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Rare Bird Alert: June 24, 2016

Continuing rarities have mostly cleared out this week, though the incredible Arizona trio of Pine Flycatcher (1st ABA record), Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), and Slate-throated Redstart (4) continue to be found reliably. The Pine Flycatcher is now sitting on a nest, and there are some speculation that it has bred with a nearby Cordilleran [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 17, 2016

Many rarities continue in Arizona, with the potential ABA first Pine Flycatcher leading the way still present three weeks following its discovery. Also in the area are Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Aztec Thrush (4). The New York Garganey (4) continues into a second week, and the Little Egret (4) in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 10, 2016

It’s hard to beat Arizona for quality birding experiences these days, not that it’s not spectacular on its own terms, but the barrage of impressive continuing rarities in the state certainly adds a giant dollup of icing on that already delicious cupcake. The likely ABA first Pine Flycatcher highlights continuing birds, but Flame-colored Tanager (ABA [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 3, 2016

Arizona is the place to be this week (though Alaska is no slouch, either), but it’s hard to beat the Grand Canyon State this wee both for the quality of its continuing rarities, including Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4), Tufted Flycatcher (5), and Flame-colored Tanager (4), as well as two fancy new arrivals that we’ll [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 27, 2016

Sorry this is up a little late, folks. I just returned late last night from a few days of seabirding in Hatteras and had to complete it the next morning. Onward and upwards! Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, which is sticking around this year just [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 20, 2016

Migration is reaching its end. Continuing ABA Area rarities are drying up. You might be forgiven in thinking that the party is slowing down as the summer approaches and breeding commences for most North American birds. But you would be mistaken, friends, because spring vagrant season is not over until Alaska has something to say [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 13, 2016

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area continue to thin out. Most of the remaining ones are very long-staying individuals that are fair bets to stick out the rest of the summer where they are. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is probably an exception, even though it has persisted through the week. The [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 6, 2016

It’s the biggest migration week of the year in North America, and the listservs are just crawling with first of years from sea to sea. This is also the first week of 2016 that we’ve seen a bounty of rarities. Are they potentially tied to an influx of birders in the field? Perhaps, and that [read more…]

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…]

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