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    #ABArare – Bahama Swallow – Florida

    Put a bunch of people on a platform and have them looking at the sky for hours on end, and you never know what might fly by. Birders at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch at Curry Hammock State Park in Monroe County, Florida, had not one, not two, but three ABA Code 4 Bahama Swallows fly [read more...]

      Blog Birding #208

      Compared to the Old World, we birder sin the Americas suffer a paucity of kingfishers, which is a shame as they’re such charismatic and dramatic birds. Fortunately, the one most of us in North America know and love is the Belted Kingfisher, and Laura Erickson shares with us more that we thought we’d want to [read more...]

        Rare Bird Alert: October 24, 2014

        As we sit on the cusp of rarity season, the possibilities seem endless. Late October into November has historically been a very good time to look for unusual birds, and while the floodgates have yet to open completely, a few interesting and notable sightings have the birding community, coast to coast, ready for more.

        We’ll [read more...]

          Blog Birding #208

          Young birder camps aren’t just great opportunities for the campers, but the interns have a story to tell too. At The Eyrie, Mike Hudson writes about his experiences at Camp Avocet.

          Aside from being able to bird every waking hour, I also had the privilege to be guiding alongside the other instructors, which is not [read more...]

            Open Mic: A New World Big Day Record – 354 Species!

            The LSU Peru Big Day team has broken the world record for the most species observed in a single day! Their total of 354 ABA-countable species breaks the previous record by Robinson and Parker set in 1982 (as well as a non-ABA-recognized total of 342 set in Kenya). Below is a report on their effort [read more...]

              Rare Bird Alert: October 17, 2014

              We continue the run for 1st records this week, and while it’s nothing like the streak we enjoyed this time last year, it’s not so bad. Though it seems that a couple of our firsts this week are the victims of odd circumstances rather than straight ahead, unequivocal, uncontroversial first records.

              On the uncontroversial front, [read more...]

                The ABA Survey, Help the ABA Better Serve Birders!

                At the ABA, we are very interested in what you think about the state of the organization, and we want to hear from YOU. Please take this short five minute survey and let us know how you feel about the ABA and your membership.

                THIS SURVEY IS NOT LIMITED TO CURRENT ABA MEMBERS, though! If you are [read more...]

                  A week on St. Paul, An ABA Rarity Hunt Roundup

                  The September-October turnaround is reportedly a great time for birding in western Alaska, and St. Paul Island, that little speck of volcanic rock out in the middle of the Bering Sea is a particularly good place to do it.In the past few years, drool-worthy ABA Area rarities like Pine Bunting, Fork-tailed Swift, and an ABA [read more...]

                    Blog Birding #207

                    Perhaps no topic of discussion among ABA areas is more likely to turn birder against birder than the inclusion of Hawaii into the ABA Area. At Pittsburgh Birding Life, Aidan Place makes his case against adding Hawaii.

                    The most credible pro-Hawaii argument in my eyes, is that adding Hawaii would draw attention to the plight [read more...]

                      Birders Can Speak Out on Sandy Hook, NJ, Building Proposal

                      The state of New Jersey does not want for great places to bird. From north to south (maybe especially south), the state has a birding pedigree far out of proportion with its small size. One of those great locations is undoubtedly Sandy Hook, the spit of stand that sticks out into New York Bay. Most [read more...]

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