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Rare Bird Alert: August 23, 2019

A number of continuing rare birds can be found into this week in the ABA Area, including the long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in west Texas. Arizona boasts a pair of continuing hummingbirds in a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and a Plain-capped Starthroat (4), in addition to the continuing Common Crane (4) in the northern [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 16, 2019

Though summer is coming to a close we still have a few continuing rarities that have been our constant companions all season long, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, and the somewhat regular Nazca Booby (5) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Likewise, the Maine Little Egret (4) and the Arizona Common [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 9, 2019

ABA rarities continuing into this, this first full week of August, include the Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) still singing in south Florida, the Slate-throated Redstart (4) was seen again this week in Texas, as was the Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Red-footed Booby (4) and Nazca Booby (5) were seen in California again [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 2, 2019

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) in Florida, seen at least into the beginning of the week. It was joined in Florida by a Black-faced Grassquit (4) which is still hanging around. Little Egrets (4) in Maine continue to be seen, as does a Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Arizona [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 26, 2019

The continuing Antillean Palm Swift on Grassy Key, Florida was still present as of July 24.

Two Plain-capped Starthroats were found in the Huachuca Mountains in Arizona this week. One at Ash Canyon, and the other northeast of Sonoita. The Common Crane in Coconino, Arizona continues. A Red-footed Booby was seen in Santa Cruz, California, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 19, 2019

Sorry for the late publication. It’s been a pretty exhausting 24 hours involving cancelled flights, lost laptops, and a very late arrival at home for me following an otherwise extraordinary visit to Newfoundland. I’ll keep all this short and sweet. Continuing rarities include the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, the Red-footed Booby (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2019

Many noteworthy ABA Area rarities look like they’re sticking it in for the summer, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, Red-footed Booby (4) in California , and Falcated Duck (4) in Alaska. Little Egrets (4) are still being seen in Maine, and the Common Crane (4) i northern Arizona is also evidently [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 5, 2019

This past June was recently designated as the warmest ever in recorded history. This past month also had an extraordinary irruption of southern species into northern parts of the ABA Area. It probably oversimplifies the mechanisms that lead to bird vagrancy to lay that entirely at the feet of climate change, but the two phenomena [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 28, 2019

Attendees of the annual American Ornithological Society conference, held this year in Anchorage, Alaska, have been appreciating the continuing Falcated Duck (ABA Code 4) in Alaska. The Slate-throated Redstart (4) in Texas and one or more Little Egrets (4) in Maine also continue into the past week. Both the Zenaida Dove (5) in Florida and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 21, 2019

There are a number of familiar continuing birds in the ABA Area as we head into the longest days of the years. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas is still hanging around, as is a Red-footed Booby (4) in California, Falcated Duck (4) in Alaska, and Common Crane (4) in Arizona In the [read more…]