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    Rare Bird Alert: September 26, 2014

    On the verge of the ABA’s St. Paul Island event, the island has been seeing a lot of great birds. Last week saw an impressive stream of vagrants to the Pribilofs highlighted by the ABA’s 5th and, incredibly, the 6th records of  Wood Warbler (ABA Code 5). Other nice finds on St. Paul include likely [read more...]

      Rare Bird Alert: September 19, 2014

      We’ve been spoiled for great birds in the ABA Area of late, but most of them have come from the less accessible parts of the ABA Area. There’s has been some excellent birding in Alaska, and this week is no different, but there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned big twitch in the ABA Area, and [read more...]

        Rare Bird Alert: September 12, 2014

        Alaska still leads off the week, as it has for the last several in a row. Though things have slowed down from last time we checked in, the Bering Sea islands are still seeing a steady stream of excellent rarities. This week’s highlight is without doubt the ABA Code 5 Common Chiffchaff seen and well-photographed [read more...]

          Rare Bird Alert: September 5, 2014

          This week could reightly be called the week that Alaska exploded. Granted, this time of year means that there are groups of birders on two of the ABA’s most noted vagrant traps, Gambell and St. Paul Island, dedicated to finding Asian strays, but even by the exceptional standards that birders on those islands set year [read more...]

            Rare Bird Alert: August 29, 2014

            Up to this point, vagrancy has been fairly subdued in the ABA Area, with relatively short reports for the last couple weeks. I’m happy to see, though, that this week things are looking up as passerine migration supplements the southbound shorebirds in a more significant way. Species like Brown Booby, White Ibis, and several jaegers [read more...]

              Rare Bird Alert: August 22, 2014

              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...]

                Rare Bird Alert: August 15, 2014

                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...]

                  Rare Bird Alert: August 8, 2014

                  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...]

                    Rare Bird Alert: August 1, 2014

                    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...]

                      Rare Bird Alert: July 25, 2014

                      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...]

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