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#ABArare – Falcated Duck – Washington

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…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Gull – California

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…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 13, 2017

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…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Kestrel – California

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…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 6, 2017

Happy New Year to ABA Blog readers and rare bird aficionados! If you’re planning on running an ABA Big Year for 2017 you’ve come to the right place. A number of 2016 birds have stuck around in the new year, including the continuing Common Pochard (ABA Code 4) in California and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) [read more…]

#ABArare – Black Kite – Alaska

On January 3, Barbara Lestenkof found and photographed a Black Kite above the town of St. Paul on St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska. Pending acceptance this is a first Alaska record and first continental ABA Area record.

Photo: Barbara Lestenkof

Black Kite is widely distributed throughout the Old World and is, in fact, one [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 30, 2016

This is your last RBA of 2016, a year that has been pretty remarkable in terms of rarities. It ends appropriately, with a number of notable ABA Area vagrants hanging on week to week. Those birds include the Common Pochard (ABA Code 3) in California, the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, the familiar Amazon Kingfisher [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 23, 2016

With the solstice behind us, it’s only a matter of time before birds start heading northward again, but we’re still deep in the middle of Christmas Bird Count season and, as expected, CBCs have driven a lot of the rare bird finding this past week. Most of the long-staying ABA rarities have moves on now, [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Pochard – California

On December 20, Jeff Allen found a Common Pochard at Freshwater Lagoon in Humboldt County, California. Common Pochard is a Code 3 bird on the ABA checklist, though it is actually rather difficult to find in the ABA Area outside of Alaska where it is an uncommon but regular vagrant, primarily in the western Aleutians. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 16, 2016

It’s finally Christmas Bird Count season, which means more eyes in the field, more complete coverage of much of the ABA Area, and generally an uptick in the number of noteworthy birds discovered. And, of course, there’s the hope that any number of the exceptionally birds continuing in the ABA Area will stick around to [read more…]

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