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…]
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…]
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…]
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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Arizona is the place to be this week (though Alaska is no slouch, either), but it’s hard to beat the Grand Canyon State this wee both for the quality of its continuing rarities, including Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4), Tufted Flycatcher (5), and Flame-colored Tanager (4), as well as two fancy new arrivals that we’ll [read more…]
Earlier this weekend, Dave Stejskal found and photographed a strange Empid in the Santa Rita Mountains of Pima County, Arizona, that was eventually identified as a Pine Flycatcher, a potential 1st ABA Area record. It was easily relocated today (5/30) by a number of birders who got photographs and recordings of the bird calling.
Sorry this is up a little late, folks. I just returned late last night from a few days of seabirding in Hatteras and had to complete it the next morning. Onward and upwards! Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, which is sticking around this year just [read more…]
On May 21, an ABA Code 4 Berylline Hummigbird was observed coming to a feeder in Santa Rita Lodge in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, by a tour group led by Barry Zimmer that was staking out a Code 4 Plain-capped Starthroat that had been first discovered the day before.
Photo: Andy Benson
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Migration is reaching its end. Continuing ABA Area rarities are drying up. You might be forgiven in thinking that the party is slowing down as the summer approaches and breeding commences for most North American birds. But you would be mistaken, friends, because spring vagrant season is not over until Alaska has something to say [read more…]
Continuing rarities in the ABA Area continue to thin out. Most of the remaining ones are very long-staying individuals that are fair bets to stick out the rest of the summer where they are. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is probably an exception, even though it has persisted through the week. The [read more…]