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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: April 21, 2017

Spring moves on and the remaining ABA rarites of winter have mostly moved on. Arizona is still hosting a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) – can we call it resident by this point? – as well as the multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) that seem to have settled in for the season. The British Columbia Redwing (4) is still singing in Victoria, and a number of Barnacle Geese (4) and Pink-footed Geese (4) are hanging around.

We begin in Maine, which has been a magnet for rare birds in the last week. The state’s 1st record of Vermilion Flycatcher, a sharp near-adult male, was seen on Hog Island, and first noted when it turned up on a live-cam for a resident Osprey nest in what must be one of the most serendipitous discoveries of a local rarity in memory. And if that was not enough, a Fieldfare (4) was discovered among a flock of American Robins in Lincoln, also furnishing a 1st record for the state.

The capper on an incredible week for Maine birders, a Fieldfare was discovered in Lincoln County. Photo: Jeff Cherry/Macaulay Library (S36089231)

And that’s not all. There were at least two more 1sts for the period, though not the bounty that Maine enjoyed. In Indiana, a Golden-crowned Sparrow at a feeder in Marion is a 1st, amazingly showing up a brand-new feeder that had been set up only 2 hours earlier,

And in Iowa, a stunning White-tailed Kite near the border of Howard/Winneshiek represents a 1st for that state.

Up to Minnesota, where another Golden-crowned Sparrow  in the Midwest was seen in Minneapolis.

Increasing in many places across the ABA Area, but still notable in the northern Great Plains, a pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks  were discovered in Saunders, Nebraska.

In Colorado, a Crested Caracara was noteworthy in Weld.

We don’t often mention Wyoming in this space, but a Lesser Black-backed Gull near Casper is a nice bird for the state.

Alberta had a Common Crane (4) among migrating Sandhills in Hanna.

Good for British Columbia was a Red-shouldered Hawk near Metchosin.

Hopefully a harbinger of a good spring vagrant season in Alaska, a Eurasian Bullfinch (4) was seen on Unalaska. On the mainland, an Emperor Goose in Anchorage was a nice find of this bird more typically seen in far west of the state.

Michigan had a Eurasian Tree Sparrow at Whitefish Point this week.

In Ohio, a Tricolored Heron was a great bird from Lorain.

In Quebec, a nice-looking Black-tailed Godwit (3) was found in Pierre-De Saurel.

Spring is a good time for over-shooting Iceland breeding Black-tailed Godwits in eastern Canada Photo: Daniel Jauvin/Macaulay Library (S35934497)

In Nova Scotia it’s another week, another overshooting Prothonotary Warbler, this one in Pubnico.

Connecticut had a White-faced Ibis in Westbrook.

In New York, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was noteworthy, in Kings.

New Jersey had an Anhinga, seen in Monmouth.

The second Ruff (3) in as many weeks in Delaware was seen in New Castle.

Increasingly annual in the state, a single Black-bellied Whistling Duck was seen by many in Alamance, North Carolina.

And in Florida, a Western Spindalis (3) was seen in Miami-Dade.

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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.

 

 

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American Birding Podcast: 2017 Splits and Lumps, The AOS Episode

The newest episode of the American Birding Podcast is out!

Every year, birders look forward to the check-list supplement from the American Ornithological Society (formerly the American Ornithologist’s Union), and this year is no exception. In fact, 2017 offers a bounty of potential splits for your armchair ticks, as well as some very compelling lumps. In this episode, I break down some of those taxonomic decision with Nick Block, professor of Biology at Stonehill College and member of the ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee. We talk Yellow-rumped Warblers, redpolls, Willets and more!

And Greg Neise and Ted Floyd return with guest and gull expert Amar Ayyash to talk about one of the most fascinating proposals in this year’s batch, the lump of Thayer’s and Iceland Gulls. Clines and hybrid swarms are on the agenda!

Subscribe to the podcast at iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play, and please leave a review if you are so inclined! It definitely helps people find us.

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Will Birders Ever Learn to “See” Birdsong?

A review by Marky Mutchler

Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Eastern North America, by Nathan Pieplow

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

593 pages, $28—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14630

Songs and calls are very important in bird identification, in many cases as useful as the classic visual field marks, but they are often [read more…]

Serious Topics, With Humor and Flair

A review by Carrie Laben

Being a Bird in North America North of Mexico: Waterfowl to Shorebirds, by Robert Alvo

Privately published, 2015

255 pages, $39.95—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14628

Hitchhiking herons, vultures in chef’s hats, Black Rails borne aloft by balloons: This ain’t Sibley. The first volume of Robert Alvo’s new [read more…]

Blog Birding #316

What happens with a neotropical migrant has a run-in with an intransigent bivalve? Donna Schulman at 10,000 Birds has the remarkable story.

Early evening I returned to the Nature Center. A group of newly arrived birders were searching for the Prothonotary, missing in action. Fortunately, Eric Miller and Lisa Scheppke, Queens birding colleagues, arrived and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 14, 2017

Into mid-April, and the listservs across the continent are buzzing with reports of returning migrants. But there are still a few birds moving to places where they don’t belong, and even fewer continuing rarities in the ABA Area. The continuing Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania was seen into the beginning of the past week, but has [read more…]

April Drawing for Two Seats Aboard the Stormy Petrel II

As the east coast pelagic season is about to start up, you could win the trip of your dreams just by being a member of the ABA. Join, renew or give a membership during the month of April and you’ll be entered into a drawing for two seats on the world famous Stormy Petrel II [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: April 2017

Think of a flock of birds in flight: ducks over a marsh, vultures at a kill, gulls coming off a landfill. For sure, we often see ducks, vultures, and gulls in flight, and, sooner or later, we become adept at ID’ing those birds on the wing.

Here’s another common sight: blackbirds flying around feedlots, pastures, [read more…]

Drawing Results for Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White

All who joined the ABA or renewed memberships during the month of March were entered into a drawing for 20 copies of Good Birders Still Don’t Wear White. Congratulations to our winners!

Paul Nixon of Los Altos, CA John Goode of Statesville, NC Hugh & Carolyn Shaw of Lake Wales, FL Jane Pedersen of Durango, [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Vireo – Florida

Florida just keeps producing. On Monday, April 10, 2017, Carl Goodrich and Lee Dunn discovered a Cuban Vireo at Indigenous Park in Key, West Florida. This is potentially a 2nd record for the ABA Area.

The 2017 bird has yet to be photographed, but the 2016 individual was more accommodating, at least early on. [read more…]

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