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#ABArare – Great Black Hawk – Maine

2018 has certainly not wanted for unbelievable bird records. August brings us yet another mind-blower when a raptor discovered and photographed on August 6 in York County, Maine, turned out to be a young Great Black Hawk. The ABA’s 1st record (still pending) of this widespread Neotropical species was discovered on South Padre Island, Texas, [read more…]

#ABArare – Townsend’s Storm-Petrel – California

On July 29, a boat out of San Diego, California, had an ABA Code 3 Townsend’s Storm-Petrel among the more expected pelagic species. Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was one of the Pacific Ocean subspecies of Leach’s Storm-Petrel split from that species in 2016.

Photo: Gary Nunn via Macaulay Library (S47550174)

Until 2016, Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was considered [read more…]

#ABArare – Zenaida Dove – Florida.

On July 8, Alex Lamoreaux discovered an ABA Code 5 Zenaida Dove among a flock of Mourning Doves in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Unusual for Zenaida Dove, this bird was seen well inland. It does suggest that this species might be more common than records suggest, and easily overlooked in places where it has not historically [read more…]

#ABArare – Masked Duck – Louisiana

On June 26, Paul Dickson discovered an ABA Code 3 Masked Duck at the Pinola Managed Wetlands near Shreveport, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Though officially a Code 3 bird, Masked Duck has been infrequent in recently years, though one was seen last year in Oklahoma. This is reportedly the 5th record of this species for [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Hobby, Oriental Cuckoo, and more – Alaska

The last few days have seen an influx of quality Asian rarities to little St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs. In lieu of handling them all individually, it’s easier to put them all together in one post.

On June 1, a movement of birds including Code 3s Common Cuckoo, Siberian Rubythroat, and Eyebrowed Thrushes was [read more…]

#ABArare – Stygian Owl – Florida

The turn of May and June has been an exceptional time for rarities in the ABA Area. Things are still showing up in Alaska and the Gulf Stream continues to put on its annual show. Barely having recovered from the shock of a wayward Tahiti Petrel in North Carolina, the birding world’s jaws dropped once [read more…]

#ABArare – Tahiti Petrel – North Carolina

Arguably one of the most extraordinary finds in recent memory, Peter Flood, spotting as part of Brian Patteson’s Seabirding crew found an ABA Code 4 Tahiti Petrel in the Gulf Stream out of Hatteras, North Carolina, yesterday (5/29), though with pelagic birding it might be more accurate to say that the petrel found them. In [read more…]

#ABArare – Common House Martin, Gray Bunting – Alaska

Reports are coming in hot and heavy from Alaska, with the Aleutian and Bering Sea outposts well-manned to take advantage of overshooting Asian vagrants. This post will draw attention to two of the most notable sightings so far but is not meant to be a full account of the season so far. The best place [read more…]

#ABArare – Tundra Bean-Goose, Terek Sandpiper, Common Pochard – Alaska

The ABA’s spring trip to St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs is going well so far, with a couple of good Asian vagrants to show so far. On May 20, an apparent Tundra Bean-Goose was present in a flock of Snow Geese, and soon after a Terek Sandpiper and a Common Pochard were discovered. All [read more…]

#ABArare – Golden-crowned Warbler – Colorado

It’s been a while since this one was initially discovered but as the bird is amazingly still present (at least as of 5/21) it’s overdue for a write-up. On May 15, Glen Walbek found an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler in eastern Colorado, near the border of Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. This is a [read more…]

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