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Rare Bird Alert: July 22, 2016

As it has been for what seems like the entirety of the year, southeast Arizona has been the place for ABA Area rarities, as birds notable birds continue once more into the latter half of July. Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and both Plain-capped Starthroat (4) and Berylline Hummingbird (4) were seen [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 15, 2016

By mid-July we’re starting to see migration pick up again, as the number of unusual shorebirds around the ABA Area, both rare on a continental and local scale, has increased quite a bit in recent days. It continues to be a fantastic year for Ruff in the ABA Area, as many new and continuing individuals [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 8, 2016

Arizona continues to be the rarity capital of the ABA, as continuing Pine Flycatcher (ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue, with the latest of those three successfully fledging young this week. They are joined in that state by the return of the Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) at Madera [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 1, 2016

Welcome to the second half of 2016, with midsummer behind us and the summer doldrums set in. Continuing ABA rarities continue to be familiar, with the Maine Little Egret (ABA Code 4), and the Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (potential ABA 1st), Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Slate-throated Redstart (4) remaining.

Western Alaska, and in particular, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 24, 2016

Continuing rarities have mostly cleared out this week, though the incredible Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (1st ABA record), Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue to be found reliably. The Pine Flycatcher is now sitting on a nest, and there are some speculation that it has bred with a nearby Cordilleran [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 17, 2016

Many rarities continue in Arizona, with the potential ABA first Pine Flycatcher leading the way still present three weeks following its discovery. Also in the area are Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Aztec Thrush (4). The New York Garganey (4) continues into a second week, and the Little Egret (4) in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 10, 2016

It’s hard to beat Arizona for quality birding experiences these days, not that it’s not spectacular on its own terms, but the barrage of impressive continuing rarities in the state certainly adds a giant dollup of icing on that already delicious cupcake. The likely ABA first Pine Flycatcher highlights continuing birds, but Flame-colored Tanager (ABA [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 3, 2016

Arizona is the place to be this week (though Alaska is no slouch, either), but it’s hard to beat the Grand Canyon State this wee both for the quality of its continuing rarities, including Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4), Tufted Flycatcher (5), and Flame-colored Tanager (4), as well as two fancy new arrivals that we’ll [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 27, 2016

Sorry this is up a little late, folks. I just returned late last night from a few days of seabirding in Hatteras and had to complete it the next morning. Onward and upwards! Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, which is sticking around this year just [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 20, 2016

Migration is reaching its end. Continuing ABA Area rarities are drying up. You might be forgiven in thinking that the party is slowing down as the summer approaches and breeding commences for most North American birds. But you would be mistaken, friends, because spring vagrant season is not over until Alaska has something to say [read more…]

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