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Blog Birding #262

There may still be militants occupying Malheur’s headquarters, but the rest of the refuge is open, and Steven Shunk at Nature Travel Network thinks you should get out there.

It’s still a little frigid in the basin, and more snow will fall. Frenchglen and other remote outposts will be quiet for several more weeks, but [read more…]

#ABArare – White-throated Thrush – Texas

On February 5, multiple observers reported an ABA Code 4 White-throated Thrush at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo County, Texas. Interestingly, a White-throated Thrush was found at Estero almost exactly one year ago, on February 6, 2015.

Photo: Ben Horstmann

Estero Llano Grande is located just south of Weslaco, Texas. From Hwy [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 5, 2016

The suite of continuing rare birds in the ABA Area is mostly unchanged into February, though many of the following were seen only into last weekend and may have moved one. The Brambling (ABA Code 3) in Ohio remains through the week, as does the Northern Jacana (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) [read more…]

ABA Big Year Membership Drive: January Winner and February Prize

Congratulations to Corey Finger of Queens, New York! He’s the recipient of a selection of birding books from Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt for signing up the most new members in the month of January! Birders who hang around on the internet may know Corey as the proprietor of 10,000 Birds, one of the internet’s most popular bird blog. [read more…]

#ABArare – Blue Bunting – Texas

On January 31, Stephanie Bilodeau and Justin LeClaire found an adult male ABA Code 4 Blue Bunting at Frontera Audubon Center in Weslaco, Texas. The bird has been fairly reliable, if furtive, since its discovery, and has been seen every day since. While Blue Bunting has been reported in south Texas this year, this is [read more…]

Blog Birding #261

The origin of North America’s burgeoning population of Lesser Black-backed Gulls is still something of a mystery, but the confirmation of individuals returning to the same place every year, as Amar Ayyash reports at Anything Larus, is pretty exciting.

Last winter, Michael Brothers and Jay Barry from the Marine Science Lab began banding Lesser Black-backed [read more…]

Scenes from the American Birding Expo

The ABA was proud to play a part in the inaugural American Birding Expo in Columbus, Ohio, last fall. Plans are already in place for the 2016 version, and hopes are high that it will be bigger and better the next time around. For an insider’s view of American Birding Expo, check out this video [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 29, 2015

The last week in weather, at least in the east, was dominated winter storm “Jonas”, one of the strongest recorded winter weather systems to hit the Mid-Atlantic. The fallout from the storm likely kept quite a few birders close to home for a few days at the beginning of the week. As such, there reports [read more…]

2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

It’s time, once again, for split and lump season, or at least the first part of the long prelude to changes to your lists. The first document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, is out, containing the first 11 proposals that [read more…]

Blog Birding #260

Noah Strycker’s global Big Year was remarkable for a lot of reasons, part of it being that he eBirded the whole thing.

eBird was a key player in my Big Year. I used it to plan ahead, to connect with other birders, and to keep track of and share sightings. Many of us are used [read more…]

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