While Snowy Owls are staging a major invasion over eastern parts of the ABA Area, another visitor from the North is delighting birders in Iowa. A Code 3 Ross’s Gull was found at Lake Red Rock, west of Pella and southeast of Des Moines, by Aaron Brees on December 1.
To get to Lake [read more...]
On November 10, Bob Nieman found an ABA Code 4 Streak-backed Oriole at the Rattlesnake Springs migrant trap near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The bird was found again yesterday morning, but is reportedly extremely difficult to pin down as it moves through very dense Russian Olive groves. This is the third record for New Mexico and [read more...]
So if anyone doubted that November was the rarity month, perhaps this first week and change of the month will dissuade them of that notion but quick. In the first nine days of the month (and the last few of October) we’ve seen no less than 9 first state/provincial records and a who’s who of [read more...]
Breaking news from the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Texas, where Jeff Bouton discovered an ABA Code 5 Amazon Kingfisher near San Benito in Cameron County, Texas.
Amazon Kingfisher, Cameron Co, Tx, photo by Jeff Bouton
The bird is being seen at a resaca (oxbow lake) east of the intersection of US 77 [read more...]
Nova Scotia has not been wanting for vagrant geese lately. In addition to the ABA Code 4 Barnacle and Pink-footed Geese and the the province’s second record of Ross’s Goose seen over the last couple weeks, you can add a Tundra/Taiga Bean-Goose (ABA Code 3/4) found in Yarmouth yesterday by a non-birding golfer, identified by [read more...]
A hummingbird visiting a feeder in Fairfield, Connecticut, since the end of October was confirmed just this week as that state’s first record of Black-chinned Hummingbird. Unfortunately for birders, the bird is visiting a private residence and access is restricted to the public.
photo by Mark Szentyr, used with permission.
While a common breeding [read more...]
On November 6, 2013, Dirk Robinson found what he tentatively identified as a Gray Kingbird along Thirteen Curves Road in Sussex County, Delaware. The bird was subsequently seen by several birders who confirmed the report and obtained photographs. Pending acceptance, this is the first state record of this species for Delaware.
Photo by Tim [read more...]
Roberto Torres took fellow birders Rangel Diaz, Josh Friers, and Larry Manfredi out on his boat on November 1 to explore the offshore waters of Miami-Dade County. At the Pacific Reef Lighthouse, among a group of 42 Brown Boobies, Manfredi picked out an immature Red-footed Booby (Code 4).
Red-footed Booby (shown by arrow) among [read more...]
There are rarities that are somewhat expected, even when they’re a first for the ABA Area (e.g., Amazon Kingfisher in Texas, Loggerhead Kingbird in Florida). Then there are those that weren’t on the radar. Today we have one of the latter. While not quite at the level of the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, the Common Swift found [read more...]
On October 29, Samueal Denault found a subadult Hermit Warbler at Observatoire d’Oiseaux de Tadoussac (Tadoussac Bird Observatory) in eastern Quebec. The bird was later netted at the observatory’s banding station. Pending acceptance, this is a first provincial record for Quebec.
photo by Samuel Denault
Tadoussac Bird Observatory is located approximately 3.5 hours northeast [read more...]