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Hi all, 

Here's a thread to share your pics of ABA Code 3, 4, or 5 birds. You can see codes here: http://listing.aba.org/checklist/ABA_Checklist-8.0.2.pdf

Please only share your photos taken in the ABA area (includes Hawaii).

For those who aren't aware of the ABA's code system, each species is assigned a code based on how commonly it occurs in the ABA area. eBird has an article here: https://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1101706-aba-codes-and-ebird

Enjoy!

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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl: Code 3

Cameron County, TX

37996252222_0da79c909c_c.jpgFerruginous Pygmy-Owl by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

Aplomado Falcon: Code 3

Old Port Isabel Road, TX

37973392286_1e24c23f53_c.jpgIMG_3940 by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

Black-capped Gnatcatcher: Code 3

Madera Canyon, AZ

25044625887_922897516c_c.jpgBlack-capped Gnatcatcher by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

28135697239_7386ec4641_c.jpgIMG_6473 by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

Clay-colored Thrush: Code 3

Hidalgo, TX

27879551259_b62ca8e27f_c.jpgIMG_2488 by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

Five-striped Sparrow: Code 3

California Gulch, AZ

28136075569_59e5a7aa94_c.jpgFive-striped Sparrow by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

Rufous-capped Warbler: Code 3

Florida Canyon, AZ

39017417245_1d4b82d0dc_c.jpgRufous-capped Warbler by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

39017415935_efa79776e1_c.jpgRufous-capped Warbler by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

 

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Northern Lapwing, Code 4

Statesboro, GA

8495863017_33663ccfb7_c.jpgNorthern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)! by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

Tufted Flycatcher, Code 4

Ramsey Canyon, AZ

39883512502_3aea92faf0_c.jpgTufted Flycatcher by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

Carr Canyon, AZ

39883558102_9d15914877_c.jpgTufted Flycatcher by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

Slate-throated Redstart: Code 4

Pinery Canyon, AZ

26043166118_c2bf8f929c_c.jpgSlate-throated Redstart by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

26043167838_e6307432f6_c.jpgIMG_8562 by Liam Wolff, on Flickr

 

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I can kind of cheat with this one, but here is a small flock of Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse (aba code 3) and a pair of Eurasian Skylark.

Chestnut-Bellied Sandgrouse 7/29/18

 

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Code 3: Fork-tailed Flycatcher

8423007846_a1126bc0a2_c.jpgFork-tailed Flycatcher by Greg Miller, on Flickr

Code 5: Whiskered Tern

15263091612_9d939b2601_c.jpgWhiskered Tern by Greg Miller, on Flickr

Code 3: Curlew Sandpiper

21505016939_eda09936d0_c.jpgFor ID - Curlew Sandpiper by Greg Miller, on Flickr

Code 3: Common Greenshank

26327037039_8d8226f697_c.jpgFor ID - Common Greenshank by Greg Miller, on Flickr

Code 4: White-winged Tern

38911081110_14b7428477_c.jpgOld Shot - White-winged Tern by Greg Miller, on Flickr

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I am in Florida on holiday and was planning a visit to Everglades National Park.  I stumbled on a rare bird alert (I rarely check these) for a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (ABA 3) that has consistently been seen over the last several weeks not far from the Royal Palm Visitor Center.  The location was only about 1 mile out of the way from my planned route so I decided to give it a shot.  The night before, I studied up on the La Sagra’s distinct “weet” call.  When I got to the location yesterday, I saw a couple of cars parked on the side of the road and saw three birders looking into the treeline next to the road.  As soon as I got out of my car, I distinctly heard the “weet” call.  It was so crystal clear and identical to the recordings I had studied that I thought “crap, one of the birders is playing a recording to draw it out” (I am not a fan of using recordings to attract birds).  Turns out the birders were not playing recordings and I was hearing the bird.  Eventually it came out to the trees near the road.  It was nice enough to perch on a branch directly above me and call out.  It then sat there for some pictures.  Ten minute stop and I had my first ABA 3...

