ABA Blog in Review: June 2012
by Nate Swick
June is the quintessential month for nesting birds. The long hours of daylight mean increased activity of the procreative sort, and the heat brings all the bugs and berries out to fill the bellies of a multitude of North America's most spectacular species, and a few of the other ones as well. But lest birders rest on their laurels too much, the southbound train is already loading up and ready to go, as adult shorebirds begin their trek back across the continent scarcely the minute the calander ticks over to summer. Get ready, the marathon of "fall" birding is right around the corner.
But first, a quick look at the ABA Blog's plenty this month:
George Armistead checks in with a list of the 10 best colloquial bird names. I'm partial to 40 cups of soup myself.
President Jeff Gordon checks in and lets us know how the ABA staff is doing in the face of the massive fires in Colorado's front range. So far, so good.
Rick Wright offers a pair of reviews this month, White's A Birdwatching Guide to Brandenburg and Berlin and the intriguing short story, The Lord God Bird, by Tom Gallant.
Exciting ABA rarties for the month include Eurasian Storm-Petrel in North Carolina, Black-tailed Godwit in Texas (also a state first!), and Willow Warbler in Alaska, with state firsts of Western Wood-Pewee in Missouri, Inca Dove in Georgia, and Fea's Petrel in both New York and South Carolina. Topping them all though was the remarkable Eurasian Bittern in Alaska!
Thanks to all our readers and commenters! See you in July!