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Rare Bird Alert: August 18 2017

The familiar birds we’ve been noting in the space for the better part of the summer – the Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, Blue-footed Booby (4) in California, and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in Florida – are continuing this week. They are joined by a new suite [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 11, 2017

You know the drill by now, and likely most of the continuing birds staying put in the ABA Area into this weel. Florida’s Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) remain, as does the California Blue-footed Booby (4), joined this week by a Red-necked Stint (3). Down in Arizona, the Tufted Flycatcher (5), [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 4, 2017

August means migration across the continent, the first push of shorebirds and passerines making their way south. Much of that is still going on under many birders’ radars right now, but it’s been hard to miss the dispersal of wading birds this year. Herons, egrets, and storks continue to be the headliners this week, with [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 28, 2017

Continuing vagrants in the ABA Area are familiar faces by now, leading off with breeding Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) in Florida and Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Flame-throated Tanager (4), along with the continuing (but not-breeding) Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Maine and Delaware continue to host individual Little Egrets [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 21, 2017

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a nesting pair of Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) at the same campground at Everglades National Park in Florida. Arizona also has continuing nesting birds in Tufted Flycatchers (5) and Flame-colored Tanager (4), while a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Common Crane (4) continue to [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 14, 2017

The potential ABA Area 1st Pied Wheatear in Nome, Alaska, continued into at least the early parts of this week, providing a welcome and exciting respite from the long-staying Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Flame-colored Tanager (4) in southeast Arizona, and the amazingly consistent Common Crane (4) in the northern part of the same [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 7, 2017

The first week of July always seems to be one of the slower weeks of the ABA Area’s rarity year. This year was keeping to that trend, more or less, until news broke of a really big find in western Alaska mid-week. But before we get to that, the continuing rarities are still all in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 30, 2017

Rare birds continuing the ABA Area consist of birds we’ve heard about before. A White-tailed Eagle (ABA Code 4_ continues to be seen on St. Paul Island in Alaska. And the Flame-colored Tanager (4), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), continue in Arizona, along with the state first Common Crane (4), refound recently after [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 23, 2017

The hot part of the year is upon us, but now that the solstice is past we can start to look forward to fall migration and six months of southbound birds. But perhaps not yet, as Alaska is still holding on to spring migrating vagrants including continuing Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5), White-tailed Eagle (4), [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 16, 2017

There are but a small handful of continuing ABA rarities this week, including the nesting attempt sin Arizona from Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Slate-throated Redstart (4). The Common Crane (4), Arizona’s first, also stuck around into this week. In Alaska there has been a bit of turnover, but a White-tailed [read more…]

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