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Blog Birding #357

The origin of American Flamingos in Florida, with its myriad zoos and animal parks, has always been a little bit of a mystery, but as Liz Langley writes in National Geographic, the evidence increasingly suggests that they are naturally occurring.

In the study, published recently in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, the authors pored over historical [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 16, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA include many of our old friends from the winter, most notably the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, which is amazingly still hanging around. Both Tamaulipas Crow (ABA Code 4) and Blue Bunting (4) are still being seen in south Texas, with the former being seen at a couple [read more…]

Help the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears Get Over The Top!

The ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears, competing this year’s Champions of the Flyway event in southern Israel, are very very close to their goal and need your help to get them over the top!

Every dollar raised goes to help BirdLife International put a stop to illegal bird trapping and hunting around the Mediterranean, one of [read more…]

#ABArare – Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

It was not so long ago that Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) was among the rarest birds north of the Mexican border, but in recent years it has become annual in Arizona, even attempting to breed. That trend continues in 2018 where Tufted Flycatchers have been reported in the last week at two different sites [read more…]

Blog Birding #356

Yes yard-listing can be fun, but it’s limited. Steve Tucker at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds is here to introduce to you the idea of the five-mile radius.

The idea (my interpretation) is that you should bird a lot within your 5MR, because almost everyone should be birding more locally than they already are. Less fuel [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 9, 2018

The holding pattern we’d been in with regard to unusual vagrants seems to be breaking a little as spring moves along. The southern tier of the ABA Area is seeing the return of early migrants like Purple Martins and Osprey, moving northwards little by little every day. There are still some continuing rarities that are [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: The Joy of Birdfeeding with Jim Carpenter

Jim Carpenter opened the very first Wild Birds Unlimited store near his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1981. At the time it was one of very few bird specific retail outlets in the country. Since then, Wild Birds Unlimited has grown to include more than 300 stores across the US and Canada. It is [read more…]

Travel with the ABA in 2018!

The ABA has a full schedule of events planned for 2018 and beyond. Come and join us for amazing birding and great fellowship with fellow ABA members at sites around the ABA Area and world.

We have some events in the near future that have some spots available for birders who are willing and able [read more…]

2018 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 2

This is the second batch of bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee, the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides.

Per usual, it’s important to note that these are just proposals and [read more…]

Blog Birding #355

Hawkwatching in the desert is, in itself, a strange sort of experience. Cassidy Grattan at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds speaks to its oddness.

No hawks yet, as is normal for this hour. A short walk to stretch the legs, achy from the time in the truck. An irregularity in the sand right below the next [read more…]

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