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Happening NOW: Western Tanagers Invade the Midwest

There are some birds we think of as being inherently prone to irruptive behavior. The winter finches are a famous example, as are Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, and a handful of other, mostly northern species. Western Tanagers are not one of these species. While prone to vagrancy, the patterns of vagrancy they undergo tend to [read more…]

Happening NOW: Wilson’s Plovers WInging North

As I was packing for an international trip recently, I received a text from the Maryland rare bird alert that almost made me drop my pre-travel plans. At Assateague Island, on the other side of the state, a Wilson’s Plover had just been seen and a short time later a second bird appeared to be [read more…]

Happening NOW: Delaware Bay Shorebirds Provide a Study in Local Status & Distribution

If you live in any close proximity to the Delaware Bay, there is one question that you will see a lot of this time of year on birding and bird photography Facebook pages: where have Red Knots been sighted lately? The short answer, at least for the moment, is “nowhere.” It will be a little [read more…]

Happening NOW: Black Vultures Soar Across New England

The most painful part of the year for many New England birders is early spring. Taunted by neotropical migrants filtering into southern states, those of us in the northern states sometimes find ourselves impatiently waiting for more than just blackbirds, phoebes, and Tree Swallows to join our lingering winter birds. Imagine my surprise when I [read more…]

Happening NOW: Have You Checked In With Florida Lately?

But, really… Have you? If you’ve been following any of the many Facebook rarity groups, the weekly RBA on this blog, or eBird rarity alerts, you’ve likely noted that for several months now, Florida has been dominating the rarity scene. From the Black-tailed Gull and the just-found Key West Quail-Dove in Volusia County to fascinating, [read more…]

Happening NOW: Signs of Spring (and Bomb Cylones!)

Stepping out of my work truck on the side of a snowy, windblown county road in the panhandle of Nebraska, I hear a rising, tittering song originating from somewhere nearby, though its source evades my sight against the wide open blue sky. While the Horned Lark is anything but scarce or unusual in this part [read more…]

Happening NOW: Alcid Invasion on the East Coast

With Jerald Reb

Several years ago from Ocean City Inlet in Worcester County, Maryland I was standing at the end of a long exposed jetty. It was a bitterly cold and excessively windy day. As I watched, every now and then a few small, black-and-white shapes hurtled out of the surf and shot up the [read more…]

Happening NOW: There’s Something Happening Somewhere; Let’s Talk About That

Right now it’s snowing. That is the quick and easy summation of what is happening now in downtown Baltimore on this chilly, gusty Wednesday afternoon. I haven’t seen a bird yet today, despite spending an inordinate amount of time staring out my living room window into the trees in m

y apartment complex’s courtyard. As [read more…]

Happening NOW: Palm Warbler Fest in Colorado

By Dean Shoup

Something is going on with Palm Warblers in Colorado this fall of 2018. The species is a regular visitor to Colorado in the fall, with scattered reports every year. But 2018 has been a crazy banner year for the species. The nearest year in recent times with a similar irruption was 2012, [read more…]

Happening NOW: Irruption of Winter Finches Underway

In July, a small, charismatic passerine began arriving at feeders and migrant traps in the mid-Atlantic and southeast—well outside its breeding range. Birding listervs, text groups, eBird rarity alerts, and the like lit up with the news: Red-breasted Nuthatches were on the move. Though it was still mid-summer at the time, this clued birders for [read more…]