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#ABArare – Willow Warbler – Alaska

Rarity season in western Alaska is here at last, and it’s the Pribilofs that throw down the first gauntlet with a Code 5 Willow Warbler on St. Paul. The bird was found in the vicinity of Polovina Hill on 8/22, but has not been seen since.

Photo by Cory Gregory, Used with permission

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#ABArare – Gray Thrasher – California

Let the late summer madness commence. This morning, Ter Hurst, John Bruin, and Lisa Ruby found what appears to be Gray Thrasher at Famosa Slough in San Diego, California. Gray Thrasher is a Baja California endemic and this record represents a possible first record for California and the ABA Area.

Photo by John Bruin

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#ABArare – Collared Plover – Texas

Here we go again. On July 21, Pat Heirs found an ABA Code 5 Collared Plover at Hargill Playa in Hidalgo County, Texas. This would be the 3rd record for the ABA Area. Remarkably, this is precisely the same spot that the ABA Area’s 2nd record Collared Plover was found 11 months and 3 weeks [read more…]

#ABArare – White-throated Needletail – Alaska

The last couple weeks on St. Paul Island in Alaska’s Pribilofs have been very good ones, but the best bird of the season so far came yesterday when the TDX St. Paul Island Tours guys found an ABA Code 5 White-throated Needletail on the island. This is only the 6th record for the ABA Area [read more…]

#ABArare – Steller’s Sea-Eagle – Alaska

From the wire comes a report of a subadult ABA Code 4 Steller’s Sea-Eagle found on Buldir Island yesterday afternoon. This dramatic species has been known in the ABA-Area a handful of times before, almost exclusively from the Aleutians, but also as far east as Alaska’s southeastern peninsula. This was the case for the most [read more…]

#ABArare – Alaska Roundup

In the last few days a number of great birds have been discovered in Alaska, mostly on the Bering Sea islands but also on the mainland. In lieu of individual posts for each great bird, here’s a quick run-down of recent notables from the Last Frontier.

While it’s expected that a few red-letter rarities are [read more…]

#ABArare – Blue Mockingbird – Arizona

This report is a little stale, but worth noting anyway for the significance of the bird and for its continued evidence that Ramsey Canyon in Cochise County, Arizona, is ridiculously hot right now. In addition the nesting Tufted Flycatchers and the nesting Flame-colored Tanagers in the vicinity (not to mention the various state level notables), [read more…]

#ABArare – Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

On May 22, Mark Phillips found an ABA Code 5 Tufted Flycatcher in Upper Ramsey Canyon, Cochise County, Arizona. This is potentially the 8th record of this species in the ABA Area. Even more remarkable, the bird was photographed by subsequent birders sitting on a nest, suggesting that there may be more than one individual [read more…]

#ABArare – Taiga Bean-Goose – Alaska

It’s an exciting time of year for those who keep an eye on the far reaches of the ABA-Area. The Alaskan rarity season is coming on now, both on the Aleutians and the Pribilofs. From the latter comes an apparent ABA Code 4 Taiga Bean-Goose found by the guides on St. Paul Island.

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#ABArare – Kelp Gull – California

On May 20, Alvaro Jaramillo found an apparent Kelp Gull (ABA Code 4) at Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, California. The not-quite-adult bird was photographed extensively but has not, to my knowledge, been seen since the initial observation. In additional to being one of the few records away from Louisiana, this is, pending [read more…]

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