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Presenting the ABA Nighthawk


This image has been kicking around on the ABA’s Facebook profilesfor the last week, but it certainly deserves wider exposure.  Soon after Bird of the Year coordinator Robert Mortensen released his really fun announcement video, he put his photoshopping skills to good use to create a Richard Crossley-style field guide plate acting as the 2013’s BOY, the Common Nighthawk.

The result, a moment of true birding brilliance.

CONI Mortenson


As you can see, we’re pretty excited about the Common Nighthawk here at the ABA, and we hope you are too.

Just like last year, we’ll shortly be announcing the start of a Multimedia Art Contest wherein you can send us your most creative Common Nighthawk photos, artwork, songs, poetry and prose.  But take note, our Bird of the Year coordinator has set the bar very high, indeed.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. He is also the author of Birding for the Curious. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
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    Jeff Gordon gets credit for the idea of the Crossley-style plate of the Nighthawk dude. We do get carried away sometimes in our excitement for the ABA Bird of the Year!

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