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Rare Bird Alert: October 20, 2017

The list of continuing ABA Area rarities has nearly faded into nothing, but this week sees the triumpgant return of a bird many probably though had moved on. The Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) in Arizona has been hanging around, unbothered by birders who have mostly stopped chasing it, an was seen again this past [read more…]

#ABArare – Yellow-breasted Bunting – Newfoundland & Labrador

On October 16, Vernon Buckle photographed an ABA Code 5 Yellow-breasted Bunting at his feeder in Forteau Bay, on the mainland (Labrador) part of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is a 1st record for the province and for Canada. All previous records of this species come from western Alaska.

Photo: Vernon Buckle

Forteau Bay is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 13, 2017

The California Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) continues in the Farallons, and as the only long-staying ABA Area vagrant seeming to stick tight in this season of bird movement. One exciting re-discovery came from South Carolina, where the American Flamingo (3), originally found in the immediate wake of Hurricane Irene, was refound in the extensive [read more…]

#ABArare – River Warbler – Alaska

For the second time in as many months, Gambell, Alaska, on St. Lawrence Island has produced a potential ABA 1st in the form of a nondescript central Asian warbler. This time it’s River Warbler, discovered in the near boneyard by Paul Lehman and crew.

Photo: Clarence Irrigoo

River Warbler is in the genus Locustella, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 6, 2017

The summer turn-over is nearly complete, as continuing ABA area notables are winnowing away off to other parts of the world. The California Blue-footed Booby looks to be about the only one remaining into the later parts of the week, after the Oklahoma Masked Duck (3) disappeared earlier this week.

We turn back to Alaska, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 29, 2017

I’m reporting from the American Birding Expo this week, so we’ll keep things brief on the top end. Continuing birds include the Masked Duck (ABA Code 3) in Oklahoma and Blue-footed Booby in California. There are a handful of good bird lingering in Alaska, the best of which is probably the Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (5) [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Wryneck – California

On September 25, and ABA Code 5 Eurasian Wryneck was discovered by a Naval officer on San Clemente Island, Los Angeles County, California. This is potentially a 1st California record and only the 2nd living record of this bizarre Eurasian woodpecker in the ABA Area.

San Clemente Island is maintained by the US Navy [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 22, 2017

This week sees vagrants continuing in western Alaska, shifting southward to St. Paul this time around. Lots of birds moving across the continent in this busiest month of fall migration means lots of wayward individuals, and this week continues the trend of a lengthy RBA we started last week. First, though, continuing rarities are getting [read more…]

#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…]

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