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    Rare Bird Alert: January 30, 2015

    It was a slower week to be sure, but Texas takes its accustomed place as the center of the ABA rarity world with a couple of notable finds this week. the most accommodating of which is an ABA Code 4 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, still being seen daily (if not regularly during the day) at Estero Llano [read more…]

      Rare Bird Alert: January 23, 2015

      We roll into the last week of January with two state picking up potential first records in the last 7 days, neither of which are as cut and dried as we certainly like to see in our perfect world. But, as we all know, little about birds is cut and dried. The first is a [read more…]

        Rare Bird Alert: January 16, 2015

        Potential first ABA Area records can cause a lot of excitement in the birding world, and occasionally they can cause a lot of confusion too. That’s the case with one of the more interesting finds of the year so far, a Striped Sparrow that turned up in Williamson, Texas, in the middle of the state. [read more…]

          Rare Bird Alert: January 9, 2015

          With the exception of out comfortable friends in California, Nevada, and the greater southwest, much of the continent went into the deep freeze this week. But at the very least, the arctic weather brought along arctic birds. One, in particular, which by virtue of its more of less centralized location managed to catch the fancy [read more…]

            Rare Bird Alert: January 2, 2015

            Happy New Year, all! I hope the first few days of January fine you all in good spirits with a good start on your 2015 year list. This first RBA of 2015 is a little on the short side this week, but that’s not necessarily indicative of a slow week’s birding. As you know, this [read more…]

              Rare Bird Alert: December 27, 2014

              Happy Holidays birders, and thanks for the extra day to put this post together. Thursday holidays are always a real drag. This is the last weekly rarity roundup of 2014, and while this year hasn’t seen the mind-blowing vagrants of 2013 (no Rufous-necked Wood-Rail equivalent this year), it was a pretty exciting 12 months. George [read more…]

                Rare Bird Alert: December 19, 2014

                Christmas Bird Count season kicked off this week, and it was this annual census that formed the background for much of the rarity-finding this week. Nearly every significant find reported since last weekend was found on a CBC, just going to show that when you get enough birders out in the field, paying exceptionally close [read more…]

                  Rare Bird Alert: December 12, 2014

                  This coming weekend marks the beginning of Christmas Bird Count season, another period on the calender which tends to be good for ABA Area rarities. That seems to be less because December is such a great time for vagrants and more because there are so many birders out covering areas extremely thoroughly. I look forward [read more…]

                    Rare Bird Alert: December 5, 2014

                    We might be forgiven for thinking first records are the end all-be all of the rarity roundups here, and there’s no doubt about it, they’re undeniably cool. One of the reasons I like them is because I’m a sucker for narrative, even in bird records. I like a good story, and the slow and steady [read more…]

                      Rare Bird Alert: November 29, 2014

                      It has arrived, the last weekend of Novembird, and with it a flurry of hot bird across the ABA Area including a potential first ABA record, and not the one we thought might have been found earlier in the week.

                      No this bird comes from Texas, which, despite boating a state list currently at 641, [read more…]

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