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Rare Bird Alert: October 21, 2016

Things are beginning to pick up in late fall, as rarity season begins to reach its peak. Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include the Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in south Texas and the Blue-footed Booby (4), found again this week in California.

The season’s 2nd Lesser Sand-Plover (3) in the Lower 48 [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 14, 2016

This week was a particularly slow one, especially this deep into rarity season. But California, at least, picks up the slack with a number of excellent finds. As for noteworthy continuing birds, the Arizona Lesser Sand-Plover (ABA Code 3) stuck around into the beginning of the last week, while the Pink-footed Goose (4) in Quebec [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 7, 2016

Continuing ABA rarities have mostly cleared out, but Texas hosted at least two into this last week. The Variegated Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) on South Padre Island stuck around through last weekend before the weather changed and it disappeared. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) that was also on Padre left a couple days previously.

The accommodating [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 30, 2016

The last week of September was a very good week for vagrants in North America, with a number of exciting finds coming from all corners of the ABA Area. First to check in with our continuing birds, the now very familiar Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, the Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 23, 2016

According to our friends at Birdcast, this past week was a good one for migration with fair to excellent conditions across the continent. As such, the rare birds alerts were more active this week, with a number of notable vagrants moving along with the expected species, particularly on the left half of North America.

Continuing [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 16, 2016

Finally, at long last, the zugunruhe of autumn is starting to clear our long-staying ABA Area vagrants. Many of the Arizona birds were not reported this week (maybe AZ birders were too busy piecing together their blown minds following the Hurrican Newton bonanza to look for them), but our friend the Maine Little Egret (ABA [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 9, 2016

Continuing rarities include Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) in Arizona, Marsh Sandpiper (5) on St Paul in Alaska, and the long-staying Little Egret (4) in Maine.

This past week was a tale of two hurricanes, one on either side of the continent. Both Atlantic and Pacific birders anticipated the bounty of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 2, 2016

When I began the practice of reviewing notable ABA Area rarities that were sticking in place week-to-week, I don’t think I ever expected to report the same four or 5ive birds for months on end. And yet, that’s where we are in 2016, the year that may go down in history as the one in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 26, 2016

Out well-trodden ABA notables continue in both Arizona and Maine, as the Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) continue into the week, along with the on-again-off-again Flame-colored Tanager (4) in the former, and the Little Egret (4) persisting at least into last weekend in the latter.

It’s getting to be that special [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 19, 2016

It’s hot and buggy across much of the ABA Area, but at least the birds are beginning to move in good numbers. Not the continuing ABA notables, however, which are mostly unchanged for the last month and a half. The Maine Little Egret (ABA Code 4) can still be found, though it is moving around [read more…]

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