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#ABArare – Masked Duck – Oklahoma

Though an ABA Code 3 bird, Masked Duck is novel enough to include in this spot as it has been fairly scarce in recent years. On September 17, Joe Grzybowski discovered a female at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in Tillman County, Oklahoma. In addition to being a good bird for the ABA Area, this [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 15, 2017

What a week, highlighted by the vagrant floodgates opening in western Alaska and Hurricane Irma bringing heavy winds and seabirds to many places throughout the southeast. Between those two events, this is the biggest RBA of the fall, both in quality and quantity.

First, a quick rundown of continuing birds. The Swallow-tailed Gull (ABA Code [read more…]

#ABArare – Hurricane Irma Bird Round-Up

Hurricane Irma will not soon be forgotten by those impacted. We’ve all seen the sobering images of the destruction caused by this historically powerful storm, and we at the ABA wish our friends and members in Florida and throughout the Caribbean well as they assess the damage and work to clean up. Irma’s status as [read more…]

#ABArare – Kermadec Petrel – California

On Friday September 8, Adam Searcy and others discovered a ABA Continental 1st Kermadec Petrel circling Southeast Farallon Island off San Francisco, California. This is a potential 1st record for California and the 1st record of this species away from Hawaii.

The Farallon Islands are a cluster of small islands and sea stacks due [read more…]

#ABArare – Thick-billed Warbler – Alaska

On Friday September 8, Ruben and Victor Stoll discovered a Thick-billed Warbler on Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. This east Asian species would be a 1st record for Alaska and the ABA Area.

Photo: Monte Taylor

Thick-billed Warbler is a large Acrocephalid warbler, breeding across much of temperate east Asia – Mongolia, northeast China [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 8, 2017

To say the weather is bonkers this week is probably something of an understatement. Migrating birds on both sides of North America find themselves navigating a continent-wide obstacle course. If the fire doesn’t get you the giant hurricanes will. Birders have still managed to find a good suite of vagrant birds this week, but it’s [read more…]

#ABArare – Asian Brown Flycatcher – Alaska

Things are beginning to get exciting in western Alaska with a handful of noteworthy birds hitting Rare Bird Alerts in the last couple weeks, highlighted by the ABA Areas 5th record of the Code 5 Asian Brown Flycatcher at Gambell yesterday (9/3) found by Aaron Lang.

Asian Brown Flycatcher is a common East Asian [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 1, 2017

The weather scene in North America was dominated this week by the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, a massively powerful and incredibly wet storm whose impact on the Texas Gulf Coast is going to take a long time to fully realize. Alongside that low, both meteorological and emotional, came the first serious movements of fall migrants [read more…]

#ABArare – Swallow-tailed Gull – Washington

On August 31, 2017, Ryan Merrill discovered an ABA Code 5 Swallow-tailed Gull, an adult bird, at Carkeek Park in Seattle, Washington. Pending acceptance this is a 3rd record for the ABA Area, and the 1st for Washington.

Photo: Ryan Merrill

Carkeek Park is in northwest Seattle. Birders can enter from 3rd Avenue NW [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 25, 2017

Our cadre of continuing ABA Rarities continue to shift as the fall migration begins in earnest in mid-August. The Little Stint (ABA Code 4) in Massachusetts has stuck around into this week, as has the Blue-footed Booby (4) in California. The Common Crane (4) in Arizona continues to be the strangest long-staying individual, and the [read more…]

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  • Mark Brown, in #ABArare - Masked Duck - Oklahoma... { http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/87790#page/360/mode/1up . Plausible. Notice Frazar he of frazari fame. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/127030#page/463/mode/1up . Plastic duck to go with his fake gull. http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/37038#page/383/mode/1up . Not sure what state/province. }
  • Tom de Boor, in I Got The Clap! (a birding tale)... { Inspiring, Greg! Makes me feel like driving north right into Spruce Grouse country 😉 }
  • Tim Birder, in #ABArare - Masked Duck - Oklahoma... { There is also a record of Masked Duck in Massachusetts in 1889. }
  • Ted Floyd, in Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017... { Read Priscilla Lai and collaborators' analysis of this Featured Photo: http://birdingmagazine.aba.org/i/840994-jun-2017/64 (ABA member account required for full access to the online article.) }
  • Ted Floyd, in #ABArare - Hurricane Irma Bird Round-Up... { I'm guessing the Sooty Tern in Ohio is Irma-related? }
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