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