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Rare Bird Alert: June 23, 2017

The hot part of the year is upon us, but now that the solstice is past we can start to look forward to fall migration and six months of southbound birds. But perhaps not yet, as Alaska is still holding on to spring migrating vagrants including continuing Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5), White-tailed Eagle (4), [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 16, 2017

There are but a small handful of continuing ABA rarities this week, including the nesting attempt sin Arizona from Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Slate-throated Redstart (4). The Common Crane (4), Arizona’s first, also stuck around into this week. In Alaska there has been a bit of turnover, but a White-tailed [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 9, 2017

Notable ABA rarities continuing into this week include breeding attempts in Arizona and long-staying vagrants in Alaska. In the former, the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), as well as the rediscovery of that state’s first record of Common Crane (4) originally found a few weeks ago. In Alaska, [read more…]

#ABArare – Tropical Mockingbird – Florida

A bird that will undoubtedly prompt some discussion with regard to provenance, an apparent Tropical Mockingbird was discovered at Lake Worth Municipal Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. The bird was initially found on June 1 and only recently reported. This species is not currently on the ABA Checklist and its inclusion here should not [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 2, 2017

It’s summertime, and for much of the ABA Area that means Breeding Bird Surveys and the brief slow-down before migrating shorebirds begin heading back south, sparking the official start of fall migrations. But it also means vagrants, there are still a few migrants up in the northern part of the continent and Alaska in particular [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Bunting – Arizona

We’re used to vagrants in Arizona coming up from the north, but perhaps the stunner of the season is one from far to the northwest. Richard Webster discovered an ABA Code 4 Little Bunting at Slaughter Ranch in Cochise County, Arizona on May 27.

Photo: Chris Benesh/Macaulay Library

Slaughter Ranch is off Geronimo Trail [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 26, 2017

It’s that time of year where the eyes of the rarity-seekers turn away from the southern tier of the ABA Area and look towards Alaska, and strong west winds across the Bering Sea this week mean that the birding did not disappoint there. But before all that, a look at the continuing notables in the [read more…]

#ABArare – European Storm-Petrel, Fea’s Petrel – North Carolina

Now is the time of year where the rarity focus turns towards western Alaska and the Gulf Stream, where late May is peak time for exciting vagrants. Brian Patteson and his Seabirding crew have just started their “Spring Blitz”, two weeks work of consecutive trips to the Gulf Stream out of Hatteras, North Carolina. Early [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Swift – Newfoundland

On the evening of Saturday, May 19, Ian Jones and Jeannine Winkel discovered an ABA Code 5 Common Swift at Quidi Vidi Lake in St, John’s Newfoundland. This is only the 7th record of the species in the ABA Area, and the second in as many years in Newfoundland.

Photo: Blair Fleming/Macaulay Library (S37036802)

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Rare Bird Alert: May 19, 2017

We head into the tail end of spring migration, and across much of the continent we’re seeing the slow start catch up with a vengeance. Elsewhere, birds are going about nesting, including vagrants in Arizona that look like they are going to be sticking around awhile. The nesting Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) are joined [read more…]

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