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#ABArare – Great Knot – Maine

On July 23, puffin researcher Keenan Yakola found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Great Knot on the restricted Seal Island in Knox County, Maine. This is a 1st record for Maine and only the second record of this East Asian species in the eastern part of the continent.

Photo: Keenan Yakola

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Rare Bird Alert: July 22, 2016

As it has been for what seems like the entirety of the year, southeast Arizona has been the place for ABA Area rarities, as birds notable birds continue once more into the latter half of July. Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and both Plain-capped Starthroat (4) and Berylline Hummingbird (4) were seen [read more…]

#ABArare – Nazca Booby – California

On July 16, a whale-watching vessel out of Monterey, California, found more than whales when all on board were treated to an ABA Code 5 Nazca Booby, the 5th confirmed record for the ABA Area and the 2nd from the central California Coast, the farthest north this species has ever been documented.

Photo: Elizabeth [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 15, 2016

By mid-July we’re starting to see migration pick up again, as the number of unusual shorebirds around the ABA Area, both rare on a continental and local scale, has increased quite a bit in recent days. It continues to be a fantastic year for Ruff in the ABA Area, as many new and continuing individuals [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 8, 2016

Arizona continues to be the rarity capital of the ABA, as continuing Pine Flycatcher (ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue, with the latest of those three successfully fledging young this week. They are joined in that state by the return of the Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) at Madera [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 1, 2016

Welcome to the second half of 2016, with midsummer behind us and the summer doldrums set in. Continuing ABA rarities continue to be familiar, with the Maine Little Egret (ABA Code 4), and the Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (potential ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Slate-throated Redstart (4) remaining.

Western Alaska, and in particular, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 24, 2016

Continuing rarities have mostly cleared out this week, though the incredible Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (1st ABA record), Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue to be found reliably. The Pine Flycatcher is now sitting on a nest, and there are some speculation that it has bred with a nearby Cordilleran [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 17, 2016

Many rarities continue in Arizona, with the potential ABA first Pine Flycatcher leading the way still present three weeks following its discovery. Also in the area are Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Aztec Thrush (4). The New York Garganey (4) continues into a second week, and the Little Egret (4) in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 10, 2016

It’s hard to beat Arizona for quality birding experiences these days, not that it’s not spectacular on its own terms, but the barrage of impressive continuing rarities in the state certainly adds a giant dollup of icing on that already delicious cupcake. The likely ABA first Pine Flycatcher highlights continuing birds, but Flame-colored Tanager (ABA [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – New York

On June 5, Jay McGowan discovered a male Garganey (ABA Code 4) at Montezuma NWR in Seneca County, New in the western part of the state. The bird was seen the evening of the first day and again in the afternoon of the second day. It is evidently ranging widely over the refuge.

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