It’s coming. You can feel it. At times, Fall migration has felt a little late coming in this year but things are starting to pick up. The movement has been pretty light but steady since the end of July, with conditions favorable for bird movement locally but nothing that seems primed for a big continental [read more...]
For the second week in a row, the state of Texas leads the week with a rare shorebird. Earlier this week, a Bar-tailed Godwit was discovered in near Corpus Christi, Nueces County. Not only is this a first state record for Texas, but with the recent addition of Black-tailed Godwit to the state list, based [read more...]
Another week with more quality than quantity, and coincidentally another week with an ABA second record (though no splits were required for this one). In south Texas, a good three months before the real “rarity season” gets underway, Dan Jones found an ABA Code 5 Collared Plover on a mudflat in Hidalgo county. The first [read more...]
By their very nature vagrant birds are most often unexpected, but this week seemed to ratchet the unpredictability up to previously unforeseen levels. These vagrants, to paraphrase the great Nigel Tufnel, go to 11.
One of the marquis decisions of the AOU Check-list committee, who recently released their much anticipated supplement, was the long-awaited split [read more...]
Another week on the slower side in the ABA Area, but quality remains high. Numbers of shorebirds are beginning to increase continent-wide and with them the exciting Eurasian vagrants that get every birder’s heart going this time of year. The Red-necked Stint in Florida last week was only the beginning (that bird continues into this [read more...]
If last week was slow, this week, sadly, is slower. But there are signs of a resurgence for those with eyes to see. Mid-summer is the beginning of vagrant shorebird season, and stints are on their way to North America and now is the time to be on the look out for them.
First blood [read more...]
With respect to TS Eliot, birders know that it’s July that is the cruellest month. Birds are ratty and molting, we’re still a couple weeks away from shorebird migration in earnest, and for much of the ABA Area the thermostat makes birding a certain hot and buggy affair. Still, we persevere, because as much as [read more...]
Happy Holiday Week to our friends on both sides of the Canada-United States border. The work week may be shorter but the birds keep coming.
The story of this week’s weather is the story of major phenomena on either side of the continent. On the west coast, the El Niño continues to build, and its [read more...]
A couple weeks ago, when the Tufted Puffin was seen in New Brunswick, a lot of folks were fascinated by the seemingly unique event of a bird from the northern Pacific ending up in the north Atlantic, let alone that birders were present to discover and document it. As it turns out, that puffin wasn’t [read more...]
One first record for your state or province in one week is pretty impressive. Heck, for some well-traveled parts of the ABA Area, one new first per year is exceptional. This week, however, New Brunswick enjoyed two first provincial records, one sort of expected and one completely unexpected. We’ll start with the latter first.
A [read more...]