There’s scarcely a more charismatic raptor in North America than Northern Goshawk, and a team with the Idaho Bird Observatory and Boise State University has been doing some interesting work on the breeding biology of this fantastic species and, fortunately for us, writing about it. Rob Miller explains.
The Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis; hereafter “goshawk”) [read more...]
By this point in the year, birders in the ABA Area are no doubt ready for winter to be over. The birds are certainly feeling it, at least in my area they’ve burst into song with a vengeance over the last week. However, this winter still has one more, and hopefully final, push into the [read more...]
Mia McPherson, the skilled photographer who makes her online home at On the Wing Photography, writes a bit about how photographing birds close to home is often as rewarding as photographing them at exotic locales.
When you photograph species local to your area you can spend time learning about the behavior of the birds, the [read more...]
Yesterday, 2/22, birders on a Brian Patteson Seabirding pelagic out of Hatteras, North Carolina, struck yellow gold with an encounter with an ABA Code 4 Yellow-nosed Albatross. According to Patteson, the albatross was encountered at around 2:00 PM just about 4 miles offshore of the town of Avon. It followed the boat down the beach [read more...]
Neil Hayward’s Big Year was a blast to follow along with, particularly its dramatic conclusion. Birders who are feeling anxious to follow another Big Year attempt might be interested in Dorian Anderson’s attempt to set a new Big Year record by bike.
Even if he wasn’t counting birds along the way, Anderson’s cross-country trek [read more...]
No week in North American birding sees more rarity reports than the week of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Granted, the very vast majority of these records are incorrect and quickly dealt with by the vast network of volunteer eBird reviewers, but the fact that so many more eyes are in the field during this [read more...]
I was recently contacted by Ross Furbish, president of the University of Washington student bird club in Seattle, Washington. He had recently been among those who created a new organization with the hopes of connecting similar collegiate organizations into a network that hopefully will allow members across the continent and beyond to come together socially [read more...]
The Snowy Owl invasion of 2013-14 is remarkable for a number of reasons. Not only was it the largest influx of the species into the eastern United States and Atlantic Canada in memory, with individuals showing up as far south as Florida and Mississippi, but it was the first time ever that birder have been [read more...]
We all have birds that seem to elude us for reasons unknown to us, some more insidious than others. Luke Musher, writing appropriately at The Nemesis Bird, offers some tips for dealing with the disappointment.
Wait. Hold the phone a minute. You thought Nemesis Bird was just a fashionable name for some know-it-all, top-notch birding blog? [read more...]
There’s no better time to get involved in Cornell’s phenomenal citizen science projects than this weekend; the Great Backyard Bird Count runs Friday February 14 through 16.
This is the second year that the GBBC has run through eBird, utilizing that programs comprehensive network of regional experts and finely-tuned filters to make the process [read more...]