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Blog Birding #367

At Surfbirds, Andy Birch has created a primer comparing two tough Chaetura swifts, Chimney and Vaux’s/

Los Angeles is one of the unique locations in the country where both Vaux’s and Chimney Swifts occur with some regularity. Vaux’s is a common spring and fall migrant, often in large numbers, whereas Chimney Swift is a rare [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 15, 2018

June gets an unfair reputation as being a slow month for birding across much of the ABA Area, but 2018 has shown that some exceptional birds can be found in the first month of summer, especially if you’re interested in seeking vagrants. But before we get to that, a quick round up of the notable [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: 2018 Splits and Lumps with Nick Block

Another year, another trip around the world of bird taxonomy courtesy of the American Ornithological Society’s classification committee. That group of bird scientists informs the field guides and lists we birders use every day and they are once again making those decisions presently. As we have before, we lean again on Dr. Nick Block, [read more…]

The TOP 10: World Cup Team Crests Featuring Birds

The World Cup, arguably the biggest sporting event in the world, kicks off this week in Russia. Unfortunately, ABA birders and soccer fans lack an obvious rooting interest as the United States missed out on the tournament for the first time in nearly 30 years and Canada’s sole qualification came in 1986. Fear not though, [read more…]

Blog Birding #366

Want to know what it was like to be on a boat when a bird comes by that should by all accounts be in a completely different ocean? Brian Patteson at Seabirding takes you on the ride.

Around 1140 Peter Flood alerted us to a different petrel flying up the slick toward the boat from [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 8, 2018

Notable ABA Area rarities continuing into this week include the Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, one of the Bahama Mockingbirds (4) that were seen in Florida earlier this spring, and the Tufted Flycatcher (4) in Arizona.

The ABA’s 3rd record of Stygian Owl was a surprise one-day wonder in Monroe, Florida, early in [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Hobby, Oriental Cuckoo, and more – Alaska

The last few days have seen an influx of quality Asian rarities to little St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs. In lieu of handling them all individually, it’s easier to put them all together in one post.

On June 1, a movement of birds including Code 3s Common Cuckoo, Siberian Rubythroat, and Eyebrowed Thrushes was [read more…]

#ABArare – Stygian Owl – Florida

The turn of May and June has been an exceptional time for rarities in the ABA Area. Things are still showing up in Alaska and the Gulf Stream continues to put on its annual show. Barely having recovered from the shock of a wayward Tahiti Petrel in North Carolina, the birding world’s jaws dropped once [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 1, 2018

With migration winding down birders around the continent are settling in for summer. That period of buggy, muggy birding highlighted by the occasional Breeding Bird Survey or documentation of nesting. Thankfully, it only lasts until the end of June when shorebirds begin heading back. Migration never really ends, it only slows.

Notable continuing birds include [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding is My Favorite Video Game with Rosemary Mosco

Photo: Adrianne Mathiowetz

If you’re a naturalist or a nature lover on social media chances are you have come across Bird & Moon, an exceptionally fun series of webcomics filled with colorful and endearing and accurate nature themes. Bird & Moon is the creation of New England-based artist and writer Rosemary Mosco. Her new [read more…]

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