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American Birding Podcast: Birds Over the Top with Seabird McKeon

The new episode of American Birding Podcast is ready to go!

A changing climate means a different world for many bird species, particularly seabirds which may find themselves exploring new paths over the top of a melting Arctic. Ocean researcher Seabird McKeon joins me to talk about one part of the massive global experiment we [read more…]

Blog Birding #329

Bird vocalization expert Nathan Pieplow of Earbirding takes a look at potential difference between eastern and western populations of the gregarious and familiar Purple Martin.

Only one study on the vocalizations of Purple Martin has ever been published, by swallow guru Charles Brown in 1984. In that study, Brown compared the sounds of Purple Martins [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 21, 2017

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a nesting pair of Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) at the same campground at Everglades National Park in Florida. Arizona also has continuing nesting birds in Tufted Flycatchers (5) and Flame-colored Tanager (4), while a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Common Crane (4) continue to [read more…]

Protect #MySantaAna From a Proposed Border Wall

Photo: j.p.c.raleigh via flickr

We at the ABA, along with many in the birding community, have been made aware thanks to an article in the Texas Observer, of a plan to construct part of a proposed border wall through Santa Ana NWR in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This wall would be about three [read more…]

#ABArare – Wedge-tailed Shearwater – California

I will probably have to adjust how I approach #ABArare with the inclusion of Hawaii, and an ABA Code 4 (currently) Wedge-tailed Shearwater is one of the reasons why. A pelagic trip led by Alvaro Jaramillo out of Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, California, found one just offshore this past weekend. The bird was even [read more…]

Blog Birding #328

We usually focus on blogs here, but occasionally a bird-related story passes through the traditional media and is so good that it needs to be shared here. Nick Neely’s fascinating deep dive into the new Cassia Crossbill, published in High Country News, is well worth your time.

Little wonder that crossbills settled in the South [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 14, 2017

The potential ABA Area 1st Pied Wheatear in Nome, Alaska, continued into at least the early parts of this week, providing a welcome and exciting respite from the long-staying Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Flame-colored Tanager (4) in southeast Arizona, and the amazingly consistent Common Crane (4) in the northern part of the same [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding, Social Media, and the Facebook Summit

It’s time for another episode of the American Birding Podcast!

Birders have always been great at taking advantage of technological tools to pass on birding information. From the early days of the internet in Usenet groups, to listservs and web forums, to omnipresent social media platforms, birders find ways to share sightings and local [read more…]

Support Birders and Bird Conservation – Buy Your 2017 Duck Stamp Through the ABA

For the last few years, we at the ABA made the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, known far and wide as the Duck Stamp, available through our own store. We hoped this would give birders an opportunity to vote, as it were, for how they want their voices to be heard as consumers of [read more…]

#ABArare – Black-faced Grassquit – Florida

On July 9, Carmen Ferreiro discovered an ABA Code 4 Black-faced Grassquit at Long Pine Key Campground in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Photo: Carmen Ferreiro via Facebook

Despite the name, Long Pine Key Campground is on the Florida mainland, in Everglades National Park off Hwy 9336/Ingraham Highway, west of Homestead. The bird was seen in [read more…]

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