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Rare Bird Alert: November 17, 2017

Continuing birds include the return of Tamaulipas Crow (ABA Code 3), still being seen reliably at the Brownsville Dump in Texas, the long-staying Blue-footed Booby in California that researchers on the Farallones have been keeping tabs on, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida, and a handful of Pink-footed Geese (4) and Barnacle Goose (4) scattered [read more…]

#ABArare – Red-footed Booby – California

On October 29, Josiah Clark found a young booby in Pillar Point Harbor in San Mateo County, California. It was later refound on November 13 where it was identified as an ABA Code 4 Red-footed Booby. While the species is somewhat regular in extreme southern Florida, it is far less common in the Pacific basin. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 10, 2017

It was an interesting week in the world of ABA Area rare birds, with a handful of false starts on the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook group. All understandable though, as November is traditionally an exceptional month for rarities continent-wide. In any case, the confirmed batch of new birds this week is full enough. Noteworthy [read more…]

#ABArare – Corncrake – New York

Looks like November, which for at least the last couple years has been the peak month for the strangest bird vagrancies, is off to a hot start. The most recent is an ABA Code 5 Corncrake found in Suffolk County, New York, by Shai Mitra, Pat Lindsay, Ken Feustel and Sue Feustel, on November 7.

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#ABArare – Tamaulipas Crows – Texas

Tamaulipas Crow is one of the more enigmatic species ABA checklist. The small, glossy corvid is the only crow in its range, which until 30 or so years ago extended into southern Texas before dropping precipitously to the point where they could no longer be found even at the Brownsville, Texas, city dump where they [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 3, 2017

The New Jersey Common Greenshank (ABA Code 3) continues to be a highlight among returning rarities, with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of birders making their way to Forsyth NWR this week to find it. In Florida, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) is still accommodating birders at Bill Baggs State Park, and the long-staying California Blue-footed Booby (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 27, 2017

It’s getting cold up in the Bering Sea, but there are still birds around even if most of the birders have long since beaten a retreat from the cold and dark. On Gambell, Alaska, the potential ABA 1st Red-backed Shrike was seen into the beginning of the last week, along with a Gray Wagtail (ABA [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Greenshank – New Jersey

On October 23, Sam Galick and Virginia Rettig discovered and photographed an ABA Code 3 Common Greenshank at the Brigantine Division of the Forsyth NWR in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for New Jersey and one of only a few records for the Atlantic coast of this widespread Eurasian [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 20, 2017

The list of continuing ABA Area rarities has nearly faded into nothing, but this week sees the triumpgant return of a bird many probably though had moved on. The Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) in Arizona has been hanging around, unbothered by birders who have mostly stopped chasing it, an was seen again this past [read more…]

#ABArare – Yellow-breasted Bunting – Newfoundland & Labrador

On October 16, Vernon Buckle photographed an ABA Code 5 Yellow-breasted Bunting at his feeder in Forteau Bay, on the mainland (Labrador) part of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is a 1st record for the province and for Canada. All previous records of this species come from western Alaska.

Photo: Vernon Buckle

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