Who trusted God was love indeed
And love Creation’s final law
Tho’ Nature, red in tooth and claw
With ravine, shriek’d against his creed
Alfred Lord Tennyson, from In Memoriam A. H. H.
As birders we certainly see this theme played out again and again, even in our back yards. Our feeders attract birds, which in turn attract bird predators. I don’t mind the interplay of predator and prey, though I’ll admit lately when I see a Cooper’s or Sharp-shinned Hawk in my yard I hope it hasn’t nabbed a special visitor I’ve had since late November (an Ovenbird.) Fortunately for the out-of-place-and-season warbler, this adult Sharp-shinned Hawk that preyed in my yard last weekend targeted a European Starling. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t end well for the starling…
Greetings to the ABA membership!
If any of you have had the opportunity to peruse Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, then you might have seen the short article on the “resurrection” of the ABA’s new Recording Standards and Ethics Committee (or RSEC). It was mentioned in that article that the RSEC would like to [read more...]
Birds are indeed dynamic beasts, and certain species stand out by virtue of their intriguing names. And in some cases the names are more colorful than the birds themselves. What follows is a distinctly subjective take on the most awesome bird names of species from around the globe. Please let us know your favorites and [read more...]
In the market for some new birding optics this holiday season? Help the ABA, and maybe we can help you out too!
Thanks to a generous donation from our friends at Eagle Optics, the ABA is hosting two raffles as part of our year-end fundraising appeal. Donate to the ABA by December 20th, and you’ll [read more...]
It’s hard to get away from Snowy Owl related items. The birds are coming down in numbers in places where there are lots of birders. David Ringer at 10,000 Birds takes a different tack though, explaining why they probably shouldn’t be in the genus Bubo.
And this is a classic morphologist-vs.-systematist problem. Do you trust [read more...]
About this time two years ago, many of us were watching the progress of John Vanderpoel very closely. John’s ABA Area Big Year was coming along nicely, and he was threatening to knock off Sandy Komito’s ABA Area record of 748 (technically 745 +3)*, set back in 1998.
*The first number refers to the number [read more...]
“I never thought conservation would be something I would be interested in until I did the Conservation & Community module of the ABA’s Young Birder of the Year contest. Now I’m really into it!”
The speaker was 2013 Young Birder of the year Eric Hughes. The place was the ABA’s 2nd Mid-Atlantic Young Birder Conference, [read more...]
The early part of this year’s winter has been all about Snowy Owls, and why not? They’re big. They’re flashy. And they’re practically the embodiment of winter. Aside from the owls, the rest of the winter avifauna is MIA this year, not that this was completely unexpected given Ron Pittaway’s thin finch report.
But winter [read more...]
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It’s the end of the year, time for lots of wrap-ups and stock-taking. In a lot of ways, this has been a banner year for the ABA. Membership is up. Awareness is up. And the excitement around the organization [read more...]
With the decrease in size and cost, and the increase in availability and ease-of-use, recording equipment is finding its way into the hands of more and more birders. As Andrew Spencer tells us in the 2013 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing and Taxonomy, this is having a real impact on our understanding of bird [read more...]