American Birding Podcast



#ABArare – Ross’s Gull – Iowa

While Snowy Owls are staging a major invasion over eastern parts of the ABA Area, another visitor from the North is delighting birders in Iowa. A Code 3 Ross’s Gull was found at Lake Red Rock, west of Pella and southeast of Des Moines, by Aaron Brees on December 1.

To get to Lake [read more…]

#ABArare – Red-footed Booby – Florida

Roberto Torres took fellow birders Rangel Diaz, Josh Friers, and Larry Manfredi out on his boat on November 1 to explore the offshore waters of Miami-Dade County. At the Pacific Reef Lighthouse, among a group of 42 Brown Boobies, Manfredi picked out an immature Red-footed Booby (Code 4).

Red-footed Booby (shown by arrow) [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Swift – California

There are rarities that are somewhat expected, even when they’re a first for the ABA Area (e.g., Amazon Kingfisher in Texas, Loggerhead Kingbird in Florida). Then there are those that weren’t on the radar. Today we have one of the latter. While not quite at the level of the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, the Common Swift found [read more…]

#ABArare – Tundra Bean-Goose – California

On Oct 19, Garrett MacDonald and Tyler Pockette found a Bean-Goose, apparently a Tundra Bean-Goose (Code 3), at Unit 1 of the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge in California. It was in a flock of about 600 Snow and Ross’s geese and several Greater White-fronted Geese. Many birders looked for it on Oct [read more…]

#ABArare – Blue-footed Booby – British Columbia

After my last post about the Blue-footed Boobies (Code 4) in California, the northward momentum of the invasion seemed to fizzle out. They made it as far north as Sonoma County and seemed to be poised to continue moving north, but then..nothing. Well, not entirely nothing: on Sep 24 while leading a whalewatching cruise, Kyle [read more…]

#ABArare – Chiffchaff and Red-flanked Bluetail – Alaska

A few rare vagrants visited Gambell the past several days. The first one found was a Chiffchaff (Code 5), discovered by Paul Lehman on Sep 22 and present until Sep 23. This is the third sighting of one in the ABA Area, with the previous two also from Gambell.

Chiffchaff is similar to several other [read more…]

#ABArare – St. Paul rarities – Alaska

The ABA’s first rarity hunting event on St. Paul has struck gold in its first several days. On Sep 19, the first full day of the event, two Code 4 species were found: Fork-tailed Swift and Gray-streaked Flycatcher. The Fork-tailed Swift was found at Webster Lake. It is the seventh record for the Pribilofs. The [read more…]

#ABArare – Middendorff’s Grasshopper-Warbler – Alaska

The crew at St. Paul — Doug Gochfeld, Scott Schuette, Gavin Bieber, plus two visiting birders — has another contribution for #ABArare. This time it’s a Middendorff’s Grasshopper-Warbler (Code 4), found on Sep 17. They were walking through a patch of wild celery when the bird flushed close to Gochfeld. He and Bieber saw it [read more…]

#ABArare – Blue-footed Boobies – California

California is in the midst of an invasion of Blue-footed Boobies (Code 4). It is occurring over an unprecedented area, with reports coming from every coastal county from San Diego to Marin (11 total) and at least one inland county (Riverside) since Sep 11. A scan of Birding News and a few other sources turned [read more…]

#ABArare – Gambell vagrants – Alaska

Birders at Gambell, Alaska had a great run last week with four Code 4 Asian vagrants representing three species. After the Baikal Teal was found on Aug 31, there was a week-long dry spell as the winds turned northerly, bad conditions for bringing Asian species to Gambell. But then the north winds eased, and Asian [read more…]