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Rare Bird Alert: November 1, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) still being seen in Florida, and a Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

Just in time for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, south Texas is seeing some interesting vagrants including a both a Green-breasted Mango (3) and a Northern Jacana (4) in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 25, 2019

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include a Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California and the Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in south Florida.

This week turned out to be one of the most impressive of what has been a pretty exciting rarity year, with no fewer than five 1st state and provincial records including [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 11, 2019

Either birders have given up or the restlessness of the season has finally captured our long-staying ABA rarities, as none were reported this week. At least not to eBird from whence I usually glean that information.

It’s getting to the end of the season in Alaska, and the long fall is slowly turning into winter, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 4, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Jack Snipe (4), Siberian Accentor (4), and Marsh Sandpiper (5) persisting in Alaska, and California continues to be Sulid central with both Red-footed Booby (4) and Blue-footed Booby (4) hanging around into this week.

It’s always pretty remarkable when a banding station turns up an exceptional record, just [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 27, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California, Marsh Sandpiper (5) in Alaska, and the Thick-billed Vireos (4) in Florida that almost certainly bred this year.

It’s a good time to be in Alaska, especially the Bering Sea. Both St Paul and Gambell have turned [read more…]

#ABArare – Crimson-collared Grosbeak – Texas

An ABA Code 4 Crimson-collared Grosbeak has been present at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in Hidalgo County, Texas, since January 22, but the news was only made widely available recently. There are several records of this northern Mexican species in south Texas, especially in recent years, though in the past there were far less [read more…]

#ABArare – Dusky Thrush – British Columbia

On January 19, 2019, David Baird and Bryan Vroom found an ABA Code 4 Dusky Thrush at the Nanaimo River Estuary in Nanaimo, British Columbia. This is the 3rd record for the province and one of a handful of records of this highly migratory East Asian thrush on mainland North America.

Photo: Len [read more…]

#ABArare – White-throated Thrush – Arizona

On January 9, Linda Grant discovered an ABA Code 4 White-throated Thrush at Madera Canyon, in Pima County, Arizona. The bird has been seen by many birders since its discovery and is still present as ove yesterday (1/14). in addition to being a noteworthy bird in the ABA Area, this is a 1st state record [read more…]

#ABArare – Red-flanked Bluetail – California

On January 7, Rebecca Marshall discovered an ABA Code 4 Red-flanked Bluetail on the grounds of the UCLA Clark Library in Los Angeles, California. This is California’s 3rd record of the Old World chat, but the first to be found on the mainland. Indeed, it is only the 3rd record this species on the mainland [read more…]

#ABArare – Fieldfare – British Columbia

Christmas Bird Counts are excellent opportunities to find exceptional birds, and this past weekend’s count in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, was another example of that. Roger and Nan Beardmore with Peter and Sharon Lawless found a Fieldfare (ABA Code 4), 10 km south of Salmon Arm in the south-central part of the province. This is [read more…]