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    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…]

                  Rare Bird Alert: February 6, 2015

                  Here, in the late winter doldrums, we cry out for megas. And, as it has so many times before, it is California that hears the call and delivers big-time. Since the AOU followed the BOU’s lead in splitting the Common/Black Scoters, we’ve sort of been expecting the now Common Scoter to show up in the [read more…]

                    Rare Bird Alert: January 30, 2015

                    It was a slower week to be sure, but Texas takes its accustomed place as the center of the ABA rarity world with a couple of notable finds this week. the most accommodating of which is an ABA Code 4 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, still being seen daily (if not regularly during the day) at Estero Llano [read more…]

                      Rare Bird Alert: January 23, 2015

                      We roll into the last week of January with two state picking up potential first records in the last 7 days, neither of which are as cut and dried as we certainly like to see in our perfect world. But, as we all know, little about birds is cut and dried. The first is a [read more…]

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