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#ABArare – Bananaquit – Florida

On March 14, Shane Runyon discovered an ABA Code 4 Bananaquit at North Shore Open Space Park in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade, Florida. This is the third Bananaquit found in south Florida this year, and the second in as many weeks.

North Shore Open Space Park is in Miami Beach, the barrier island east of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 10, 2017

Our impressive and diverse collection of continuing rarities in the ABA Area is starting to thin out as the spring comes on. Notables seen into this week include the Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) in Texas, and the very long staying Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona. In Newfoundland, the Yellow-legged Gull [read more…]

#ABArare – Hawfinch – Alaska

On February 28, a homeowner in Anchorage, Alaska, noted a bird at their feeder that was “not from around here”. That bird, an ABA Code 4 Hawfinch, was seen again a few days later and has been regular since March 6.

The bird is visiting a feeder on Park Hills Circle in Anchorage. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 3, 2017

Things are beginning to pick up in the ABA Are this week, as the slow turn to spring begins. Though you wouldn’t know it from the weather in the eastern half of the continent this week, which seemed to swing wildly between normal and way above normal. In any case, that brief stint of warm [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 24, 2017

It was another relatively slow February week in the ABA Area, despite the fact that the west coast and the upper Midwest have seen some dramatic weather. Much higher than average temperatures across the continent likely got more people outside, but sadly that did not result in more rare birds. The Black-backed Oriole continues in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 17, 2017

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area should all be familiar to those who read these posts regularly. The Pennsylvania Black-backed Oriole continues to be seen into this week. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler are still in Texas. The Yellow-legged Gull (4) in Newfoundland was seen again this week by many, as [read more…]

THE TOP 10: Craziest ABA Area Vagrants of 2016

The annual Top 10 Vagrants post has been one of our most popular, and most discussed, on The ABA Blog for some time. The time has come to look over 2016 and assemble the following list of notable and unexpected birds that got twitchers across the continent pricing plane tickets and rental cars. Literally this [read more…]

#ABArare – Redwing – British Columbia

On February 11, Jeremy Gatten found an ABA Code 4 Redwing in a row of trees in a residential neighborhood in Victoria, British Columbia. The bird was actively singing, and was seen that afternoon by many birders. This is the 3rd record for British Columbia.

Photo Jeremy Gatten/Macaulay Library

The bird was found in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 10, 2017

Things pick up a little this week in the ABA Area. Unanswered, and perhaps unanswerable, questions of provenance have not deterred birders still coming in droves to see the Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, which has shown every day since its presence was announced. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) continue in Texas [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-backed Oriole – Pennsylvania

Even though it’s only February, we might already have a winner for the least expected ABA Area vagrant for 2017. On January 31st a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania, noticed and photographed a strange oriole in their yard. The bird was posted to the Advanced Bird ID Facebook group where it was quickly identified as [read more…]

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