Another week of relatively sparse vagrant reports, but the news across the rest of the continent has been one more of quantity rather than quality. The first part of 2014 has been noteworthy for the impressive numbers of White-winged Scoters, Common Mergansers, Long-tailed Ducks, and Greater Scaup present in impressive numbers in places where they [read more...]
By this point in the year, birders in the ABA Area are no doubt ready for winter to be over. The birds are certainly feeling it, at least in my area they’ve burst into song with a vengeance over the last week. However, this winter still has one more, and hopefully final, push into the [read more...]
No week in North American birding sees more rarity reports than the week of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Granted, the very vast majority of these records are incorrect and quickly dealt with by the vast network of volunteer eBird reviewers, but the fact that so many more eyes are in the field during this [read more...]
Another week, another massive winter weather system crashing into the east coast. And another relatively slow week for ABA Area vagrants. Heavy precipitation probably kept a number of birders off the roads and out the field this past week, at least in the east. Despite a little bit of rain, the west still continues to [read more...]
Thanks to John Puschock for covering the RBA last week. My family recently welcomed a new daughter and the few days in the wake of that milestone were a bit hectic. I appreciate him stepping in.
Now that things have calmed down, let’s have a look at this last week’s tally of notable records. The [read more...]
Once again winter weather ruled the eastern side of the ABA Area, but despite that, birders still got out in the field and found a good number of noteworthy birds. Dry conditions persisted in the western U.S., and Alaska experienced unseasonably warm weather. And in North Carolina, Nate had some family obligations, so I’m filling [read more...]
This week sees another pretty slow edition of the Rare Bird Alert for the ABA Area. Maybe it’s the season. Maybe it’s the weather. Maybe it’s the fact that the entire continent east of approximately Vancouver is a walk-in freezer. Neither bird nor birder are active in this sort of weather.
Despite the abnormal chill, [read more...]
The west is dry, the east is cold, and it looks like it’s going to stay that way for at least the near future heading into this week. The season continues to be a little bit sluggish in the way of new developments, but a few good birds are sticking tight. North Carolina’s 3rd Band-tailed [read more...]
This week saw a full third of the continent plunged into the deep freeze, as many residents of the US and Canada added the phrase “Polar Vortex” into their vocabularies, at which point they spit in disgust and watch it freeze before it hit the ground. It’s hard to say exactly what kind of birds [read more...]
2013 is over. Neil Hayward has, provisionally, prevailed in his Big Year attempt and eBird checklists the world over have clicked over to zero once again. A new year, a clean slate. Let’s see what birds are out there, shall we?
After a bit of a drought, we’ve once again seen a first record grace [read more...]