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#ABArare – Tropical Mockingbird – Florida

A bird that will undoubtedly prompt some discussion with regard to provenance, an apparent Tropical Mockingbird was discovered at Lake Worth Municipal Beach in Palm Beach County, Florida. The bird was initially found on June 1 and only recently reported. This species is not currently on the ABA Checklist and its inclusion here should not [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 2, 2017

It’s summertime, and for much of the ABA Area that means Breeding Bird Surveys and the brief slow-down before migrating shorebirds begin heading back south, sparking the official start of fall migrations. But it also means vagrants, there are still a few migrants up in the northern part of the continent and Alaska in particular [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Bunting – Arizona

We’re used to vagrants in Arizona coming up from the north, but perhaps the stunner of the season is one from far to the northwest. Richard Webster discovered an ABA Code 4 Little Bunting at Slaughter Ranch in Cochise County, Arizona on May 27.

Photo: Chris Benesh/Macaulay Library

Slaughter Ranch is off Geronimo Trail [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 26, 2017

It’s that time of year where the eyes of the rarity-seekers turn away from the southern tier of the ABA Area and look towards Alaska, and strong west winds across the Bering Sea this week mean that the birding did not disappoint there. But before all that, a look at the continuing notables in the [read more…]

#ABArare – European Storm-Petrel, Fea’s Petrel – North Carolina

Now is the time of year where the rarity focus turns towards western Alaska and the Gulf Stream, where late May is peak time for exciting vagrants. Brian Patteson and his Seabirding crew have just started their “Spring Blitz”, two weeks work of consecutive trips to the Gulf Stream out of Hatteras, North Carolina. Early [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Swift – Newfoundland

On the evening of Saturday, May 19, Ian Jones and Jeannine Winkel discovered an ABA Code 5 Common Swift at Quidi Vidi Lake in St, John’s Newfoundland. This is only the 7th record of the species in the ABA Area, and the second in as many years in Newfoundland.

Photo: Blair Fleming/Macaulay Library (S37036802)

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Rare Bird Alert: May 19, 2017

We head into the tail end of spring migration, and across much of the continent we’re seeing the slow start catch up with a vengeance. Elsewhere, birds are going about nesting, including vagrants in Arizona that look like they are going to be sticking around awhile. The nesting Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) are joined [read more…]

#ABArare – Bahama Woodstar – Florida

More from Florida, which has to be reaching rare bird saturation at some point. On May 14, Mitchell Harris found a likely female-type ABA Code 5 Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Sanctuary in Brevard, Florida.

Photos from back of camera: Mitchell Harris

Maritime Hammock is near the town of Melbourne, Florida, on the sea side [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 12, 2017

The jet stream across North America in the last week has taken a strange, unseasonal, turn, plunging south into the eastern half of the continent and arresting migration east of the Mississippi River. Thankfully that looks to be breaking, and migrants are pushing northward and filling listerv reports from sea to sea.

Continuing notables in [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – Michigan

Though Florida has been getting a lot of attention lately, Michigan has also been seeing a nice run of rarities lately, highlighted by a stunning ABA Code 4 Garganey in Chippewa County, Michigan, first seen on May 5. This is the second Garganey for the ABA Area this spring (following a continuing bird in Newfoundland), [read more…]

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