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Rare Bird Alert: April 29, 2016

Continuing ABA notables continue to thin out. Both big name birds from last week, the Cuban Vireo in Florida and the Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5) in California were seen into last weekend but not long afterwards. Neither have been found in recent days. One Crimson-collared Grosbeak hangs on in Texas, at Laguna Atascosa, the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 22, 2016

Our friends at Cornell’s Birdcast predicted a good week for migration across the continent this past week, and that’s certainly what we saw. Lots of movement from coast to coast from species like Broad-winged Hawk, Cassin’s Vireo, Summer Tanager and others, and that bore out in the listservs as FOY reports were springing up all [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 15, 2016

This week saw good conditions for migration across the entirety of the ABA Area, which probably contributed both to the burst of migrant news on listservs across the continent and the dwindling number of continuing ABA Area notables. Continuing birds include the Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and the Frontera Audubon Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), which [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 8, 2016

Numbers of notable species across the ABA Area are starting to creep up this week, after a relatively slow early spring. This week sees a number of spring overshoots and misdirected migrants of the sort you might expect once zugunruhe really starts to take hold.

So far as continuing rarities are concerned, Arizona is trying [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 1, 2016

I’m out of town this weekend so I apologize for the lack of lead-in this week. We’re going to go straight to the birds. Continuing ABA notables are still leading the way as the Sinaloa Wren (ABA Code 5) and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) were seen in Arizona this week. In Texas, the Blue Bunting [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 25, 2016

The page has turned to spring and birders across the ABA Area can confidently look forward to some exceptional birding over the next few weeks as we witness the wonder that is spring birding in the Northern Hemisphere. It doesn’t get any better than this (except, arguably, in the fall). We can’t close the book [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 18, 2016

Continuing birds in the ABA Area are still of a very high quality from a rarity perspective. Zenaida Dove (ABA Code 5) and Black-faced Grassquit (4) were seen through the week in Florida. Both the Fieldfare (4) and the Redwing (4) made appearances again in Newfoundland, and Texas continues to haul them in with the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 11, 2016

By mid-March the listservs are hopping less with news about rarities and more with reports of returning spring migrants. Depending on where you are on the continent, they might be bluebirds or swallows or phoebes, but they’re coming, whetting our appetites for the big push that is likely still 6 to 8 weeks away. But [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 4, 2016

As we head into March there are still a great many continuing rarities in the ABA Area. Most notable is the continuing Zenaida Dove (ABA Code 5) in south Florida. Texas also holds on to many of its wintering rarities including continuing Blue Bunting (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), Northern Jacana (4) and Common Crane (4). [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 26, 2016

The story of 2016 continues to be the glut on lingering ABA Area rarities rather than anything new, though we did pick up a legitimate mega this past week in Florida. Texas is the place to be with continuing Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4), Northern Jacana (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and White-throated Thrush (4) in [read more…]

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