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Rare Bird Alert: December 2, 2016

As 2016 draws ever closer to its close, the birding continues to be productive, in so far as a number of ABA Area rarities are continuing. Perhaps the story of this year has to do with the high quality rarities that have stuck around for so long in so many cases. It’s that sort of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 26, 2016

We joke every year that November is better called “Novem-bird” (or, at least *I* do) because of the high quality and numbers of rarities that are found throughout the ABA Area in this month. This November started a bit lighter than in years past, but the last half has been exceptional. This week is no [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 18, 2016

I’m still overseas, but with a bit sturdier internet, so this week’s Rare Bird Alert will continue as normal. I do have one quick programming announcement, due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week’s RBA will publish on Saturday rather than Friday. Thanks for your understanding!

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the ABA’s 3rd [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 11, 2016

I apologize in advance for any missing birds or piddling mistakes in this edition of the Rare Bird Alert. I’m way out of town, and what internet I can access is inconsistent at best. I even considered skipping this week, but after 301 consecutive weeks I don’t know how I can stop now. In any [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 4, 2016

It was an exceptional week for rarities in the ABA, as the calendar turns to November, that most exciting month for vagrancy. There are lots of quality continuing vagrants in the US and Canada this week, including Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, Rufous-backed Robin (3) in Arizona, the intermittent [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 28, 2016

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Lesser Sand-Plover (ABA Code 3) in California, the Tufted Flycatcher (5) in Arizona, refound after several weeks, and a pair of birds that those heading to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Festival next week will be salivating over, a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) and at least 2 Northern Jacana [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 21, 2016

Things are beginning to pick up in late fall, as rarity season begins to reach its peak. Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include the Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in south Texas and the Blue-footed Booby (4), found again this week in California.

The season’s 2nd Lesser Sand-Plover (3) in the Lower 48 [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 14, 2016

This week was a particularly slow one, especially this deep into rarity season. But California, at least, picks up the slack with a number of excellent finds. As for noteworthy continuing birds, the Arizona Lesser Sand-Plover (ABA Code 3) stuck around into the beginning of the last week, while the Pink-footed Goose (4) in Quebec [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 7, 2016

Continuing ABA rarities have mostly cleared out, but Texas hosted at least two into this last week. The Variegated Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) on South Padre Island stuck around through last weekend before the weather changed and it disappeared. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) that was also on Padre left a couple days previously.

The accommodating [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 30, 2016

The last week of September was a very good week for vagrants in North America, with a number of exciting finds coming from all corners of the ABA Area. First to check in with our continuing birds, the now very familiar Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, the Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, and [read more…]

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