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Rare Bird Alert: February 17, 2017

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area should all be familiar to those who read these posts regularly. The Pennsylvania Black-backed Oriole continues to be seen into this week. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler are still in Texas. The Yellow-legged Gull (4) in Newfoundland was seen again this week by many, as [read more…]

THE TOP 10: Craziest ABA Area Vagrants of 2016

The annual Top 10 Vagrants post has been one of our most popular, and most discussed, on The ABA Blog for some time. The time has come to look over 2016 and assemble the following list of notable and unexpected birds that got twitchers across the continent pricing plane tickets and rental cars. Literally this [read more…]

#ABArare – Redwing – British Columbia

On February 11, Jeremy Gatten found an ABA Code 4 Redwing in a row of trees in a residential neighborhood in Victoria, British Columbia. The bird was actively singing, and was seen that afternoon by many birders. This is the 3rd record for British Columbia.

Photo Jeremy Gatten/Macaulay Library

The bird was found in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 10, 2017

Things pick up a little this week in the ABA Area. Unanswered, and perhaps unanswerable, questions of provenance have not deterred birders still coming in droves to see the Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, which has shown every day since its presence was announced. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) continue in Texas [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-backed Oriole – Pennsylvania

Even though it’s only February, we might already have a winner for the least expected ABA Area vagrant for 2017. On January 31st a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania, noticed and photographed a strange oriole in their yard. The bird was posted to the Advanced Bird ID Facebook group where it was quickly identified as [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 3, 2017

Some weeks are slower than others, and we seem now to be in a bit of a late winter doldrums with regard to rarities. Nonetheless, a number of ABA Area rarities hold on into February. The young Ross’s Gull (ABA Code 3) in New York has been seen by many. In Texas, a Golden-crowned Warbler [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 27, 2017

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) and the newly arrived Rose-throated Becard (3) in Texas. Arizona hosts three notewrothy birds, Nutting’s Flycatcher (5), Rose-throated Becard (3), and Streak-backed Oriole (4) into this week. Both the Bananaquit (4) and one Western Spindalis (3) remained in Florida. A Brambling (3) in [read more…]

#ABArare – Golden-crowned Warbler – Texas

On January 24, Derek Muschalek found an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler at Lyons Park in Refugio, Texas. This is the second time this species has been found at this site in as many years.

The bird was seen in Lyons/Shelley Park, which is on the southwest side of the town of Refugio. The [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 20, 2017

Some weeks we have a lot of rarities to report, and some weeks we don’t. Unfortunately, this week fits mostly in the second category, but there are still a great number of persisting ABA vagrants throughout the ABA Area. The long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) in Texas has been joined in the state by [read more…]

#ABArare – Falcated Duck – Washington

On January 16, Rick Klawitter found a male Falcated Duck (ABA Code 4) on Padilla Bay in Skagit County, Washington. This is potentially the 5th record for Washington (and notably the 3rd from this site). The species is fairly rare outside of Alaska.

Photo: Jordan Roderick/Macaulay Library (S33721725)

Padilla Bay is located just over [read more…]

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