The early part of this year’s winter has been all about Snowy Owls, and why not? They’re big. They’re flashy. And they’re practically the embodiment of winter. Aside from the owls, the rest of the winter avifauna is MIA this year, not that this was completely unexpected given Ron Pittaway’s thin finch report.
But winter [read more...]
Sorry for the tardy post, all. The mid-week holiday put a little kink in the regular schedule. All the turkey and family time necessitated a slightly later deadline. I hope it didn’t put a damper on too many post-holiday festivities. I almost needed to put it off even one day more, because I finally got [read more...]
The first two weeks of November are clearly the time to go out in search of vagrant records, and things have begun to slow down a but as we head into the last part of the month. The weather across the ABA Area has turned decidedly more chilly, and waterfowl and gulls have begun to [read more...]
There are some vagrants that are exciting because they’re exceptionally uncommon in a given region. There are some vagrants that are exciting because a lot of people get to share in the excitement of seeing them. These things overlap infrequently, but never to the extent that this week’s signature rarity did.
One of the biggest [read more...]
We’re nearing the end of the season for passerine movements and the big pushes of migration are clearly beginning to wane. We still have waterfowl to look forward to, of course, and despite the poor finch forecast some may hold out hope for something, anything, with the north on its wings turning up at a [read more...]
It’s November, and across the continent that means one thing: rarity season. Sure the sparrows are still moving in and the waterfowl are starting to arrive farther south, but all sort of unusual things can pop up in unusual places this month, more than most it seems. And while the winds that precipitate those most [read more...]
The notable records were many and varied this week, as we head into the last week of October. Cold weather pushed into the lower 48 states with a vengeance, pushing the last of the neotropic migrants ahead of it and inducing movement in lots of temperate zone migrants. The guard was changing in a big [read more...]
Those who attended the ABA’s San Diego rally this past week had hoped, in the back of their minds perhaps, for an opportunity to come across one of the season’s most exciting vagrant irruptions, that of the Blue-footed Boobies on the Pacific coast. The Salton Sea extension folks may well come across a few farther [read more...]
A juvenile Lesser Sand-Plover was found late this morning by Brendan Grube near the lighthouse at Michigan City, IN (just SW of the MI state line, on Lake Michigan).
Lesser Sand-Plover at Michigan City, IN on 15 October 2013. Photo (c) Michael L. P. Retter.
It was seen throughout the afternoon by [read more...]
The seasons march inexorably on in mid October. In the northern hemisphere, the days are getting shorter and colder. On the Bering Sea islands of western Alaska, the days get colder and shorter still, but the intrepid guides working St. Paul Island in the Pribs just keep finding great birds. This past week, they struck [read more...]