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#ABArare – Townsend’s Storm-Petrel – California

On July 29, a boat out of San Diego, California, had an ABA Code 3 Townsend’s Storm-Petrel among the more expected pelagic species. Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was one of the Pacific Ocean subspecies of Leach’s Storm-Petrel split from that species in 2016.

Photo: Gary Nunn via Macaulay Library (S47550174)

Until 2016, Townsend’s Storm-Petrel was considered [read more…]

Blog Birding #373

Most birders might take for granted the fact that some of our most common birds have some of the more unusual and interesting behaviors you can find anywhere in the world. Dave Brown at Birding Newfoundland seeks to shed a little light.

Most people are familiar with the thievery exhibited in gulls and other seabirds. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 27, 2018

Noteworthy birds continuing into this week in the ABA Area include the Zenaida Dove (ABA Code 5) in Florida and Little Egrets (4) in both Maine and Newfoundland.

Starting in California, where a second Nazca Booby (4) was seen in Santa Barbara waters in addition to the one reported from Ventura last week. This species [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding Without Tears 2, Birding & Kids with Bryony Angell

When Birding editor Ted Floyd and I did our first Birding Without Tears episode a few weeks ago we were called to the carpet by the fact that we were only telling half of the story. Ted and I are both birding dads and our experiences are similar but not exactly like, those of [read more…]

ABA Nesting Season Appeal, Help us Finish Strong!

We’re in the homestretch for our 2018 Nesting Season Appeal, with just a few days left to reach our goal of raising $30,000 to support the ABA’s Young Birder programs. We’ve had a very good response thus far and to those of you who have donated already, THANK YOU!

Through our Young Birder Camps, [read more…]

Blog Birding #372

Will Ford writes a non-birder’s guide to dating a birder at Outside Magazine.

My greatest birding accomplishment remains spotting a pack of endemic fowl crashing through underbrush in Borneo, making loud, chicken-like noises. I spotted them because I didn’t have binoculars and was limited to looking only at the ground. Jessie gave me a [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 20, 2018

The Zenaida Dove (ABA Code 5) discovered in south Florida last week is still being seen into this week, the most notable ABA Area bird still remaining. Both Maine and Newfoundland still have Little Egrets (4) as well, with possibly more than one individual in the former.

One first record in the ABA Area this [read more…]

Blog Birding #371

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty reviews eBird’s new protocols for National Wildlife Refuges.

For anyone visiting a refuge with multiple hotspots (e.g., most refuges), the new functionality allows one to easily create a bar chart for the entire refuge. There is no longer a need to manually include each hotspot that is specifically identified as [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 13, 2018

Continuing birds in the ABA Area includes still-present Tamaulipas Crows (ABA Code 4) in Texas, a pair of Tufted Flycatchers (4) in Arizona, and Little Egrets staying put in both Maine and Newfoundland.

A Zenaida Dove (5) in Miami-Dade, not far from the city of Miami and far inland from where the Caribbean species is [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: A Life in Raptors with Jerry Liguori

Hawk-watchers are easily the most established sub-groups within the birding community, and the hawk-watching community in North America is close-knit and passionate. One of its undisputed authorities is Jerry Liguori of Salt Lake City, Utah, the author of Hawks at a Distance and Hawks from Every Angle, two of the most influential family-specific field [read more…]

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