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Blog Birding #387

Kelp Gull is one of the most mysterious regular vargants to the ABA Area, and Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus tries to figure out why, and whether we are overlooking these birds.

The overwhelming majority of records in North America are adult type birds, which begs a reoccurring question, are we overlooking young Kelp Gulls? [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 9, 2018

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include a trio from our some of North America’s birding hotspots. A Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4) continues in south Texas, a Key West Quail-Dove (5) is seen on and off in southern Florida, and the long-staying Sinaloa Wren (5) was seen once more in southeastern Arizona.

The [read more…]

#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On November 2nd, Karen Mercer discovered an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron in Renews, Newfoundland. This individual, unlike the one found offshore earlier this fall, was easily seen by many birders in subsequent days. This is a 4th record for Newfoundland and only about the 10th for the ABA Area.

Photo: Dave Brown/Macaulay Library

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#ABArare – Spotted Redshank – Michigan

On November 2, Alan Ryff and Maggie Jewett discovered an ABA Code 4 Spotted Redshank in a farm pond in Washtenaw County, Michigan. The bird was refound the next day by other birders and since November 3 has been seen each day at the same site more or less without fail. This is a 2nd [read more…]

Blog Birding #386

A pursuit of a songbird by an Accipiters is one of the great, and underrated, chases in world, but it can be deadly for both if a window pane is involved. Ron Dudley of Feathered Photography has more.

In writing back I identified the birds as a Cooper’s Hawk and a female House Finch, suggesting [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 2, 2018

The craziest rare bird news of the week has to do with a returning, which is not something we say often. But the rediscovery of the ABA’s 1st Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine this week represents another chapter in what is turning out to be the wildest rare bird story of the [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding By Bus with Marc Kramer & Eliana Ardila Ardila

It’s the dream of many birders, to travel the US and Canada by car for one entire year taking in as much of the continent’s birds as you can along the way. It is the reality of Marc Kramer and Eliana Ardila Ardila, the Birding by Bus duo. They’ve spend the whole of 2018 crossing [read more…]

Blog Birding #385

They’re one of the most maligned birds in North America, and indeed around the world, but they’re fascinating birds with their amazing adaptability and interesting plumage. Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography explains what she finds so compelling about them.

I know that there are people who find European Starlings repulsive and resent them [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 26, 2018

Notable ABA birds continuing into this week include Golden-crowned Warbler (ABA Code 4) and Tamaulipas Crow (4) in Texas, and Utah’s 1st Blue-footed Booby (4).

This fall is turning out to be exceptional for vagrant flycatchers in the ABA Area. While that’s not completely out of the ordinary–tyrannids are always prone to vagrancy in the [read more…]

Blog Birding #384

The long-term decline of aerial insectivorous birds is one of the more concerning bird conservation trends in North America and, indeed, around the world. At The AOS Publications Blog, see a summary of a recently published study seeks to figure out why Tree Swallows are declining in Canada.

Cox and her colleagues believe that increasingly [read more…]

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