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2017 AOS Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American… [read more]

2017 AOS Supplement is Out! 2017 AOS Supplement is Out!

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

The experience, or at least the run up to it, was not unlike fishing. First, you feel a tap. Then maybe… [read more]

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move

Dickcissel is a summertime staple of America’s Heartland. However, it has also garnered a reputation… [read more]

Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move

Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017

Well, it’s an “LBJ,” or “little brown job.” In an article in the June 2017 Birding,… [read more]

Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017 Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary

Birders have a unique vocabulary, cribbed together from science, literature, and a thesaurus thrown at… [read more]

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary Hawk "Kettle" Finally makes the Dictionary

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!
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ABA President Jeffrey Gordon at the Protect Santa Ana Protest March

ABA President Jeffrey Gordon was on the ground this past weekend as part of a diverse coalition of local groups and environmental organizations protesting the proposed border wall at Santa Ana NWR, culminating with a march at the refuge on Sunday, August 13.

Being the social media savvy individual that he is, Jeff shared a number of live videos from the march itself to birders interested in following along. We will share those here. For more information on what you can to to help, please see this post by ABA friend Ellen Paul. Also, please consider sharing your #MySantaAna stories of your experiences at Santa Ana NWR here. Thanks.

 

 

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#ABArare – Common Shelduck – New Hampshire

On Sunday, August 13, Heather Burns discovered a subadult Common Shelduck near the harbor in Rye, New Hampshire. Common Shelduck is not yet on the ABA Checklist, though the acceptance by the Newfoundland committee of a record from Renews in 2014 puts it in the purview of the ABA Checklist Committee. Pending acceptance, this would be a 1st record for New Hampshire.

The bird was seen on a pond just south of Odiorne Point State Park in Rockingham County. There is no obvious indication of non-natural provenance.

Reports of Common Shelduck in the ABA Area are not uncommon, and in the past most were considered to be escapees out of hand. That is increasingly less true for these birds found in spring and fall in Eastern Canada and New England. Indeed some authorities have looked to an increase in the population of the species in Iceland in recent years as a possible source of birds on our side of the Atlantic (Howell et al 2014), arguing that it is not only a plausible vagrant but a likely one.

Ned Brinkley, in North American Birds, took a look at known observations of the species in North America(.pdf) in the wake of a pair of notable, but unaccepted, reports – in eastern Newfoundland and in Essex, Massachusetts, both in fall/winter of 2009 .  Brinkley found that records of the species have increased in recent decades, concentrated near their expected landfall in the northeast (Brinkley 2010).

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Blog Birding #332

The question of how to diversify birding has been one the outdoor community has been attempting to answer for some time with varying degrees of success. Jacqueline Scott of Black Outdoors shares her thoughts on what we all can do.

There was a rare bird among the birders. Me. A Black woman participating in an [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 11, 2017

You know the drill by now, and likely most of the continuing birds staying put in the ABA Area into this weel. Florida’s Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) remain, as does the California Blue-footed Booby (4), joined this week by a Red-necked Stint (3). Down in Arizona, the Tufted Flycatcher (5), [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Reviewing the 2017 AOS Supplement with Nick Block & Michael Retter

The 2017 American Ornithological Society Check-list Supplement was notable for the taxonomic decisions that were not made as much as those that were. Yellow-rumped Warbler and Willet were not split, but Cassia Crossbill was. We also saw the unprecedented lump of Thayer’s Gull into the holarctic Iceland Gull. Biologist Nick Block returns along with Birder’s [read more…]

2017 ABA Big Year Updates: Three Over 700

Birders in 2016 had the opportunity to live vicariously through the Big Year travels of 4 birders, all of whom passed the previous record in what was certainly among most remarkable birding accomplishments ever, or at least the most fun to follow. 2017 is looking like a great year as well, and as fall migration [read more…]

Blog Birding #331

It’s the time of year for baby shorebirds on eastern beaches, and at Readings from the Northside, you can learn about how those babies are monitored and banded.

Restoring a little balance to the shore requires a little work, and some sacrifice, but these people have already done the heavy lifting for us. This is [read more…]

Announcing a Couple of Membership Drawing Winners

You’ve been left hanging for too long! It’s time to announce the results of a number of our membership drawings.

Marie Rust of Bitely, MI is the winner of the pelagic birding trip aboard the Stormy Petrel II courtesy of Brian Patteson’s Seabirding. Marie is a wildlife artist and blogger at the The Rambling Wren.

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Rare Bird Alert: August 4, 2017

August means migration across the continent, the first push of shorebirds and passerines making their way south. Much of that is still going on under many birders’ radars right now, but it’s been hard to miss the dispersal of wading birds this year. Herons, egrets, and storks continue to be the headliners this week, with [read more…]

#ABArare – Jabiru – Texas

On August 1, David Hanson and others discovered an ABA Code 4 Jabiru in Chambers County, Texas, east of Houston. The bird was seen among a flock of Wood Storks and other waders. It was seen briefly before it flew back away from the public road. It is likely still in the area.

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