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    #ABArare – Rustic Bunting – California

    On December 6, Alan Hopkins found an ABA Code 3 Rustic Bunting in a public park in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Being as the bird is rare away from Alaska and within the city limits of one of California’s largest cities, the race was on. It was refound once the afternoon of [read more…]

      #ABArare – Red-legged Honeycreeper – Texas

      Of course these things happen on holidays. In writing this up on my phone from my family’s Thanksgiving event, so apologies up front for any typos or autocorrect errors.

      This morning (11/27), a ranger at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo, Texas, found a bird he identified as a strange female vireo. Upon [read more…]

        #ABArare – Common Crane – Texas

        On the late afternoon on 11/18, Justin Bosler found an ABA Code 4 Common Crane among a large flock of Sandhill Cranes at Muleshoe NWR in Bailey County, Texas. Pending acceptance this is a first state record for Texas.

        Photo by Justin Bosler, used with permission

        Muleshoe NWR is in the Texas panhandle, just [read more…]

          #ABArare – Eurasian Siskin – Alaska

          The massive storm currently brewing in the Bering Sea, Nuri, seems to have dropped some birds on western Alaska. On Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutians, a Dusky Thrush was found visiting a feeder in the town of Unalaska, prompting a search for more interesting birds.

          The search paid off big time with the discovery [read more…]

            #ABArare – Tundra Bean-Goose – Oregon

            On the afternoon of November 9, Lee Sliman, a volunteer at Nestucca Bay NWR, found what appears now to be a Tundra Bean-Goose among a flock of Cackling Geese at the refuge in Tillamook, Oregon. The report was confirmed by birders later, and for the last two days the bird has been seen by many [read more…]

              #ABArare – Olive-backed Pipit – California

              Last year, November was the month of plenty for birders across the continent. It got so ridiculous by about the second week that I coined the term “Novembird” as a joke, but also as a tag to hang on every incredible thing showing up in late fall of 2013. Looks like 2014 could be a [read more…]

                #ABArare – Falcated Duck – California

                After a year off, it looks like an ABA Code 4 Falcated Duck has returned to Colusa NWR in Colusa County, California. A bird was seen here both during the winter of 2011-12 and 2012-13, but was not noted last winter, either because it wasn’t present or, more likely, it wintered in a spot not [read more…]

                  #ABArare – Eurasian Hobby- Washington

                  When it rains it pours. November is the month for rarities and it looks like we’re getting a jump on it this year. One of the more dramatic records of the fall is undoubtedly the news that an ABA Code 4 Eurasian Hobby has been found on 10/26, and is apparently chaseable, in Clallum County, [read more…]

                    #ABArare – Bahama Swallow – Florida

                    Put a bunch of people on a platform and have them looking at the sky for hours on end, and you never know what might fly by. Birders at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock State Park in Monroe County, Florida, had not one, not two, but three ABA Code 4 Bahama Swallows fly [read more…]

                      #ABArare – Red-flanked Bluetail – Alaska

                      New from western Alaska, Paul Lehman and company found a number of noteworthy birds highlighted by an ABA Code 4 Red-flanked Bluetail and also including Rustic Bunting (3) and two Little Buntings (4), at Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island.

                      Photo by Paul Lehman, used with permission

                      Red-flanked Bluetail is an Old World Flycatcher known [read more…]

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                      • 2014 Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend December 15, 2014 9:37
                        By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #35 December 5, 2014 7:22
                        November has truly been “Novembird” for much of the ABA area, with a smattering of great birds spread across the region. The grip of winter is finally beginning to take its hold. Lucky for us, there were several nice posts written by young birders over the past month. Many of us are gearing up for […]
                      • Nine Tips for Leading Bird Walks November 18, 2014 9:39
                        Recently, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon. More and more young birders have been leading bird walks. This is awesome and really helps enrich the young birder community, as well as the birding community as a whole. […]

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