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Rare Bird Alert: May 27, 2016

Sorry this is up a little late, folks. I just returned late last night from a few days of seabirding in Hatteras and had to complete it the next morning. Onward and upwards! Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, which is sticking around this year just [read more…]

#ABArare – Berylline Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat – Arizona

On May 21, an ABA Code 4 Berylline Hummigbird was observed coming to a feeder in Santa Rita Lodge in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, by a tour group led by Barry Zimmer that was staking out a Code 4 Plain-capped Starthroat that had been first discovered the day before.

Photo: Andy Benson

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Rare Bird Alert: May 20, 2016

Migration is reaching its end. Continuing ABA Area rarities are drying up. You might be forgiven in thinking that the party is slowing down as the summer approaches and breeding commences for most North American birds. But you would be mistaken, friends, because spring vagrant season is not over until Alaska has something to say [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 13, 2016

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area continue to thin out. Most of the remaining ones are very long-staying individuals that are fair bets to stick out the rest of the summer where they are. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is probably an exception, even though it has persisted through the week. The [read more…]

#ABArare – White-winged Tern – Massachusetts

On May 8, Peter Flood photographed a stunning adult alternate plumage White-winged Tern (ABA Code 4) at Race Point on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The bird made a close pass and Peter was able to get some excellent photos, at which point it disappeared. It was found later the same day at Hatches Harbor nearby where [read more…]

#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On May 7, Linda Ryan discovered an odd heron in Bonavista, Newfoundland, which she suspected was an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron. The next day a number of birders were able to refind the bird and confirm her identification. This is Newfoundland’s 3rd record of this Old World species.

Photo: Alvan Buckley


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Rare Bird Alert: May 6, 2016

It’s the biggest migration week of the year in North America, and the listservs are just crawling with first of years from sea to sea. This is also the first week of 2016 that we’ve seen a bounty of rarities. Are they potentially tied to an influx of birders in the field? Perhaps, and that [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 29, 2016

Continuing ABA notables continue to thin out. Both big name birds from last week, the Cuban Vireo in Florida and the Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5) in California were seen into last weekend but not long afterwards. Neither have been found in recent days. One Crimson-collared Grosbeak hangs on in Texas, at Laguna Atascosa, the [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Stint – California

On April 20, Will Brooks found an odd Calidris sandpiper in Alviso, California, near San Jose. Folks able to refind it and photograph it more closely in subsequent days were able to confirm it as an ABA Code 4 Little Stint. This would be only the second spring record for California. It has been present [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Egret – Maine

On April 23, Ian Carlson found an ABA Code 4 Little Egret at Gilsland Farm near Falsmouth Maine. This has been a fairly reliable spot for this ABA rarity in recent years, and a Little Egret spent much of last summer at the site.

Gilsland Farm is located just north of Portland, Maine. Take [read more…]

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