Tony Fitzpatrick

Enjoy this celebration of birding with great food, music, and art while helping the ABA help birds and birders!

At this afternoon party, we will announce the species, and unveil the painting of the 2020 ABA Bird of the Year, by Chicago icon and prominent American artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

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Rare Bird Alert: September 27, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California, Marsh Sandpiper (5) in Alaska, and the Thick-billed Vireos (4) in Florida that almost certainly bred this year.

It’s a good time to be in Alaska, especially the Bering Sea. Both St Paul and Gambell have turned [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 20, 2019

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area this week include the re-discovered Thick-billed Vireo (ABA Code 4) and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in south Florida. The extraordinary Eurasian Wryneck (5) stuck around into the beginning of the week on Gambell, as did at least one of the multiple Siberian Accentors (4) there. A Red-footed Booby (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 13, 2019

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Thick-billed Vireo (ABA Code 4) seen again this week in Florida, as well as the Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona. A Red-footed Booby (4) is on and off in California, and the Little Egret (4) in Maine continue their summer stay in the northeast. In Alaska, the Jack Snipe [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 6, 2019

Arizona and Florida host continuing ABA Area rarities this week, with Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Common Crane (4) in the former and a Black-faced Grassquit (4) in the latter.

September rarities mean Alaska rarities, and the Bering Sea is starting to really produce this week with Jack Snipe (3), Lesser Sand-Plover (3) and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 30, 2019

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, at least one Little Egret (4) in Maine, and the Thick-billed Vireos (4) reported in Florida just last week.

SHorebird migration continues to bring some good birds into the ABA Area, the latest of which [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 23, 2019

A number of continuing rare birds can be found into this week in the ABA Area, including the long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in west Texas. Arizona boasts a pair of continuing hummingbirds in a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and a Plain-capped Starthroat (4), in addition to the continuing Common Crane (4) in the northern [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 16, 2019

Though summer is coming to a close we still have a few continuing rarities that have been our constant companions all season long, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, and the somewhat regular Nazca Booby (5) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Likewise, the Maine Little Egret (4) and the Arizona Common [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 9, 2019

ABA rarities continuing into this, this first full week of August, include the Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) still singing in south Florida, the Slate-throated Redstart (4) was seen again this week in Texas, as was the Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Red-footed Booby (4) and Nazca Booby (5) were seen in California again [read more…]

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…]