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…]
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…]
Some weeks are slower than others, and we seem now to be in a bit of a late winter doldrums with regard to rarities. Nonetheless, a number of ABA Area rarities hold on into February. The young Ross’s Gull (ABA Code 3) in New York has been seen by many. In Texas, a Golden-crowned Warbler [read more…]
Continuing ABA Area rarities include the long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) and the newly arrived Rose-throated Becard (3) in Texas. Arizona hosts three notewrothy birds, Nutting’s Flycatcher (5), Rose-throated Becard (3), and Streak-backed Oriole (4) into this week. Both the Bananaquit (4) and one Western Spindalis (3) remained in Florida. A Brambling (3) in [read more…]
On January 24, Derek Muschalek found an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler at Lyons Park in Refugio, Texas. This is the second time this species has been found at this site in as many years.
The bird was seen in Lyons/Shelley Park, which is on the southwest side of the town of Refugio. The [read more…]
Some weeks we have a lot of rarities to report, and some weeks we don’t. Unfortunately, this week fits mostly in the second category, but there are still a great number of persisting ABA vagrants throughout the ABA Area. The long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) in Texas has been joined in the state by [read more…]
On January 16, Rick Klawitter found a male Falcated Duck (ABA Code 4) on Padilla Bay in Skagit County, Washington. This is potentially the 5th record for Washington (and notably the 3rd from this site). The species is fairly rare outside of Alaska.
Photo: Jordan Roderick/Macaulay Library (S33721725)
Padilla Bay is located just over [read more…]
Another day, another ridiculously rare gull for California. On Friday, January 13, Steve Turley discovered an ABA Code 4 Black-tailed Gull near the John Denver Memorial, just east of Point Pinos in Monterey, California.
Photo: Bill Hill/Macaulay Library (S336461196)
John Denver Beach is just east of the Point Pinos Lighthouse off Ocean View Blvd [read more…]
A great many birds of note have continued well into 2017, including the Common Pochard (ABA Code 4) in California, now merely only the third most interesting bird in that state this week. Also lingering long into the new year, the Amazon Kingfisher (5) in Texas and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, which was [read more…]
On the afternoon of Friday, January 6, Casey Ryan and Tony Kurz discovered a female Eurasian Kestrel (ABA Code 4) near Eureka, Humboldt County, California. This is a potential 2nd record for California.
Photo: Sean McAllister/Macaulay Library (S33493278)
The bird was found on the north side of Humboldt Bay NWR, at the end of [read more…]