American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: January 17, 2020

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include the La Sagra’s Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) in Florida and a female Garganey (4) in California.

Florida’s 3rd record of Hammond’s Flycatcher had been masquerading as a Least Flycatcher in Collier for several weeks before someone noticed that the wings were a little too long.

And [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 10, 2020

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a Garganey (ABA Code 4) in California, both La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) and Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida, and a Streak-backed Oriole (4) continuing to visit a feeder in Arizona.

Not much in the way of ABA rarities this week, but New Mexico saw the return of a [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 2, 2020

Welcome to 2020! As is typically the case, we ease into the rare bird world at the top of the year. But there are a couple nice state firsts for those birders looking to get their year lists off right.

In Georgia, a young Snail Kite in Charlton is the state’s long-anticipated 1st record. This [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 27, 2019

As we head into the end of 2019, there are still a handful of rare birds in the ABA Area to note. A Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) continues in Texas. California has both a Garganey (4) and a Red-footed Booby (4) and Florida birders have kept tabs on the continuing La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 20, 2019

It’s CBC season, which means thousands of birders working areas that typically don’t get the birding coverage they probably deserve the rest of the year. And as is typical this time of year, we see a number of great records coming out of CBCs across the ABA Area. But first, the rare birds that are [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 13, 2019

ABA Area rarities continuing into the middle of December include a Garganey (ABA Code 4) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California, joined by the still continuing Antillean Palm-Swift (5) and a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) in Florida.

Highlight bird of the week is likely a Rustic Bunting (3) found in Pacific, Washington, a couple days [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 6, 2019

Noteworthy rarities continuing into the beginning of December include Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) and Garganey (4) in California, and the long-staying Antillean Palm-Swift (5) and the likely-to-be long-staying La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) in Florida


This week had another edition to the annals of epic rare bird stories, surrounding the fate of Washington’s 3rd [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 29, 2019

Rarities continuing into the end of November include a Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California, a Pink-footed Goose (4) in Nova Scotia and the ridiculously long-staying Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida.

One of the more exciting finds of the week came from Massachusetts, where a Northern Lapwing (4) was seen in Bristol. This is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 22, 2019

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include the long-staying Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) in Florida, still being seen by birders into the last part of November. Multiple Red-footed Boobies (4) are still being reported in California, making for one of the most impressive incursions of this species in recent memory, and a Blue-footed [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 15, 2019

Notable birds continuing in the ABA Area include a Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California and the still present Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida.

This week was lighter on continental rarities, but we do have a 1st record to report in Ohio where a the state’s 1st record of Tropical Kingbird was seen in [read more…]