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    #ABArare – Black-faced Grassquit, Bananaquit – Florida

    With the forthcoming rearrangement of the family Thraupidae to exclude from the ABA Area all but the occasional wanderer or hyperlocal resident, it’s actually become something of a novelty to have to species of “tanagers” in the ABA Area at the same time, at at the same location as well.

    On February 22, Carl Goodrich [read more…]

      #ABArare – White-throated Thrush – Texas

      On February 6, 2015, Todd McGrath found an ABA Code 4 White-throated Thrush at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo Co, Texas. This is the second notable rarity found at Estero in the last two weeks, following the still-present Gray-crowned Yellowthroat.

      photo by Corey Lange, used with permission

      Estero Llano Grande is located [read more…]

        #ABArare – Fieldfare – Nova Scotia

        On January 31, Kathleen Spicer discovered an ABA Code 4 Fieldfare visiting a fruiting apple tree in her garden in Apple River, Nova Scotia. It has continued through today (2/2).

        Photo by Kathleen F. Spicer, used with permission

        Kathleen is open to visitors coming to see the bird, though she does ask that people [read more…]

          #ABArare – Common Scoter – California

          On January 25, Bill Bouton found and photographed an apparent Common Scoter in the Crescent City boat basin in Del Norte county, California.  This is not only a first California record, but the first ABA Area record of this species, recently split from Black Scoter by the AOU.

          Photo by Bill Bouton, used with [read more…]

            The TOP 10: Best ABA Area Vagrants of 2014

            By Nate Swick and George Armistead

            2013 was an incredible year for vagrants, particularly unexpected ones, and a hard year to top, but 2014 was no slouch itself. Now that 2014 is well in the rear view mirror, we’ve looked back on the year that was and assembled the following list of notable and unexpected [read more…]

              #ABArare – Gray-crowned Yellowthroat – Texas

              A bird walk yesterday morning led by Huck Hutchens at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo Co, Texas, turned up an ABA Code 4 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat. The bird was seen and photographed by many throughout the day.

              Photo by Chris Benesh, used with permission

              Estero Llano Grande is located just south of Weslaco, [read more…]

                #ABArare – Blue Bunting – Texas

                2015 is off to a good start with a number of great birds found in the first few days or lingering in to the new year. The most recent of which is a female ABA Code 4 Blue Bunting, found by Dan Jones at Santa Ana NWR in Hidalgo Co, Texas.

                Photo by Dan [read more…]

                  #ABArare – Ivory Gull – Illinois

                  While not an Old World or tropical vagrant by any means, this post does concern one of the most wanted birds in North America so I’ll make a bit of an exception.

                  This afternoon (1/2/2015), Jason Mullins found an adult Ivory Gull on the Mississippi River near Quincy, Illinois. The bird was initially seen just [read more…]

                    #ABArare – Rustic Bunting – California

                    On December 6, Alan Hopkins found an ABA Code 3 Rustic Bunting in a public park in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California. Being as the bird is rare away from Alaska and within the city limits of one of California’s largest cities, the race was on. It was refound once the afternoon of [read more…]

                      #ABArare – Red-legged Honeycreeper – Texas

                      Of course these things happen on holidays. In writing this up on my phone from my family’s Thanksgiving event, so apologies up front for any typos or autocorrect errors.

                      This morning (11/27), a ranger at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo, Texas, found a bird he identified as a strange female vireo. Upon [read more…]

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