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Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!

It's the moment that surely dozens of you have been looking forward to for hours now, the announcement… [read more]

Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year! Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!

Photo Quiz: December 2016 Birding

The December 2016 Birding is winging its way to ABA members right now. While we wait for the mail to… [read more]

Photo Quiz: December 2016 Birding Photo Quiz: December 2016 Birding

The Kaufman Challenge, v. 0.5

What could be simpler? Learn the names of fifty plants and animals around your home. That’s all there… [read more]

The Kaufman Challenge, v. 0.5 The Kaufman Challenge, v. 0.5

It’s OK to Talk to Strangers – at Least if They Have Binoculars

I was desperate to find another birder, but generally speaking there are few to be found in the Black… [read more]

It’s OK to Talk to Strangers – at Least if They Have Binoculars It's OK to Talk to Strangers - at Least if They Have Binoculars

Open Mic – The Endangered Species Act and Birds: A Wild Success?

At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is difficult to evaluate, as its success… [read more]

Open Mic – The Endangered Species Act and Birds:  A Wild Success? Open Mic - The Endangered Species Act and Birds:  A Wild Success?

Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!

The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make three presentations of ABA Awards in 2016. The awardees… [read more]

Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients! Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!
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Rare Bird Alert: June 23, 2017

The hot part of the year is upon us, but now that the solstice is past we can start to look forward to fall migration and six months of southbound birds. But perhaps not yet, as Alaska is still holding on to spring migrating vagrants including continuing Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5), White-tailed Eagle (4), Common Rosefinch (4) and Hawfinch (4) in the Bering Sea. And down in Arizona, the triumvirate of Slate-throated Redstart (4), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5) are still holding tight, attempting to nest.

One of the most surprising records for the period came from Maine, where a Yellow-nosed Albatross (4) was photographed on Pond Island, Sagadohoc. This species is seen from time to time in the north Atlantic, and given how long-lived albatrosses are, it is probably that many of those records represent only a small handful of individual birds.

Any albatross in the Atlantic is a big deal, a Yellow-nosed Albatross on land in Maine perhaps even more so. Photo: Shannon C/Macaulay Library (S37695893)

Also good for Maine, a young Brown Pelican was seen near Prout’s Island.

We have two 1st records to report for the, both hummingbirds in the middle of the continent. The first from Tennessee, where a Broad-billed Hummingbird at a private location in Fayette is that state’s 1st.

And in Wisconsin, a Buff-bellied Hummingbird was seen briefly at a feeder in Grafton, Ozaukee for a 1st record.

Continuing westward, Colorado’s 10th record of White Ibis was an adult bird found in Adams.

Good for British Columbia, Parakeet Auklets were seen off Haida Gwaii and an Acorn Woodpecker was found in Victoria.

Alaska is slowing down a little after a great spring, but a Little Stint (4) was good for St. Paul, and a Tundra Bean-Goose (4) was a flyover in Gambell.

Notable in Nevada this week, a Common Ground-Dove was seen in Clark.

Surprising for Texas, both for location and season, a Varied Thrush turned up in Canyon.

New Jersey becomes the latest state to host Fork-tailed Flycatcher (3) this spring, with one in Cape May.

New York had a Brown Booby (3) in Nassau.

A wrecked Great Shearwater near Madison, Connecticut is that state’s 6th record. The bird later died in rehab, unfortunately.

In New Brunswick, a Crested Caracara was seen in St. George.

And in Nova Scotia, if a pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Musquodoboit wasn’t enough, a Burrowing Owl was photographed in Duncan’s Cove.


Omissions and errors are not intended, but if you find any please message blog AT aba.org and I will try to fix them as soon as possible. This post is meant to be an account of the most recently reported birds. Continuing birds not mentioned are likely included in previous editions listed here. Place names written in italics refer to counties/parishes.

Readers should note that none of these reports has yet been vetted by a records committee. All birders are urged to submit documentation of rare sightings to the appropriate state or provincial committees. For full analysis of these and other bird observations, subscribe to North American Birds <aba.org/nab>, the richly illustrated journal of ornithological record published by the ABA.


2017 Bird of the Year T-Shirts are Here! Pre-order Now!

The ABA 2017 Bird of the Year T-shirts are here, with more great designs from Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden of PRBY apparel!

We’ll be selling them directly through the ABA’s shop this time around, so we need to get an idea of how many shirts we need to stock.

If you are interested in purchasing a shirt this year, please fill out this pre-order form. We will not be taking any money at this time, and you will be notified when shirts are available for purchase.

There are two designs for you to choose from this year! Be sure to check them both out and let us know what you would like.


ABA’s Songbird Coffee, Now in Decaf

Interested in protecting bird habitat without the buzz? The ABA’s Songbird Coffee is now available in Decaf! We’ll have it in our official store shortly, but we just wanted to get the word out about the newest shade-grown product from our partnership with Thanksgiving Coffee.

Song Bird Coffee is delicious, high-quality coffee grown on [read more…]

Last Chance for Leicas! Join, Renew, of Gift a Membership by June 30!

Back in 2015, when I had the opportunity to test Leica’s revamped Trinovid line of binoculars in muggy Honduras, I said that Leica’s second generation Trinovids offered the red dot quality you expect at a price point you necessarily wouldn’t.

They’re very nice bins, and I’m not just saying that because Leica has been a [read more…]

Blog Birding #325

What is the most commonly misidentified bird in North America? Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography makes a strong case for the female Red-winged Blackbird.

I have seen novices identify female Red-winged Blackbirds as Seaside Sparrows, young Varied Thrushes, “some kind of sparrow” and many other misidentifications. In one group alone I think they [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 16, 2017

There are but a small handful of continuing ABA rarities this week, including the nesting attempt sin Arizona from Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Slate-throated Redstart (4). The Common Crane (4), Arizona’s first, also stuck around into this week. In Alaska there has been a bit of turnover, but a White-tailed [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Young Birders 2017

The next American Birding Podcast is out!

The ABA has a long history of supporting young birders through our Young Birder of the Year competitions and the young birder camps in Colorado and Delaware, programs that have had real positive impacts on the young people who participate in them. I got to talk with [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017

Well, it’s an “LBJ,” or “little brown job.”

In an article in the June 2017 Birding, winging its way to ABA members right now, Priscilla Lai and colleagues analyze this mystery bird—and others like it. Lai and coauthors provide facts and data in their article, but they also acknowledge that there’s still a fair [read more…]

The Best of Times

I’ve always enjoyed listening to birds. In my earliest days as a birder, I was intrigued by the assertion in Roger Tory Peterson’s Field Guide that “some birders do 90 percent of their field work by ear.” And it was this passage from Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac that really captivated me:

“There [read more…]

Blog Birding #324

In this season of baby birds, it’s tempting to feel as though you need to do more for these seemingly helpless animals. Kaeli Swift at the Corvid Research Blog explains why this is not a good idea.

t’s totally normal for baby crows to be on the ground and flightless as long as they’re covered [read more…]

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