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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…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 1, 2017

The weather scene in North America was dominated this week by the landfall of Hurricane Harvey, a massively powerful and incredibly wet storm whose impact on the Texas Gulf Coast is going to take a long time to fully realize. Alongside that low, both meteorological and emotional, came the first serious movements of fall migrants [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 25, 2017

Our cadre of continuing ABA Rarities continue to shift as the fall migration begins in earnest in mid-August. The Little Stint (ABA Code 4) in Massachusetts has stuck around into this week, as has the Blue-footed Booby (4) in California. The Common Crane (4) in Arizona continues to be the strangest long-staying individual, and the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 18 2017

The familiar birds we’ve been noting in the space for the better part of the summer – the Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, Blue-footed Booby (4) in California, and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in Florida – are continuing this week. They are joined by a new suite [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 11, 2017

You know the drill by now, and likely most of the continuing birds staying put in the ABA Area into this weel. Florida’s Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) remain, as does the California Blue-footed Booby (4), joined this week by a Red-necked Stint (3). Down in Arizona, the Tufted Flycatcher (5), [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 4, 2017

August means migration across the continent, the first push of shorebirds and passerines making their way south. Much of that is still going on under many birders’ radars right now, but it’s been hard to miss the dispersal of wading birds this year. Herons, egrets, and storks continue to be the headliners this week, with [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 28, 2017

Continuing vagrants in the ABA Area are familiar faces by now, leading off with breeding Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) in Florida and Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Flame-throated Tanager (4), along with the continuing (but not-breeding) Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Maine and Delaware continue to host individual Little Egrets [read more…]

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