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Rare Bird Alert: December 2, 2016

As 2016 draws ever closer to its close, the birding continues to be productive, in so far as a number of ABA Area rarities are continuing. Perhaps the story of this year has to do with the high quality rarities that have stuck around for so long in so many cases. It’s that sort of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 26, 2016

We joke every year that November is better called “Novem-bird” (or, at least *I* do) because of the high quality and numbers of rarities that are found throughout the ABA Area in this month. This November started a bit lighter than in years past, but the last half has been exceptional. This week is no [read more…]

#ABArare – Pine Bunting – Alaska

On November 23, Gambell birder Clarence Irrigoo found and photographed an ABA Code 5 Pine Bunting at Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. This is the 4th record of this species for Alaska and the ABA Area.

Photo: Clarence Irrigoo

Photo: Clarence Irrigoo

Pine Bunting breeds from western Siberia to the western [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 18, 2016

I’m still overseas, but with a bit sturdier internet, so this week’s Rare Bird Alert will continue as normal. I do have one quick programming announcement, due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week’s RBA will publish on Saturday rather than Friday. Thanks for your understanding!

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the ABA’s 3rd [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Scoter – Oregon

On Sunday, November 13, John Gardiner found an ABA Code 5 Common Scoter in Lincoln County, Oregon. Pending acceptance this is only the 2nd record for the ABA Area, and a 1st record for Oregon.

Photo: John Gardiner (S32526121) via Macauley Library

The bird was seen just south of the town of Lincoln City, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 11, 2016

I apologize in advance for any missing birds or piddling mistakes in this edition of the Rare Bird Alert. I’m way out of town, and what internet I can access is inconsistent at best. I even considered skipping this week, but after 301 consecutive weeks I don’t know how I can stop now. In any [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 4, 2016

It was an exceptional week for rarities in the ABA, as the calendar turns to November, that most exciting month for vagrancy. There are lots of quality continuing vagrants in the US and Canada this week, including Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, Rufous-backed Robin (3) in Arizona, the intermittent [read more…]

#ABArare – Amazon Kingfisher – Texas

On October 30, Raul Delgado found an ABA Code 5 Amazon Kingfisher at Zacata Creek in Laredo, Webb County, Texas. The bird was been present in this location the next day as well. Pending acceptance, this is a 3rd record for Texas and the 3rd record for the ABA Area.

Photo: Raul Delgado (S32302513) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 28, 2016

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Lesser Sand-Plover (ABA Code 3) in California, the Tufted Flycatcher (5) in Arizona, refound after several weeks, and a pair of birds that those heading to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Festival next week will be salivating over, a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) and at least 2 Northern Jacana [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 21, 2016

Things are beginning to pick up in late fall, as rarity season begins to reach its peak. Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include the Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in south Texas and the Blue-footed Booby (4), found again this week in California.

The season’s 2nd Lesser Sand-Plover (3) in the Lower 48 [read more…]

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