Tony Fitzpatrick

Enjoy this celebration of birding with great food, music, and art while helping the ABA help birds and birders!

At this afternoon party, we will announce the species, and unveil the painting of the 2020 ABA Bird of the Year, by Chicago icon and prominent American artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

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Rare Bird Alert: November 1, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) still being seen in Florida, and a Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

Just in time for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, south Texas is seeing some interesting vagrants including a both a Green-breasted Mango (3) and a Northern Jacana (4) in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Bird Glamour with Lisa Buckley

How many of you out there have dressed as a bird for Halloween? Many, I’m sure! But there is obviously so much more that can be done in the realm of bird costuming, and Dr. Lisa Buckley has taken bird inspired cosplay to its logical extreme. In her day job she is a vertebrate paleontologist [read more…]

Blog Birding #422

Birding is finding its way into the public consciousness, meaning that we are seeing more and more pieces like this one from Colin O’Conner from The Washingtonian.

A few years ago, I noticed an old classmate from high school, whom I’d known as a burly, bearded “drink and fight” type, posting pictures of birds [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 25, 2019

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include a Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California and the Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in south Florida.

This week turned out to be one of the most impressive of what has been a pretty exciting rarity year, with no fewer than five 1st state and provincial records including [read more…]

Blog Birding #421

At the American Ornithological Society Blog, Stephanie DeMay explains how Red-cockaded Woodpeckers are responding to climate change.

How each species will respond to climate change is a research area full of unanswered questions, with important implications for the world our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will experience. These are not the questions I was hired to [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 18, 2019

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area this week include a Nazca Booby (ABA Code 5) in California – though it’s often difficult to tell whether these are continuing birds or simply new birds in the area – and the Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida, which is still being seen more than two weeks after [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: The Secrets of Female Bird Song with Lauryn Benedict

The incredible variety of bird song in a morning chorus on a spring or summer day is a phenomenon that a lot of birders are familiar with. But even after centuries of study there is still a lot we don’t know about bird vocalizations, especially the world of female birdsong. The vocalizations of female birds [read more…]

Blog Birding #420

Wind turbines in the Great Plains seems like a no-brainer, until you start to look into the impacts of the turbines on birds like prairie chickens. At The American Ornithology Society Blog, a summary of research that tries to determine whether it’s the noise or the land cover that causes these birds to avoid wind [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 11, 2019

Either birders have given up or the restlessness of the season has finally captured our long-staying ABA rarities, as none were reported this week. At least not to eBird from whence I usually glean that information.

It’s getting to the end of the season in Alaska, and the long fall is slowly turning into winter, [read more…]

Blog Birding #419

The news that the US and Canada have lost nearly 3 Billion breeding birds in the last 40 years is certainly affecting. Don Torino of The Meadowlands Birding Blog argues that it should be our rallying cry.

The plummeting numbers of these birds has been slow and sinister like a disease that seems to come [read more…]