If last week was slow, this week, sadly, is slower. But there are signs of a resurgence for those with eyes to see. Mid-summer is the beginning of vagrant shorebird season, and stints are on their way to North America and now is the time to be on the look out for them.
First blood [read more...]
With respect to TS Eliot, birders know that it’s July that is the cruellest month. Birds are ratty and molting, we’re still a couple weeks away from shorebird migration in earnest, and for much of the ABA Area the thermostat makes birding a certain hot and buggy affair. Still, we persevere, because as much as [read more...]
Happy Holiday Week to our friends on both sides of the Canada-United States border. The work week may be shorter but the birds keep coming.
The story of this week’s weather is the story of major phenomena on either side of the continent. On the west coast, the El Niño continues to build, and its [read more...]
A couple weeks ago, when the Tufted Puffin was seen in New Brunswick, a lot of folks were fascinated by the seemingly unique event of a bird from the northern Pacific ending up in the north Atlantic, let alone that birders were present to discover and document it. As it turns out, that puffin wasn’t [read more...]
One first record for your state or province in one week is pretty impressive. Heck, for some well-traveled parts of the ABA Area, one new first per year is exceptional. This week, however, New Brunswick enjoyed two first provincial records, one sort of expected and one completely unexpected. We’ll start with the latter first.
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Once again, mid-June belongs to Alaska. The relatively late arrival of spring across North America may have something to do with the seemingly late peak for western Alaskan vagrants. Last year, following a relatively mild winter, we were seeing Asian strays as early as May 16, whereas this year things didn’t start heating up until [read more...]
Though for most of us spring is grinding to a halt, it’s fascinating to realize that in the very far reaches of the ABA Area things are still happening. Not only is the spring rarity season in western Alaska in its relatively early stages, but the northern territories of Yukon and Nunavut are just starting [read more...]
As we turn the corner into the real summer months, it’s easy to think that the birding is slowing down. And in a sense, it is. Without the big pushes of migrating birds – now only trickles – the movements are less obvious even though there’s always something going somewhere, be the destination expected or [read more...]
With the balance of migration over for much of the continent but for the flycatchers and the cuckoos, a calm returns to the listservs. Epic migration accounts have turned to reports of residents breeding, fledging, and getting on with the season. In some parts of the continent, however, things are just heating up. Spring rarity [read more...]
The fascinating thing about looking at a snapshot of the vagrant of the week is that it makes it easy to see patterns as they’re occurring. Much of the heavy lifting of how these sorts of movement fit in with the prevailing conditions is the sort of thing that’s best left to those with a [read more...]