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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…]

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…]

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…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 5, 2017

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Garganey (ABA Code 4) in Newfoundland. Florida continues to be full of Western Spindalis (3) and Bananaquit (4), with Black Noddy (3) on and off. Bahama Mockingbird (4) and Thick-billed Vireo (4) stuck around into the beginning of last week. Arizona birds look to be sticking around for the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 28, 2017

The numbers of continuing rarities in the ABA Area are still relatively low, except in Arizona, where the Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5), Streak-backed Oriole (4), and now a Flame-colored Tanager (4) are not in any hurry to leave. The Fieldfare (4) in Maine stuck around at least into the first part of the week, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 21, 2017

Spring moves on and the remaining ABA rarites of winter have mostly moved on. Arizona is still hosting a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) – can we call it resident by this point? – as well as the multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) that seem to have settled in for the season. The British Columbia Redwing [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 14, 2017

Into mid-April, and the listservs across the continent are buzzing with reports of returning migrants. But there are still a few birds moving to places where they don’t belong, and even fewer continuing rarities in the ABA Area. The continuing Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania was seen into the beginning of the past week, but has [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 7, 2017

Things are starting to pick up as the weather warms across the ABA Area. Many winter rarities are moving on with only a small handful remaining. Arizona hosts most of them, as the Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) look to be settling in for another crack at breeding. The Streak-backed Oriole (4) might never leave [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 31, 2017

Continuing birds that have been with us much of the winter begin to clear out as those we have recently noted in thie space take their place. Arizona, more than other places, sees the intersection, as the Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) reported recently continue as does the near-resident Streak-backed Oriole (4). The Black-backed Oriole [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 24, 2017

If you haven’t been paying attention to Cornell’s exceptional Birdcast site in preparation of the coming spring migration, let me just be the first to suggest you do so. Birdcast takes data from eBird and combines it with meteorological predictions to essentially create migration forecasts, telling you where adn when birds will be moving into [read more…]

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