As we sit on the cusp of rarity season, the possibilities seem endless. Late October into November has historically been a very good time to look for unusual birds, and while the floodgates have yet to open completely, a few interesting and notable sightings have the birding community, coast to coast, ready for more.
We’ll [read more...]
Young birder camps aren’t just great opportunities for the campers, but the interns have a story to tell too. At The Eyrie, Mike Hudson writes about his experiences at Camp Avocet.
Aside from being able to bird every waking hour, I also had the privilege to be guiding alongside the other instructors, which is not [read more...]
The LSU Peru Big Day team has broken the world record for the most species observed in a single day! Their total of 354 ABA-countable species breaks the previous record by Robinson and Parker set in 1982 (as well as a non-ABA-recognized total of 342 set in Kenya). Below is a report on their effort [read more...]
We continue the run for 1st records this week, and while it’s nothing like the streak we enjoyed this time last year, it’s not so bad. Though it seems that a couple of our firsts this week are the victims of odd circumstances rather than straight ahead, unequivocal, uncontroversial first records.
On the uncontroversial front, [read more...]
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The September-October turnaround is reportedly a great time for birding in western Alaska, and St. Paul Island, that little speck of volcanic rock out in the middle of the Bering Sea is a particularly good place to do it.In the past few years, drool-worthy ABA Area rarities like Pine Bunting, Fork-tailed Swift, and an ABA [read more...]
Perhaps no topic of discussion among ABA areas is more likely to turn birder against birder than the inclusion of Hawaii into the ABA Area. At Pittsburgh Birding Life, Aidan Place makes his case against adding Hawaii.
The most credible pro-Hawaii argument in my eyes, is that adding Hawaii would draw attention to the plight [read more...]
The state of New Jersey does not want for great places to bird. From north to south (maybe especially south), the state has a birding pedigree far out of proportion with its small size. One of those great locations is undoubtedly Sandy Hook, the spit of stand that sticks out into New York Bay. Most [read more...]
A remarkable 5 first records grace this week’s Rare Bird Alert report. First generally come in two categories, those that are expected (however unlikely) and those that arrive completely out of left field. We had both in the last seven days, but perhaps the greatest expression of the latter was the incredible Alaska first Wood [read more...]
It’s the season for massive congregations of swifts descending into old industrial smokestacks across much of the ABA Area. Hipster Birders Nick and Maureen enjoy the sight of Vaux’s Swifts in Oregon.
Afterward, we stayed in the Portland metro area. The occasion was our wanting to witness a truly spectacular avian spectacle: an incredible number [read more...]