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Open Mic: Idaho’s Humbanders and Their Discoveries

At the Mic: Elise Faike

In the early 2000s, Stacy Jon Peterson and Fred Bassett arrived in Idaho within a week of each other and started banding hummingbirds. With several assistants, they explored Idaho’s hummingbird inhabitants throughout the state. I first met them when Stacy accepted an invitation to visit my home in Challis in [read more…]

Blog Birding #342

Need more evidence that a native plant garden is a good investment for birds? Yushi Oguchi, writing at The AOU-COS Pubs Blog, summarizes his recent paper that explains exactly how.

We investigated whether the health status of fall frugivorous Swainson’s Thrushes and the Gray Catbirds differed depending on their use of shrublands dominated by exotic [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 27, 2017

It’s getting cold up in the Bering Sea, but there are still birds around even if most of the birders have long since beaten a retreat from the cold and dark. On Gambell, Alaska, the potential ABA 1st Red-backed Shrike was seen into the beginning of the last week, along with a Gray Wagtail (ABA [read more…]

NOTICE: The ABA’s 2017 Annual Meeting in Harlingen, Texas

The American Birding Association will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium, 1204 Fair Park Blvd, Harlingen, TX 78550 in partnership with our friends at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The meeting will include an update on our efforts to save Santa Ana [read more…]

“Almost _______________”

In an article in the October 2017 Birding, Luke Maillefer tells the story of a trip that didn’t quite get to its intended destination. Luke and several high school classmates had been selected for the trip of a lifetime: Antarctica! But a medical emergency arose en route, and the students and mentors couldn’t make it [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Greenshank – New Jersey

On October 23, Sam Galick and Virginia Rettig discovered and photographed an ABA Code 3 Common Greenshank at the Brigantine Division of the Forsyth NWR in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for New Jersey and one of only a few records for the Atlantic coast of this widespread Eurasian [read more…]

Blog Birding #341

The inclusion of Hawaii in the ABA Area has led to discussion of other potential additions, including Puerto Rico. Jason Crotty, writing at 10,000 Birds, has more.

Both territories were declared disasterareas by the president and numerous agencies of the federal government eventually lurched into action. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is managing the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 20, 2017

The list of continuing ABA Area rarities has nearly faded into nothing, but this week sees the triumpgant return of a bird many probably though had moved on. The Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) in Arizona has been hanging around, unbothered by birders who have mostly stopped chasing it, an was seen again this past [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birds and the Farm Bill with Amanda Rodewald

When birders think about the Farm Bill they might be forgiven for thinking immediately about corn and soybeans. But the Farm Bill is more than an agricultural omnibus, it also funds projects that provide important habitat for more than 100 species of birds and is the largest source of funding for habitat conservation on private [read more…]

A Bird List with Pictures: Why?

A review by Rick Wright

HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, by Josep del Hoyo and Nigel J. Collar

Lynx Edicions, 2014-2016

2 volumes, 1916 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books HBWCSET

In their preliminary remarks to this tally of all the world’s birds, the authors take the [read more…]

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    At the mic: Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He is a member of the Pasadena Audubon Young Birder’s Club and Western Field Ornithologists. Dessi enjoys birding in his home county of Los Angeles. Last summer, Dessi attended Camp Colorado, […]
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    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]

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