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#ABArare – Tahiti Petrel – North Carolina

Arguably one of the most extraordinary finds in recent memory, Peter Flood, spotting as part of Brian Patteson’s Seabirding crew found an ABA Code 4 Tahiti Petrel in the Gulf Stream out of Hatteras, North Carolina, yesterday (5/29), though with pelagic birding it might be more accurate to say that the petrel found them. In [read more…]

#ABArare – Common House Martin, Gray Bunting – Alaska

Reports are coming in hot and heavy from Alaska, with the Aleutian and Bering Sea outposts well-manned to take advantage of overshooting Asian vagrants. This post will draw attention to two of the most notable sightings so far but is not meant to be a full account of the season so far. The best place [read more…]

Blog Birding #365

At The Eyrie, the ABA’s Young Birder blog, Jennie Duberstein interviews newly minted young birder of the year, Teodelina Martelli.

Birds have fascinated me for as long as I can remember—I started drawing when I was three and it was birds, birds, and more birds. I even have pictures of my dad, my sister, and [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 25, 2017

Migration continues northward, and with it the promise of rare birds. May means the continent’s rarity eyes turn to Alaska, and those birders stationed on island outposts in the Aleutians and the Bering Sea, which are starting to produce in recent days.

But first the ongoing rarities of note, highlighted by the continuing Golden-crowned Warbler [read more…]

ABA Checklist Committee adds Four Species to ABA Checklist

In recent weeks, members of the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) have added four species to the ABA Checklist. Three species are vagrants from the Old World are River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis), Thick-billed Warbler (Iduna aedon), and European Robin (Erithacus rubecula). The fourth is a non-native species established in Hawaii, Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus).

Full accounts [read more…]

#ABArare – Tundra Bean-Goose, Terek Sandpiper, Common Pochard – Alaska

The ABA’s spring trip to St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs is going well so far, with a couple of good Asian vagrants to show so far. On May 20, an apparent Tundra Bean-Goose was present in a flock of Snow Geese, and soon after a Terek Sandpiper and a Common Pochard were discovered. All [read more…]

#ABArare – Golden-crowned Warbler – Colorado

It’s been a while since this one was initially discovered but as the bird is amazingly still present (at least as of 5/21) it’s overdue for a write-up. On May 15, Glen Walbek found an ABA Code 4 Golden-crowned Warbler in eastern Colorado, near the border of Kit Carson and Cheyenne counties. This is a [read more…]

Blog Birding #364

At All About Birds, (and an upcoming issue of Living Bird), Amanda Rodewald and Ken Rosenberg discuss the various types of migratory bird stopover habitat and why protecting each is critical for the conservation of these birds.

But those pit stops, more properly called “mid-migration stopover sites” by ornithologists, have been a bit of a [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 18, 2018

The later part of spring is typically a great time for vagrants, and this week is no different. The lingering birds are starting to clear out a bit (not least of which because I was made aware of some ABA Code changes). Florida still has multiple Bahama Mockingbirds (ABA Code 4), and the Eurasian Skylark [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding Without Tears- Stories and Secrets of Birding with Kids

It’s natural for birding parents to want to share their passion with their children. Birding with kids often brings additional complications, but also additional pleasures, and opportunities to appreciate birding in different and delightful ways. Both Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd and I are veterans of birding with children, with a few decades of [read more…]

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  • Open Mic: How to talk about climate change as a young birder June 4, 2018 11:37
    One of the challenges in talking about climate change is the disconnect that people feel when hearing about things like sea level rise and their daily lives. Birders, young and old, can play a major role in bridging this gap. […]
  • Meet Teodelina Martelli, 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year May 26, 2018 2:27
    Meet Teodelina Martelli, a 17-year-old homeschooled birder living in Thousand Oaks, California and one of the 2018 ABA Young Birders of the Year. […]
  • Meet Adam Dhalla, 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year March 27, 2018 5:42
    Meet 12-year-old Adam Dhalla from Coquitlam, British Columbia, one of the 2018 Young Birders of the Year! Want to learn more about how you could be the next Young Birder of the Year? Registration is open for the 2019 contest now! ——– Q: Were you a birder before you started the ABA Young […]

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