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#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On November 2nd, Karen Mercer discovered an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron in Renews, Newfoundland. This individual, unlike the one found offshore earlier this fall, was easily seen by many birders in subsequent days. This is a 4th record for Newfoundland and only about the 10th for the ABA Area.

Photo: Dave Brown/Macaulay Library

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#ABArare – Spotted Redshank – Michigan

On November 2, Alan Ryff and Maggie Jewett discovered an ABA Code 4 Spotted Redshank in a farm pond in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The bird was refound the next day by other birders and since November 3 has been seen each day at the same site more or less without fail. This is a 2nd [read more…]

#ABArare – Bahama Mockingbird – Florida

On October 10, Kyle Matera, Kenny Miller, and Marcello Gomes discovered an ABA Code 4 Bahama Mockingbird at Spanish River Park in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Photo: Kyle Matera/Macaulay Library

Spanish River Park is located east of Boca Raton, Florida, near the Gumbo LImbo Nature Center. From I-95 travel east on NW Spanish RIver [read more…]

#ABArare – Golden-crowned Warbler – Texas

Though it’s been present for almost 2 weeks now, I thought I’d mention this bird as it’s still sticking around. On September 26th, Angelina Vasquez discovered an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler at Frontera Audubon Center in Hidalgo, Texas.

Frontera Audubon Center is a small urban preserve in Weslaco, Texas. The street address is [read more…]

#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On September 30, Bruce Mactavish photographed an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron that landed on an offshore supply vessel on which he was traveling about 30 km/180 nmi east of Cape Race, Newfoundland.

Photo: Bruce Mactavish via ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook group

Bruce notes that this sighting followed three days of easterly winds [read more…]

#ABArare – Solitary Snipe, Common Rosefinch – Alaska

We’re reaching the peak period for Asian rarities in western Alaska, and two recent finds on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs deserve mention. On September 23rd, Sulli Gibson and Nicole Koeltzow flushed an ABA Code 5 Solitary Snipe near the village of St. Paul. This is the ABA Area’s 3rd record of this cryptic [read more…]

#ABArare – Piratic Flycatcher – Texas

On September 22, Bill and Kathy Lupardus found an ABA Code 4 Piratic Flycatcher at South Llano River State Park in Kimble County, Texas.

Photo: Bill Lupardus/Macaulay Library

South Llano State Park is located about 2 hours northwest of San Antonio, just south of I-10. The bird was located at the Acorn Bird Blind, [read more…]

#ABArare – Willow Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher – Alaska

Rarity season in western Alaska is shifting into gear, with reports of nice Asian landbird vagrant in the Bering Sea, one each from Gambell and St. Paul, a Code 4 Willow Warbler on the former and a Code 4 Taiga Flycatcher on the latter.

Greg Schyphers and crew, stationed at Gambell, had the Willow Warbler [read more…]

#ABArare – Thick-billed Vireo – Florida

On August 23, Alberto Hernandez and Luis Gles discovered an ABA Code 4 Thick-billed Vireo at Bill Baggs State Park in Miami-Dade, Florida.

photo: Luis Gles via Macaulay Library

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (open 8 am to sundown; $4 entrance fee for single-occupant vehicle, $8 for vehicles with 2-8 occupants) is located [read more…]

#ABArare – Great Black Hawk – Maine

2018 has certainly not wanted for unbelievable bird records. August brings us yet another mind-blower when a raptor discovered and photographed on August 6 in York County, Maine, turned out to be a young Great Black Hawk. The ABA’s 1st record (still pending) of this widespread Neotropical species was discovered on South Padre Island, Texas, [read more…]

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