Continuing ABA rarities have mostly cleared out, but Texas hosted at least two into this last week. The Variegated Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) on South Padre Island stuck around through last weekend before the weather changed and it disappeared. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) that was also on Padre left a couple days previously.
The accommodating [read more…]
Big Year birders are trickling back from western Alaska, as the meat of the rarity season comes to a close there, and just in time for the excitement of peak rarity season in the rest of the continent. By early October, most ABA Area breeding birds that spend the winter in Central and South America [read more…]
A Message from Mike Parr, American Bird Conservancy
American Bird Conservancy (ABC), a leader in on-the-ground bird conservation work in Hawai’i, has long recognized the challenges facing Hawai’i’s native birds. We wholeheartedly endorse the addition of Hawai’i to the ABA area in the hope that it will bring even more visibility and support to this [read more…]
On Sunday, October 2, Jason Wilder and Chuck LaRue found an ABA Code 3 Lesser Sand-Plover at Round Cedar Lake in Coconino County, Arizona. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for Arizona (which has had an incredible run this fall) and one of only a very few records in western North America away from [read more…]
It’s looking like it’s going to be a fairly good winter for Red Crossbills in the coming months, and as one of North America’s most vexing species from a taxonomic perspective, birders often want to keep track of the “Types” of crossbills they cross paths with. Nick Bonomo has some great information on how to [read more…]
There’s no surer, and more anticipated, sign of the changing seasons that Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Forecast.
The focus of the annual “What to expect when you’re expecting irruptive finches” is always on Ontario, but Pittaway’s insights can be extrapolated to the rest of the north east and, indeed, much of the rest of [read more…]
The last week of September was a very good week for vagrants in North America, with a number of exciting finds coming from all corners of the ABA Area. First to check in with our continuing birds, the now very familiar Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, the Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, and [read more…]
On September 28, Bill Beaty found an ABA Code 5 Variegated Flycatcher on South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas. This would be the 7th record for the ABA Area and the 1st for Texas.
Photo: Javi Gonzalez
The bird was seen at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, typically hanging out around [read more…]
On September 24, Ron Thorn discovered an ABA Code 4 Dusky Warbler in a patch of fennel in San Mateo County, California. The bird has been fairly reliable in this spot, which just south of San Francisco and notably just north of the San Francisco Airport. I can’t immediately recall a more convenient bird for [read more…]