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Rare Bird Alert: November 20, 2015

Much of the birding news of the past week was swallowed up by the incredible movement of Franklin’s Gulls in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, followed by a similarly impressive flight of Cave Swallows in those same places a day or so later. Franklin’s Gulls were found in nearly every state and province that borders [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 13, 2015

Noteworthy ABA rarities continuing in to this week include one of the four Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in Texas, interestingly the one farthest north. The Sinaloa Wren (5) is sitting tight in Arizona and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) was seen this week as well.

Bird of the week honors this time around goes to [read more…]

#ABArare – Oriental Greenfinch – British Columbia

On November 9, Geoffery Newell found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Oriental Greenfinch in Victoria, British Columbia. This is potentially a first record for the province, as well as a first record (pending acceptance) away from western Alaska.

Photo by Geoffery Newell

British Columbia Bird Alert has a specific information on this bird, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 6, 2015

For much of the continent, November is rarity month. And even though this week was not appreciably more impressive than the last, we’re deep into the season where birders should be looking hard for the unexpected to show up in their local patches. Snowy Owls still continue their seemingly inexorable push south, along with Common [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 30, 2015

We’re deep into the rarity season, and for the second week in a row there are a great many interesting birds from all corners of the continent. The passage Hurricane Patricia over northern Mexico looked like it had the possibility of blowing something unusual up from Mexico but that didn’t seem to be the case. [read more…]

#ABArare – Variegated Flycatcher – Florida

Florida’s reputation for great winter Tyrannids was bolstered again today when Russ Titus and others found a Variegated Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) at Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Photo by Balaji Devarajan

Evergreen Cemetery is just southeast of the Davie Blvd and US 1 intersection. The bird is frequenting a ficus tree near [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 16, 2015

Things are definitely getting interesting out there, and not just on the west coast where the El Nino blob continues to push southern birds up into the Pacific Northwest. It’s the time of year for western flycatchers and warblers to make in-rows into the east and several states and provinces on that side of the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 9, 2015

October and November are peak time for rarities across most of the continent, and things continue to stay interesting just about everywhere but particularly in the western half of the continent. There some patterns emerging in the last couple weeks, none of which are unexpected for this time of year. Eastern landbird vagrants are starting [read more…]

#ABArare – Wood Warbler – Alaska

More from western Alaska, this time once again from Gambell in St. Lawrence Island. Paul Lehman found a Code 5 Wood Warbler.

Photo by Paul Lehman


Wood Warbler is the rarest Phylloscopus to occur in the ABA Area, breeding no closer to North America than central Russia, a full 2500 miles west [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Dotterel – Ontario

Jut getting word that an ABA Code 4 Eurasian Dotterel was discovered this afternoon near Oliphant, Bruce County, Ontario, by Michael Butler. The bird was associating with a flock of shorebirds of Lake Huron. This is a first provincial record for Ontario and a first record for this species in the eastern half of the [read more…]

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