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Rare Bird Alert: March 22, 2019

The continuing rarities in the ABA Area are a familiar group, led by the overwintering Long-legged Buzzard (no code) on St Paul Island, Alaska. California has a pair of east Asian birds still hanging around in the Garganey (ABA Code 4) and a Red-flanked Bluetail (4), and Texas remains the grosbeak capital of the US [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding Means Business in Colombia with John Myers

Birders know the South American nation of Colombia as the most bird-rich country on the planet, but Colombia’s reputation among the general public is unfortunately somewhat more mixed. That is something that the Colombian government and non-profits who work there are trying to fix, as Colombia is heavily playing up its bona fides as a [read more…]

Blog Birding #399

The population of the range-restricted Golden-cheeked Warbler has been increasing in recent years, but the potential loss of its Endangered Species status could incite conflicts with developers. At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty has more.

In 2014, FWS completed a five-year status review, concluding that continuing urbanization and associated habitat destruction and fragmentation still threatened the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 15, 2019

Heading into mid-March, Texas remains the vagrant grosbeak capital of North America with continuing Yellow Grosbeak (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in the state. The recently reported Garganey (4) and the long-staying Red-flanked Bluetail (4) were both seen in California this week, and Florida retains a number of Caribbean vagrants, the most notable of which [read more…]

Blog Birding #399

At Audubon, Hannah Waters explores the wild world of Dark-eyed Junco subspecies.

But they aren’t separate species—at least, not yet. The regional varieties of junco will still mate and interbreed randomly wherever their ranges meet, which means they are all the same species. “It’s probably speciation in action,” says Ellen Ketterson, an Indiana University biologist [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 8, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a trio of great birds still being seen in Texas. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), Yellow Grosbeak (4), and at least one of the Golden-crowned Warblers (4) were seen this week. Florida continues to host a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) and a Thick-billed Vireo (4), and the Red-flanked Bluetail [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Martin Migration Magic with Kevin Fraser

Spring is finally on its way and with it, the promise of returning migratory birds to the United States and Canada. Among the first to arrive every year, and beloved among birders and non-birders alike, is North America’s largest swallow, the Purple Martin. With their chatty and gregarious nature martins have inspired so many people, [read more…]

Blog Birding #398

Kaeli Swift of Corvid Research considers the bird of many names, the Canada Jay.

On May 23rd, 2018 the American Ornithological Society announced that Perisoreus canadensis, the bird formerly known as the gray jay, would be officially recognized as the Canada jay. Although this change felt disruptive to some, for the folks spearheading the campaign, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 1, 2019

Texas continues to lead the way in terms of ABA rarities with continuing Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4), Yellow Grosbeak (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and Blue Bunting (4). The long-staying White-throated Thrush (4) in Arizona was seen at least through the beginning of the week. Both the Thick-billed Vireo (4) in Florida and the Red-flanked [read more…]

Blog Birding #397

Rob Dudley of Feathered Photography shares a neat series of photos of a Rough-legged Hawk’s prey who refused to go down without a fight.

Soon after he turned to his left there was obviously something going on with that feisty vole. The hawk is holding the vole as gingerly as possible with only its talons [read more…]

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