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Rare Bird Alert: August 23, 2019

A number of continuing rare birds can be found into this week in the ABA Area, including the long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in west Texas. Arizona boasts a pair of continuing hummingbirds in a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and a Plain-capped Starthroat (4), in addition to the continuing Common Crane (4) in the northern [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding the Rock

Located in the northeast corner of the ABA Area, the island of Newfoundland is known for its incredible rarity pedigree. But there’s far more to this beautiful place than European vagrants. The city of St. John’s is a gateway to unbelievable nature experiences, from seabird colonies containing thousands upon thousands of charismatic Atlantic Puffins and [read more…]

Blog Birding #412

Birders know about the importance of National Wildlife Refuges to protect important habitat and provide important opportunities for birders to enjoy their hobby, but as Jason Crotty of 10,000 Birds points out, they’re also important drivers of local jobs.

Non-consumptive uses — such as birding — accounted for the overwhelming majority of economic benefits. About [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 16, 2019

Though summer is coming to a close we still have a few continuing rarities that have been our constant companions all season long, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, and the somewhat regular Nazca Booby (5) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Likewise, the Maine Little Egret (4) and the Arizona Common [read more…]

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Rare Bird Alert: August 9, 2019

ABA rarities continuing into this, this first full week of August, include the Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) still singing in south Florida, the Slate-throated Redstart (4) was seen again this week in Texas, as was the Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Red-footed Booby (4) and Nazca Booby (5) were seen in California again [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Inside Fantasy Birding with Matt Smith

Fantasy Sports is big business these day, especially now that participants no longer have to do the work by hand. It’s so popular that managing virtual worlds based on real world data has spread beyond sports. Fantasy Birding has become a obsession among a growing cadre of real birders, it has been featured in a [read more…]

Blog Birding #411

Laura Erickson writes at her blog about aging and losing the sound of her beloved LeConte’s Sparrow.

Ryan Brady, a wildlife biologist and amazing birder in Wisconsin, has been working tirelessly on Wisconsin’s Breeding Bird Atlas, and some of the areas he’s been searching intensively have been in my old stomping grounds. The day I [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 2, 2019

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) in Florida, seen at least into the beginning of the week. It was joined in Florida by a Black-faced Grassquit (4) which is still hanging around. Little Egrets (4) in Maine continue to be seen, as does a Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Arizona [read more…]

Blog Birding #410

At National Geographic, a comprehensive look at the trade of captured songbirds in south Florida by Dina Fine Maron.

Yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 40 protected bird species in Florida are routinely trapped, mostly songbirds but also owls and hawks. According to Rene Taboas—an undercover officer who heads the Florida Fish [read more…]