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Rare Bird Alert: September 22, 2017

This week sees vagrants continuing in western Alaska, shifting southward to St. Paul this time around. Lots of birds moving across the continent in this busiest month of fall migration means lots of wayward individuals, and this week continues the trend of a lengthy RBA we started last week. First, though, continuing rarities are getting [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Bird Tours from the Inside with Rockjumper’s George Armistead

There’s more to a successful bird tour than just pointing out the birds. From logistics to managing personalities, a bird tour guide has to be part ornithologist and part psychologist. Rockjumper Birding‘s George Armistead has led bird tours on all seven continents and has a lot to say on the subject, and he joins [read more…]

#MySantaAna Border Wall Update–Your Voice is Needed!

ABA President Jeff Gordon joins hands with other refuge supporters representing a broad coalition of interests along the proposed site of the border wall at the Save Santa Ana protest march last month. Photo ©Stan Sterba

If you want to help preserve and preserve access to some of the greatest birding in the entire [read more…]

#ABArare – Masked Duck – Oklahoma

Though an ABA Code 3 bird, Masked Duck is novel enough to include in this spot as it has been fairly scarce in recent years. On September 17, Joe Grzybowski discovered a female at Hackberry Flat Wildlife Management Area in Tillman County, Oklahoma. In addition to being a good bird for the ABA Area, this [read more…]

Blog Birding #337

Young birder camps change lives and expand horizons. At the ABA’s young birder blog, The Eyrie, Dessi Sieburth shares his experiences at Audubon’s Hog Island Camp.

I attended the camp at Hog Island from June 18th to June 23rd, 2017. Hog Island is a short boat ride away from the mainland in Bremen, Maine. The [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 15, 2017

What a week, highlighted by the vagrant floodgates opening in western Alaska and Hurricane Irma bringing heavy winds and seabirds to many places throughout the southeast. Between those two events, this is the biggest RBA of the fall, both in quality and quantity.

First, a quick rundown of continuing birds. The Swallow-tailed Gull (ABA Code [read more…]

#ABArare – Hurricane Irma Bird Round-Up

Hurricane Irma will not soon be forgotten by those impacted. We’ve all seen the sobering images of the destruction caused by this historically powerful storm, and we at the ABA wish our friends and members in Florida and throughout the Caribbean well as they assess the damage and work to clean up. Irma’s status as [read more…]

Blog Birding #336

What does the torrential rain and wind of Hurricane Harvey mean for what is one of the most environmentally important places on the continent? Laura Erickson explores.

When the worst hurricanes descend upon us, while thousands of people’s homes are still underwater and the death toll of human beings continues to climb, it can seem [read more…]

#ABArare – Kermadec Petrel – California

On Friday September 8, Adam Searcy and others discovered a ABA Continental 1st Kermadec Petrel circling Southeast Farallon Island off San Francisco, California. This is a potential 1st record for California and the 1st record of this species away from Hawaii.

The Farallon Islands are a cluster of small islands and sea stacks due [read more…]

#ABArare – Thick-billed Warbler – Alaska

On Friday September 8, Ruben and Victor Stoll discovered a Thick-billed Warbler on Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. This east Asian species would be a 1st record for Alaska and the ABA Area.

Photo: Monte Taylor

Thick-billed Warbler is a large Acrocephalid warbler, breeding across much of temperate east Asia – Mongolia, northeast China [read more…]

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  • Open Mic: Young Birder Camp at Hog Island: Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens September 11, 2017 3:07
    At the mic: Dessi Sieburth, an avid birder, photographer, and conservationist, is a 10th grader at Saint Francis High School in La Canada, California. He is a member of the Pasadena Audubon Young Birder’s Club and Western Field Ornithologists. Dessi enjoys birding in his home county of Los Angeles. Last summer, Dessi attended Camp Colorado, […]
  • Introducing the Whimbrel Birders Club! September 7, 2017 2:33
    Whimbrel Birders Club was established at the first annual Illinois Young Birders Symposium in August 2016. We are a birding club truly meant for everyone, no matter your age, disability, or ethnicity. […]
  • Open Mice: Kestrels–An Iowa Legacy May 16, 2017 6:29
    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]

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