When the birding calendar turns to spring the birder’s calendar often turns to The Biggest Week in American Birding, that big celebration of birding, birders and bird conservation held every May in northwest Ohio. The ABA is once again proud and excited to serve as a host for the festival.
Just like last year, [read more…]
The idea of rows and rows of dead animals is one that doesn’t necessarily sit well with many birders, but the role that museum collections have played in our understanding of natural history cannot be understated, as Duncan Wright explains at 10,000 Birds.
You’d be hard pressed to find a 19th century scientist more despised [read more…]
Continuing birds that have been with us much of the winter begin to clear out as those we have recently noted in thie space take their place. Arizona, more than other places, sees the intersection, as the Tufted Flycatchers (ABA Code 5) reported recently continue as does the near-resident Streak-backed Oriole (4). The Black-backed Oriole [read more…]
Alaskan goodies in the Lower 48, especially as far south as Arizona, are always worth a note here. Yesterday afternoon Doug Backlund found an ABA Code 3 White Wagtail in Pima County, Arizona. This is a 2nd state record for this species, and one of only a few inland records in the Lower 48.
Here is the third and likely last batch of taxonomic proposals, submitted in the last year to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. Proposals accepted by the AOC Committee are incorporated into the ABA’s Checklist.
We suggest the usual caveat, that it’s important [read more…]
Last week bird researcher and field guide author Chandler Robbins passed away just shy of his 99th birthday. At the US Fish and Wildlife Service Blog, the organization that employed him for decades, offers a remembrance.
“Chandler Robbins was the ‘dean’ of the bird conservation world, one might say,” says Jerome Ford, assistant director for [read more…]
If you haven’t been paying attention to Cornell’s exceptional Birdcast site in preparation of the coming spring migration, let me just be the first to suggest you do so. Birdcast takes data from eBird and combines it with meteorological predictions to essentially create migration forecasts, telling you where adn when birds will be moving into [read more…]
The next episode of the American Birding Podcast is live!
Nathan Pieplow’s new field guide is a departure from the traditional book of bird images. It depicts images of bird sounds as spectrograms, showcasing the diversity of vocalizations in North America. Nathan joins me to talk about his book, the Peterson Field Guide to Bird [read more…]
Owl ethics are a hot topic in the birding internet these days, and Jeremy Bensette, at Jeremy Birder, shares his strategy for finding owls on his big year.
I think it’s worth first addressing the topic of owl ethics, suppressing sightings, and why I asked that people do not post strong opinions. Why suppress owl [read more…]
Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include the famous Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona. A Rose-throated Becard (3) continues in south Texas, as does a Redwing (4), now apparently singing, in British Columbia. The Hawfinch (4) in Anchorage, Alaska, is still coming regularly to a feeder and [read more…]