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ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist

The ABA Checklist Committee (hereafter, CLC) recently voted 8–0 to accept the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to the ABA Checklist as a natural vagrant. As is well known, the wood-rail was observed by hundreds of observers at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico, 7–18 July 2013.

photo by Jeff Gordon

In October 2014, [read more…]

#ABArare – Rufous-necked Wood-Rail – New Mexico UPDATED

A Rufous-necked Wood-Rail has been reported from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (fee) near San Antonio, New Mexico. Matt Daw obtained video of this bird in the morning of July 7 when it walked through the frame as he was videoing a Least Bittern. It was about 25 meters past the “1” sign on [read more…]

Meet Matt Daw, the Guy Who Found the New Mexico Rufous-necked Wood-Rail

Matt Daw at Bosque del Apache on July 7, 2013, a day he won't soon forget! Photo ©Jeffrey A. Gordon

Word has been spreading quickly of a truly remarkable birding event: Matt Daw's discovery of a Rufous-necked Wood-Rail at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. Whatever the official [read more…]

Chiffchaffs and Wood-rails and Demoiselle Cranes, Oh My!

If you’re an ABA member, life is good. Even though many organizations are cutting way back on traditional print publications, the ABA is offering more full-color print periodical content than ever before. We’re expanding online, enthusiastically and unapologetically so. Here at the ABA, it’s have your cake and eat it too.

A substantial chunk of [read more…]

The Stars at Night, a Wood-Rail in verse

The Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, immortalized in verse by Tom Crawford [read more…]

2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 2

Here it is, the next batch of proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. We’re doing something a little different this time, as the second batch of proposals for 2016 refers almost entirely to species that are not found in the ABA Area, so [read more…]

The ABA Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

It’s not too late to do end of the year countdowns, right? I sure hope not. I want to publicly thank all of those tho contributed to the blog this year, from regular contributors to guest writers to those who work behind the scenes keeping the whole thing functioning.

The following are the 10 most [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 27, 2014

Happy Holidays birders, and thanks for the extra day to put this post together. Thursday holidays are always a real drag. This is the last weekly rarity roundup of 2014, and while this year hasn’t seen the mind-blowing vagrants of 2013 (no Rufous-necked Wood-Rail equivalent this year), it was a pretty exciting 12 months. George [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 31, 2014

Once again winter weather ruled the eastern side of the ABA Area, but despite that, birders still got out in the field and found a good number of noteworthy birds. Dry conditions persisted in the western U.S., and Alaska experienced unseasonably warm weather. And in North Carolina, Nate had some family obligations, so I’m filling [read more…]

Neil Hayward Gunning for ABA Big Year Record

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…]

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