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Townsend’s Lark-Bunting

In the early part of the 19th Century, the great wide west of North America was still a book whose pages were still unwritten to the builders of the young nation pressed up against the eastern seaboard. Dozens of expeditions were launched to fill in those empty spaces with information – reports of economic potential, [read more…]

#ABArare – Berylline Hummingbird, Plain-capped Starthroat – Arizona

On May 21, an ABA Code 4 Berylline Hummigbird was observed coming to a feeder in Santa Rita Lodge in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, by a tour group led by Barry Zimmer that was staking out a Code 4 Plain-capped Starthroat that had been first discovered the day before.

Photo: Andy Benson

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Blog Birding #275

The Two-Bird Theory has seen wide adoption in recent years, but Steve Tucker of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds has another idea to share, the One Bird Theory.

The one bird theory is simple, though a bit cumbersome to explain. If a Ruff is seen in Oregon one day, and another Ruff is seen in Washington [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 20, 2016

Migration is reaching its end. Continuing ABA Area rarities are drying up. You might be forgiven in thinking that the party is slowing down as the summer approaches and breeding commences for most North American birds. But you would be mistaken, friends, because spring vagrant season is not over until Alaska has something to say [read more…]

2016 State of the Birds Calls for Continent-wide Commitment to Bird Conservation

The American Birding Association is proud to be a member of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Committee, which today published The State of North America’s Birds 2016, a comprehensive report that, for the first time, assesses the conservation status of all bird species that occur in three nations, Canada, the continental United States [read more…]

ABA Area Big Years In Progress: May 2016 Update

We’re about 6 weeks shy of the halfway point of 2016, and three birders are making significant efforts towards putting together an ABA Area Big Year that could topple Neil Hayward’s record of 749, set in 2013. All three birders have no doubt been buoyed by an impressive year in which a great number of [read more…]

Blog Birding #274

It’s spring in New Jersey, and though Cape May gets much of the accolades, there are other parts of the Garden State worth exploring, as Don Freiday of Freiday Bird Blog shares.

Everybody knows I love Cape May, but from early May through early June there is place that eclipses the Cape May birding mecca. [read more…]

Where to Watch the 2016 World Series (of Birding)

By the time this post is published, teams of birders have been birding hard for 8 hours in the state of New Jersey, going for glory (or whatever passes for glory in the birding world) in the 32nd World Series of Birding. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon, the WSOB is the among the foremost Big [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 13, 2016

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area continue to thin out. Most of the remaining ones are very long-staying individuals that are fair bets to stick out the rest of the summer where they are. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is probably an exception, even though it has persisted through the week. The [read more…]

ICYMI: On Spring and the Warbler Obsession

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 6 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one I wrote a couple years back about [read more…]

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