Mentioned yesterday in the formal Rare Bird Alert, but as it’s a state first, worth mentioning again. The overnight pelagic out of Freeport, New York, was enormously successful. Target birds include White-faced Storm-Petrel, which was seen well, and other deepwater birds that are difficult to come by on day trips out on the continental shelf.
The rare shorebirds continue to highlight late summer 2014, and Texas gets another good one in a Bar-tailed Godwit, found and photographed on 8/9 by Mel Cooksey at Oso Bay in Corpus Christi. Pending acceptance this is a first state record for Texas.
The second rare shorebird in as many weeks for Texas, this [read more...]
Things are starting to get interesting on the bird front lately, as it seems that all corners of the ABA Area are checking in with nice birds seen this week. From the far northeast quadrant, Alain Richard found and photographed an ABA Code 4 White-winged Tern in Fatima “barachois” in Magdalen Islands, a small archipelago [read more...]
I mentioned this record in the most recent Rare Bird Alert, but it’s so remarkable it deserves a little more coverage. Since at least mid-July, birders in Winnipeg, Manitoba, have been reporting an unusual raptor in the area, but one which was not showing well and not giving looks that would unquestionably confirm the bird’s [read more...]
It takes a very good bird to bring me out of retirement to write an #ABArare post, and the Collared Plover found by Dan Jones in Hargill, TX on Aug 2 is just such a bird. Collared Plover has a range that extends from South America to Mexico. It’s a Code 5 species with only [read more...]
While we’re all eagerly awaiting the likely split of Shy Albatross by the AOU in their forthcoming Check-list supplemental, it’s worth reviewing the status of the species in ABA Area waters. The three “Shy” Albatrosses are represented by eight records from California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Of those states, California is the only one with [read more...]
At long last, the shorebird scene is starting to come alive. First a Red-necked Stint in Florida, and now following up on a report of a large plover in a field in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Alan Mart photographed an apparent ABA Code 3 European Golden-Plover in an agricultural area near the town of Pittstown. [read more...]
Mid-summer means one thing in North America – it’s stint season!
The first report in the lower 48 came just yesterday when visiting birders Viktor Nilsson-Örtman and his father, Håkan Örtman discovered an ABA Code 3 Red-necked Stint at Boca Chica Beach in Monroe County, Florida. Remarkably, this would be a first state record for [read more...]
Few species have been as prone to vagrancy in recent years as Brown Booby. The far-ranging Sulid has been recorded as far afield as Atlantic Canada in the east and Washington in the west, with exceptional individuals seen well inland in Arkansas and Texas.
We can add another point to that bizarre map, this time [read more...]
While on a Harbor Breeze Tours whale-watching trip out of Long Beach on June 27, Tim Hammond found and photographed what was initially identified as a Masked Booby about four miles off of Palos Verdes in Los Angeles County waters. Subsequent study of the photos suggest that the bird looks good for Nazca Booby, which [read more...]