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Rare Bird Alert: December 7, 2018

Lots of exciting rarities continue into the first week of December, including the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, which now appears to have settled into a public park in Portland where birders have been able to relocate it fairly regularly as it terrorizes squirrels. This is another chapter in what has been [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 30, 2018

It was a big week for vagrant raptors, not least of which because of the dramatic return of the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, rediscovered in a Portland city park eating squirrels after a multi-week absence. This bird is rapidly turning into the nuttiest vagrant of the year by virtue of its [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 24, 2018

Thanks for your patience during this holiday week! I hope a one-day delayed Rare Bird Alert doesn’t put too much of a damper on your long weekend (at least in the US). Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Roadside Hawk (4) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas, a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 16, 2018

Noteworthy continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include the Gray Heron (ABA Code 5) in Newfoundland. Both Golden-crowned Warbler (4) and Roadside Hawk (5) continued to be seen into the past week in Texas. The Red-footed Booby (4) has been sitting tight in California, and a Bananaquit (4) was seen in Florida at [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 9, 2018

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include a trio from our some of North America’s birding hotspots. A Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4) continues in south Texas, a Key West Quail-Dove (5) is seen on and off in southern Florida, and the long-staying Sinaloa Wren (5) was seen once more in southeastern Arizona.

The [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 2, 2018

The craziest rare bird news of the week has to do with a returning, which is not something we say often. But the rediscovery of the ABA’s 1st Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine this week represents another chapter in what is turning out to be the wildest rare bird story of the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 26, 2018

Notable ABA birds continuing into this week include Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4) and Tamaulipas Crow (4) in Texas, and Utah’s 1st Blue-footed Booby (4).

This fall is turning out to be exceptional for vagrant flycatchers in the ABA Area. While that’s not completely out of the ordinary–tyrannids are always prone to vagrancy in the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 19, 2018

Continuing birds of note this week include the Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4) in Texas and the apparent return of the Sinaloa Wren (5) in Arizona, or at least the return of people seeking it out.

Oh, to be in Florida this week, which was not just rare bird central this week but hosted some [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 12, 2018

Sorry for the delay in getting this ready. Hurricane Michael did a number on my town and we’ve been without power for nearly 24 hours now. Just finally getting some juice so I can finish this off. Thanks to Greg Neise for giving me a bit of a head start on this.

Anyway, it’s definitely [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 5, 2018

Noteworthy continuing rarities in the ABA Area include an update on the Sinaloa Wren (ABA Code 5) in Arizona, both Nazca Booby (4) and Blue-footed Booby (4) being seen in California, with another Blue-footed Booby sitting tight in Utah for another week, where it represents a 1st for that state. The Black-tailed Gull (4) in [read more…]

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