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#ABArare – Asian Brown Flycatcher – Alaska

St. Paul strikes yet again. Guides Scott Schuette and Doug Gochfeld found and beautifully photographed an Asian Brown Flycatcher (Code 5) on Sep 6. It was still present on Sep 7, the same day the island hosted the Bering Sea’s first Alder Flycatcher. These two species are in different families — the Asian Brown is [read more…]

#ABArare – Baikal Teal – Alaska

Aaron Lang and his Wilderness Birding Adventures tour group found a Baikal Teal (Code 4) shortly after arriving at Gambell, AK on Aug 31. The past decade has seen an increase in sightings of this species from the Aleutians during fall migration, but this is the first record for Gambell and St. Lawrence Island.

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#ABArare – Craveri’s Murrelet – California

Craveri’s Murrelets (Code 3) occasionally disperse to US waters in the summer and early fall from their breeding sites in Mexico. In the last decade, they seem to have been more difficult to see than previously; however, several sightings in 2012 and this year give some hope that birders may be able to effectively target [read more…]

#ABArare – Common House-Martin – Alaska

On August 18, Doug Gochfeld found an apparent Common House-Martin (Code 4) on St. Paul Island while he was on his way to refill a hummingbird feeder. (No, there are no hummingbirds on the island, but these guys are prepared.) I say "apparent" because another species, Asian House-Martin, is very similar in appearance, and its [read more…]

#ABArare – Blue-footed Booby – Arizona

Richard Wilson found a Blue-footed Booby (Code 4) at Patagonia Lake State Park near Nogales on Aug 15. This is the first photo-documented record for southeast Arizona and the ABA Area's second in as many weeks. Last week's Blue-footed, which was in New Mexico, was taken to a rehabber several days ago, so this latest [read more…]

#ABArare – Neotropic Cormorant – New York

New York has its first Neotropic Cormorant (pending acceptance, of course) thanks to Andy Guthrie. On Aug 14, he noticed a smaller cormorant in a flock of about 25 Double-crested Cormorants that was flying by him at Hamlin Beach State Park. Guthrie was able to take several photos that showed several key field marks, such [read more…]

#ABArare – Blue-footed Booby – New Mexico

New Mexico’s second Blue-footed Booby (Code 4) was found at Chaparral Park in Lovington on Aug 11. Found by Ree Hoyl, it was on the only lake in the park.

photo by Ree Hoyl

Lovington is on the eastern plains of New Mexico. The state’s first Blue-footed Booby was also on the eastern plains [read more…]

#ABArare – Berylline Hummingbird – Arizona

Ed Dunn discovered a Berylline Hummingbird (Code 3) visiting the feeders at the Madera Kubo Bed and Breakfast in Madera Canyon on July 21. Since it was first found, it’s been reported on July 22, 28, 29, and 31. This species usually occurs in Southeast Arizona in very small numbers, but there were apparently [read more…]

#ABArare – Lesser Sand-Plover and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper – California

On July 19, Matt Sadowski discovered a Lesser Sand-Plover (Code 3) at the South San Diego Bay Unit of the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Imperial Beach, CA. A day earlier, he found an adult Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Code 3), which was seen again on the 19th, at the same location.

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#ABArare – Rufous-necked Wood-Rail – New Mexico UPDATED

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A Rufous-necked Wood-Rail has been reported from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (fee) near San Antonio, [read more…]