On 4/9, Rob Fergus discovered an unusual cormorant in a retention pond in Clinton, Hunterson County, New Jersey. Fergus identified the bird as a Neotropic Cormorant, and after a bit of discussion consensus gathered on that being the correct identification. This would be a first state record for New Jersey.
Photo by Ellen DeCarlo, [read more...]
On April 10, an unidentified couple found an ABA Code 4 Slate-throated Redstart at Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona. The bird was subsequently refound and photographed by Mary Dineen. The bird has not been refound since then but may still be present.
photo by Mary Dineen, used with permission
Barfoot [read more...]
On the evening of 4/9, Roger Muskat discovered an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper in Solano County, California. The bird was found again the next day early in the morning, but has proven to be intermittent, finally showing again on the evening of 4/10. This is the second record for California and only the second [read more...]
On April 7, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter found a female Northern Wheatear in DeBaca County, New Mexico. The finders were birders from Colorado passing through New Mexico who had stopped at Bosque Redonodo Lake where they came across this stunner. Pending acceptance, this is a first state record for New Mexico and one of [read more...]
Birders in the east who did not get their fill of Northern Lapwing (ABA Code 4) last winter will be interested in the recent discovery of another of these natty European plovers in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, yesterday (4/4) evening and again today (4/5). The bird was reported to the listserv by Doug Hitchcock, though no [read more...]
Earlier today (4/2), Tony and Yvonee Dunne photographed a Common Shelduck near the town of Renews, Newfoundland. Pending acceptance (a big “if” when referring to vagrant waterfowl), this would be a first provincial record and potential first for the ABA Area.
Photo by Tony/Yvonne Dunne, more photos available here
The town of Renews is [read more...]
First records are not all made the same. Some are truly unexpected while others represent long-awaited additions to a region’s list. Others, particularly those representing introduced species, seem to lack the same buzz as those from those birds from other continents, or even those the opposite side of this continent. Maybe it’s because non-native firsts [read more...]
On Thursday, March 19, Robin Diaz discovered an ABA Code 4 Bahama Mockingbird at R. Hardy Matheson Preserve in Coral Gables, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Though many reports of Bahama Mockingbird have been sent to the Florida Records Committee over the last several years, fewer than a dozen have been accepted. There have been several records [read more...]
UPDATE: The bird in question seems to show characteristics of a Baikal Teal x Northern Pintail hybrid rather than a Baikal Teal. More details at BC Rare Bird Alert.
Photo: Daniel Donnecke
Yesterday afternoon (3/7), Russell Cannings discovered an adult male Baikal Teal (ABA Code 4) near the Holden Creek estuary [read more...]
Yesterday, 2/22, birders on a Brian Patteson Seabirding pelagic out of Hatteras, North Carolina, struck yellow gold with an encounter with an ABA Code 4 Yellow-nosed Albatross. According to Patteson, the albatross was encountered at around 2:00 PM just about 4 miles offshore of the town of Avon. It followed the boat down the beach [read more...]