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#ABArare – Solitary Snipe, Common Rosefinch – Alaska

We’re reaching the peak period for Asian rarities in western Alaska, and two recent finds on St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs deserve mention. On September 23rd, Sulli Gibson and Nicole Koeltzow flushed an ABA Code 5 Solitary Snipe near the village of St. Paul. This is the ABA Area’s 3rd record of this cryptic [read more…]

#ABArare – Piratic Flycatcher – Texas

On September 22, Bill and Kathy Lupardus found an ABA Code 4 Piratic Flycatcher at South Llano River State Park in Kimble County, Texas.

Photo: Bill Lupardus/Macaulay Library

South Llano State Park is located about 2 hours northwest of San Antonio, just south of I-10. The bird was located at the Acorn Bird Blind, [read more…]

#ABArare – Willow Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher – Alaska

Rarity season in western Alaska is shifting into gear, with reports of nice Asian landbird vagrant in the Bering Sea, one each from Gambell and St. Paul, a Code 4 Willow Warbler on the former and a Code 4 Taiga Flycatcher on the latter.

Greg Schyphers and crew, stationed at Gambell, had the Willow Warbler [read more…]

#ABArare – Thick-billed Vireo – Florida

On August 23, Alberto Hernandez and Luis Gles discovered an ABA Code 4 Thick-billed Vireo at Bill Baggs State Park in Miami-Dade, Florida.

photo: Luis Gles via Macaulay Library

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (open 8 am to sundown; $4 entrance fee for single-occupant vehicle, $8 for vehicles with 2-8 occupants) is located [read more…]

#ABArare – Great Black Hawk – Maine

2018 has certainly not wanted for unbelievable bird records. August brings us yet another mind-blower when a raptor discovered and photographed on August 6 in York County, Maine, turned out to be a young Great Black Hawk. The ABA’s 1st record (still pending) of this widespread Neotropical species was discovered on South Padre Island, Texas, [read more…]

#ABArare – Townsend’s Storm-Petrel – California

On July 29, a boat out of San Diego, California, had an ABA Code 3 Townsend’s Storm-Petrel among the more expected pelagic species. Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was one of the Pacific Ocean subspecies of Leach’s Storm-Petrel split from that species in 2016.

Photo: Gary Nunn via Macaulay Library (S47550174)

Until 2016, Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was considered [read more…]

#ABArare – Zenaida Dove – Florida.

On July 8, Alex Lamoreaux discovered an ABA Code 5 Zenaida Dove among a flock of Mourning Doves in Miami-Dade County, Florida. Unusual for Zenaida Dove, this bird was seen well inland. It does suggest that this species might be more common than records suggest, and easily overlooked in places where it has not historically [read more…]

#ABArare – Masked Duck – Louisiana

On June 26, Paul Dickson discovered an ABA Code 3 Masked Duck at the Pinola Managed Wetlands near Shreveport, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Though officially a Code 3 bird, Masked Duck has been infrequent in recently years, though one was seen last year in Oklahoma. This is reportedly the 5th record of this species for [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Hobby, Oriental Cuckoo, and more – Alaska

The last few days have seen an influx of quality Asian rarities to little St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs. In lieu of handling them all individually, it’s easier to put them all together in one post.

On June 1, a movement of birds including Code 3s Common Cuckoo, Siberian Rubythroat, and Eyebrowed Thrushes was [read more…]

#ABArare – Stygian Owl – Florida

The turn of May and June has been an exceptional time for rarities in the ABA Area. Things are still showing up in Alaska and the Gulf Stream continues to put on its annual show. Barely having recovered from the shock of a wayward Tahiti Petrel in North Carolina, the birding world’s jaws dropped once [read more…]

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