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#ABArare – Little Stint – California

On April 20, Will Brooks found an odd Calidris sandpiper in Alviso, California, near San Jose. Folks able to refind it and photograph it more closely in subsequent days were able to confirm it as an ABA Code 4 Little Stint. This would be only the second spring record for California. It has been present [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Egret – Maine

On April 23, Ian Carlson found an ABA Code 4 Little Egret at Gilsland Farm near Falsmouth Maine. This has been a fairly reliable spot for this ABA rarity in recent years, and a Little Egret spent much of last summer at the site.

Gilsland Farm is located just north of Portland, Maine. Take [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 22, 2016

Our friends at Cornell’s Birdcast predicted a good week for migration across the continent this past week, and that’s certainly what we saw. Lots of movement from coast to coast from species like Broad-winged Hawk, Cassin’s Vireo, Summer Tanager and others, and that bore out in the listservs as FOY reports were springing up all [read more…]

#ABArare – Marsh Sandpiper – California

On Saturday, April 17, Frank Fogarty identified an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, California. The bird had been seen by others the day before but not identified as Marsh Sandpiper. This is the 3rd record for California and only the 3rd record for Marsh Sandpiper away from [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Vireo – Florida

This morning (4/19), Mark Hedden, Carl Goodrich, Murray Gardler, Lee Dunn, and Tharon Dunn found a possible Cuban Vireo at Fort Zachary Taylor at Key West, Monroe County, Florida. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for Florida and possible a first record for the ABA Area.

Photo: Mark Hedden

Fort Zachary Taylor [read more…]

#ABArare – European Golden-Plover – Newfoundland

The rare bird hotlines are starting to ramp up around the ABA Area (keep an eye out for more as I acquire photo permissions), starting with an ABA Code 4 European Golden-Plover found at Lumsden, Newfoundland, by Bill Bryden last Sunday.

Photo: Bill Bryden


European Golden-Plover is almost annual in the ABA [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 15, 2016

This week saw good conditions for migration across the entirety of the ABA Area, which probably contributed both to the burst of migrant news on listservs across the continent and the dwindling number of continuing ABA Area notables. Continuing birds include the Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and the Frontera Audubon Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), which [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 8, 2016

Numbers of notable species across the ABA Area are starting to creep up this week, after a relatively slow early spring. This week sees a number of spring overshoots and misdirected migrants of the sort you might expect once zugunruhe really starts to take hold.

So far as continuing rarities are concerned, Arizona is trying [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 1, 2016

I’m out of town this weekend so I apologize for the lack of lead-in this week. We’re going to go straight to the birds. Continuing ABA notables are still leading the way as the Sinaloa Wren (ABA Code 5) and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) were seen in Arizona this week. In Texas, the Blue Bunting [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 25, 2016

The page has turned to spring and birders across the ABA Area can confidently look forward to some exceptional birding over the next few weeks as we witness the wonder that is spring birding in the Northern Hemisphere. It doesn’t get any better than this (except, arguably, in the fall). We can’t close the book [read more…]

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