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#ABArare – Fan-tailed Warbler – Arizona

The Red Warbler didn’t stick around long, but a couple of very nice ABA Area warblers took its place in southeast Arizona. The most notable of which is an ABA Code 4 Fan-tailed Warbler in Cochise County, found by RIck Taylor at his home on April 13.

Photo: Chris Rohrer/Macaulay Library

The bird has [read more…]

#ABArare – RED WARBLER – Arizona

On April 9, 2018, Janet Moore and Janet Stein discovered a potential ABA Area 1st record in a Red Warbler at Rose Canyon Lake, Pima County, Arizona, near Tucson. The bird was refound at the same location later that day by Dave Stejskal, Mark Stevenson, and Molly Pollock.

Rose Canyon Lake is 17 [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Godwit – New Jersey

Early April is a great time for vagrant shorebirds in the ABA Area, and the season kicked off in New Jersey this past weekend with the discovery by John Stippick of an ABA Code 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Pedricktown Marsh, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, Sunday April 8.

Photo: John Stippick/Macaulay Library

Pedricktown Marsh [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 6, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area are beginning to clear out, and this week sees the lowest number in some time. Arizona continues to be hot, however, with continuing Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) Sinaloa Wren (5) and Streak-backed Oriole (4). Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue in south Texas, as do the Nazca Boobies (4) in [read more…]

#ABArare – Fieldfare – Saskatchewan

On March 30, Brenda Schmidt photographed an ABA Code 4 Fieldfare in her yard in Creighton, Saskatchewan. This represents a 1st provincial record and the 1st interior record for this species in Canada, one of only three such records in North America.

Photo: John Corden/Macaulay Library

While the host is birder-friendly, Creighton, Saskatchewan is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 30, 2018

Continuing ABA Area rarities this week include a trio of birds in Arizona in a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) , multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) and Sinaloa Wren (5). A Barnacle Goose (4) continues in Ontario, Nazca Boobies (4) in California, and the Tamaulipas Crows (4) in Texas were seen this week as well.

A [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 23, 2018

Apologies in advance for the abbreviated nature of this week’s Rare Bird Alert. I’m in Israel with the Subadult wheatears and in the field a great deal of the daylight hours, so I have to put this thing together between bouts of jet leg so it will be a bare bones version. Birds I have [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

On Sunday March 18, 2018, an unknown birder photographed an interesting Contopus flycatcher at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Monroe, Florida. The bird has since been identified as a Cuban Pewee, the ABA Area’s 6th record.

Photo: Robyn Meyer/Macaulay Library

Fort Zachary Taylor is a Florida State Park, located at the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 16, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA include many of our old friends from the winter, most notably the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, which is amazingly still hanging around. Both Tamaulipas Crow (ABA Code 4) and Blue Bunting (4) are still being seen in south Texas, with the former being seen at a couple [read more…]

#ABArare – Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

It was not so long ago that Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) was among the rarest birds north of the Mexican border, but in recent years it has become annual in Arizona, even attempting to breed. That trend continues in 2018 where Tufted Flycatchers have been reported in the last week at two different sites [read more…]

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