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Blog Birding #343

Though controversial, playback has no shortage of advantages. One should be careful of using it, however, according to Rick Wright at Birding Bew Jersey and Beyond.

“Playback” — the use of recordings and imitations to elicit responses from otherwise secretive birds — will always be a matter of controversy. Most of the debate has [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 3, 2017

The New Jersey Common Greenshank (ABA Code 3) continues to be a highlight among returning rarities, with hundreds, perhaps thousands, of birders making their way to Forsyth NWR this week to find it. In Florida, a Thick-billed Vireo (4) is still accommodating birders at Bill Baggs State Park, and the long-staying California Blue-footed Booby (4) [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Hurricane Impacts on Caribbean Birds with Alvaro Jaramillo

The 2017 Hurricane season was notable for the scale of the tropical storms involved and the destruction they caused not only where they made landfall in the United States, but also the islands in the Caribbean that they passed over. The Caribbean is crawling with bird found nowhere else on earth, and Hurricanes Irma [read more…]

Blog Birding #342

Need more evidence that a native plant garden is a good investment for birds? Yushi Oguchi, writing at The AOU-COS Pubs Blog, summarizes his recent paper that explains exactly how.

We investigated whether the health status of fall frugivorous Swainson’s Thrushes and the Gray Catbirds differed depending on their use of shrublands dominated by exotic [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 27, 2017

It’s getting cold up in the Bering Sea, but there are still birds around even if most of the birders have long since beaten a retreat from the cold and dark. On Gambell, Alaska, the potential ABA 1st Red-backed Shrike was seen into the beginning of the last week, along with a Gray Wagtail (ABA [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Greenshank – New Jersey

On October 23, Sam Galick and Virginia Rettig discovered and photographed an ABA Code 3 Common Greenshank at the Brigantine Division of the Forsyth NWR in Atlantic County, New Jersey. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for New Jersey and one of only a few records for the Atlantic coast of this widespread Eurasian [read more…]

Blog Birding #341

The inclusion of Hawaii in the ABA Area has led to discussion of other potential additions, including Puerto Rico. Jason Crotty, writing at 10,000 Birds, has more.

Both territories were declared disasterareas by the president and numerous agencies of the federal government eventually lurched into action. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is managing the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: October 20, 2017

The list of continuing ABA Area rarities has nearly faded into nothing, but this week sees the triumpgant return of a bird many probably though had moved on. The Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) in Arizona has been hanging around, unbothered by birders who have mostly stopped chasing it, an was seen again this past [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birds and the Farm Bill with Amanda Rodewald

When birders think about the Farm Bill they might be forgiven for thinking immediately about corn and soybeans. But the Farm Bill is more than an agricultural omnibus, it also funds projects that provide important habitat for more than 100 species of birds and is the largest source of funding for habitat conservation on private [read more…]

#ABArare – Yellow-breasted Bunting – Newfoundland & Labrador

On October 16, Vernon Buckle photographed an ABA Code 5 Yellow-breasted Bunting at his feeder in Forteau Bay, on the mainland (Labrador) part of Newfoundland & Labrador. This is a 1st record for the province and for Canada. All previous records of this species come from western Alaska.

Photo: Vernon Buckle

Forteau Bay is [read more…]

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