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Rare Bird Alert: February 16, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities are once again headlined by the Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, where the homeowners hosting the bird have been diligently recording its presence every day since its first arrival. In Texas, continuing Blue Bunting (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Tamaulipas Crow (4) provide an intriguing trio for would be listers. Both Streak-backed [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 9, 2018

The most surprising thing about the second month of this year is the fact that so many of the best birds of the end of 2017 are still around, and now with spring not too far away and the return of some of our early migrants to the southern part of the ABA Area only [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 2, 2018

As has the the case for much of this early year, the week in rarities was a little light. There are some high quality birds continuing into this week, once again headlined by the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, now into its third month among the Mountain Ash trees of Miramichi. Not far [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 26, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities on the continent include the long-staying ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, a continuing Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and new for this spot Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas. The Nazca Boobies (5) and the Garganey (4) in California have stuck tight for another week, as has the Sinaloa Wren (5) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 19, 2018

The same batch of continuing ABA rarities persists into another week, headlined by the ABA 1st record Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick. Nazca Booby (ABA Code 4) and Garganey (4) are still being seen in California and the Sinaloa Wren (5) is still in Arizona. Both Blue Bunting (4) and Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 12, 2018

It was a relatively slow week in rare birds this week, with the continuing ABA rarities almoat as numerous as the new birds of note. The ABA 1st record Mistle Thrush is still holding court in Miamichi, New Brunswick. Texas boasts both Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and Tamaulipas Crows (4) in the lower Rio [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 5, 2018

Into the new year and a handful of birds are sticking around making for quite a conundrum for would-be 2018 Big Year efforts, assuming there even are any. Top priority for any 2018 run would certainly be the continuing ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, that is still being seen though the times when [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 29, 2017

The ABA first Mistle Thrush continues to be seen in eastern New Brunswick, with the bird’s hosts, the Gadds, comtinuing to go above and beyond in helping birders find it. California continues to host one or more Nazca Boobies (4) and the continuing Garganey (4). Tamaulipas Crows (4) were seen once again in Texas this [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 22, 2017

The comprehensive surveys of the Christmas Bird Count often mean good things for rarity minded birders. Outside of the typical bird movement seasons of spring and fall and the overshoots and migration mistakes that make up a big part of birding in those seasons, the winter is all about increasing coverage. More birders out in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 15, 2017

This is the last rare bird update before Christmas Bird Count season begins. The annual count period typically produces a handful of great birds across the ABA Area, the result of thousands of motivated birders thoroughly covering patches from coast to coast (and increasingly around the world). Birders are likely hoping that the lingering rarities [read more…]

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