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Rare Bird Alert: April 26, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the now singing Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) in Texas, along with still-present Tamaulipas Crow (4). A Pink-footed Goose is still being seen in Quebec (4), as is the Key West Quail-Dove (4) in Florida.

After a long stretch of relatively slow reports, the gates finally burst open [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 19, 2019

Texas boasts the most continuing ABA notables for what feels like the millionth stright week, which both Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) Tamaulipas Crow (4) appearing on the eBird Alert once again. Pink-footed Geese (4) are present in Ontario and Quebec, indicating their slow retreat northward as the spring rolls on. And in Florida, at [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 12, 2019

Spring migration is here in a big way, and the listservs are buzzing with early season migrants and FOYs galore. There were still rarities to find though, both continuing and new birds, and Texas continues to lead the pack in the former with a long-staying Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) and the recent arrival of [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 5, 2019

Before we start in on the actual rare birds this week, a brief statement on those that weren’t. April Fool’s Day is probably the worst day on the calendar for birders, who are so well tuned to the unusual and novel. So while this week saw a Hooded Crane reported in Colorado and a Whiskered [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 29, 2019

The list of lingering ABA rarities is dwindling this week, but Texas is still hosting both a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) and a Yellow Grosbeak (4) this week, with the addition of returning Tamaulipas Crows (4). And in Alaska, the ABA 1st Long-legged Buzzard (no code) is still hanging tight on St Paul and the saylight [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 22, 2019

The continuing rarities in the ABA Area are a familiar group, led by the overwintering Long-legged Buzzard (no code) on St Paul Island, Alaska. California has a pair of east Asian birds still hanging around in the Garganey (ABA Code 4) and a Red-flanked Bluetail (4), and Texas remains the grosbeak capital of the US [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 15, 2019

Heading into mid-March, Texas remains the vagrant grosbeak capital of North America with continuing Yellow Grosbeak (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in the state. The recently reported Garganey (4) and the long-staying Red-flanked Bluetail (4) were both seen in California this week, and Florida retains a number of Caribbean vagrants, the most notable of which [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 8, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a trio of great birds still being seen in Texas. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), Yellow Grosbeak (4), and at least one of the Golden-crowned Warblers (4) were seen this week. Florida continues to host a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) and a Thick-billed Vireo (4), and the Red-flanked Bluetail [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 1, 2019

Texas continues to lead the way in terms of ABA rarities with continuing Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4), Yellow Grosbeak (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and Blue Bunting (4). The long-staying White-throated Thrush (4) in Arizona was seen at least through the beginning of the week. Both the Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida and the Red-flanked [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 22, 2019

It’s hard to beat Texes these days, especially with the rediscovery this week of the long-staying Roadside Hawk (4) in the Valley. At least two Golden-crowned Warblers (4) and a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) are also down there, and a Yellow Grosbeak (4) is still visiting a feeder up the river a bit. The White-throated Thrush [read more…]