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Rare Bird Alert: July 31, 2015

Summer birding is truly a strange time in North America. The weather is uncomfortable, the bugs are out, the birds are ratty and everyone is chomping at the bit for shorebird season to heat up. But still, late July can offer some surprises for those willing to brave the elements, often in the form of [read more…]

Confirmation of a New Nesting Site for Black-capped Petrel

For pelagic birders on the east coast, it doesn’t get much better than a Black-capped Petrel in a breeze. Like all Pterodromas, they cruise on the wind like a fine Italian sportscar on a mountain road, effortlessly and with breathtaking abandon. For decades the only known nest sites of this charismatic seabird were in patches [read more…]

The How and Why of Urban Cooper’s Hawks

It sounds strange to say that Cooper’s Hawks were once relatively unusual in urban and suburban settings. The dashing raptors are ubiquitous now, even in the most developed landscapes, and this population boom is certainly inverse to the fairings of so many other North American native birds. Why, then, does this species thrive in places [read more…]

Blog Birding #236

At The Eyrie, Steve N.G. Howell starts what looks to be a great series on the how and why of a field notebook.

Young birders (YBs) are sponges that absorb all sorts of information, ask questions, and never seem to tire out – although they can certainly exhaust the adults who work with them! I’ve [read more…]

Island Birds and Dark Plumage, Unknown Links Revealed

Birders who have traveled to the islands of the Caribbean and the Galapagos in the New World are likely aware that some of the endemic species there, namely bullfinches and the famous “Galapagos” finches, are a decidedly dusky hue compared to birds on the mainland. This characteristic bears out in a number of island specific [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 24, 2015

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a handful of bird in southeast Arizona. The Flame-colored Tanagers (ABA Code 4) and Tufted Flycatchers (5) are still hanging tight at Ramsey Canyon, even if finding them is more difficult now. A Plain-capped Starthroat (4) continues in the Chiricahuas as well.

The Little Egret (4) tally has [read more…]

#ABArare – Collared Plover – Texas

Here we go again. On July 21, Pat Heirs found an ABA Code 5 Collared Plover at Hargill Playa in Hidalgo County, Texas. This would be the 3rd record for the ABA Area. Remarkably, this is precisely the same spot that the ABA Area’s 2nd record Collared Plover was found 11 months and 3 weeks [read more…]

Blog Birding #235

We all know the recuperative power birding can have, even if it’s a small experience that can turn a bad day into a good one. At eBird, Kelley Nunn and Robin Huff share some wonderful stories about how their own interest in birding, and eBirding, has kept them going through difficult time.

The neurologist I [read more…]

Two Days Left to Get Your ABA 2015 Bird of the Year T-shirt!

The time to place your order for the 2015 Bird of the Year Limited Edition T-shirt featuring the Green Heron and designed by Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden of PRBY Apparel is coming to a close. In fact, you only have until TOMORROW July 19 to place an order! So don’t delay! Get one here!

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Rare Bird Alert: July 17, 2015

Sad news from Arizona, where the nesting attempt by the continuing Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) has failed. The birds still continue in the same area, even if they’re not quite as reliable now. Little Egrets (4) continue also in the northeast, with two birds still present into the last week, one in Maine and [read more…]

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  • Steve Arena, in The ABA Needs Your NWR Birding Photos!... { Female Least Bittern wing flicking while hunting; https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/19421400216/in/photostream/ Photographed 05 July 2015, GMNWR, Concord Impoundments, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Male Least Bittern in flight https://www.flickr.com/photos/pokedaddy/18801591562/in/album-72157629831020551/... }
  • Amy K, in Rare Bird Alert: July 24, 2015... { Just one BBWD in Indiana, not a pair }
  • Nathan Hentze, in The How and Why of Urban Cooper's Hawks... { A different look at urban Cooper's Hawks, this time in Vancouver BC and focusing on toxicology, found what is being touted as the most polluted... }
  • Rick Wright, in The How and Why of Urban Cooper's Hawks... { I'll be interested to see how the results complement and compare with this 12-year study conducted in urban Tucson: http://ag.arizona.edu/~steidl/files/pdfs/Mannan%20et%20al.%202008%20Urban%20Ecosystems.pdf }
  • Lynn, in Considering Killdeers and Collared Doves... { Just now - a Rufous Hummingbird at my flowers on my Anchorage porch! A non-rare rarity, I guess. }
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  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 5 of 5. July 30, 2015 5:14
    Recognizing that there are no such things as right and wrong, here are some thoughts for what you might include in your field journal (and field notebook!). But remember, it’s your field journal so you can do what you want. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 4 of 5. July 29, 2015 3:51
    Fact: Careful observations and sketches help you really learn birds. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 3 of 5. July 28, 2015 3:44
    It’s all very well showing some of my notes from recent years (Part 2), when I’m an experienced birder, but what did my notes look like when I was a teenager? It’s pretty clear, however, that I wouldn’t have come close to winning any Young Birder of the Year field notebook competition! […]

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