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Rare Bird Alert: November 28, 2015

Thanks for waiting the one additional day for you helping of rare birds this week. I know you’ve all been salivating for it as much you were for Thanksgiving dinner. And despite missing its regularly scheduled time, much like this past Thursday, the leftovers are just as good as the meal itself.

Continuing ABA Area [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 20, 2015

Much of the birding news of the past week was swallowed up by the incredible movement of Franklin’s Gulls in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic, followed by a similarly impressive flight of Cave Swallows in those same places a day or so later. Franklin’s Gulls were found in nearly every state and province that borders [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 13, 2015

Noteworthy ABA rarities continuing in to this week include one of the four Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in Texas, interestingly the one farthest north. The Sinaloa Wren (5) is sitting tight in Arizona and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) was seen this week as well.

Bird of the week honors this time around goes to [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 6, 2015

For much of the continent, November is rarity month. And even though this week was not appreciably more impressive than the last, we’re deep into the season where birders should be looking hard for the unexpected to show up in their local patches. Snowy Owls still continue their seemingly inexorable push south, along with Common [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 30, 2015

We’re deep into the rarity season, and for the second week in a row there are a great many interesting birds from all corners of the continent. The passage Hurricane Patricia over northern Mexico looked like it had the possibility of blowing something unusual up from Mexico but that didn’t seem to be the case. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 23, 2015

Continuing ABA Area rarities this week include the stalwarts in Arizona and Texas. Plain-capped Starthroat (ABA Code 4) and Sinaloa Wren (5) continue into this week in the former and in the latter, the Collared Plover (5) has still been around in recent days and the two Northern Jacanas (4) are still being seen with [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 16, 2015

Things are definitely getting interesting out there, and not just on the west coast where the El Nino blob continues to push southern birds up into the Pacific Northwest. It’s the time of year for western flycatchers and warblers to make in-rows into the east and several states and provinces on that side of the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 9, 2015

October and November are peak time for rarities across most of the continent, and things continue to stay interesting just about everywhere but particularly in the western half of the continent. There some patterns emerging in the last couple weeks, none of which are unexpected for this time of year. Eastern landbird vagrants are starting [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 2, 2015

This report is coming from the floor of the American Birding Expo, and composed between various stints of setting up, so my apologies for the lack of a preamble this time round. We’ll go straight to the birds. Continuing rarities in the ABA include some very long-staying birds, namely the Texas Collared Plover (ABA Code [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 18, 2015

The west coast is the place to be this week, as it so often is in the fall. Alaska and California have seen some exceptional vagrants this week, and will likely continue to do so if past autumns (and El Niño years) are any indication. Notable continuing birds this week include the foursome from Arizona, [read more…]

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