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Rare Bird Alert: June 14, 2019

COntinuing rare birds in the ABA Area include that long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, as well as a more or less regular Red-footed Booby (4) in California. The Falcated Duck (4) near Anchorage, Alaska, is still being seen this week, as is the Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Little Egret (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 7, 2019

Another good week of rarities across the continent as spring overshoots make up a large percentage of the vagrants across the ABA Area. Continuing rarities include the Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California, the Slate-throated Redstart (4) in Texas, and a Common Crane (4) in Arizona. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and White-tailed Eagle (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 31, 2019

Noteworthy continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, Little Egret (4) in Maine, and Common Crane (4) in Arizona.

We usually focus on a continent level rarity in this spot, but there were few this week outside of Alaska. New Jersey, however, saw a pretty extraordinary 2nd [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 24, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Common Crane (ABA Code 4) in Arizona, the Little Egret (4) in Maine, and the Zenaida Dove (5) in Florida. The previously reported Slate-throated Redstart (4) in west Texas has evidently been joined by a second bird and they now appear to be nesting, which is something [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 17, 2019

Notable ABA rarities continuing into this, the third week of May, include Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, both Zenaida Dove (5) and Bahama Mockingbird (4) in Florida, and Little Egret (4) in Maine. The White-tailed Eagle (4) that overwintered on St Paul Island in Alaska turned up again this week, as did the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 10, 2019

Apologies in advance for any missed rarities this week. I’m writing this post from the Biggest Week in American Birding and things are rather busy. Please include any omissions in the comments and I’ll be sure to include them next week.

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 3, 2019

Texas is still the epicenter of continuing rarities, with the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) reported last week singing as if on territory, and the long-staying Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4)in the Valley. Pink-footed Geese (4) are also scattered about, this time in Newfoundland and Quebec.

We’ll lead off with Maine, which is once again hosting Little [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 26, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the now singing Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) in Texas, along with still-present Tamaulipas Crow (4). A Pink-footed Goose is still being seen in Quebec (4), as is the Key West Quail-Dove (4) in Florida.

After a long stretch of relatively slow reports, the gates finally burst open [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 19, 2019

Texas boasts the most continuing ABA notables for what feels like the millionth stright week, which both Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) Tamaulipas Crow (4) appearing on the eBird Alert once again. Pink-footed Geese (4) are present in Ontario and Quebec, indicating their slow retreat northward as the spring rolls on. And in Florida, at [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 12, 2019

Spring migration is here in a big way, and the listservs are buzzing with early season migrants and FOYs galore. There were still rarities to find though, both continuing and new birds, and Texas continues to lead the pack in the former with a long-staying Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) and the recent arrival of [read more…]