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#ABArare – Red-necked Stint – Massachusetts

It's late June and that means one thing here at the #ABArare offices: It's Stint Season!

The first of this year's season is a Red-necked Stint (Code 3) in Massachusetts. It was found at Sandy Point State Reservation on June 27 by Suzanne Sullivan. Sandy Point State Reservation is on Plum Island, at the extreme [read more…]

#ABArare – Lesser White-fronted Goose – Alaska

You may have noticed that, except for the hashtag that begins the titles, I rarely use the word "rare" in these posts. Almost all the species I write about are actually quite common in their normal range. While they may be rarities in the context of the ABA Area, they are usually far from rare [read more…]

#ABArare – Dark-sided Flycatcher – Alaska

Mainland Alaska just got its first Dark-sided Flycatcher (and I believe mainland North America too, but correct me if I’m wrong). Thede Tobish, Nick Hajdukovich, Lisa Oakley, and Luke DeCicco found this Code 4 species at Barrow, Alaska on June 17.

photos by Luke DeCicco

The bird was found near the DEW [read more…]

#ABArare – Flame-colored Tanager – Texas

A male Flame-colored Tanager (Code 3) was found near Boot Spring at Big Bend National Park. It was first discovered by Mark Flippo on May 6, and there have been other sightings on May 8 and 9.

photo by Byron Stone

Boot Spring is accessed by hiking trails, though you have two routes from [read more…]

#ABArare – Plain-capped Starthroat – Arizona

One of the ABA Area’s best sites for rarities, Arizona’s Madera Canyon, produced another one on May 6. On that day, Linda and Jerry Elling found a Plain-capped Starthroat downstream (north) of the Whitehouse Picnic Area. It was seen on both May 6 and 7 coming to some flowering bushes on the downstream side of [read more…]

#ABArare – Bahama Woodstar – Pennsylvania – UPDATED

I usually wait until I have photos, maps to the location of a sighting, confirm the ID for tricky species, etc. before posting, but given how major this sighting is if everything pans out, I want to get it out ASAP: A Code 5 Bahama Woodstar has been visiting a feeder in Denver, Pennsylvania for [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – Missouri

A Code 4 male Garganey was found at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge near Sumner, Missouri on April 19. (The finders were not named in the first post about this bird on MOBIRDS-L.) It was refound by Terry McNeely [and others?] on April 20.

photo by Allen Smith

The refuge is located about 100 [read more…]

#ABArare – Gray Heron – Alaska

Some vagrants have the unfortunate habit of showing up in hard-to-get-to places. Take for instance, the Gray Heron (Code 5). As mentioned previously on this blog, one was found in Newfoundland, just about as far east as you can go within the ABA Area, last month. Now another has been found in the Aleutians at [read more…]

#ABArare – Bahama Mockingbird – Florida

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park has an impressive track record of producing rarities, and on April 12, Pat Moynahan found another one, a Code 4 Bahama Mockingbird. It was seen by other birders throughout the day, just 300 feet east of where the Thick-billed Vireo mentioned in a previous post has been since March [read more…]

#ABArare – Spotted Redshank – Indiana

Indiana’s Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (FWA) is hosting another continental-level rarity. You may recall a Hooded Crane was here last year. Now it’s the temporary home of a Spotted Redshank (Code 4), found by Kirk Roth on March 28 and seen throughout the day by others.

photo by Ryan Sanderson

Roth first found [read more…]