ABA Rare Bird Alert2021-06-24T17:44:51-04:00

Rare Bird Alert: July 8, 2022

By |July 8th, 2022|

Michigan continues its incredible run with 1st records of Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Common Redshank, the latter possibly from east Asia. Also, Yukon is back on the board with a 1st territorial record of American Bittern.

Rare Bird Alert: July 1, 2022

By |July 1st, 2022|

An airfield in Michigan is a surprising place for what might be the ABA Area's 1st record of Southern Lapwing. And in the Yukon territory, a Mississippi Kite is a similarly far flung vagrant 1st.

Rare Bird Alert: April 29, 2022

By |April 29th, 2022|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Bahama Mockingbird (ABA Code 4) in Florida, Tufted Flycatcher (5) in Arizona, Oregon's 1st record of Common Crane (4), and multiple European Golden-Plovers (4) read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 18, 2022

By |March 18th, 2022|

Rare birds continuing into this week include Oriental Turtle-Dove (ABA Code 4) and Little Stint (4) in California, Social Flycatcher (5) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas, and Black-faced Grassquit (4) read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 14, 2022

By |January 14th, 2022|

Texas continues to collect ABA Area rarities like Pokemon cards with continuing Bat Falcon (ABA Code 5), Social Flycatcher (5), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4). The Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: November 12, 2021

By |November 12th, 2021|

November, historically the best rarity month of the year, blows in with 1st records for North Dakota, California, Arizona, and Vermont, and the beginning of rare European geese turning up in the northeast.

Rare Bird Alert: October 29, 2021

By |October 29th, 2021|

Quebec is the center of the rarity world this week, with potential 1sts Lesson's Seedeater and Small-billed Elaenia. But NC, SC, GA, FL, and SK boast 1sts on their own as well.

Rare Bird Alert: October 22, 2021

By |October 22nd, 2021|

Vermont's 1st record of Bell's Vireo is an exciting find, along with a Brambling in Montana and an extraordinary Brown-headed Nuthatch in Kansas. All that and more in this week's Rare Bird Alert.

Rare Bird Alert: October 8, 2021

By |October 8th, 2021|

Lots of state and provincial 1sts this week, with a Golden-crowned Warbler in Louisiana, only the third for the ABA Area away from Texas, the easy highlight. But Kirtland's Warbler in MD, Kentucky Warbler in AB, Fork-tailed Flycatcher in GA, and Nelson's Sparrow in NV all delighting birders in those places as well.

Rare Bird Alert: September 24, 2021

By |September 24th, 2021|

Highlights this week include a Lesser Sand-Plover on the central coast of California, a very nice bird away from Alaska. Plus a hummingbird first for South Carolina and a spate of notable Northern Wheatear and Magnificent Frigatebird records in the midwest and east.

Rare Bird Alert: September 3, 2021

By |September 3rd, 2021|

Hurricane Ida drops surprising tubenoses on Florida's Gulf coast. Plus potential 1sts in Labrador and Texas that come too late to chase, but not too late to appreciate.

Rare Bird Alert: August 13, 2021

By |August 13th, 2021|

We're back after a week off with lots to report! Maine's 1st Masked Booby, Rhode Island's 1st Black-bellied Whistling Duck, and Roseate Spoonbill 1sts for New Hampshire and DC.

Rare Bird Alert: July 23, 2021

By |July 23rd, 2021|

An Oriental Turtle-Dove in British Columbia this week is only the 6th record for North America away from Alaska, and Mississippi and Michigan enjoy 1st records.

Rare Bird Alert: June 25, 2021

By |June 25th, 2021|

The wandering Heermann's Gull makes a stop in South Carolina, the 6th state for which is represents a 1st. Plus Montana's 1st and 2nd records of Neotropic Cormorant come one right after another.

Rare Bird Alert: May 21, 2021

By |May 21st, 2021|

Tufted Flycatchers return to southern Arizona along with summery weather. We also saw 1st records from Oregon, North Carolina, Iowa, and Nebraska this week.

Rare Bird Alert: February 26, 2021

By |February 26th, 2021|

Cold weather in Mexico could drive southern birds across the Rio Grande in to the ABA Area. Indeed, a remarkable Blue Bunting in San Antonio and a Yellow-faced Grassquit in Brownsville could be the first of many.

Rare Bird Alert: February 19, 2021

By |February 19th, 2021|

Lots of continuing ABA rarities are joined by 1st state records from Georgia (Heermann's Gull) and Connecticut (Great Skua). Plus Nova Scotia boasts a remarkable 5 individual Redwings!

Rare Bird Alert: January 1, 2021

By |January 1st, 2021|

A Hawfinch in Yukon Territory, a territorial 1st and a 1st for Canada, is a fantastic way to end the year in rarities. Plus 1st records for Tennessee, Virginia, and Delaware.

Rare Bird Alert: December 18, 2020

By |December 18th, 2020|

A Tundra Bean-Goose highlights what has been an extraordinary week for rare birds in the Philadelphia area. Also Empidonax flycatchers represent 1st records for North Carolina and Nova Scotia.

Rare Bird Alert: December 11, 2020

By |December 11th, 2020|

The ABA's 7th Ruddy Ground-Dove in Key West, Florida, is the latest in a string of good birds in the Sunshine State. This week also saw 1st records of Cassin's Kingbird in Tennessee and Barnacle Goose in the District of Columbia.

Rare Bird Alert: December 4, 2020

By |December 4th, 2020|

A stunning male Blue Bunting in south Texas highlights the week that also sees south Texas-y 1sts like Great Kiskadee in Illinois and Couch's Kingbird in Virginia.

