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Rare Bird Alert: January 20, 2017

Some weeks we have a lot of rarities to report, and some weeks we don’t. Unfortunately, this week fits mostly in the second category, but there are still a great number of persisting ABA vagrants throughout the ABA Area. The long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) in Texas has been joined in the state by [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 13, 2017

A great many birds of note have continued well into 2017, including the Common Pochard (ABA Code 4) in California, now merely only the third most interesting bird in that state this week. Also lingering long into the new year, the Amazon Kingfisher (5) in Texas and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, which was [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 6, 2017

Happy New Year to ABA Blog readers and rare bird aficionados! If you’re planning on running an ABA Big Year for 2017 you’ve come to the right place. A number of 2016 birds have stuck around in the new year, including the continuing Common Pochard (ABA Code 4) in California and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 30, 2016

This is your last RBA of 2016, a year that has been pretty remarkable in terms of rarities. It ends appropriately, with a number of notable ABA Area vagrants hanging on week to week. Those birds include the Common Pochard (ABA Code 3) in California, the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, the familiar Amazon Kingfisher [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 23, 2016

With the solstice behind us, it’s only a matter of time before birds start heading northward again, but we’re still deep in the middle of Christmas Bird Count season and, as expected, CBCs have driven a lot of the rare bird finding this past week. Most of the long-staying ABA rarities have moves on now, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 16, 2016

It’s finally Christmas Bird Count season, which means more eyes in the field, more complete coverage of much of the ABA Area, and generally an uptick in the number of noteworthy birds discovered. And, of course, there’s the hope that any number of the exceptionally birds continuing in the ABA Area will stick around to [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 9, 2016

We’re pretty familiar with the continuing rarities in the ABA Area, and not much has changed in a week there. Still continuing are the Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 4) in Texas, the Pine Bunting (5) in Alaska, several Western Spindalis (3) and at least one Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida, the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 2, 2016

As 2016 draws ever closer to its close, the birding continues to be productive, in so far as a number of ABA Area rarities are continuing. Perhaps the story of this year has to do with the high quality rarities that have stuck around for so long in so many cases. It’s that sort of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 26, 2016

We joke every year that November is better called “Novem-bird” (or, at least *I* do) because of the high quality and numbers of rarities that are found throughout the ABA Area in this month. This November started a bit lighter than in years past, but the last half has been exceptional. This week is no [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 18, 2016

I’m still overseas, but with a bit sturdier internet, so this week’s Rare Bird Alert will continue as normal. I do have one quick programming announcement, due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week’s RBA will publish on Saturday rather than Friday. Thanks for your understanding!

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the ABA’s 3rd [read more…]

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