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Rare Bird Alert: March 16, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA include many of our old friends from the winter, most notably the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, which is amazingly still hanging around. Both Tamaulipas Crow (ABA Code 4) and Blue Bunting (4) are still being seen in south Texas, with the former being seen at a couple [read more…]

#ABArare – Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

It was not so long ago that Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) was among the rarest birds north of the Mexican border, but in recent years it has become annual in Arizona, even attempting to breed. That trend continues in 2018 where Tufted Flycatchers have been reported in the last week at two different sites [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 9, 2018

The holding pattern we’d been in with regard to unusual vagrants seems to be breaking a little as spring moves along. The southern tier of the ABA Area is seeing the return of early migrants like Purple Martins and Osprey, moving northwards little by little every day. There are still some continuing rarities that are [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 2, 2018

Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick is still being seen, though much less frequently than before. In Arizona, a Sinaloa Wren (5) appears to be setting up for the warm season and may stay awhile. The Texas Blue Bunting (4) is still around, as are the Garganey (4), Black-tailed Gull (4), and Nazca Boobies California. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 23, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area are once again highlighted by the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, which is still hanging on and looks increasingly like it has survived the worst of the winter. In California, Nazca Boobies (ABA Code 4) are still being seen in San Diego, and the Black-tailed Gull (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 16, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities are once again headlined by the Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, where the homeowners hosting the bird have been diligently recording its presence every day since its first arrival. In Texas, continuing Blue Bunting (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Tamaulipas Crow (4) provide an intriguing trio for would be listers. Both Streak-backed [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Gull – California

On February 11, 2018, Lucas Brug found and photographed an adult Black-tailed Gull (ABA Code 4) at Crescent City in Del Norte County, California.

Crescent City is in far northern California. The closest major city is Portland, Oregon, about 330 miles to the north. San Francisco is 350 miles to the south. The bird [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 9, 2018

The most surprising thing about the second month of this year is the fact that so many of the best birds of the end of 2017 are still around, and now with spring not too far away and the return of some of our early migrants to the southern part of the ABA Area only [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 2, 2018

As has the the case for much of this early year, the week in rarities was a little light. There are some high quality birds continuing into this week, once again headlined by the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, now into its third month among the Mountain Ash trees of Miramichi. Not far [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 26, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities on the continent include the long-staying ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, a continuing Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and new for this spot Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas. The Nazca Boobies (5) and the Garganey (4) in California have stuck tight for another week, as has the Sinaloa Wren (5) [read more…]

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