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Rare Bird Alert: February 16, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities are once again headlined by the Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, where the homeowners hosting the bird have been diligently recording its presence every day since its first arrival. In Texas, continuing Blue Bunting (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Tamaulipas Crow (4) provide an intriguing trio for would be listers. Both Streak-backed [read more…]

Blog Birding #353

News about Hawaiian birds always seems to be good news mixed with bad. Mark Devokaitis at All About Birds shares the latest on Iiwi and Alala.

The Iiwi is under siege on several fronts. Avian malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes, is killing the birds outright. Warmer temperatures have allowed mosquitoes to move to higher elevations on [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Gull – California

On February 11, 2018, Lucas Brug found and photographed an adult Black-tailed Gull (ABA Code 4) at Crescent City in Del Norte County, California.

Crescent City is in far northern California. The closest major city is Portland, Oregon, about 330 miles to the north. San Francisco is 350 miles to the south. The bird [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 9, 2018

The most surprising thing about the second month of this year is the fact that so many of the best birds of the end of 2017 are still around, and now with spring not too far away and the return of some of our early migrants to the southern part of the ABA Area only [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: More than Birds with Jody Allair & Frank Izaguirre

One of the major birding trends of the 21st Century has been a move away from a sole interest in birds. This is facilitated by an ever increasing library of field guides to various taxa, smartphone apps that make it easier than ever to identify and catalog the things we see, and a general [read more…]

Blog Birding #352

 

Birders know that National Wildlife Refuges are among the finest places for birding in the US. At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty offers his opinion on the 25 best.

Trying to choose the “best” refuges for birding is a fool’s errand, as everyone’s criteria are different. Some are great for a specific bird, others for [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: February 2, 2018

As has the the case for much of this early year, the week in rarities was a little light. There are some high quality birds continuing into this week, once again headlined by the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, now into its third month among the Mountain Ash trees of Miramichi. Not far [read more…]

Support the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears at Champions of the Flyway

Champions of the Flyway, held annually in southern Israel has quickly become one the world’s premiere bird races, with teams from around the world racing for 24 hours to come up with the biggest list along the migration highway that is the eastern Mediterranean. And more, the event doubles as a fundraiser for Birdlife International’s [read more…]

2017 Big Years: A Roundup

While the 2017 Big Year landscape lacked the wall-to-wall excitement of the year before, with no less than four birders breaking the previous record, many birders in the United States and Canada set notable milestones in both the ABA Area as a whole and their own states and provinces. And while the continental Big Year [read more…]

Blog Birding #352

Like birds? Like word games? You’ll love Nick Lund of The Birdist as he renames birds based on their anagrams. Welcome Dork Net!

We know there are a lot of birds with names that are…less than optimal. The Red-bellied Woodpecker barely has a red belly. The least evident part of the Orange-crowned Warbler is its [read more…]

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