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Rare Bird Alert: August 2, 2019

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) in Florida, seen at least into the beginning of the week. It was joined in Florida by a Black-faced Grassquit (4) which is still hanging around. Little Egrets (4) in Maine continue to be seen, as does a Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Arizona [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 26, 2019

The continuing Antillean Palm Swift on Grassy Key, Florida was still present as of July 24.

Two Plain-capped Starthroats were found in the Huachuca Mountains in Arizona this week. One at Ash Canyon, and the other northeast of Sonoita. The Common Crane in Coconino, Arizona continues. A Red-footed Booby was seen in Santa Cruz, California, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 19, 2019

Sorry for the late publication. It’s been a pretty exhausting 24 hours involving cancelled flights, lost laptops, and a very late arrival at home for me following an otherwise extraordinary visit to Newfoundland. I’ll keep all this short and sweet. Continuing rarities include the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, the Red-footed Booby (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2019

Many noteworthy ABA Area rarities look like they’re sticking it in for the summer, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, Red-footed Booby (4) in California , and Falcated Duck (4) in Alaska. Little Egrets (4) are still being seen in Maine, and the Common Crane (4) i northern Arizona is also evidently [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 5, 2019

This past June was recently designated as the warmest ever in recorded history. This past month also had an extraordinary irruption of southern species into northern parts of the ABA Area. It probably oversimplifies the mechanisms that lead to bird vagrancy to lay that entirely at the feet of climate change, but the two phenomena [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 28, 2019

Attendees of the annual American Ornithological Society conference, held this year in Anchorage, Alaska, have been appreciating the continuing Falcated Duck (ABA Code 4) in Alaska. The Slate-throated Redstart (4) in Texas and one or more Little Egrets (4) in Maine also continue into the past week. Both the Zenaida Dove (5) in Florida and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 21, 2019

There are a number of familiar continuing birds in the ABA Area as we head into the longest days of the years. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas is still hanging around, as is a Red-footed Booby (4) in California, Falcated Duck (4) in Alaska, and Common Crane (4) in Arizona In the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 14, 2019

COntinuing rare birds in the ABA Area include that long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, as well as a more or less regular Red-footed Booby (4) in California. The Falcated Duck (4) near Anchorage, Alaska, is still being seen this week, as is the Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Little Egret (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 7, 2019

Another good week of rarities across the continent as spring overshoots make up a large percentage of the vagrants across the ABA Area. Continuing rarities include the Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California, the Slate-throated Redstart (4) in Texas, and a Common Crane (4) in Arizona. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and White-tailed Eagle (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 31, 2019

Noteworthy continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, Little Egret (4) in Maine, and Common Crane (4) in Arizona.

We usually focus on a continent level rarity in this spot, but there were few this week outside of Alaska. New Jersey, however, saw a pretty extraordinary 2nd [read more…]