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    Rare Bird Alert: August 22, 2014

    It’s coming. You can feel it. At times, Fall migration has felt a little late coming in this year but things are starting to pick up. The movement has been pretty light but steady since the end of July, with conditions favorable for bird movement locally but nothing that seems primed for a big continental [read more...]

      Rare Bird Alert: August 15, 2014

      For the second week in a row, the state of Texas leads the week with a rare shorebird. Earlier this week, a Bar-tailed Godwit was discovered in near Corpus Christi, Nueces County. Not only is this a first state record for Texas, but with the recent addition of Black-tailed Godwit to the state list, based [read more...]

        Rare Bird Alert: August 8, 2014

        Another week with more quality than quantity, and coincidentally another week with an ABA second record (though no splits were required for this one). In south Texas, a good three months before the real “rarity season” gets underway, Dan Jones found an ABA Code 5 Collared Plover on a mudflat in Hidalgo county. The first [read more...]

          Rare Bird Alert: August 1, 2014

          By their very nature vagrant birds are most often unexpected, but this week seemed to ratchet the unpredictability up to previously unforeseen levels. These vagrants, to paraphrase the great Nigel Tufnel, go to 11.

          One of the marquis decisions of the AOU Check-list committee, who recently released their much anticipated supplement, was the long-awaited split [read more...]

            Rare Bird Alert: July 25, 2014

            Another week on the slower side in the ABA Area, but quality remains high. Numbers of shorebirds are beginning to increase continent-wide and with them the exciting Eurasian vagrants that get every birder’s heart going this time of year. The Red-necked Stint in Florida last week was only the beginning (that bird continues into this [read more...]

              Rare Bird Alert: July 18, 2014

              If last week was slow, this week, sadly, is slower. But there are signs of a resurgence for those with eyes to see. Mid-summer is the beginning of vagrant shorebird season, and stints are on their way to North America and now is the time to be on the look out for them.

              First blood [read more...]

                Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2014

                With respect to TS Eliot, birders know that it’s July that is the cruellest month. Birds are ratty and molting, we’re still a couple weeks away from shorebird migration in earnest, and for much of the ABA Area the thermostat makes birding a certain hot and buggy affair. Still, we persevere, because as much as [read more...]

                  Rare Bird Alert: July 4, 2014

                  Happy Holiday Week to our friends on both sides of the Canada-United States border. The work week may be shorter but the birds keep coming.

                  The story of this week’s weather is the story of major phenomena on either side of the continent. On the west coast, the El Niño continues to build, and its [read more...]

                    Rare Bird Alert: June 27, 2014

                    A couple weeks ago, when the Tufted Puffin was seen in New Brunswick, a lot of folks were fascinated by the seemingly unique event of a bird from the northern Pacific ending up in the north Atlantic, let alone that birders were present to discover and document it. As it turns out, that puffin wasn’t [read more...]

                      Rare Bird Alert: June 20, 2014

                      One first record for your state or province in one week is pretty impressive. Heck, for some well-traveled parts of the ABA Area, one new first per year is exceptional. This week, however, New Brunswick enjoyed two first provincial records, one sort of expected and one completely unexpected. We’ll start with the latter first.

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                      • Open Mic: My First Breeding Bird Survey August 12, 2014 8:22
                        When I got asked to go on my first Breeding Bird Survey with one of our areas top birders, I jumped at the opportunity! I met Katie Koch, a US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist at 4:45am. That was the earliest time I've been birding by 15 minutes. […]
                      • What to Do When You Feel Under the Weather at Bird Camp August 6, 2014 6:47
                        Imagine you are at a bird camp. Camp Chiricahua, for instance. Maybe this year. Maybe even this week. You are having lots of fun making new friends, seeing lots of cool birds, and traveling to all sorts of awesome places. But with all this activity and excitement, you start wearing yourself down. […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #31 August 1, 2014 5:45
                        July is often a difficult month for birders, but the month has come to an end. For many birds, breeding season is long gone and preparation for fall migration have begun. […]

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