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Rare Bird Alert: January 20, 2017

Some weeks we have a lot of rarities to report, and some weeks we don’t. Unfortunately, this week fits mostly in the second category, but there are still a great number of persisting ABA vagrants throughout the ABA Area. The long-staying Amazon Kingfisher (ABA Code 5) in Texas has been joined in the state by [read more…]

2017 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

2017 is a new year, and time for new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to what was formerly called the North American Check-list Committee, of which those approved are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. Between last year and this year a major lump occurred among bird research institutions, with the American Ornithologist’s Union merging with the [read more…]

Make Plans Now for the 2017 American Birding Expo

The American Birding Association has been proud to support the American Birding Expo, a showcase for products for birders and nature enthusiasts featuring vendors from around the world. You can read about the experience from the perspective of one of our own with Greg Neise’s photo gallery last year.

For the past two years the [read more…]

#ABArare – Falcated Duck – Washington

On January 16, Rick Klawitter found a male Falcated Duck (ABA Code 4) on Padilla Bay in Skagit County, Washington. This is potentially the 5th record for Washington (and notably the 3rd from this site). The species is fairly rare outside of Alaska.

Photo: Jordan Roderick/Macaulay Library (S33721725)

Padilla Bay is located just over [read more…]

Blog Birding #303

It’s the coldest time of the year in the northern hemisphere, and still we want to get out in the field. Kyle Carlson, writing at Out There with the Birds has some tips on staying warm in cold conditions.

Today I spent part of my lunch break standing along the Ohio River in blowing snow [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-tailed Gull – California

Another day, another ridiculously rare gull for California. On Friday, January 13, Steve Turley discovered an ABA Code 4 Black-tailed Gull near the John Denver Memorial, just east of Point Pinos in Monterey, California.

Photo: Bill Hill/Macaulay Library (S336461196)

John Denver Beach is just east of the Point Pinos Lighthouse off Ocean View Blvd [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 13, 2017

A great many birds of note have continued well into 2017, including the Common Pochard (ABA Code 4) in California, now merely only the third most interesting bird in that state this week. Also lingering long into the new year, the Amazon Kingfisher (5) in Texas and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, which was [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Sophie Webb, 2017 ABA Bird of the Year Artist

The latest episode of the American Birding Podcast is ready to go, and this time it’s all about our 2017 Bird of the Year, Ruddy Turnstone.

I share a conversation I had with scientist, author, and 2017 BOY artist Sophie Webb, whose image of Ruddy Turnstones will be featured on the cover of the [read more…]

2016 Big Years: Non ABA Area edition

The birding adventures of John Weigel, Olaf Danielson, Laura Keene, and Christian Hagenlocher sucked up a lot of the air this year, but there were a number of other birders taking on Big Years in their states and provinces, many of whom set new records in 2016. Photos of birders gleaned from various web and [read more…]

Blog Birding #302

We love hearing about your experiences with our 2017 Bird of the Year. Here’s one from Mia McPherson at On the Wing Photography. Keep them coming!

A few days ago the ABA announced the 2017 Bird of the Year as the Ruddy Turnstone and I couldn’t be any happier because shorebirds were my “spark” birds [read more…]

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