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Blog Birding #327

Want more on the AOS Check-list Supplement? Christian Hagenlocher shares his thoughts at The Birding Project.

The latest AOU supplement is now online! I’ll admit, writing this is a little outside my comfort zone. I’m not the type of birder who memorizes the taxonomical order of the New World passerines, or eagerly awaits [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 7, 2017

The first week of July always seems to be one of the slower weeks of the ABA Area’s rarity year. This year was keeping to that trend, more or less, until news broke of a really big find in western Alaska mid-week. But before we get to that, the continuing rarities are still all in [read more…]

#ABArare – Pied Wheatear – Alaska

On July 4, 2017, Alexander Harper discovered an apparent Pied Wheatear near the jetty at Cape Nome, Nome, Alaska. Pending acceptance, this is a 1st Alaska and ABA Area record.

Photo: Alexander Harper

Cape Nome is a south-facing headland southeast of the town of Nome, Alaska. The jetty where the bird was seen is [read more…]

Blog Birding #326

Happy US Independence Day to our American members and readers. Laura Erickson offers some thoughts on patriotism and chickadees.

On Independence Day, I like to think about the essential elements of my country that make me proud to be an American. The songs that most famously express patriotism focus on the natural beauty of this [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 30, 2017

Rare birds continuing the ABA Area consist of birds we’ve heard about before. A White-tailed Eagle (ABA Code 4_ continues to be seen on St. Paul Island in Alaska. And the Flame-colored Tanager (4), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), continue in Arizona, along with the state first Common Crane (4), refound recently after [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Actor Ian Harding’s Odd Birds

The next American Birding Podcast is out!

In demand actor, 7 time winner of the Teen Choice Award, and avid birder?

Ian Harding is best known for his work on the Freeform network’s teen-drama Pretty Little Liars, but in his new memoir Odd Birds he talks about how birds and birding have provided him [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 23, 2017

The hot part of the year is upon us, but now that the solstice is past we can start to look forward to fall migration and six months of southbound birds. But perhaps not yet, as Alaska is still holding on to spring migrating vagrants including continuing Marsh Sandpiper (ABA Code 5), White-tailed Eagle (4), [read more…]

2017 Bird of the Year T-Shirts are Here! Pre-order Now!

The ABA 2017 Bird of the Year T-shirts are here, with more great designs from Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden of PRBY apparel!

We’ll be selling them directly through the ABA’s shop this time around, so we need to get an idea of how many shirts we need to stock.

If you are interested [read more…]

ABA’s Songbird Coffee, Now in Decaf

Interested in protecting bird habitat without the buzz? The ABA’s Songbird Coffee is now available in Decaf! We’ll have it in our official store shortly, but we just wanted to get the word out about the newest shade-grown product from our partnership with Thanksgiving Coffee.

Song Bird Coffee is delicious, high-quality coffee grown on [read more…]

Last Chance for Leicas! Join, Renew, of Gift a Membership by June 30!

Back in 2015, when I had the opportunity to test Leica’s revamped Trinovid line of binoculars in muggy Honduras, I said that Leica’s second generation Trinovids offered the red dot quality you expect at a price point you necessarily wouldn’t.

They’re very nice bins, and I’m not just saying that because Leica has been a [read more…]

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