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Rare Bird Alert: June 15, 2018

June gets an unfair reputation as being a slow month for birding across much of the ABA Area, but 2018 has shown that some exceptional birds can be found in the first month of summer, especially if you’re interested in seeking vagrants. But before we get to that, a quick round up of the notable [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 8, 2018

Notable ABA Area rarities continuing into this week include the Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, one of the Bahama Mockingbirds (4) that were seen in Florida earlier this spring, and the Tufted Flycatcher (4) in Arizona.

The ABA’s 3rd record of Stygian Owl was a surprise one-day wonder in Monroe, Florida, early in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 1, 2018

With migration winding down birders around the continent are settling in for summer. That period of buggy, muggy birding highlighted by the occasional Breeding Bird Survey or documentation of nesting. Thankfully, it only lasts until the end of June when shorebirds begin heading back. Migration never really ends, it only slows.

Notable continuing birds include [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 25, 2017

Migration continues northward, and with it the promise of rare birds. May means the continent’s rarity eyes turn to Alaska, and those birders stationed on island outposts in the Aleutians and the Bering Sea, which are starting to produce in recent days.

But first the ongoing rarities of note, highlighted by the continuing Golden-crowned Warbler [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 18, 2018

The later part of spring is typically a great time for vagrants, and this week is no different. The lingering birds are starting to clear out a bit (not least of which because I was made aware of some ABA Code changes). Florida still has multiple Bahama Mockingbirds (ABA Code 4), and the Eurasian Skylark [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 11, 2018

For the second week in the row Arizona retains many of its ABA Area vagrants, including a Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 3) first seen a couple weeks ago. Also in the southeast part of the state, Sinaloa Wren (5), Flame-colored Tanager (3), Tufted Flycatcher (5), Streak-backed Oriole (4), and Slate-throated Redstart (3). In Texas, Tamaulipas [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 4, 2018

Hello from the Biggest Week in American Birding in northwest Ohio. If you’re heading up this coming week, stop by the ABA booth and say hello! The ABA 1st record Great Black Hawk is included in the continuing rarities by virtue of a sighting earlier this week on South Padre Island, Texas, not far from [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 27, 2018

The next couple weeks will see the biggest push of northbound migrants into the ABA Area, which generally correlates with a ton of birders out in the field and the opportunity for some of them to find some cool things. But this post is for the really unusual birds, and we’ve had some excellent ones [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 20, 2018

All the rare bird action of the last couple weeks seems to be centered on Arizona. And why not? Spring is a great time for overshooting migrants, even those short-distance or altitudinal migrants of western Mexico who take up with ABA Area breeders and slide into the southeastern corner of the state. In the last [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 13, 2018

As we sit on the doorstep of spring migration things are beginning to get interesting across the ABA Area, with a new slate of noteworthy records to report this week. But first, those continuing birds including Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4), Streak-backed Oriole (4), and Sinaloa Wren (5) in Arizona, Tamaulipas Crows (4) are still [read more…]

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