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#ABArare – Fieldfare – Saskatchewan

On March 30, Brenda Schmidt photographed an ABA Code 4 Fieldfare in her yard in Creighton, Saskatchewan. This represents a 1st provincial record and the 1st interior record for this species in Canada, one of only three such records in North America.

Photo: John Corden/Macaulay Library

While the host is birder-friendly, Creighton, Saskatchewan is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 30, 2018

Continuing ABA Area rarities this week include a trio of birds in Arizona in a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) , multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) and Sinaloa Wren (5). A Barnacle Goose (4) continues in Ontario, Nazca Boobies (4) in California, and the Tamaulipas Crows (4) in Texas were seen this week as well.

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Rare Bird Alert: March 23, 2018

Apologies in advance for the abbreviated nature of this week’s Rare Bird Alert. I’m in Israel with the Subadult wheatears and in the field a great deal of the daylight hours, so I have to put this thing together between bouts of jet leg so it will be a bare bones version. Birds I have [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

On Sunday March 18, 2018, an unknown birder photographed an interesting Contopus flycatcher at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Monroe, Florida. The bird has since been identified as a Cuban Pewee, the ABA Area’s 6th record.

Photo: Robyn Meyer/Macaulay Library

Fort Zachary Taylor is a Florida State Park, located at the [read more…]

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…]

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