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Rare Bird Alert: October 21, 2016

Things are beginning to pick up in late fall, as rarity season begins to reach its peak. Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include the Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in south Texas and the Blue-footed Booby (4), found again this week in California.

The season’s 2nd Lesser Sand-Plover (3) in the Lower 48 [read more…]

#ABArare – Amethyst-throated Hummingbird – Texas

On October 15, an Amethyst-throated Hummingbird was discovered by a homeowner in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, and subsequently recorded on a feeder cam administered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The bird spent much of the afternoon and evening visiting the feeder. Pending acceptance, this would be a 1st record for Texas, and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 14, 2016

This week was a particularly slow one, especially this deep into rarity season. But California, at least, picks up the slack with a number of excellent finds. As for noteworthy continuing birds, the Arizona Lesser Sand-Plover (ABA Code 3) stuck around into the beginning of the last week, while the Pink-footed Goose (4) in Quebec [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 7, 2016

Continuing ABA rarities have mostly cleared out, but Texas hosted at least two into this last week. The Variegated Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) on South Padre Island stuck around through last weekend before the weather changed and it disappeared. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) that was also on Padre left a couple days previously.

The accommodating [read more…]

#ABArare – Lesser Sand-Plover – Arizona

On Sunday, October 2, Jason Wilder and Chuck LaRue found an ABA Code 3 Lesser Sand-Plover at Round Cedar Lake in Coconino County, Arizona. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for Arizona (which has had an incredible run this fall) and one of only a very few records in western North America away from [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 30, 2016

The last week of September was a very good week for vagrants in North America, with a number of exciting finds coming from all corners of the ABA Area. First to check in with our continuing birds, the now very familiar Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, the Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, and [read more…]

#ABArare – Variegated Flycatcher – Texas

On September 28, Bill Beaty found an ABA Code 5 Variegated Flycatcher on South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas. This would be the 7th record for the ABA Area and the 1st for Texas.

Photo: Javi Gonzalez

The bird was seen at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, typically hanging out around [read more…]

#ABArare – Dusky Warbler – California

On September 24, Ron Thorn discovered an ABA Code 4 Dusky Warbler in a patch of fennel in San Mateo County, California. The bird has been fairly reliable in this spot, which just south of San Francisco and notably just north of the San Francisco Airport. I can’t immediately recall a more convenient bird for [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Sparrowhawk – Alaska

St. Paul and Gambell are the most popular fall hotspots in western Alaska, but the Aleutians produce as well, despite less coverage. Frank and Barb Haas hit the jackpot on the western Aleutian island of Adak this past Wednesday (9/21) when they photographed an unusual Accipiter that looks like a good candidate for the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 23, 2016

According to our friends at Birdcast, this past week was a good one for migration with fair to excellent conditions across the continent. As such, the rare birds alerts were more active this week, with a number of notable vagrants moving along with the expected species, particularly on the left half of North America.

Continuing [read more…]

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