 

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Here are some shots that I can readily access. 

Code 3:

Tufted Duck:

49570333936_37e0aa499a_h.jpgIMG_9266 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr

Little Gull:

49569866693_5170161075_b.jpglittle gull by Ryan Justice, on Flickr

Black-headed Gull:

49569835853_f6811184e0_k.jpgIMG_4584 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr

Rose-throated Becard:

48129653862_0da12e1b4d_k.jpgIMG_9753 by Ryan  Justice, on Flickr

Black-capped Gnatcatcher:

48357832951_f63ee08dff_k.jpgIMG_3428 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr

Five-striped Sparrow:

48351407462_f1f5fc166a_k.jpgIMG_4554 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr

Shiny Cowbird:

49569858093_524d2e07b1_k.jpgIMG_6041 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr

 

Code 4:

Barnacle Goose:

49570340166_380e7ae7cb_k.jpgIMG_7367 by Ryan Justice, on Flickr

Northern Lapwing:

8545569727_106d19b2b1_h.jpgNorthern Lapwing by Ryan  Justice, on Flickr

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Have only ever seen 4 other highly coded birds: Common Ringed Plover (3), Ruff (3), Masked Booby (3), and Little Egret (4).

Need to work on that.

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Did this quite a while ago...but I guess now is good for an update I have pics of many of these somewhere.

CODE 3: 11 species- Tufted Duck, A Flamingo, Ruff, C. Greenshank, Curlew Sandpiper, Ivory Gull, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Great Frigatebird, LaSagra's FC, Fork-tailed FC, and Oahu Elepaio

CODE 4: 10 species- Pink-footed Goose, Barnacle Goose, Corn Crake, N. Lapwing, N. Jacana, Black-tailed Godwit, Little Egret, Thick-billed Vireo, Western Spindalis, and Bannaquit

CODE 5: 1 species- Whiskered Tern  

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forgot Curlew Sandpiper

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5 hours ago, blackburnian said:

Have only ever seen 4 other highly coded birds: Common Ringed Plover (3), Ruff (3), Masked Booby (3), and Little Egret (4).

Need to work on that.

just an FYI..... they seemed to have lowered both Black-headed and Little Gulls to code 2 level. I was unaware as well until i just went through the DEC 2019 list

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11 minutes ago, birdbrain22 said:

just an FYI..... they seemed to have lowered both Black-headed and Little Gulls to code 2 level. I was unaware as well until i just went through the DEC 2019 list

That’s unfortunate. I understand Little Gull, but why Black-headed? They seem quite rare nationally. 

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I havent chased too many rare birds. My best was Ivory Gull (code 3):

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I'm pretty sure that's my first and only code 3. 

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Back on New Years Day 2014... Sinaloa Wren at Fort Huachuca - pretty sure this is still the rarest I have seen

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Sometimes certain Code 2 birds can be tougher than higher code birds though - whether it is because their range is restricted, their habitat remote or difficult to navigate, their numbers overall small, their occurence unpredictable, their behavior secretive, or a combination of these. Something like a Yellow Rail, or even White-winged Crossbills, can be surprisingly hard to find.

Code 3+ birds usually show up on rare bird alerts with directions on how to see them and are often chasable, although there are always those "one-day wonders". But they are unusual enough that they are very exciting nonetheless.

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16 hours ago, Bird-Boys said:

2 rarities:

1. Emperor Goose!!

2. Red-necked Grebe

San Simeon, CA

IMG_3839.JPG

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Dang I didn't know there were any Emperor Geese in the state right now! They must have just shown up

Only a 4 hour drive - I could get there this evening if I really wanted, but is it worth it? 400 mile round trip drive vs lifer... hmm

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By the way, that's an amazing photo of those geese! Ultimately impulse control won over and I am not gonna go try to see them tonight

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