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Rare Bird Alert: October 9, 2015

October and November are peak time for rarities across most of the continent, and things continue to stay interesting just about everywhere but particularly in the western half of the continent. There some patterns emerging in the last couple weeks, none of which are unexpected for this time of year. Eastern landbird vagrants are starting [read more…]

#ABArare – Wood Warbler – Alaska

More from western Alaska, this time once again from Gambell in St. Lawrence Island. Paul Lehman found a Code 5 Wood Warbler.

Photo by Paul Lehman


Wood Warbler is the rarest Phylloscopus to occur in the ABA Area, breeding no closer to North America than central Russia, a full 2500 miles west [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Dotterel – Ontario

Jut getting word that an ABA Code 4 Eurasian Dotterel was discovered this afternoon near Oliphant, Bruce County, Ontario, by Michael Butler. The bird was associating with a flock of shorebirds of Lake Huron. This is a first provincial record for Ontario and a first record for this species in the eastern half of the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 2, 2015

This report is coming from the floor of the American Birding Expo, and composed between various stints of setting up, so my apologies for the lack of a preamble this time round. We’ll go straight to the birds. Continuing rarities in the ABA include some very long-staying birds, namely the Texas Collared Plover (ABA Code [read more…]

#ABArare – Dusky Thrush – Alaska

New from Gambell, Alaska, an ABA Code 4 Dusky Thrush was found by Paul Lehman and crew, in addition to an extraordinary number of Siberian Accentors (7 at last count), and Little Bunting, among others.

Photo by Paul Lehman

Dusky Thrush is a rare vagrant to western Alaska, and is generally more common as [read more…]

#ABArare – Piratic Flycatcher – Texas

Yesterday (9/26), Kevin Smith found and photographed a likely Piratic Flycatcher at Barker Reservoir in Houston, Texas.

Photo by Kevin Smith, used with permission. More photos available here.

Barker Reservoir is in west Houston, just south of I-10, off of Hwy 6 (Addicks Satsuma Rd). For more specific directions Kevin offers the following:

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Rare Bird Alert: September 25, 2015

This week might well be remembered as the week the dam broke in 2015. Drought in the west, El Nino in the Pacific, and the overwhelming urge to move conspired for the first long list of vagrants of the year. So, let’s get to it.

ABA Area birds of note continuing into the week include [read more…]

#ABArare – Pallas’s Rosefinch – Alaska

What a week it’s been for the Bering Sea! First a Blyth’s Reed Warbler on Gambell and now Cory Gregory and the St. Paul Island crew have turned up an apparent Pallas’s Rosefinch in the Pribilofs. This is a potential 1st record for this east Asian finch in the ABA Area.

Photo by Neil [read more…]

#ABArare – Northern Jacana – Texas

Things are starting to get rolling this week across the ABA Area, as this morning a John Yochum-led bird walk at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo, Texas, found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Northern Jacana.

Photo by John Yochum

Estero Llano Grande is located just south of Weslaco, Texas. From Hwy [read more…]

#ABArare – Blyth’s Reed Warbler – Alaska

Paul Lehman and crew on Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, have had a great September so far, and it just got better with the discovery on 9/18 of a Blyth’s Reed Warbler, a potential 1st confirmed ABA Area record.

Photo by Monte Taylor. More photos available at his website here.

This species was reported [read more…]

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