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Rare Bird Alert: September 13, 2019

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Thick-billed Vireo (ABA Code 4) seen again this week in Florida, as well as the Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona. A Red-footed Booby (4) is on and off in California, and the Little Egret (4) in Maine continue their summer stay in the northeast. In Alaska, the Jack Snipe [read more…]

Blog Birding #415

Quite a bit has been written about the decline in insect numbers and diversity, but less about what it might mean for birds. At the American Bird Conservancy, Howard Youth considers the fallout.

The clues in this mystery include large-scale disappearance of insects, dipping bird populations, and a line-up of potential culprits including pesticides, habitat [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 6, 2019

Arizona and Florida host continuing ABA Area rarities this week, with Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Common Crane (4) in the former and a Black-faced Grassquit (4) in the latter.

September rarities mean Alaska rarities, and the Bering Sea is starting to really produce this week with Jack Snipe (3), Lesser Sand-Plover (3) and [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Veery Meteorology with Christopher Heckscher

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is underway with a handful of storms already named. In the last couple decades human meteorologists have gotten pretty good at predicting the strength and track of tropical storms in the Atlantic basin, but still less good at predicting the severity of any individual season. But as it turns out, [read more…]

Blog Birding #414

Crows that feed regularly on human food tend to have higher cholesterol than those that don’t. Kaeli Swift at Corvid Research explains what that might or might not mean for them.

I’d wager that most people don’t think about this behavior beyond simply finding it amusing or annoying, but I suspect that if you describe [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 30, 2019

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, at least one Little Egret (4) in Maine, and the Thick-billed Vireos (4) reported in Florida just last week.

SHorebird migration continues to bring some good birds into the ABA Area, the latest of which [read more…]

Blog Birding #413

Shorebird season is upon us once again and David Sibley, writing at Birdwatching Daily has some tips on using structure and behavior to identify birds on distant mudflats.

As with any other large group of similar species, the shorebirds can be subdivided into smaller groups of related species based on shared characteristics. Once you have [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 23, 2019

A number of continuing rare birds can be found into this week in the ABA Area, including the long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in west Texas. Arizona boasts a pair of continuing hummingbirds in a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and a Plain-capped Starthroat (4), in addition to the continuing Common Crane (4) in the northern [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding the Rock

Located in the northeast corner of the ABA Area, the island of Newfoundland is known for its incredible rarity pedigree. But there’s far more to this beautiful place than European vagrants. The city of St. John’s is a gateway to unbelievable nature experiences, from seabird colonies containing thousands upon thousands of charismatic Atlantic Puffins and [read more…]

Blog Birding #412

Birders know about the importance of National Wildlife Refuges to protect important habitat and provide important opportunities for birders to enjoy their hobby, but as Jason Crotty of 10,000 Birds points out, they’re also important drivers of local jobs.

Non-consumptive uses — such as birding — accounted for the overwhelming majority of economic benefits. About [read more…]