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#ABArare – Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

On May 22, Mark Phillips found an ABA Code 5 Tufted Flycatcher in Upper Ramsey Canyon, Cochise County, Arizona. This is potentially the 8th record of this species in the ABA Area. Even more remarkable, the bird was photographed by subsequent birders sitting on a nest, suggesting that there may be more than one individual [read more…]

#ABArare – Taiga Bean-Goose – Alaska

It’s an exciting time of year for those who keep an eye on the far reaches of the ABA-Area. The Alaskan rarity season is coming on now, both on the Aleutians and the Pribilofs. From the latter comes an apparent ABA Code 4 Taiga Bean-Goose found by the guides on St. Paul Island.

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#ABArare – Kelp Gull – California

On May 20, Alvaro Jaramillo found an apparent Kelp Gull (ABA Code 4) at Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, California. The not-quite-adult bird was photographed extensively but has not, to my knowledge, been seen since the initial observation. In additional to being one of the few records away from Louisiana, this is, pending [read more…]

#ABArare – Crescent-chested Warbler – Arizona

On May 17, Carl Tomoff discovered an ABA Code 4 Crescent-chested Warbler at Granite Basin Lake in Yavapai County, Arizona, near Prescott. A number of birders were able to find the bird and photos were obtained. While the species has occurred in Arizona before, this is the farthest north record of this Middle American species [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Egret – Nova Scotia

On the evening of May 14, Rachel Hoogenbos found an ABA Code 4 Little Egret at Daniel’s Head on Cape Sable Island in Nova Scotia. The bird stuck around for at least two days, according to eBird.

Photo by Ronnie D’Entremont, Used with permission

Cape Sable Island is located on the far southern tip [read more…]

#ABArare – Hawfinch – Alaska

Alaska rarity season is opening with a bang on the Aleutians. On May 14, Barb and Frank Haas found a stunning Hawfinch (ABA Code 4) near the airport ponds on Adak Island.

Photo by Franklin Haas, Used with permission

Hawfinch is a considered a classic drift migrant in the western Aleutians in spring, where [read more…]

#ABArare – Piratic Flycatcher – Kansas

On May 8, 2015, researcher Chris Lituma and a team of field techs working at Lake Scott State Park in Scott County, Kansas, in the western part of the state, found an ABA Code 4 Piratic Flycatcher at the park. Pending acceptance, this is a first record for Kansas and the most northerly record of [read more…]

#ABArare – Slate-throated Redstart – Texas

On Wednesday, April 29, an ABA Code 4 Slate-throated Redstart was reported from the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center in Cameron County, Texas. Photos were quickly confirmed by Mary Gustafson and birders headed out. The individual was seen by several that evening and again the next day.

Photo by Donna Shearmire McCown, [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Godwit – Indiana

For a state without any coastline, save for a small stretch of Lake Michigan waterfront, Indiana has seen an incredible run of vagrant shorebirds in recent years. Not just vagrants for the midwest, but legit ABA Area megas like Spotted Redshank, Lesser Sand-Plover, and the most recent find, and ABA Code 3 Black-tailed Godwit.

That [read more…]

#ABArare – Brown Shrike – California

On March 5, 2015, Alison Cebula of California State Parks found an unusual shrike at Manchester Beach State Park in Mendocino County, California. She took a distant digiscoped photo and sent it off to some local experts who confirmed that she had, indeed, found an ABA Code 4 Brown Shrike.

The original photo by [read more…]

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