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Blog Birding #272

House Sparrows are known for their versitility. After all, few other species manage as well as they do in degraded habitats. But Jim McCormac of Ohio Birds and Biodiversity found a new spot for them, tucked into the branches of an Osprey’s nest.

The male sparrow brings in a load of dried vegetation to add [read more…]

Global Big Day Two Weeks Out

A reminder, as we careen headlong in the most exciting birding month in the northern hemisphere, that Cornell and eBird’s Global Big Day is scheduled for May 14, only two weeks away.

In addition to eBird’s online festivities, May 14 is International Migratory Bird Day in North America. Many nature centers, bird clubs, and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 29, 2016

Continuing ABA notables continue to thin out. Both big name birds from last week, the Cuban Vireo in Florida and the Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5) in California were seen into last weekend but not long afterwards. Neither have been found in recent days. One Crimson-collared Grosbeak hangs on in Texas, at Laguna Atascosa, the [read more…]

Old World Birds in the New World Tropics

A pair of fascinating publications came out the other day that throw a wrench into what we know about bird taxonomy and evolution. Both pertain to two separate species, the endemic Blue-headed Quail-Dove of Cuba and the strange Sapayoa of Central America, but come to similar conclusions. That these two species are most closely related [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Stint – California

On April 20, Will Brooks found an odd Calidris sandpiper in Alviso, California, near San Jose. Folks able to refind it and photograph it more closely in subsequent days were able to confirm it as an ABA Code 4 Little Stint. This would be only the second spring record for California. It has been present [read more…]

#ABArare – Little Egret – Maine

On April 23, Ian Carlson found an ABA Code 4 Little Egret at Gilsland Farm near Falsmouth Maine. This has been a fairly reliable spot for this ABA rarity in recent years, and a Little Egret spent much of last summer at the site.

Gilsland Farm is located just north of Portland, Maine. Take [read more…]

Blog Birding #271

Birdathon season is upon us, and Big Days will soon be run across the continent seeking out the biggest and best numbers for their regions. Some folks at Mass Audubon offer a rundown of some of the =more difficult species to find, at least in Massachusetts.

Last year, Team Drumlin Farm squeaked out a win [read more…]

The ABA and the Underground Railroad

The ABA is proud to host an event tomorrow night that explores a little bit of the history of the place we call home. With the recent announcement that the face of abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman will be gracing the US $20 bill in the not too distant future, there has been an increase [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 22, 2016

Our friends at Cornell’s Birdcast predicted a good week for migration across the continent this past week, and that’s certainly what we saw. Lots of movement from coast to coast from species like Broad-winged Hawk, Cassin’s Vireo, Summer Tanager and others, and that bore out in the listservs as FOY reports were springing up all [read more…]

#ABArare – Marsh Sandpiper – California

On Saturday, April 17, Frank Fogarty identified an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, California. The bird had been seen by others the day before but not identified as Marsh Sandpiper. This is the 3rd record for California and only the 3rd record for Marsh Sandpiper away from [read more…]

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