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    The ABA Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2014

    It’s not too late to do end of the year countdowns, right? I sure hope not. I want to publicly thank all of those tho contributed to the blog this year, from regular contributors to guest writers to those who work behind the scenes keeping the whole thing functioning.

    The following are the 10 most [read more…]

      Rare Bird Alert: January 30, 2015

      It was a slower week to be sure, but Texas takes its accustomed place as the center of the ABA rarity world with a couple of notable finds this week. the most accommodating of which is an ABA Code 4 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, still being seen daily (if not regularly during the day) at Estero Llano [read more…]

        ABA Duck Stamps, Help us Reach $15,000!

        You may remember the ABA’s initiative to sell Duck Stamps through our offices as a way to make birders’ voices heard in a way that helps support the important Duck Stamp program.

        Well, we’re excited to say that we’re currently 26 stamps short of 1000, and we’d love to close that gap very soon. 1000 [read more…]

          Big Year Records Busted in 2014

          Dorian Anderson’s year wasn’t the only impressive Big Year performance this year. In at least two states, long-standing Big Year records fell in 2014 and those birders are deserving of some congratulations themselves for what is certainly a hard-won honor.

          In Arizona, Green Valley guide Laurens Halsey capped off what started as a personal attempt [read more…]

            Blog Birding #219

            After a year of birding by bike, Dorian Anderson considers chasing a bird the traditional way and realizes how his experience in 2014 has forever changed the way he looks at birding. At The Speckled Hatchback.

            I need here to say that I am sure I will chase at least some birds in the future. [read more…]

              #ABArare – Gray-crowned Yellowthroat – Texas

              A bird walk yesterday morning led by Huck Hutchens at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo Co, Texas, turned up an ABA Code 4 Gray-crowned Yellowthroat. The bird was seen and photographed by many throughout the day.

              Photo by Chris Benesh, used with permission

              Estero Llano Grande is located just south of Weslaco, [read more…]

                Rare Bird Alert: January 23, 2015

                We roll into the last week of January with two state picking up potential first records in the last 7 days, neither of which are as cut and dried as we certainly like to see in our perfect world. But, as we all know, little about birds is cut and dried. The first is a [read more…]

                  An Interview with Dorian Anderson, pedal-powered Big Year champ

                  There’s no getting around the fact that the ABA Area Big Year has serious appeal among birders. Much of it is the vicarious thrill of watching someone build a list in 365 days that most of the the rest of us take a lifetime to accomplish. But there’s also a celebration of the birding community [read more…]

                    Blog Birding #218

                    The yang to the yin of the successful twitch, is the epic crushing dip. We’ve all been there, and Laura Erickson spins a tale of dipping on a near-mythical snow white gull.

                    I’d been fixated on the Ivory Gull since first looking through my field guides in 1974. The pristine whiteness of the plumage, contrasting [read more…]

                      Rare Bird Alert: January 16, 2015

                      Potential first ABA Area records can cause a lot of excitement in the birding world, and occasionally they can cause a lot of confusion too. That’s the case with one of the more interesting finds of the year so far, a Striped Sparrow that turned up in Williamson, Texas, in the middle of the state. [read more…]

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