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Rare Bird Alert: November 10, 2017

It was an interesting week in the world of ABA Area rare birds, with a handful of false starts on the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook group. All understandable though, as November is traditionally an exceptional month for rarities continent-wide. In any case, the confirmed batch of new birds this week is full enough. Noteworthy [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 3, 2017

The New Jersey Common Greenshank (ABA Code 3) continues to be a highlight among returning rarities, with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of birders making their way to Forsyth NWR this week to find it. In Florida, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) is still accommodating birders at Bill Baggs State Park, and the long-staying California Blue-footed Booby (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 27, 2017

It’s getting cold up in the Bering Sea, but there are still birds around even if most of the birders have long since beaten a retreat from the cold and dark. On Gambell, Alaska, the potential ABA 1st Red-backed Shrike was seen into the beginning of the last week, along with a Gray Wagtail (ABA [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 20, 2017

The list of continuing ABA Area rarities has nearly faded into nothing, but this week sees the triumpgant return of a bird many probably though had moved on. The Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) in Arizona has been hanging around, unbothered by birders who have mostly stopped chasing it, an was seen again this past [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 13, 2017

The California Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) continues in the Farallons, and as the only long-staying ABA Area vagrant seeming to stick tight in this season of bird movement. One exciting re-discovery came from South Carolina, where the American Flamingo (3), originally found in the immediate wake of Hurricane Irene, was refound in the extensive [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 6, 2017

The summer turn-over is nearly complete, as continuing ABA area notables are winnowing away off to other parts of the world. The California Blue-footed Booby looks to be about the only one remaining into the later parts of the week, after the Oklahoma Masked Duck (3) disappeared earlier this week.

We turn back to Alaska, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 29, 2017

I’m reporting from the American Birding Expo this week, so we’ll keep things brief on the top end. Continuing birds include the Masked Duck (ABA Code 3) in Oklahoma and Blue-footed Booby in California. There are a handful of good bird lingering in Alaska, the best of which is probably the Kamchatka Leaf Warbler (5) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 22, 2017

This week sees vagrants continuing in western Alaska, shifting southward to St. Paul this time around. Lots of birds moving across the continent in this busiest month of fall migration means lots of wayward individuals, and this week continues the trend of a lengthy RBA we started last week. First, though, continuing rarities are getting [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 15, 2017

What a week, highlighted by the vagrant floodgates opening in western Alaska and Hurricane Irma bringing heavy winds and seabirds to many places throughout the southeast. Between those two events, this is the biggest RBA of the fall, both in quality and quantity.

First, a quick rundown of continuing birds. The Swallow-tailed Gull (ABA Code [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 8, 2017

To say the weather is bonkers this week is probably something of an understatement. Migrating birds on both sides of North America find themselves navigating a continent-wide obstacle course. If the fire doesn’t get you the giant hurricanes will. Birders have still managed to find a good suite of vagrant birds this week, but it’s [read more…]

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