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Rare Bird Alert: February 16, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities are once again headlined by the Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, where the homeowners hosting the bird have been diligently recording its presence every day since its first arrival. In Texas, continuing Blue Bunting (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Tamaulipas Crow (4) provide an intriguing trio for would be listers. Both Streak-backed [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Gull – California

On February 11, 2018, Lucas Brug found and photographed an adult Black-tailed Gull (ABA Code 4) at Crescent City in Del Norte County, California.

Crescent City is in far northern California. The closest major city is Portland, Oregon, about 330 miles to the north. San Francisco is 350 miles to the south. The bird [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 9, 2018

The most surprising thing about the second month of this year is the fact that so many of the best birds of the end of 2017 are still around, and now with spring not too far away and the return of some of our early migrants to the southern part of the ABA Area only [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 2, 2018

As has the the case for much of this early year, the week in rarities was a little light. There are some high quality birds continuing into this week, once again headlined by the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, now into its third month among the Mountain Ash trees of Miramichi. Not far [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 26, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities on the continent include the long-staying ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, a continuing Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and new for this spot Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas. The Nazca Boobies (5) and the Garganey (4) in California have stuck tight for another week, as has the Sinaloa Wren (5) [read more…]

#ABArare – Streak-backed Oriole – Arizona

On January 22, 2018, Linda Merrick of Tucson, Arizona, reported an ABA Code 4 Streak-backed Oriole visiting her feeder in central Tucson. The bird was first seen a week ago and may be wintering, but has not yet established a pattern for easy viewing.

The bird is coming to a feeder at Speedway and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 19, 2018

The same batch of continuing ABA rarities persists into another week, headlined by the ABA 1st record Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick. Nazca Booby (ABA Code 4) and Garganey (4) are still being seen in California and the Sinaloa Wren (5) is still in Arizona. Both Blue Bunting (4) and Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue in [read more…]

THE TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2017

It is time again for the annual Top 10 Vagrants post, which has become one of our most popular, and most discussed, posts on The ABA Blog every year. I, with help from my ABA colleagues, have looked back and assembled the following list of notable and unexpected birds that got twitchers across the continent [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 12, 2018

It was a relatively slow week in rare birds this week, with the continuing ABA rarities almoat as numerous as the new birds of note. The ABA 1st record Mistle Thrush is still holding court in Miamichi, New Brunswick. Texas boasts both Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and Tamaulipas Crows (4) in the lower Rio [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 5, 2018

Into the new year and a handful of birds are sticking around making for quite a conundrum for would-be 2018 Big Year efforts, assuming there even are any. Top priority for any 2018 run would certainly be the continuing ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, that is still being seen though the times when [read more…]

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