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American Birding Podcast: What’s in a Common Name?

What is in a bird common name? It’s a question that many of us might not think about immediately, but there’s a lot going on in those lists we are so familiar with. Capitalization, honorifics, patronyms, how names are assigned, how they’re changed. The names are an important part of how we interact with birds [read more…]

#ABArare – Mistle Thrush – New Brunswick

On Saturday, December 9, Peter Gadd in Miramichi, New Brunswick, photographed an apparent Mistle Thrush feeding on Mountain Ash berries in their yard. This is not only a 1st record for New Brunswick and Canada, but it is a potential 1st ABA Area record of this wide-ranging Eurasian Turdus thrush.

Photo: Michel Doucet/Macaulay Library

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Rare Bird Alert: December 8, 2017

The first week of December brings some interesting new birds to spots across the ABA Area. But we’ll start with the continuing ones, some of which should be familiar to readers by now. In Texas, Tamaulipas Crows (ABA Code 4) continue in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere and may stay all winter. The Garganey [read more…]

#ABArare – Green-breasted Mango – Texas

On December 2, 2017, John Brush discovered a young Green-breasted Mango (ABA Code 4) at Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center in Hidalgo County, Texas. Green-breasted Mango has occurred in the ABA Area around 20 times, with all but a few records coming from south Texas.

Photo: Cynthia Bridge/Macaulay Library (S40885401)

Quinta Mazatlan is one [read more…]

Blog Birding #347

At The Eyrie, young birder Patrick Newcombe recounts his experience doing research in Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.

When I first arrived on the Osa, the tremendous diversity of birds astounded me. I seemed to find a species I haven’t seen before each time I walked into the forest around the Piro Research Station, and even [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 1, 2017

Into the the final month of the year, where the continuing ABA rarities are for the most part familiar. The Nazca Booby (ABA Code 4) was seen again this week in southern California, which has hosted all 6 species of North American Sulid in the last month. Tamaulipas Crows (4) continue to be seen in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Best Bird Books of 2017 with Donna Schulman

2017 was a good year for bird books, with a number of exciting titles seeing publication this year. As we reach the end of the year it’s a good time to look back at the ones we loved, and 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman joins me to talk about our favorites. Donna and I [read more…]

#ABArare – Garganey – California

On Sunday, November 26, birders reported a dingy immature Garganey (ABA Code 4) at Waller Park, in Santa Maria, California, Santa Barbara County. The bird has apparently taken in with the resident feral duck flock, which has led to a lot of speculation as to the bird’s provenance. However, there are birders who feel that [read more…]

Blog Birding #346

It is a burden we all bear, and one Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography is tackling head-on.

One of the things that make my feathers ruffle though is when I see people post a bird photo and call it a “seagull” because there is no such thing as a seagull. If you plan [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 25, 2017

The presence of a mid-week holiday didn’t seem to slow down the rare bird world this week, even despite the lack of first records. The new ABA Checklist includes an overhaul of ABA rarity codes, so you may see some new numbers this week. Bear with me as we all adjust to this new normal. [read more…]

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