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Rare Bird Alert: March 24, 2017

If you haven’t been paying attention to Cornell’s exceptional Birdcast site in preparation of the coming spring migration, let me just be the first to suggest you do so. Birdcast takes data from eBird and combines it with meteorological predictions to essentially create migration forecasts, telling you where adn when birds will be moving into [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Nathan Pieplow and The Field Guide to Bird Sounds

The next episode of the American Birding Podcast is live!

Nathan Pieplow’s new field guide is a departure from the traditional book of bird images. It depicts images of bird sounds as spectrograms, showcasing the diversity of vocalizations in North America. Nathan joins me to talk about his book, the Peterson Field Guide to Bird [read more…]

Blog Birding #312

Owl ethics are a hot topic in the birding internet these days, and Jeremy Bensette, at Jeremy Birder, shares his strategy for finding owls on his big year.

I think it’s worth first addressing the topic of owl ethics, suppressing sightings, and why I asked that people do not post strong opinions. Why suppress owl [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 17, 2017

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include the famous Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona. A Rose-throated Becard (3) continues in south Texas, as does a Redwing (4), now apparently singing, in British Columbia. The Hawfinch (4) in Anchorage, Alaska, is still coming regularly to a feeder and [read more…]

#ABArare – Bananaquit – Florida

On March 14, Shane Runyon discovered an ABA Code 4 Bananaquit at North Shore Open Space Park in Miami Beach, Miami-Dade, Florida. This is the third Bananaquit found in south Florida this year, and the second in as many weeks.

North Shore Open Space Park is in Miami Beach, the barrier island east of [read more…]

A Tale of Two Gulls

On Thursday of last week, an Ivory Gull was discovered in Flint, Michigan, prompting the sort of delightful madness that overcomes the birding community when a bird like this turns up anywhere away from northern Alaska. For a few days dozens of birders enjoyed the thin, pale fluke as it foraged along the Flint River, [read more…]

Blog Birding #311

Despite its important place in bird-watching culture, feeding birds has been often debated. At The Spruce Blog, Lev Frid takes a detailed look at the pros and cons, and applies them to more controversial practices involving ducks and owls.

I have tried my best to share my opinion on feeding birds. While not much research [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 10, 2017

Our impressive and diverse collection of continuing rarities in the ABA Area is starting to thin out as the spring comes on. Notables seen into this week include the Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) in Texas, and the very long staying Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona. In Newfoundland, the Yellow-legged Gull [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Jonathan Meyrav and Champions of the Flyway

The next episode of the American Birding Podcast has just been released!

Bird-trapping and shooting are huge problems around the Mediterranean, which prompted Israeli birder Jonathan Meyrav to create the Champions of the Flyway, a 24 hour bird race in Eilat, Israel, that raises money and awareness to combat the threats to migratory birds in [read more…]

#ABArare – Hawfinch – Alaska

On February 28, a homeowner in Anchorage, Alaska, noted a bird at their feeder that was “not from around here”. That bird, an ABA Code 4 Hawfinch, was seen again a few days later and has been regular since March 6.

The bird is visiting a feeder on Park Hills Circle in Anchorage. [read more…]

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