ABA Blog in Review: April 2012
by Nate Swick
April is arguably the most exciting month for birding in North America. After a long, cold (less so, this year) winter the eventual return of so many of our breeding birds and the enthusiastic burst of birdsong that greets the ever longer days. April gets it going and May finishes it off, which fortunately places most of us smack in the middle of the fun right now.
But before we get too excited about the next couple weeks, here's a quick reminded of what you likely saw here at the ABA Blog.
But that's not all, the Mic was wide open this month with ABA members and friends posting on a variety of topics. From the announcement of a unique high Arctic bird festival (from Tormod Amundson) to an opportunity for ocean-goers to contribute to citizen science (from Diana Doyle).
And last, an entertaining piece from Zac Loman offering condolences and opportunities for birders moving bird and birder-rich locales to less renowned parts of the continent.
Big news here at the ABA, with the addition of George Armistead and Nancy Hawley to the staff!
Lynn Barber keeps on keeping on with her South Dakota Big Year, sharing an amazing Sandhill Crane experience.
Blake Mathys tries to get to the bottom of the difficulty many birders have with identification by ear.
Bill Schmoker shares a couple birding tech breakthroughs, a portable directional microphone that attaches to your smartphone and the long-awaited app that facilitates eBird submission from the field.
And the rare birds of note of the month include Western Spindalis in Florida, Lesser Goldfinch in Pennsylvania, Ferruginous Hawk in Kentucky, Elaenia sp in Illinois, Tropical Mockingbird in Texas, Bahama Mockingbird in Florida, and Northern Gannet in California.
Thanks for your support! And we'll see you in May, maybe at The Biggest Week?