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Rare Bird Alert: May 26, 2017

It’s that time of year where the eyes of the rarity-seekers turn away from the southern tier of the ABA Area and look towards Alaska, and strong west winds across the Bering Sea this week mean that the birding did not disappoint there. But before all that, a look at the continuing notables in the [read more…]

#ABArare – European Storm-Petrel, Fea’s Petrel – North Carolina

Now is the time of year where the rarity focus turns towards western Alaska and the Gulf Stream, where late May is peak time for exciting vagrants. Brian Patteson and his Seabirding crew have just started their “Spring Blitz”, two weeks work of consecutive trips to the Gulf Stream out of Hatteras, North Carolina. Early [read more…]

Blog Birding #321

Connecticut Warblers are skulky in the best of times, and a real treat to see. That evasiveness and novelty makes the news about their extraordinary fall migration all the more amazing. Emily McKinnon at Movement Ecology of Animals discovered this unexpected migration and writes about it.

I think there are a lot of reasons, actually. [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Swift – Newfoundland

On the evening of Saturday, May 19, Ian Jones and Jeannine Winkel discovered an ABA Code 5 Common Swift at Quidi Vidi Lake in St, John’s Newfoundland. This is only the 7th record of the species in the ABA Area, and the second in as many years in Newfoundland.

Photo: Blair Fleming/Macaulay Library (S37036802)

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Rare Bird Alert: May 19, 2017

We head into the tail end of spring migration, and across much of the continent we’re seeing the slow start catch up with a vengeance. Elsewhere, birds are going about nesting, including vagrants in Arizona that look like they are going to be sticking around awhile. The nesting Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) are joined [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: LIVE from The Biggest Week – The Good Birders Panel

The newest episode of the American Birding Podcast is ready to go!

The ABA was once again excited to have a presence at The Biggest Week in American Birding in northwest Ohio in 2017. At this year’s festival, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt editor Lisa White and ABA President Jeffrey Gordon hosted a keynote panel featuring contributors [read more…]

Note from The Biggest Week

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Biggest Week in American Birding for the first time as a representative of the ABA. There are a number of high profile birding festivals in the ABA Area and they are all extraordinary for their own reasons, but there’s something about The Biggest Week that is [read more…]

Blog Birding #320

At A Symphony of Feathers, Devin Griffiths explores the joys and concerns inherent in sharing a world with birds.

If you’ve been following along at all, you’ve discovered that I spend a lot of time with birds. I get out with them whenever I can, even if that means just sitting on the patio and [read more…]

#ABArare – Bahama Woodstar – Florida

More from Florida, which has to be reaching rare bird saturation at some point. On May 14, Mitchell Harris found a likely female-type ABA Code 5 Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock Sanctuary in Brevard, Florida.

Photos from back of camera: Mitchell Harris

Maritime Hammock is near the town of Melbourne, Florida, on the sea side [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 12, 2017

The jet stream across North America in the last week has taken a strange, unseasonal, turn, plunging south into the eastern half of the continent and arresting migration east of the Mississippi River. Thankfully that looks to be breaking, and migrants are pushing northward and filling listerv reports from sea to sea.

Continuing notables in [read more…]

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