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#ABArare – Eurasian Skylark – Quebec

On May 6, Nathalie Rondeau discovered a Eurasian Skylark at Saint-Damien, Lanaudière, Quebec. This is a 1st provincial record and, perhaps most notably, the 1st record of this species in the eastern part of the continent. Subsequent analysis has suggested that this is a skylark of the Eurasian subspecies arvensis, rather than one of the [read more…]

#ABArare – GREAT BLACK HAWK – Texas

April continues to provide, at least in terms of potential ABA Area 1st records in border states. This time the place is South Padre Island, Texas, and the birder is Javi Gonzalez who was alerted yesterday (4/24) to a large raptor by the resident Great-tailed Grackles. Subsequent photos by Javi and Alex Lamoreaux confirmed the [read more…]

#ABArare – Marsh Sandpiper – California

On April 16, an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper was discovered, or perhaps re-discovered, at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, California. This is the same site that hosted a Marsh Sandpiper in 2016.

Photo: Steve Hampton/Macaulay Library

Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area lies directly between West Sacramento and Davis, California, just off [read more…]

#ABArare – Wood Sandpiper – New York

On the evening of April 16, 2018, Patricia Lindsay found a Wood Sandpiper on a golf course in Suffolk County, New York, the 2nd record for that state and only the 4th record for the Atlantic coast.

Photo: Shai Mitra/Macaulay Library

The bird was seen on the Timber Point Golf Course, in a puddle [read more…]

#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…]

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