Welcome to the ongoing quest to photograph 700 or more ABA countable North American bird species. Of the 741 total species of birds possible to see in North America currently published to this site, the number of ABA “countable” species presently stands at:
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Common Shelduck in Meriden
11/25: A solitary Common Shelduck is currently hanging out on Hanover Pond in Meriden, CT. It can be anywhere on the pond but on occasion has flown in to within 30 feet of the parking lot. This is a Eurasian species, extremely rare in North America, but the provenance of this bird is unknown so we will not be counting this as an ABA species for the time being, although that could possibly change.
11/25: A solitary Common Shelduck is currently hanging out on Hanover Pond in Meriden, CT. It can be anywhere on the pond but on occasion has flown in to within 30 feet of the parking lot. This is a Eurasian species, extremely rare in North America, but the provenance of this bird is unknown so we will not be counting this as an ABA species for the time being, although that could possibly change.read more »
11/22/15: Late in the afternoon of 11/20, a rare Pink-footed Goose was discovered amongst a large flock of Canada Geese on the large pond at Fisher Meadows in Avon, Connecticut. A large contingent of hopeful birders (myself included) descended on the spot early the next morning but the goose wasn’t to be seen again all that day. Tina Green relocated it this morning in a flock of several hundred Canada Geese on the pond at Winding Trails not far away in neighboring Farmington, at the very spot I myself had checked the previous afternoon with not a bird in sight. After offering a splendid two-hour viewing and photo opportunity enjoyed by many of the same group that had been at Fisher Meadows the day before, the entire flock was spooked by two people in a canoe and took off en masse, separating into smaller groups that headed in different directions. Interestingly, the Pink-footed Goose was found again a short time later back at Fisher Meadows where it had been originally seen. This is another new ABA photo species (no. 708) for Birdspix.com.read more »
October 31: On October 24 an ABA 5 Variegated Flycatcher was discovered at good old Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, FL by Russ Titus, one of south Florida’s birders extraordinaire. Word spread fast and over the course of a week the bird not surprisingly drew enthusiasts from all over the US and Canada. While the species is common in South America, this was only the sixth documented sighting of this species in North America – a rare visitor indeed.
I was in Connecticut at the time the bird was discovered, but by coincidence happened to have some business to attend to in Boynton Beach on November 2, so I flew into Fort Lauderdale on October 31 and headed right for Evergreen Cemetery, which is only fifteen minutes from the airport. The bird was easily seen by various observers all afternoon, most often in one or the other of the two large ficus trees it favored, but by the very next day it was gone. Variegated Flycatcher represents the first new ABA species for this web site since the Colorado chickens trip this past April.
On November 3 around 5 PM I happened to spot a flock of some two dozen Nanday Parakeets on the west side of Lyons Road in Delray Beach about three hundred yards south of Atlantic Avenue in exactly the same spot where I saw some in May of 2012 at 5:30 PM. For out of staters looking for this species, this may be a good spot to stake out around this time of day.
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October 23: Here in Connecticut when a majority of the other passerines have departed, the sparrows arrive. Along many woodland edges one can depend on flocks including any or all of Song, Swamp, Savannah, White-throated, White-crowned, Chipping, Field, Dark-eyed Junco, and before too long also American Tree Sparrow. Less common in the east are Vesper, Lincoln’s, and Fox, and occasionally a still less common species shows up like Lark, Harris’s, or the Clay-colored Sparrow presently at Hammonasset State Park in Madison.read more »