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Happening NOW: Western Tanagers Invade the Midwest

There are some birds we think of as being inherently prone to irruptive behavior. The winter finches are a famous example, as are Snowy Owls, Rough-legged Hawks, and a handful of other, mostly northern species. Western Tanagers are not one of these species. While prone to vagrancy, the patterns of vagrancy they undergo tend to [read more…]

Happening NOW: Wilson’s Plovers WInging North

As I was packing for an international trip recently, I received a text from the Maryland rare bird alert that almost made me drop my pre-travel plans. At Assateague Island, on the other side of the state, a Wilson’s Plover had just been seen and a short time later a second bird appeared to be [read more…]

Happening NOW: Delaware Bay Shorebirds Provide a Study in Local Status & Distribution

If you live in any close proximity to the Delaware Bay, there is one question that you will see a lot of this time of year on birding and bird photography Facebook pages: where have Red Knots been sighted lately? The short answer, at least for the moment, is “nowhere.” It will be a little [read more…]

Happening NOW: Have You Checked In With Florida Lately?

But, really… Have you? If you’ve been following any of the many Facebook rarity groups, the weekly RBA on this blog, or eBird rarity alerts, you’ve likely noted that for several months now, Florida has been dominating the rarity scene. From the Black-tailed Gull and the just-found Key West Quail-Dove in Volusia County to fascinating, [read more…]

Happening NOW: Alcid Invasion on the East Coast

With Jerald Reb

Several years ago from Ocean City Inlet in Worcester County, Maryland I was standing at the end of a long exposed jetty. It was a bitterly cold and excessively windy day. As I watched, every now and then a few small, black-and-white shapes hurtled out of the surf and shot up the [read more…]

Happening NOW: There’s Something Happening Somewhere; Let’s Talk About That

Right now it’s snowing. That is the quick and easy summation of what is happening now in downtown Baltimore on this chilly, gusty Wednesday afternoon. I haven’t seen a bird yet today, despite spending an inordinate amount of time staring out my living room window into the trees in m

y apartment complex’s courtyard. As [read more…]

Happening NOW: Irruption of Winter Finches Underway

In July, a small, charismatic passerine began arriving at feeders and migrant traps in the mid-Atlantic and southeast—well outside its breeding range. Birding listervs, text groups, eBird rarity alerts, and the like lit up with the news: Red-breasted Nuthatches were on the move. Though it was still mid-summer at the time, this clued birders for [read more…]

Happening NOW: Winter Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead

Those of you who are tuned into the American Birding Podcast will know that my co-Editor Tom Reed and I recently sat down to discuss some of our favorite trends from this Winter-that- was. We had a great time discussing everything from Tufted Ducks to Tufted Flycatchers! If you haven’t yet had a chance to [read more…]

Happening NOW: Sabine’s Gulls and Long-tailed Jaegers on the Move.

For birders across the continent, a significant part of any day in the field is going to involve finding some water. If you’re on the coast, you might be hoping to locate some near-shore migrating shearwaters or an early wave of sea ducks. If you’re further inland, its more likely you’ll be staring at an [read more…]

Happening NOW: Wandering Wood Storks and Spoonbills

For many birders, our first encounter with a Roseate Spoonbill or a Wood Stork occurs during a visit to a hazy, mosquito-filled, wetland on the Gulf Coast. This year however, some of us have been lucky enough to find these charismatic waders far to their north of their typical haunts. It isn’t terribly unusual for [read more…]