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#ABArare – Bahama Mockingbirds, LaSagra’s Flycatcher, Thick-billed Vireo – Florida

If there was ever a time to drop everything and head to south Florida, now would be it. The parade of rarities continues this week with another trio of exceptional Caribbean vagrants. First, on April 21, an ABA Code 4 Bahama Mockingbird was discovered on Lower Matecumbe Key in Monroe County, in the vicinity of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 21, 2017

Spring moves on and the remaining ABA rarites of winter have mostly moved on. Arizona is still hosting a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) – can we call it resident by this point? – as well as the multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) that seem to have settled in for the season. The British Columbia Redwing [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 14, 2017

Into mid-April, and the listservs across the continent are buzzing with reports of returning migrants. But there are still a few birds moving to places where they don’t belong, and even fewer continuing rarities in the ABA Area. The continuing Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania was seen into the beginning of the past week, but has [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Vireo – Florida

Florida just keeps producing. On Monday, April 10, 2017, Carl Goodrich and Lee Dunn discovered a Cuban Vireo at Indigenous Park in Key, West Florida. This is potentially a 2nd record for the ABA Area.

The 2017 bird has yet to be photographed, but the 2016 individual was more accommodating, at least early on. [read more…]

#ABArare – Loggerhead Kingbird – Florida

Another day, another Caribbean flycatcher in south Florida. Yesterday, Larry Manfredi found and photographed an ABA Code 5 Loggerhead Kingbird in Miami-Dade, Florida.

Photo: Larry Manfredi/Macaulay Library

The bird was discovered at an out of the way location west of Miami. A locally rare Pine Siskin has been present there for a few days [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

Yesterday morning (4/7) Shane Runyon and Nico Salio found an ABA Code 5 Cuban Pewee at Bill Baggs State Park in Miami-Dade, Florida. Pending acceptance, this would be the 6th record for the ABA Area, all from Florida.

Photo:Nico Salino/Macaulay Library (S35801016)

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (open 8 am to sundown; $4 [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 7, 2017

Things are starting to pick up as the weather warms across the ABA Area. Many winter rarities are moving on with only a small handful remaining. Arizona hosts most of them, as the Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) look to be settling in for another crack at breeding. The Streak-backed Oriole (4) might never leave [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 31, 2017

Continuing birds that have been with us much of the winter begin to clear out as those we have recently noted in thie space take their place. Arizona, more than other places, sees the intersection, as the Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) reported recently continue as does the near-resident Streak-backed Oriole (4). The Black-backed Oriole [read more…]

#ABArare – White Wagtail – Arizona

Alaskan goodies in the Lower 48, especially as far south as Arizona, are always worth a note here. Yesterday afternoon Doug Backlund found an ABA Code 3 White Wagtail in Pima County, Arizona. This is a 2nd state record for this species, and one of only a few inland records in the Lower 48.

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Rare Bird Alert: March 24, 2017

If you haven’t been paying attention to Cornell’s exceptional Birdcast site in preparation of the coming spring migration, let me just be the first to suggest you do so. Birdcast takes data from eBird and combines it with meteorological predictions to essentially create migration forecasts, telling you where adn when birds will be moving into [read more…]

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