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Rare Bird Alert: May 20, 2016

Migration is reaching its end. Continuing ABA Area rarities are drying up. You might be forgiven in thinking that the party is slowing down as the summer approaches and breeding commences for most North American birds. But you would be mistaken, friends, because spring vagrant season is not over until Alaska has something to say [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 13, 2016

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area continue to thin out. Most of the remaining ones are very long-staying individuals that are fair bets to stick out the rest of the summer where they are. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is probably an exception, even though it has persisted through the week. The [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 6, 2016

It’s the biggest migration week of the year in North America, and the listservs are just crawling with first of years from sea to sea. This is also the first week of 2016 that we’ve seen a bounty of rarities. Are they potentially tied to an influx of birders in the field? Perhaps, and that [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 29, 2016

Continuing ABA notables continue to thin out. Both big name birds from last week, the Cuban Vireo in Florida and the Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5) in California were seen into last weekend but not long afterwards. Neither have been found in recent days. One Crimson-collared Grosbeak hangs on in Texas, at Laguna Atascosa, the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 22, 2016

Our friends at Cornell’s Birdcast predicted a good week for migration across the continent this past week, and that’s certainly what we saw. Lots of movement from coast to coast from species like Broad-winged Hawk, Cassin’s Vireo, Summer Tanager and others, and that bore out in the listservs as FOY reports were springing up all [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 15, 2016

This week saw good conditions for migration across the entirety of the ABA Area, which probably contributed both to the burst of migrant news on listservs across the continent and the dwindling number of continuing ABA Area notables. Continuing birds include the Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and the Frontera Audubon Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), which [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 8, 2016

Numbers of notable species across the ABA Area are starting to creep up this week, after a relatively slow early spring. This week sees a number of spring overshoots and misdirected migrants of the sort you might expect once zugunruhe really starts to take hold.

So far as continuing rarities are concerned, Arizona is trying [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 1, 2016

I’m out of town this weekend so I apologize for the lack of lead-in this week. We’re going to go straight to the birds. Continuing ABA notables are still leading the way as the Sinaloa Wren (ABA Code 5) and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) were seen in Arizona this week. In Texas, the Blue Bunting [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 25, 2016

The page has turned to spring and birders across the ABA Area can confidently look forward to some exceptional birding over the next few weeks as we witness the wonder that is spring birding in the Northern Hemisphere. It doesn’t get any better than this (except, arguably, in the fall). We can’t close the book [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 18, 2016

Continuing birds in the ABA Area are still of a very high quality from a rarity perspective. Zenaida Dove (ABA Code 5) and Black-faced Grassquit (4) were seen through the week in Florida. Both the Fieldfare (4) and the Redwing (4) made appearances again in Newfoundland, and Texas continues to haul them in with the [read more…]

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