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American Birding Podcast: Tales of Urban Birding with Jen Brumfield

Few birders in North American have taken on the mantle of urban birding like Ohio native Jen Brumfield. Her Cuyahoga County big years are the stuff of legend, not only for their high totals but for the passion she throws into birding her hometown of Cleveland and getting others excited about the birdlife and birding [read more…]

Blog Birding #358

A fun story of Montana birding by Sneed Collard at Father-Son Birding.

This year we headed out Monday morning, March 26 (Spring Break), hoping to find an abundance of the white birds. We first stopped in Great Falls to observe a good variety of ducks, especially Common Goldeneyes, on the Missouri River. Making our [read more…]

#ABArare – Fieldfare – Saskatchewan

On March 30, Brenda Schmidt photographed an ABA Code 4 Fieldfare in her yard in Creighton, Saskatchewan. This represents a 1st provincial record and the 1st interior record for this species in Canada, one of only three such records in North America.

Photo: John Corden/Macaulay Library

While the host is birder-friendly, Creighton, Saskatchewan is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 30, 2018

Continuing ABA Area rarities this week include a trio of birds in Arizona in a Streak-backed Oriole (ABA Code 4) , multiple Tufted Flycatchers (5) and Sinaloa Wren (5). A Barnacle Goose (4) continues in Ontario, Nazca Boobies (4) in California, and the Tamaulipas Crows (4) in Texas were seen this week as well.

A [read more…]

The ABA-Leica Wheatears on Champions of the Flyway Race Day

The 2018 edition of the Champions of the Flyway, the bird race and conservation fundraiser held in southern Israel for the last 5 years, was exceptional for a few different reasons. For starters, the teams competing raised nearly $100,000 to go towards BirdLife International subsidiaries in Serbia and Croatia to help combat illegal bird hunting [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 23, 2018

Apologies in advance for the abbreviated nature of this week’s Rare Bird Alert. I’m in Israel with the Subadult wheatears and in the field a great deal of the daylight hours, so I have to put this thing together between bouts of jet leg so it will be a bare bones version. Birds I have [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Winter Birding in Review with Mike Hudson & Tom Reed

For birders interested in Status & Distribution, that is the wheres and whys of birding, the ABA’s quarterly journal, North American Birds, has always been a much anticipated part of the ornithological canon. After a year or so in stasis, North American Birds is back under the charge of editors Mike Hudson of Baltimore, [read more…]

Where to Watch the Wheatears this Weekend

At the time this post publishes, the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears are gathering in Eilat, Israel, for the Champions of the Flyway competition.

The first few days will consist of scouting the playing field, getting familiar with the species of the eastern Mediterranean, and fraternizing with fellow competitors from around the world, with the actual competition [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

On Sunday March 18, 2018, an unknown birder photographed an interesting Contopus flycatcher at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Monroe, Florida. The bird has since been identified as a Cuban Pewee, the ABA Area’s 6th record.

Photo: Robyn Meyer/Macaulay Library

Fort Zachary Taylor is a Florida State Park, located at the [read more…]

2018 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 3

This is the third and likely final 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.

You know the drill by now, that it’s important [read more…]

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