I missed last month's roundup because I was out of the country and unable to get to the internet, but that's only a small setback as we're back into it for February. It was the shortest month, but still one of the best we've had here at the ABA Blog.
There was some big news this week, however, as the ABA Blog collected its 1,000,000th pageview. We've been live for just over two years now and we're really surprised and happy at how well this thing has taken off. That's largely thanks to all the great contributions and discussions
we've been able to have here, so thanks to all of you for that.
As is the fashion in these end of the month posts, here's a quick collection of the things you may have missed had you popped in here and there, all in one place for your convenience.
First things first though, the January/February issue of Birding went to press and out to the members this week, and we saw a lot of supplemental content here at the blog including a three part photo quiz discussion, more on the issue's cover including Jeff Gordon's interview with Bird of the Year artist Andrew Guttenberg, a great conversation about young birder clubs, new information on Song Sparrow vocalizations, and Ted Floyd's explanation of why we publish what we publish.
Big Year guru Lynn Barber transitions from her record-breaking South Dakota year to a Big Year on a smaller scale, but puts that on hold to do a bit of traveling.
Birding editor Ted Floyd welcomes - well, maybe not quite welcomes - the arrival of the Purple Swamphen to the ABA checklist, for better or for worse.
President Jeff Gordon is heading to the Point Reyes Bird Festival. Will you be there?
Ann Nightingale considers British Columbia's controversial plan to cull Barred Owls, and attempts to use Google to identify birds with mixed success.
Winging It editor Michael Retter asks what you'd count and what you wouldn't.
Bill Schmocker urges everyone to get their windows ready for high quality feeder photography, and shares a few images from the recent ABA Albuquerque rally.
We hosted some amazing guests posts this month as well, including Catherine Hamilton's insightful piece on a potential new field mark for differentiating peeps and stints.
Robert Baumander shared his story of becoming a birder by participating in a Big Year.
David Wimpfeimer memorializes Central Park's birding matriarch Starr Saphir, who died this month.
And Chris McCreedy makes a case for eliminating playback from our birding repertoire.
#ABArare saw less than brisk business this month, but notable birds include a first Northern Lapwing in Georgia and a Crimson-collared Grosbeak in Texas.
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