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American Birding Podcast: Field to Screen with Jason Ward & Rob Meyer

Birders have been portrayed onscreen for decades now, with mixed accuracy. While this has definitely changed for the better in recent years there’s still room to grow and the web-series Birds of North America is pushing the public perception forward once again and it definitely deserves your attention. The series is produced by the media [read more…]

Blog Birding #401

Warblers that migrate less tend to sing pair duets more, the reasons for this are explored by Liam Mitchell at The AOS Pubs Blog.

We tested whether migrating and duetting are correlated in the evolutionary history of New World warblers. Essentially, we were looking to see if duetting and the absence of migration show [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 12, 2019

Spring migration is here in a big way, and the listservs are buzzing with early season migrants and FOYs galore. There were still rarities to find though, both continuing and new birds, and Texas continues to lead the pack in the former with a long-staying Crimson-collared Grosbeak (ABA Code 4) and the recent arrival of [read more…]

2019 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 3

The third and fourth batches of 2019 bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee have recently been released. For those who might not know, this committee is the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our [read more…]

Will You Be the 2020 ABA Young Birder of the Year?

Do you never leave the house without your binoculars? Even indoors, are birds always on your mind? How would you like to stretch and grow your birding skills under the guidance of some of the most respected birders in North America and have a lot of fun in the process? If you are age 10 [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 5, 2019

Before we start in on the actual rare birds this week, a brief statement on those that weren’t. April Fool’s Day is probably the worst day on the calendar for birders, who are so well tuned to the unusual and novel. So while this week saw a Hooded Crane reported in Colorado and a Whiskered [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: On Crow Culture with Kaeli Swift

Dr. Kaeli Swift knows crows. And she’s watched them do some pretty extraordinary things. In fact all corvids-the family that includes crows, jays, magpies, and others-have a well deserved reputation for intelligence and fascinating social behaviors. Dr. Swift’s research has provided insights into how crows interact with us, with their dead, and with each other. [read more…]

Blog Birding #401

The week has been one for Bill Thompson III memories, and Sharon Stiteler of Birdchick adds hers.

I have so many special birding moments or stories that I tell friends that he was part of. He may not even be mentioned in those stories, but he was there experiencing them with me. He was [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 29, 2019

The list of lingering ABA rarities is dwindling this week, but Texas is still hosting both a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) and a Yellow Grosbeak (4) this week, with the addition of returning Tamaulipas Crows (4). And in Alaska, the ABA 1st Long-legged Buzzard (no code) is still hanging tight on St Paul and the saylight [read more…]

Blog Birding #400

Birders in the northern part of North America are starting to see the arrival of spring in the form of Red-winged Blackbirds. Kent MacFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Blog celebrates their raucous return and what it means about the changing climate.

Getting her start in 1960, Kathleen Anderson recorded spring phenology on her [read more…]