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#ABArare – Loggerhead Kingbird – Florida

On Friday, December 29, Eva Matthews and Andy Lantz found an ABA Code 5 Loggerhead Kingbird at Bill Baggs State Park in Miami-Dade, Florida. This is the second Loggerhead Kingbird in Florida and the ABA Area this year.

The first Loggerhead Kingbird of 2017 was not in such a well-traveled site as Bill [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 29, 2017

The ABA first Mistle Thrush continues to be seen in eastern New Brunswick, with the bird’s hosts, the Gadds, comtinuing to go above and beyond in helping birders find it. California continues to host one or more Nazca Boobies (4) and the continuing Garganey (4). Tamaulipas Crows (4) were seen once again in Texas this [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 22, 2017

The comprehensive surveys of the Christmas Bird Count often mean good things for rarity minded birders. Outside of the typical bird movement seasons of spring and fall and the overshoots and migration mistakes that make up a big part of birding in those seasons, the winter is all about increasing coverage. More birders out in [read more…]

#ABArare – Citrine Wagtail – California

On Friday, December 15, Maurice Demille discovered and photographed an ABA Code 5 Citrine Wagtail at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, California. This is the 3rd record for the ABA Area and a potential 1st for California. It was seen by a handful of birders the next day but has not been seen [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 15, 2017

This is the last rare bird update before Christmas Bird Count season begins. The annual count period typically produces a handful of great birds across the ABA Area, the result of thousands of motivated birders thoroughly covering patches from coast to coast (and increasingly around the world). Birders are likely hoping that the lingering rarities [read more…]

#ABArare – Mistle Thrush – New Brunswick

On Saturday, December 9, Peter Gadd in Miramichi, New Brunswick, photographed an apparent Mistle Thrush feeding on Mountain Ash berries in their yard. This is not only a 1st record for New Brunswick and Canada, but it is a potential 1st ABA Area record of this wide-ranging Eurasian Turdus thrush.

Photo: Michel Doucet/Macaulay Library

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Rare Bird Alert: December 8, 2017

The first week of December brings some interesting new birds to spots across the ABA Area. But we’ll start with the continuing ones, some of which should be familiar to readers by now. In Texas, Tamaulipas Crows (ABA Code 4) continue in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere and may stay all winter. The Garganey [read more…]

#ABArare – Green-breasted Mango – Texas

On December 2, 2017, John Brush discovered a young Green-breasted Mango (ABA Code 4) at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in Hidalgo County, Texas. Green-breasted Mango has occurred in the ABA Area around 20 times, with all but a few records coming from south Texas.

Photo: Cynthia Bridge/Macaulay Library (S40885401)

Quinta Mazatlan is one [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 1, 2017

Into the the final month of the year, where the continuing ABA rarities are for the most part familiar. The Nazca Booby (ABA Code 4) was seen again this week in southern California, which has hosted all 6 species of North American Sulid in the last month. Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue to be seen in [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – California

On Sunday, November 26, birders reported a dingy immature Garganey (ABA Code 4) at Waller Park, in Santa Maria, California, Santa Barbara County. The bird has apparently taken in with the resident feral duck flock, which has led to a lot of speculation as to the bird’s provenance. However, there are birders who feel that [read more…]

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