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Rare Bird Alert: August 28, 2015

It’s getting exciting in the ABA Area this week, as passerine migration ramps up to combine with the shorebirds that have been on their way south for a few weeks now. We’re also starting to get our first reports from western Alaska, on the leading edge of what is predicted to be an exceptional El [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 21, 2015

Things are starting to pick up in the last week of August, as one would expect. This week saw a great array of species on both coasts as we head into the most exciting birding months of the year for rarity hunters. ABA Area notables continuing into this week include the Collared Plover (ABA Code [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 14, 2015

We head into the middle of August with the listservs lighting up to report southbound shorebirds from coast to coast. Only a few of them are particularly unusual though, but now is certainly the time to be parsing those tide flats and reservoir arms for something really good. ABA Area notables continuing into the last [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 7, 2015

Notable birds continuing in the ABA Area include the Collared Plover (ABA Code 5) in Texas, the Tufted Flycatchers (5) in Arizona, and the Little Egret (4) Maine, found once more after a short absence. But those megas are nothing compared to the shockwave that hit southern California this week. No sooner had the calender [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 31, 2015

Summer birding is truly a strange time in North America. The weather is uncomfortable, the bugs are out, the birds are ratty and everyone is chomping at the bit for shorebird season to heat up. But still, late July can offer some surprises for those willing to brave the elements, often in the form of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 24, 2015

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a handful of bird in southeast Arizona. The Flame-colored Tanagers (ABA Code 4) and Tufted Flycatchers (5) are still hanging tight at Ramsey Canyon, even if finding them is more difficult now. A Plain-capped Starthroat (4) continues in the Chiricahuas as well.

The Little Egret (4) tally has [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 17, 2015

Sad news from Arizona, where the nesting attempt by the continuing Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) has failed. The birds still continue in the same area, even if they’re not quite as reliable now. Little Egrets (4) continue also in the northeast, with two birds still present into the last week, one in Maine and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 10, 2015

July is unseasonably hot in much of the west and north of the continent, which massive fires raging across western Canada and Alaska this week. Much of the rest of the ABA Area saw impressive storm systems bringing rain and wind. It’s been an unusual, and unusually destructive, summer as far as weather is concerned. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 3, 2015

It continues to be a good season for Little Egrets in the ABA Area, as birds in Maine, Ontario, and Quebec, all continue into the week. Other than that, and at least a couple red-letter birds, the week that was was a slow one in the way of rarities. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks continue to rampage [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 26, 2015

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include Little Egrets in both Ontario and Maine. The Tufted Flycatchers nesting at Ramsey Canyon in southeast Arizona continue as well, with both individuals making appearences this week. The Flame-colored Tanagers, also at Ramsey, are still around as well, though not as easily seen as when they [read more…]

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