The week that was happened to be a good one for vagrant hunters. Across the ABA Area birders found notable birds of both quality and quantity. Rarity season in Alaska is ramping up and various overshoots and spring drift migrants are on the menu from coast to coast. This week saw at least four potential [read more…]
Nature documentaries generally come in one of two flavors. They can either take you to the farthest reaches of the planet, introducing you to the bizarre and often other-worldly organisms that can be found there, or they can take you deep into the familiar and share fascinating aspects of species with which we’re more or [read more…]
On May 17, Carl Tomoff discovered an ABA Code 4 Crescent-chested Warbler at Granite Basin Lake in Yavapai County, Arizona, near Prescott. A number of birders were able to find the bird and photos were obtained. While the species has occurred in Arizona before, this is the farthest north record of this Middle American species [read more…]
On the evening of May 14, Rachel Hoogenbos found an ABA Code 4 Little Egret at Daniel’s Head on Cape Sable Island in Nova Scotia. The bird stuck around for at least two days, according to eBird.
Photo by Ronnie D’Entremont, Used with permission
Cape Sable Island is located on the far southern tip [read more…]
Interesting in learning about the inspiration and motivations of the ABA’s new Young Birders of the Year? At The Eyrie Jennie Duberstein shares an interview with Dess Sieburth of California on, among other things, why he took on the challenge of the Young Birder of the Year contest.
I learned a lot from participating in [read more…]
Alaska rarity season is opening with a bang on the Aleutians. On May 14, Barb and Frank Haas found a stunning Hawfinch (ABA Code 4) near the airport ponds on Adak Island.
Photo by Franklin Haas, Used with permission
Hawfinch is a considered a classic drift migrant in the western Aleutians in spring, where [read more…]
We’re in the last stages of spring migration, as the northbound birds travel ever northward and the classic late migrants begin to turn up in the southern tier of the ABA Area. This is a great time for misdirected birds, overshoots, and weather blown vagrants, and the four, count ’em, four potential first records this [read more…]
It’s the Biggest Week in American Birding, and if your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it feels like every birder on the continent is there. Chery Harner of Weedpicker’s Journal checks in from the scene.
The Biggest Week in American Birding is actually about people. We are connecting people to nature and to [read more…]
For 31 years the World Series of Birding, sponsored by New Jersey Audubon, has been the foremost Big Day competition in the world. Teams of birders scour the state of New Jersey, uniquely manageable in size and overloaded with fine birding sites, in a bins-out-no-holds-barred-adrenaline-and-caffeine-fueled 24 hour period to see who can find the most [read more…]
On May 8, 2015, researcher Chris Lituma and a team of field techs working at Lake Scott State Park in Scott County, Kansas, in the western part of the state, found an ABA Code 4 Piratic Flycatcher at the park. Pending acceptance, this is a first record for Kansas and the most northerly record of [read more…]