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Rare Bird Alert: July 14, 2017

The potential ABA Area 1st Pied Wheatear in Nome, Alaska, continued into at least the early parts of this week, providing a welcome and exciting respite from the long-staying Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Flame-colored Tanager (4) in southeast Arizona, and the amazingly consistent Common Crane (4) in the northern part of the same [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 7, 2017

The first week of July always seems to be one of the slower weeks of the ABA Area’s rarity year. This year was keeping to that trend, more or less, until news broke of a really big find in western Alaska mid-week. But before we get to that, the continuing rarities are still all in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 30, 2017

Rare birds continuing the ABA Area consist of birds we’ve heard about before. A White-tailed Eagle (ABA Code 4_ continues to be seen on St. Paul Island in Alaska. And the Flame-colored Tanager (4), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), continue in Arizona, along with the state first Common Crane (4), refound recently after [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 23, 2017

The hot part of the year is upon us, but now that the solstice is past we can start to look forward to fall migration and six months of southbound birds. But perhaps not yet, as Alaska is still holding on to spring migrating vagrants including continuing Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5), White-tailed Eagle (4), [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 16, 2017

There are but a small handful of continuing ABA rarities this week, including the nesting attempt sin Arizona from Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Slate-throated Redstart (4). The Common Crane (4), Arizona’s first, also stuck around into this week. In Alaska there has been a bit of turnover, but a White-tailed [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 9, 2017

Notable ABA rarities continuing into this week include breeding attempts in Arizona and long-staying vagrants in Alaska. In the former, the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), as well as the rediscovery of that state’s first record of Common Crane (4) originally found a few weeks ago. In Alaska, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 2, 2017

It’s summertime, and for much of the ABA Area that means Breeding Bird Surveys and the brief slow-down before migrating shorebirds begin heading back south, sparking the official start of fall migrations. But it also means vagrants, there are still a few migrants up in the northern part of the continent and Alaska in particular [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 26, 2017

It’s that time of year where the eyes of the rarity-seekers turn away from the southern tier of the ABA Area and look towards Alaska, and strong west winds across the Bering Sea this week mean that the birding did not disappoint there. But before all that, a look at the continuing notables in the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 19, 2017

We head into the tail end of spring migration, and across much of the continent we’re seeing the slow start catch up with a vengeance. Elsewhere, birds are going about nesting, including vagrants in Arizona that look like they are going to be sticking around awhile. The nesting Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) are joined [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 12, 2017

The jet stream across North America in the last week has taken a strange, unseasonal, turn, plunging south into the eastern half of the continent and arresting migration east of the Mississippi River. Thankfully that looks to be breaking, and migrants are pushing northward and filling listerv reports from sea to sea.

Continuing notables in [read more…]

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