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Rare Bird Alert: July 31, 2015

Summer birding is truly a strange time in North America. The weather is uncomfortable, the bugs are out, the birds are ratty and everyone is chomping at the bit for shorebird season to heat up. But still, late July can offer some surprises for those willing to brave the elements, often in the form of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 24, 2015

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a handful of bird in southeast Arizona. The Flame-colored Tanagers (ABA Code 4) and Tufted Flycatchers (5) are still hanging tight at Ramsey Canyon, even if finding them is more difficult now. A Plain-capped Starthroat (4) continues in the Chiricahuas as well.

The Little Egret (4) tally has [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 17, 2015

Sad news from Arizona, where the nesting attempt by the continuing Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) has failed. The birds still continue in the same area, even if they’re not quite as reliable now. Little Egrets (4) continue also in the northeast, with two birds still present into the last week, one in Maine and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 10, 2015

July is unseasonably hot in much of the west and north of the continent, which massive fires raging across western Canada and Alaska this week. Much of the rest of the ABA Area saw impressive storm systems bringing rain and wind. It’s been an unusual, and unusually destructive, summer as far as weather is concerned. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 3, 2015

It continues to be a good season for Little Egrets in the ABA Area, as birds in Maine, Ontario, and Quebec, all continue into the week. Other than that, and at least a couple red-letter birds, the week that was was a slow one in the way of rarities. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks continue to rampage [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 26, 2015

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include Little Egrets in both Ontario and Maine. The Tufted Flycatchers nesting at Ramsey Canyon in southeast Arizona continue as well, with both individuals making appearences this week. The Flame-colored Tanagers, also at Ramsey, are still around as well, though not as easily seen as when they [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 19, 2015

It was a hot week across much of the continent, and wet in places that saw the landfall of Tropical Storm Bill. No word on whether that tropical system deposited any notable birds anywhere affected by the storm, but with the flooding along the Texas coast and elsewhere it’s likely birders were unable to access [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 12, 2015

We’ll start this week with a quick update on the continuing rarities, particularly those at Ramsey Canyon in Cochise, Arizona, where it only feels like every notable neotropical ABA Area vagrant has been seen this spring. I mentioned last week that two Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) were confirmed, but in actuality no one has [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 5, 2015

Ramsey Canyon in Cochise County, Arizona, continues to be arguably the best place to bird in the ABA Area, and likely will be until the Tufted Flycatchers and Flame-colored Tanagers that continue to be seen there fledge young. A handful of other notable birds have been seen in the area, but none more notable than [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 29, 2015

With migration petering out across much of the continent, the end of May is a great time for vagrants in places like Alaska, North Carolina’s Gulf Stream, and Arizona, and all three produce this week. But first the continuing rarities, two of which are in California. The Kelp Gull continues, but unfortunately not on the [read more…]

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