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Rare Bird Alert: August 18 2017

The familiar birds we’ve been noting in the space for the better part of the summer – the Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, Blue-footed Booby (4) in California, and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in Florida – are continuing this week. They are joined by a new suite [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Shelduck – New Hampshire

On Sunday, August 13, Heather Burns discovered a subadult Common Shelduck near the harbor in Rye, New Hampshire. Common Shelduck is not yet on the ABA Checklist, though the acceptance by the Newfoundland committee of a record from Renews in 2014 puts it in the purview of the ABA Checklist Committee. Pending acceptance, this would [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 11, 2017

You know the drill by now, and likely most of the continuing birds staying put in the ABA Area into this weel. Florida’s Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) remain, as does the California Blue-footed Booby (4), joined this week by a Red-necked Stint (3). Down in Arizona, the Tufted Flycatcher (5), [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 4, 2017

August means migration across the continent, the first push of shorebirds and passerines making their way south. Much of that is still going on under many birders’ radars right now, but it’s been hard to miss the dispersal of wading birds this year. Herons, egrets, and storks continue to be the headliners this week, with [read more…]

#ABArare – Jabiru – Texas

On August 1, David Hanson and others discovered an ABA Code 4 Jabiru in Chambers County, Texas, east of Houston. The bird was seen among a flock of Wood Storks and other waders. It was seen briefly before it flew back away from the public road. It is likely still in the area.

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Rare Bird Alert: July 28, 2017

Continuing vagrants in the ABA Area are familiar faces by now, leading off with breeding Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) in Florida and Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Flame-throated Tanager (4), along with the continuing (but not-breeding) Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Maine and Delaware continue to host individual Little Egrets [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 21, 2017

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a nesting pair of Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) at the same campground at Everglades National Park in Florida. Arizona also has continuing nesting birds in Tufted Flycatchers (5) and Flame-colored Tanager (4), while a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Common Crane (4) continue to [read more…]

#ABArare – Wedge-tailed Shearwater – California

I will probably have to adjust how I approach #ABArare with the inclusion of Hawaii, and an ABA Code 4 (currently) Wedge-tailed Shearwater is one of the reasons why. A pelagic trip led by Alvaro Jaramillo out of Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, California, found one just offshore this past weekend. The bird was even [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 14, 2017

The potential ABA Area 1st Pied Wheatear in Nome, Alaska, continued into at least the early parts of this week, providing a welcome and exciting respite from the long-staying Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Flame-colored Tanager (4) in southeast Arizona, and the amazingly consistent Common Crane (4) in the northern part of the same [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-faced Grassquit – Florida

On July 9, Carmen Ferreiro discovered an ABA Code 4 Black-faced Grassquit at Long Pine Key Campground in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Photo: Carmen Ferreiro via Facebook

Despite the name, Long Pine Key Campground is on the Florida mainland, in Everglades National Park off Hwy 9336/Ingraham Highway, west of Homestead. The bird was seen in [read more…]

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