It’s the moment that surely dozens of you have been looking forward to for hours now, the announcement of the ABA’s 2017 Bird of the Year. The 2016 Bird of the Year, Chestnut-collared Longspur, was a departure from past choices, a bird that is a bit mysterious and requires a specific ecosystem in a [read more…]
This is your last RBA of 2016, a year that has been pretty remarkable in terms of rarities. It ends appropriately, with a number of notable ABA Area vagrants hanging on week to week. Those birds include the Common Pochard (ABA Code 3) in California, the Streak-backed Oriole (4) in Arizona, the familiar Amazon Kingfisher [read more…]
American Birding Podcast Episode 2 is available now!
My guest this time around is Scott Somershoe, Land Bird Coordinator for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, whose recent work has him surveying populations of our 2016 Bird of the Year Chestnut-collared Longspur and other shortgrass species in Colorado and Montana. We send off [read more…]
We’re down to the last five days of 2016, the sharp end of a year that saw four birders break the ABA Big Year record set in 2013 by Massachusetts birder Neil Hayward. This is a quick roundup of where our four birders are with fewer than 200 hours left to chase birds for the [read more…]
With the solstice behind us, it’s only a matter of time before birds start heading northward again, but we’re still deep in the middle of Christmas Bird Count season and, as expected, CBCs have driven a lot of the rare bird finding this past week. Most of the long-staying ABA rarities have moves on now, [read more…]
On December 20, Jeff Allen found a Common Pochard at Freshwater Lagoon in Humboldt County, California. Common Pochard is a Code 3 bird on the ABA checklist, though it is actually rather difficult to find in the ABA Area outside of Alaska where it is an uncommon but regular vagrant, primarily in the western Aleutians. [read more…]
It’s an ambitious attempt, to try to break the record for species of gulls seen in one day at one site, but Brandon Holden of Peregrine Prints if going to try for it around the Niagara Falls region of Ontario. He lays out his strategy here. Check back to see how successful he was.
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It’s finally Christmas Bird Count season, which means more eyes in the field, more complete coverage of much of the ABA Area, and generally an uptick in the number of noteworthy birds discovered. And, of course, there’s the hope that any number of the exceptionally birds continuing in the ABA Area will stick around to [read more…]
That’s right! We have a podcast. The ABA is jumping into the podcast pond with our first episode of the American Birding Podcast, hosted by yours truly but featuring a number of ABA staff and friends. We hope you will join us as we try out this new venture, and be sure to let [read more…]
This time of year Alaska is cold and dark, and hospitable only to the hardiest birds and the most intense birders willing to go chase them. But in the spring, Alaska welcomes returning birds with an incredible abundance of natural riches. The state welcomes birders too, particularly to the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, held the [read more…]