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#ABArare – Crimson-collared Grosbeak – Texas

An ABA Code 4 Crimson-collared Grosbeak has been present at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in Hidalgo County, Texas, since January 22, but the news was only made widely available recently. There are several records of this northern Mexican species in south Texas, especially in recent years, though in the past there were far less [read more…]

#ABArare – Dusky Thrush – British Columbia

On January 19, 2019, David Baird and Bryan Vroom found an ABA Code 4 Dusky Thrush at the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo, British Columbia. This is the 3rd record for the province and one of a handful of records of this highly migratory East Asian thrush on mainland North America.

Photo: Len [read more…]

#ABArare – White-throated Thrush – Arizona

On January 9, Linda Grant discovered an ABA Code 4 White-throated Thrush at Madera Canyon, in Pima County, Arizona. The bird has been seen by many birders since its discovery and is still present as ove yesterday (1/14). in addition to being a noteworthy bird in the ABA Area, this is a 1st state record [read more…]

#ABArare – Red-flanked Bluetail – California

On January 7, Rebecca Marshall discovered an ABA Code 4 Red-flanked Bluetail on the grounds of the UCLA Clark Library in Los Angeles, California. This is California’s 3rd record of the Old World chat, but the first to be found on the mainland. Indeed, it is only the 3rd record this species on the mainland [read more…]

#ABArare – Fieldfare – British Columbia

Christmas Bird Counts are excellent opportunities to find exceptional birds, and this past weekend’s count in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, was another example of that. Roger and Nan Beardmore with Peter and Sharon Lawless found a Fieldfare (ABA Code 4), 10 km south of Salmon Arm in the south-central part of the province. This is [read more…]

#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On November 2nd, Karen Mercer discovered an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron in Renews, Newfoundland. This individual, unlike the one found offshore earlier this fall, was easily seen by many birders in subsequent days. This is a 4th record for Newfoundland and only about the 10th for the ABA Area.

Photo: Dave Brown/Macaulay [read more…]

#ABArare – Spotted Redshank – Michigan

On November 2, Alan Ryff and Maggie Jewett discovered an ABA Code 4 Spotted Redshank in a farm pond in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The bird was refound the next day by other birders and since November 3 has been seen each day at the same site more or less without fail. This is a 2nd [read more…]

#ABArare – Bahama Mockingbird – Florida

On October 10, Kyle Matera, Kenny Miller, and Marcello Gomes discovered an ABA Code 4 Bahama Mockingbird at Spanish River Park in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Photo: Kyle Matera/Macaulay Library

Spanish River Park is located east of Boca Raton, Florida, near the Gumbo LImbo Nature Center. From I-95 travel east on NW Spanish [read more…]

#ABArare – Golden-crowned Warbler – Texas

Though it’s been present for almost 2 weeks now, I thought I’d mention this bird as it’s still sticking around. On September 26th, Angelina Vasquez discovered an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler at Frontera Audubon Center in Hidalgo, Texas.

Frontera Audubon Center is a small urban preserve in Weslaco, Texas. The street address is [read more…]

#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On September 30, Bruce Mactavish photographed an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron that landed on an offshore supply vessel on which he was traveling about 30 km/180 nmi east of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Photo: Bruce Mactavish via ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook group

Bruce notes that this sighting followed three days of easterly [read more…]