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Rare Bird Alert: February 17, 2017

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area should all be familiar to those who read these posts regularly. The Pennsylvania Black-backed Oriole continues to be seen into this week. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler are still in Texas. The Yellow-legged Gull (4) in Newfoundland was seen again this week by many, as [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 10, 2017

Things pick up a little this week in the ABA Area. Unanswered, and perhaps unanswerable, questions of provenance have not deterred birders still coming in droves to see the Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, which has shown every day since its presence was announced. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) continue in Texas [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 3, 2017

Some weeks are slower than others, and we seem now to be in a bit of a late winter doldrums with regard to rarities. Nonetheless, a number of ABA Area rarities hold on into February. The young Ross’s Gull (ABA Code 3) in New York has been seen by many. In Texas, a Golden-crowned Warbler [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 27, 2017

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) and the newly arrived Rose-throated Becard (3) in Texas. Arizona hosts three notewrothy birds, Nutting’s Flycatcher (5), Rose-throated Becard (3), and Streak-backed Oriole (4) into this week. Both the Bananaquit (4) and one Western Spindalis (3) remained in Florida. A Brambling (3) in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 20, 2017

Some weeks we have a lot of rarities to report, and some weeks we don’t. Unfortunately, this week fits mostly in the second category, but there are still a great number of persisting ABA vagrants throughout the ABA Area. The long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) in Texas has been joined in the state by [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 13, 2017

A great many birds of note have continued well into 2017, including the Common Pochard (ABA Code 4) in California, now merely only the third most interesting bird in that state this week. Also lingering long into the new year, the Amazon Kingfisher (5) in Texas and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, which was [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 6, 2017

Happy New Year to ABA Blog readers and rare bird aficionados! If you’re planning on running an ABA Big Year for 2017 you’ve come to the right place. A number of 2016 birds have stuck around in the new year, including the continuing Common Pochard (ABA Code 4) in California and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 30, 2016

This is your last RBA of 2016, a year that has been pretty remarkable in terms of rarities. It ends appropriately, with a number of notable ABA Area vagrants hanging on week to week. Those birds include the Common Pochard (ABA Code 3) in California, the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, the familiar Amazon Kingfisher [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 23, 2016

With the solstice behind us, it’s only a matter of time before birds start heading northward again, but we’re still deep in the middle of Christmas Bird Count season and, as expected, CBCs have driven a lot of the rare bird finding this past week. Most of the long-staying ABA rarities have moves on now, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 16, 2016

It’s finally Christmas Bird Count season, which means more eyes in the field, more complete coverage of much of the ABA Area, and generally an uptick in the number of noteworthy birds discovered. And, of course, there’s the hope that any number of the exceptionally birds continuing in the ABA Area will stick around to [read more…]

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