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Rare Bird Alert: May 22, 2015

The week that was happened to be a good one for vagrant hunters. Across the ABA Area birders found notable birds of both quality and quantity. Rarity season in Alaska is ramping up and various overshoots and spring drift migrants are on the menu from coast to coast. This week saw at least four potential [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 15, 2015

We’re in the last stages of spring migration, as the northbound birds travel ever northward and the classic late migrants begin to turn up in the southern tier of the ABA Area. This is a great time for misdirected birds, overshoots, and weather blown vagrants, and the four, count ’em, four potential first records this [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 8, 2015

Our friends at the excellent Birdcast predicted heavy migration this past week and that seems to have borne out. Much of the crush of the season is moving north, to the northern US and southern Canada. Those of us in the south are seeing the dribs and drabs of the former flood north, but birds [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 1, 2015

It’s finally May, the month every birder dreams of during the fallow weeks of March. The birds are arriving in waves now, warblers and tanagers and thrushes and such. There’s no better time to get out and get birding, at least in the eastern half of the continent. Fall is still where it’s at out [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 24, 2015

This time of year is hard for rarity hunters, and even moreso for hunters of rarity records. Listservs are filling up with reports of expected but long-anticipated first of year reports, which makes parsing through them a little more difficult. What I mean to say is that if I accidentally left off a bird in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 17, 2015

As we stare into the precipice of the Great Spring Arrival of late April/early May, the minds of birders continent-wide is undoubtedly on the expected (and in hopefully great numbers), but there’s time for the unexpected as well. The California “Mystery” Shrike of Mendocino County has returned, and long may it befuddle. After several days [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 10, 2015

Birds are moving here and there with purpose these days, and unfortunately that also applies to the infamous Mendocino, California, mystery shrike, which was not been seen since 4/8. Sadly, the bird left before completing its molt so the actual identification of the bird will probably remain a mystery. But not all ABA Area rarities [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 3, 2015

The zugunruhe of spring is upon us in force, and that goes for vagrants as well as our expected spring migrants, now pouring into the southern part of the US and moving north. That goes for many of the vagrants we’ve been watching as well, which have disappeared in the last couple weeks. Still hanging [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 27, 2015

The early part of migration continues, and the listservs are packed with various FOYs and FOSs and other expected species making their long-anticipated return to the US and Canada. The view from the perspective of the vagrant hunter is looking up as well, with birds on the move it stands to reason we should expect [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 20, 2015

There’s no surer sign of spring in the ABA Area than the return of Birdcast, the fantastic site run by Cornell and eBird that synthesizes eBird data and weather forecasts to predict who is migrating and when they’re likely to move. Here on the front end of spring it’s mostly waterfowl, swallows, and a few [read more…]

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