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Featured Photo, a.k.a. New Photo Quiz, January-February 2014 Birding

First things first. The quiz. Here goes: If you just want to play the quiz, that's great. Skip… [read more]

Featured Photo, a.k.a. New Photo Quiz, January-February 2014 Birding Featured Photo, a.k.a. New Photo Quiz, January-February 2014 Birding

Introducing: The Lifelook

One of the most interesting facets of birding culture is its unique vocabulary. From lifers to dips to… [read more]

Introducing: The Lifelook Introducing: The Lifelook

ABA Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts – It was wicked birdy

The weather and the birding gods smiled on us for the 2014 ABA Birding Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts.… [read more]

ABA Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts – It was wicked birdy ABA Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts - It was wicked birdy

The 2013 Snowy Owl Invasion: It’s getting crazier by the minute

Maybe you've heard.... There's Snowy Owls around. A lot of them. They're turning up on people's houses,… [read more]

The 2013 Snowy Owl Invasion: It’s getting crazier by the minute The 2013 Snowy Owl Invasion: It's getting crazier by the minute

ABA Adds Zino’s Petrel, #982

On 16 September 1995, Brian Patteson photographed a Pterodroma petrel off Hatteras, North Carolina. At… [read more]

ABA Adds Zino’s Petrel, #982 ABA Adds Zino's Petrel, #982

Advice to a Young Birder

You’ve surely seen those rankings of places to live. Some person or committee rates a town or city… [read more]

Advice to a Young Birder Advice to a Young Birder
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    Lehman: Learn S&D

    LehmanDo you own a field guide to the birds of the ABA Area? If you do, odds are the range maps were created, or at least significantly contributed to, by Paul Lehman–possibly the world’s foremost expert on the status and distribution of the birds of the ABA Area.

    Avian “S&D”–shorthand for “status and distribution”–isn’t mere trivia for the birder. S&D also plays a vital role in identifying and enjoying wild birds. Yet S&D is becoming something of a lost art, Lehman argues in a commentary in the March/April 2014 Birding, with today’s birders. And that’s a paradox, given that we have better access to better data on S&D than ever before.

    Here’s the link to Lehman’s commentary:


    The genie’s out of the bottle. eBird, Facebook, and birding apps aren’t going away. Or, if they are, they’re going to be replaced by newer and ever-more-pervasive e-technologies.

    So let’s be positive and proactive about this. Let’s talk about ways that technology can advance the cause of learning about avian S&D–and about bird biology and conservation more generally.

      Rare Bird Alert: April 18, 2014

      This week may be the birdiest one yet for 2014, at least as far as vagrants are concerned. Notable birds were seen in all corners of the ABA Area this week, helped along by strange weather and the overwhelming urge to move.

      Our friends at Cornell’s Birdcast (and you really should be reading Birdcast this [read more...]

        Wind is a Four Letter Word... Usually

        I’m sure I speak for birders everywhere when I say that for the most part strong wind blows.  (See what I did there?)  Nothing puts wee birds into heavy cover, shakes your scope, and wicks the heat out of your extremities like a strong wind.  Long-anticipated pelagic plans can be dashed when the wind gets the sea [read more...]

          #ABArare – Neotropic Comorant – New Jersey

          On 4/9, Rob Fergus discovered an unusual cormorant in a retention pond in Clinton, Hunterson County, New Jersey. Fergus identified the bird as a Neotropic Cormorant, and after a bit of discussion consensus gathered on that being the correct identification. This would be a first state record for New Jersey.

          Photo by Ellen DeCarlo, [read more...]

            Introducing the ABA State Field Guide Series

            The ABA is excited to announce the publication to two new state-based bird books, published by Scott & Nix, and authored by two current ABA staffers, who just happen to be contributors to the ABA Blog as well.

            Rick Wright handles the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey, which will be [read more...]

              #ABArare - Slate-throated Redstart - Arizona

              On April 10, an unidentified couple found an ABA Code 4 Slate-throated Redstart at Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona. The bird was subsequently refound and photographed by Mary Dineen. The bird has not been refound since then but may still be present.

              photo by Mary Dineen, used with permission

              Barfoot [read more...]

                The 2014 Big Photo Day Challenge

                Scott Whittle, Tom Stephenson, and friends are trying something big this spring. A Big Photo Day, in which they attempt to acquire identifiable photographs of as many species of birds as possible in a 24 hour period.

                Scott and Tom share the details:

                The Event:

                This April a team of expert birders [read more...]

                  Blog Birding #182

                  Over at Leica’s Traveling Trinovid blog, John Sterling discusses the bizarre dead-leafing behavior that many warbler employ as they forage.

                   In North America, we have dead-leafing Bewick’s and Carolina wrens, but also four warbler species that are dead-leafing specialists only during the winter: Orange-crowned, Blue-winged, Golden-winged and Worm-eating.  In 1988 I collected foraging behavior data [read more...]

                    Your turn: Birding Urban Arizona

                    Perhaps you’re destined for a long layover at Sky Harbor International Airport and are itching to see a Rosy-faced Lovebird. Or maybe you have relatives who live in Phoenix and still haven’t crossed paths with a Gray Vireo. Local birder Magill Weber offers up her suggestions for places to go and birds to see (including [read more...]

                      Your turn: Birding Vancouver Island

                      Imagine an island in the Pacific with lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, famous hiking trails, and close to 400 species of birds. Did you think of Canada?

                      That’s what Ann Nightingale asks us in the March 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel. Ann’s article, “Birding on Southern Vancouver Island”, is an invaluable resource to birders [read more...]

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