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Rare Bird Alert: April 17, 2015

As we stare into the precipice of the Great Spring Arrival of late April/early May, the minds of birders continent-wide is undoubtedly on the expected (and in hopefully great numbers), but there’s time for the unexpected as well. The California “Mystery” Shrike of Mendocino County has returned, and long may it befuddle. After several days [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 10, 2015

Birds are moving here and there with purpose these days, and unfortunately that also applies to the infamous Mendocino, California, mystery shrike, which was not been seen since 4/8. Sadly, the bird left before completing its molt so the actual identification of the bird will probably remain a mystery. But not all ABA Area rarities [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 3, 2015

The zugunruhe of spring is upon us in force, and that goes for vagrants as well as our expected spring migrants, now pouring into the southern part of the US and moving north. That goes for many of the vagrants we’ve been watching as well, which have disappeared in the last couple weeks. Still hanging [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 27, 2015

The early part of migration continues, and the listservs are packed with various FOYs and FOSs and other expected species making their long-anticipated return to the US and Canada. The view from the perspective of the vagrant hunter is looking up as well, with birds on the move it stands to reason we should expect [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 20, 2015

There’s no surer sign of spring in the ABA Area than the return of Birdcast, the fantastic site run by Cornell and eBird that synthesizes eBird data and weather forecasts to predict who is migrating and when they’re likely to move. Here on the front end of spring it’s mostly waterfowl, swallows, and a few [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 13, 2015

For as long as we’ve done this weekly round up at The ABA Blog, I’ve never included rarities from previous weeks in the subsequent weeks’ reports, at least not intentionally. This is mostly a logistical consideration on my part. Making sure to include every continuing rarity would not only make the post prohibitively long, but [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 6, 2015

Another slower week in the birding world, with regard to vagrants at least. We managed to keep ourselves entertained however, with the antics of a woodpecker-riding weasel and the implications of dress color on gull mantle color perceptions. Whether or not those things have an impact on the greater birding community remains to be seen, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 27, 2015

Once again, the east side of the continent is snow-bound while the west side is drying out. Neither are great conditions for birds or birders, but we’ve still managed to come through with some interesting birds this week, including a pair of Code 4s in Florida and likely first (and potential second) in Virginia.

While [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 20, 2015

Another relatively slow week as far as new birds to the ABA Area. The fair weather in the west seemed to make for slow birding while the deep freeze in the east made for practically no birding. There are still several lingering birds, however, as both rarities in south Texas, the Gray-crowned Yellowthroat and the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 13, 2015

It’s incredible enough when a major rarity shows up anywhere, like the still present Gray-crowned Yellowthroat making waves in the Lower Valley of Texas right now. It’s even more incredible when a second, equally rare bird, shows up just meters away. We have a term for it, “Patagonia Picnic-Table Effect”, in which one good bird [read more…]

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