Rare Bird Alert: November 27, 2020

By |November 27th, 2020|

It's La Sagra's season in south Florida, with a bird showing up right on time in the Florida Keys. Also 1st records for Michigan, Prince Edward Island, and possibly Virginia.

Rare Bird Alert: November 20, 2020

By |November 20th, 2020|

It's a great week for wayward flycatchers in the ABA Area, with Variegated Flycatcher in Ontario, Cuban Pewee in Florida, and Newfoundland's 1st record of Vermilion Flycatcher. British Columbia, Ohio, and Idaho also host 1sts this week.

Rare Bird Alert: November 13, 2020

By |November 13th, 2020|

Virginia becomes the latest state in 2020 to host a Gray Heron, the farthest south this species has been seen in the ABA Area and only the 2nd Lower 48 record. Also, Ash-throated Flycatchers spread across the continent and Evening Grosbeaks hit Florida!

Rare Bird Alert: November 6, 2020

By |November 6th, 2020|

It's Novembird! And the month begins with a real bang in the form of Rhode Island's 1st Common Cuckoo, as well as 1st Yellow-eyed Junco for Kansas and Pacific Golden-Plover for Connecticut.

Rare Bird Alert: October 9, 2020

By |October 9th, 2020|

Fall 2020 continues to be a good one, with multiple 1st records this week including an extraordinary European Golden-Plover in New Mexico of all places. Also 1sts for NC, CT, OH, and DE.

Rare Bird Alert: October 2, 2020

By |October 2nd, 2020|

The amazing Eared Quetzal irruption continues and New Mexico gets into the fun with its 1st record. Northwest Territories boasts a 1st Nashville Warbler and British Columbia hosts a strange pairing of Red-legged Kittiwake and Nazca Booby.

Rare Bird Alert: September 25, 2020

By |September 25th, 2020|

Northern Wheatears turn up in Pennsylvania, Ontario, and Massachusetts this week. New Jersey's 1st Wood Sandpiper, South Dakota's 1st Painted Redstart, and Florida's 1st Hermit Warbler.

Rare Bird Alert: September 18, 2020

By |September 18th, 2020|

Hurricane Sally made landfall this week, bringing Mississippi's 1st record of Red-footed Booby with it. Oregon also gets a 1st with Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. And Black-throated Gray Warblers and Neotropic Cormorants continue to turn up across the east.

Rare Bird Alert: September 11, 2020

By |September 11th, 2020|

A bunch of 1st records to report this week - Brewer's Sparrow in PA, Common Ringed Plover in VT, and Bell's Vireo in BC. But the highlight is Massachusetts's (and the Lower 48's) 1st record of Gray Heron near Nantucket Island.

Rare Bird Alert: September 4, 2020

By |September 4th, 2020|

Hurricane Laura brought multiple Band-rumped Storm-Petrels into the Midwest, including Indiana's 1st. But the bird of the week was a stunning adult Steller's Sea Eagle (ABA Code 4) at Denali NP in Alaska.

Rare Bird Alert: August 28, 2020

By |August 28th, 2020|

Brown Boobys are all over the midwest, with birds in Tennessee, Ontario, and Ohio, the latter representing the state's 1st. But bird of the week comes from Florida where Thick-billed Vireos have evidently nested for a second straight year.

Rare Bird Alert: August 21, 2020

By |August 21st, 2020|

There aren't as many birders in Alaska this fall but there are still plenty of birds, like three Oriental Greenfinches in Unalaska. Also Utah and Washington boast state 1sts this week.

Rare Bird Alert: August 14, 2020

By |August 14th, 2020|

Swallow-tailed Kites continue to make a major push into the northeast and Great Lakes, but the discovery of a Brown Booby on the Current River of Missouri, a state 1st, takes the cake as the bird of the week.

Rare Bird Alert: April 3, 2020

By |April 3rd, 2020|

We're still going to continue doing this weekly feature even while COVID-19 is making birding and, especially, rarity chasing more difficult. Please abide by state and local restrictions on movement and read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 27, 2020

By |March 27th, 2020|

Zugunruhe is taking hold among our remaining ABA Area vagrants. Well, zugunruhe or the fact that the sites where they are found are closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak (in the case of the long-staying La Sagra's Flycatcher in Florida at least).

Rare Bird Alert: February 28, 2020

By |February 28th, 2020|

Washington continues to host a Siberian Accentor (4) into this week, and Florida birders are continuing to keep track of a pair of Caribbean specialities in the south of the state in the form of a Thick-billed Vireo (4) and a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4).

Rare Bird Alert: February 14, 2020

By |February 14th, 2020|

Last week's Siberian Accentor (ABA Code 4) in Washington joins the familiar La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida and long-staying Garganey (4) in California in the continuing category. The Accentor appears to be pretty pretty reliable these days, which is fantastic for all the birders who have made the trip to see this stunning east Asian vagrant.

Rare Bird Alert: February 7, 2020

By |February 7th, 2020|

IVORY GULL in Montana! SIBERIAN ACCENTOR in Washington! Late winter is producing some interesting rare birds across the ABA Area. Get caught up at the ABA's Rare Bird Alert.

Rare Bird Alert: January 24, 2020

By |January 24th, 2020|

Exciting for Oregon this week was a Mountain Plover discovered in Clatsop. The bird is quite close, as the plover flies, from an individual in extreme southwestern Washington a few weeks ago, and birders have speculated that this might be the same bird having relocated across the mouth of the Columbia River.

Rare Bird Alert: January 10, 2020

By |January 10th, 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.

Rare Bird Alert: January 2, 2020

By |January 2nd, 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.


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