Birders in North America are no doubt ready for the return of spring following a winter that was overlong and overcold. But in the past couple weeks, the birds have begun to return, spirits are rising with the temperature, and it’s impossible not to be excited about a new season and the birds on the [read more...]
Richard Crossley says don’t worry about bird ID. At least that’s what he told Laura Kammermeier in an interview on the Nature Travel Network.
In our 35-minute interview, he explains how we’ve been going about it all wrong in the United States when it comes to bird identification. Drawing on common-sense principles and the scientific [read more...]
Another week, another redstart. This morning (4/19), Steve Collins found an ABA Code 4 Slate-throated Redstart in Plains, Texas, in Yoakum County in the far western part of the state. There are four previous records of the species from Texas, though this is by far the northernmost on the state and possibly the northernmost occurrence [read more...]
This week may be the birdiest one yet for 2014, at least as far as vagrants are concerned. Notable birds were seen in all corners of the ABA Area this week, helped along by strange weather and the overwhelming urge to move.
Our friends at Cornell’s Birdcast (and you really should be reading Birdcast this [read more...]
On 4/9, Rob Fergus discovered an unusual cormorant in a retention pond in Clinton, Hunterson County, New Jersey. Fergus identified the bird as a Neotropic Cormorant, and after a bit of discussion consensus gathered on that being the correct identification. This would be a first state record for New Jersey.
Photo by Ellen DeCarlo, [read more...]
The ABA is excited to announce the publication to two new state-based bird books, published by Scott & Nix, and authored by two current ABA staffers, who just happen to be contributors to the ABA Blog as well.
Rick Wright handles the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey, which will be [read more...]
On April 10, an unidentified couple found an ABA Code 4 Slate-throated Redstart at Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona. The bird was subsequently refound and photographed by Mary Dineen. The bird has not been refound since then but may still be present.
photo by Mary Dineen, used with permission
Barfoot [read more...]
Over at Leica’s Traveling Trinovid blog, John Sterling discusses the bizarre dead-leafing behavior that many warbler employ as they forage.
In North America, we have dead-leafing Bewick’s and Carolina wrens, but also four warbler species that are dead-leafing specialists only during the winter: Orange-crowned, Blue-winged, Golden-winged and Worm-eating. In 1988 I collected foraging behavior data [read more...]
When it rains it pours in early spring, it seems. Not just in the flood of year firsts returning to North America from parts south, but also in the number and scope of rarities in the ABA Area. Two states pick up first records this week – sure it’s nothing like the streak we saw [read more...]
On the evening of 4/9, Roger Muskat discovered an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper in Solano County, California. The bird was found again the next day early in the morning, but has proven to be intermittent, finally showing again on the evening of 4/10. This is the second record for California and only the second [read more...]