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Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2019

Many noteworthy ABA Area rarities look like they’re sticking it in for the summer, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, Red-footed Booby (4) in California , and Falcated Duck (4) in Alaska. Little Egrets (4) are still being seen in Maine, and the Common Crane (4) i northern Arizona is also evidently [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Letters from Bird Camp with Jennie Duberstein & Robert Buckert

The ABA’s summer camps have long been an avenue for young birders to take in some excellent birding opportunities, to network with other young birders, and to learn about career opportunities in birding and ornithology. So many young people who have gone on to become influential in our community have come through ABA camps and [read more…]

2019 Duck Stamps Available NOW through the ABA Store

For the last few years, we at the ABA made the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, known far and wide as the Duck Stamp, available through our own store. We hoped this would give birders an opportunity to vote, as it were, for how they want their voices to be heard as consumers of [read more…]

Blog Birding #409

Duck genetics are a real mess, as any park pond will quickly make clear, and even birds we consider to be “good” species are closer than we imagine, as Jente Ottenburghs at Avian Hybrids explains.

Philip Lavrestsky and his colleagues sequenced the DNA of five members from the Mallard complex that occur in North America: [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 5, 2019

This past June was recently designated as the warmest ever in recorded history. This past month also had an extraordinary irruption of southern species into northern parts of the ABA Area. It probably oversimplifies the mechanisms that lead to bird vagrancy to lay that entirely at the feet of climate change, but the two phenomena [read more…]

Blog Birding #408

What’s the deal with feeding jelly to birds? Is it harmful? Laura Erickson has the answers.

In 2004, when I had exceptionally high numbers of orioles, Cape May Warblers, and catbirds coming to my grape jelly, people were finding dead orioles and warblers in the woods—there simply wasn’t enough natural food to support the large [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 28, 2019

Attendees of the annual American Ornithological Society conference, held this year in Anchorage, Alaska, have been appreciating the continuing Falcated Duck (ABA Code 4) in Alaska. The Slate-throated Redstart (4) in Texas and one or more Little Egrets (4) in Maine also continue into the past week. Both the Zenaida Dove (5) in Florida and [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Bird Collision Basics with Heidi Trudell

Birders love to watch the birds at their feeders from the comfort of their own home, but those windows we depend on can cause quite a few problems for birds, something that Heidi Trudell is all too aware of. She is the creator of the Facebook group Dead Birds for Science and the website Just [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 21, 2019

There are a number of familiar continuing birds in the ABA Area as we head into the longest days of the years. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas is still hanging around, as is a Red-footed Booby (4) in California, Falcated Duck (4) in Alaska, and Common Crane (4) in Arizona In the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 14, 2019

COntinuing rare birds in the ABA Area include that long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, as well as a more or less regular Red-footed Booby (4) in California. The Falcated Duck (4) near Anchorage, Alaska, is still being seen this week, as is the Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Little Egret (4) [read more…]