities that were sticking in place week-to-week, I don’t think I ever expected to report the same four or 5ive birds for months on end. And yet, that’s where we are in 2016, the year that may go down in history as the one in [read more…]
Out well-trodden ABA notables continue in both Arizona and Maine, as the Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) continue into the week, along with the on-again-off-again Flame-colored Tanager (4) in the former, and the Little Egret (4) persisting at least into last weekend in the latter.
It’s getting to be that special [read more…]
On August 24, Dan Walker found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Jabiru in southern Victoria County, Texas. He reported the bird to the TEXBIRDS Facebook group. The bird was seen briefly, but disappeared into ditch in a nearby wet pasture and did not show itself again. It is possibly, even likely, that it is [read more…]