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#ABArare – White-throated Thrush – Texas

On February 5, multiple observers reported an ABA Code 4 White-throated Thrush at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo County, Texas. Interestingly, a White-throated Thrush was found at Estero almost exactly one year ago, on February 6, 2015.

Photo: Ben Horstmann

Estero Llano Grande is located just south of Weslaco, Texas. From Hwy [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 5, 2016

The suite of continuing rare birds in the ABA Area is mostly unchanged into February, though many of the following were seen only into last weekend and may have moved one. The Brambling (ABA Code 3) in Ohio remains through the week, as does the Northern Jacana (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) [read more…]

#ABArare – Blue Bunting – Texas

On January 31, Stephanie Bilodeau and Justin LeClaire found an adult male ABA Code 4 Blue Bunting at Frontera Audubon Center in Weslaco, Texas. The bird has been fairly reliable, if furtive, since its discovery, and has been seen every day since. While Blue Bunting has been reported in south Texas this year, this is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 29, 2015

The last week in weather, at least in the east, was dominated winter storm “Jonas”, one of the strongest recorded winter weather systems to hit the Mid-Atlantic. The fallout from the storm likely kept quite a few birders close to home for a few days at the beginning of the week. As such, there reports [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 22, 2016

While January 2016 has provided some exciting records of bird vagrancy, the story of the first part of the year has to be the incredible staying power of a number of very notable species in the ABA Area. In fact, as this week was relatively slow by new bird standards, the continuing birds certainly take [read more…]

The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015

By Nate Swick and George Armistead

For the last couple years the annual Top 10 Best Vagrants post has been one of our most popular on The ABA Blog. Well, we’re ready to bring it back for a third year and ignite the arguments for 2015’s crop of megas. We’ve looked back on the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 15, 2016

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this first couple weeks of 2016 is the fact that so many of the rarities found in the last part of last year have hung around into January. Big Year birders looking to crack Neil Hayward’s record have a lot of ground right off the bat to make sure [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Gull – Illinois

2016 continues to be a banner year for ABA Area rarities. Not only are a great many birds still hanging around into the new year, but great birds continue to be found all over the continent. The latest, an ABA Code 4 Black-tailed Gull, was found by Bill and Matt Rowe at Carlyle lake in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 8, 2016

The first week of the year has been a doozy, and has already provided a couple storylines that will likely go down as two of the most amazing bird-related stories of the year. Sadly, both involve the death of birds, but both are incredible nonetheless.

Before getting into that, here’s a quick round-up of continuing [read more…]

#ABArare – Siberian Accentor – British Columbia

On January 3, George Clulow found an ABA Code 4 Siberian Accentor in Surrey, British Columbia. On January 6 he was able to photograph the bird and confirm what he suspected he’d seen days before. This is one of only a very few records of this species away from the Bering Sea.

Photo: George [read more…]

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