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Rare Bird Alert: August 17, 2018

Little Egret (ABA Code 4) can still be seen in Maine and Rhode Island this week, and the Nazca Booby (4) in Ventura County, California, was seen this week, rounding out the continuing noteworthy ABA rarities this week.

Offshore birding in Massachusetts was about as good as it can get, as at least two Barolo [read more…]

Join the ABA in Thailand for Photography and Birding!

The American Birding Association, in partnership with Tropical Birding Tours, invites you to join the ABA Thailand ‘Birding with a Camera’ Tour. Thailand is one of the finest birding destinations on Earth and holds some of Asia’s coolest looking birds: glittering pheasants, gargantuan hornbills, luminous leafbirds, vivid sunbirds, and languid laughing-thrushes. This trip explores the [read more…]

ABA Checklist Committee adds Four More Species to ABA Checklist

In recent weeks, members of the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) have added four additional species to the ABA Checklist. Three are vagrants from the Old World–Pied Wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka), Mistle Thrush (Turdus viscivorus), and Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio). The fourth is a vagrant species from Middle America, Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga),

Full accounts for [read more…]

Blog Birding #375

Birdchick, aka Sharon Stiteler, writes that the first step towards a life in birding is as simple as noticing birds.

Over the years as all sorts of passions have come about, it feels like we share our passions. Though I may not get why my adult friends are obsessed with going Disney World every [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 10, 2018

Noteworthy continuing birders in the ABA Area have a decidedly “little” theme, with both Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine and Little Stint (4) in Massachusetts making appearances. The Zenaida Dove (5) is still being reported at the dove watering spot southwest of Miami.

The doldrums of July are over in a huge way [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding While Black with Drew Lanham

One of the issues that the birding community has been reckoning with for the last several years is our relative lack of diversity, at least in terms of black and brown faces in the field, and how we can encourage a broader coalition of nature enthusiasts to join us and to share the joy [read more…]

#ABArare – Great Black Hawk – Maine

2018 has certainly not wanted for unbelievable bird records. August brings us yet another mind-blower when a raptor discovered and photographed on August 6 in York County, Maine, turned out to be a young Great Black Hawk. The ABA’s 1st record (still pending) of this widespread Neotropical species was discovered on South Padre Island, Texas, [read more…]

Blog Birding #374

We don’t always think of woodpeckers as a troublesome taxonomic family, but at Avian Hybrids, Jente Ottenburghs suggests that maybe we should.

Let’s start in North America. Here, you can find one of the best studied avian hybrid zones, namely the one between red-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) and yellow-shafted flicker (C. a. auratus). The [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 3, 2018

The same birds continue this week as the last couple weeks. Little Egrets (ABA Code 4) are still being seen in Maine and Newfoundland, and the Zenaida Dove can still be found in Florida, though it can be tough.

It’s definitely “stint season” in the ABA Area now, as an apparent Little Stint (4) was [read more…]

#ABArare – Townsend’s Storm-Petrel – California

On July 29, a boat out of San Diego, California, had an ABA Code 3 Townsend’s Storm-Petrel among the more expected pelagic species. Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was one of the Pacific Ocean subspecies of Leach’s Storm-Petrel split from that species in 2016.

Photo: Gary Nunn via Macaulay Library (S47550174)

Until 2016, Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was considered [read more…]

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