aba events

    Blog Birding #228

    Feeding birds is aften referred to as the “gateway drug” to birding, and it can be dangerous business as Sharron McInness relates at Bird Canada.

    I’ve been feeding the birds in my backyard ever since that morning eight years ago when I noticed several black-hooded birds hopping around the overgrown garden of our new home [read more…]

      The Peregrine Fund’s Raptors at Risk Exhibition and Contest

      The Peregrine Fund, a non-profit organization with a mission to protect birds of prey and their habitats, is offering an opportunity for amateur and professional bird photographers to show their stuff.

      Their “Raptors at Risk” juried photo contest and exhibition seeks to draw attention to these often misunderstood birds, their stories, and the their conservation [read more…]

        Rare Bird Alert: March 27, 2015

        The early part of migration continues, and the listservs are packed with various FOYs and FOSs and other expected species making their long-anticipated return to the US and Canada. The view from the perspective of the vagrant hunter is looking up as well, with birds on the move it stands to reason we should expect [read more…]

          Blog Birding #227

          The jaunty bobbing tail of a phoebe, any phoebe, is a familiar sight to nearly every birder in North America. But why do they pump their tails? David Sibley has an answer.

          Lots of birds have a habit of pumping (or wagging) their tails. It’s mostly open-country birds like phoebes, wagtails and pipits, Palm Warbler, [read more…]

            Rare Bird Alert: March 20, 2015

            There’s no surer sign of spring in the ABA Area than the return of Birdcast, the fantastic site run by Cornell and eBird that synthesizes eBird data and weather forecasts to predict who is migrating and when they’re likely to move. Here on the front end of spring it’s mostly waterfowl, swallows, and a few [read more…]

              Open Mic: Rich Stallcup’s Legacy Lives on at Point Reyes

              At the Mic: Carolyn Longstreth

              As many ABA members know, Rich Stallcup, of Marin County, California, was an outstanding naturalist, teacher and “extraordinary human,” who touched the lives of countless people. He played a pivotal role in the rise of birding as a national pastime—and especially the love of birds as a motive for conservation. [read more…]

                Blog Birding #225

                Beach-goers and beach birders are all too familiar with the occasional wrecked seabird, and this time of year, when the last of winter can break those birds already on a razor’s edge, is a peak time for it. Mike Crewe at View from the Cape tells you what you need to know.

                It seems likely [read more…]

                  #ABArare – Brown Shrike – California

                  On March 5, 2015, Alison Cebula of California State Parks found an unusual shrike at Manchester Beach State Park in Mendocino County, California. She took a distant digiscoped photo and sent it off to some local experts who confirmed that she had, indeed, found an ABA Code 4 Brown Shrike.

                  The original photo by [read more…]

                    Rare Bird Alert: March 13, 2015

                    For as long as we’ve done this weekly round up at The ABA Blog, I’ve never included rarities from previous weeks in the subsequent weeks’ reports, at least not intentionally. This is mostly a logistical consideration on my part. Making sure to include every continuing rarity would not only make the post prohibitively long, but [read more…]

                      Rare Bird Alert: March 6, 2015

                      Another slower week in the birding world, with regard to vagrants at least. We managed to keep ourselves entertained however, with the antics of a woodpecker-riding weasel and the implications of dress color on gull mantle color perceptions. Whether or not those things have an impact on the greater birding community remains to be seen, [read more…]

                      Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
                      If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
                      Read More »

                      Recent Comments




                      via email

                      Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

                      • Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio March 25, 2015 5:22
                        At the beginning of this year, I remembered missing the chance to spot a Snowy Owl when the bird stormed across the United States the previous winter, so I was determined to see one of these birds this winter. […]
                      • Mothing: The Nighttime Addiction March 18, 2015 5:49
                        Note: Although this may not seem to be a relevant post on The Eyrie, I thought it would be a good idea to share the obsession that sparked my passion for the natural world as a whole. I hope this post will inform and excite you about moths; perhaps even making them an obsession of […]
                      • Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds March 10, 2015 5:36
                        Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology Since Darwin, by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, and Bob Montgomerie Princeton University Press, 2014 544 pages, $45.00 hardcover ABA Sales / Buteo Books How did today’s birds come to be? How has the history of ornithology evolved since Darwin’s time. These questions, and many more, are answered comprehensively in the […]

                      Follow ABA on Twitter