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Rare Bird Alert: February 5, 2016

The suite of continuing rare birds in the ABA Area is mostly unchanged into February, though many of the following were seen only into last weekend and may have moved one. The Brambling (ABA Code 3) in Ohio remains through the week, as does the Northern Jacana (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 29, 2015

The last week in weather, at least in the east, was dominated winter storm “Jonas”, one of the strongest recorded winter weather systems to hit the Mid-Atlantic. The fallout from the storm likely kept quite a few birders close to home for a few days at the beginning of the week. As such, there reports [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 22, 2016

While January 2016 has provided some exciting records of bird vagrancy, the story of the first part of the year has to be the incredible staying power of a number of very notable species in the ABA Area. In fact, as this week was relatively slow by new bird standards, the continuing birds certainly take [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 15, 2016

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this first couple weeks of 2016 is the fact that so many of the rarities found in the last part of last year have hung around into January. Big Year birders looking to crack Neil Hayward’s record have a lot of ground right off the bat to make sure [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 8, 2016

The first week of the year has been a doozy, and has already provided a couple storylines that will likely go down as two of the most amazing bird-related stories of the year. Sadly, both involve the death of birds, but both are incredible nonetheless.

Before getting into that, here’s a quick round-up of continuing [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 1, 2016

Happy New Year! Here are some notable sightings from around the ABA Area that will help you start your year list off on the right foot.

Notable birds in the ABA Area continuing into this week include a Kelp Gull (4) in Ohio, the Northern Jacana (4) in south Texas, and after the couple weeks [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 25, 2015

I mentioned last week that as Christmas Bird Counts ramp up across the ABA Area, the opportunity for interesting birds is only going to increase along with them. Close scrutiny of common birds is the age-old recipe for finding vagrants, and this past week made me sound prescient, even if, in all honestly, my prediction [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 18, 2015

It’s CBC season, that time of year when birders around the continent, and increasingly the world, set out to dig deep into their own little 15 mile circles. With all the impressive coverage, it’s also a great time to turn up rarities. Also the colder weather is sending birds towards feeding stations across the ABA [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 11, 2015

This weekly roundup will be particularly brief this week, as I’m writing on location in Honduras where I’m testing Leica’s new Trinivod HD binoculars. I’ll have a more complete review of the bins in a couple weeks, but in the meantime you can enter yourself in a drawing to put these excellent new bins in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 4, 2015

It’ s interesting to see, week to week, the ebbs and flows of vagrancy across the continent. First boobies, then Franklin’s Gulls and Cave Swallows, and now Mountain Bluebirds and Townsend’s Solitaires are making a strong showing in the northeast. The latter are annual in the region, if not the individual states and provinces, but [read more…]

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