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We Want Your Green Heron Photos & Art!

Hi, all. I’ll be quick: For upcoming coverage in Birding of the 2015 Bird of the Year, we need photos and art of Green Herons doing cool stuff: fishing, flushing, defecating, anything like that.

Don’t just stand there, Do something! These Green Herons seem to have gotten the memo. Southlake, Tarrant County, Texas; August [read more…]

Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding

First things first. The April 2015 Birding has gone to press, and members will be getting their copies very soon. ID articles in the April issue focus on Passerina buntings and Empidonax flycatchers. There’s also a commentary by Pete Dunne on the “Cape May School” of Bird ID.

And this bird:

Too easy, you [read more…]

Photo Quiz: February 2015 Birding

Oh, for crying out loud. What kind of a sick mind would do something like this? You’ll never see “real” birds like these ones.

And that’s the point. This image forces us to look at parts of the bird we might otherwise ignore. As you can see, these two birds are quite different. And their [read more…]

Gluttons for Knowledge

 

Suppose you were tasked with characterizing the ABA membership. And suppose you had to do so in a single short sentence. We ABA’ers are all over the place demographically, geographically, ideologically, and other-ically. So we need a characterization that transcends our many differences. I know!—

ABA members like birds and birding.

Well, [read more…]

Great Expectations

 

An East End neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of WQED.

Christmas day, my family and I flew to my natal town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We deplaned and were greeted at the gate by a Santa Claus impersonator. Then we got on the bus to my boyhood home, where my parents still live. [read more…]

Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding

 

Update (Jan. 21, 2015): Tom Johnson’s full analysis of this photo is available to ABA members. Click here for the full-color PDF download:

http://www2.aba.org/file/featuredphoto1214.pdf

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This has to be a trick. You’re right–it is. This bird was photographed off Cape May County, New Jersey, February 2014. Tom Johnson’s analysis appears in the print [read more…]

25th Report of the ABA Checklist Committee, 2013–2014

It’s a holiday tradition at Birding magazine: The last issue of the year features, among many other things, the annual report of the ABA Checklist Committee. Each year, the committee’s report is timely, thorough, and well-researched. So it is with the 2013–2014 report, and we’ll get around to that in a moment. But first things [read more…]

Introducing the ABA State Guides

 

In one of the ABA’s most ambitious undertakings ever, the association has partnered with New York–based publisher Scott & Nix, Inc., to produce a series of field identification guides to the birds of the U.S. states.

The initiative is briskly under way, with three titles already released in 2014: The ABA Field Guide to [read more…]

ABA Members: Submit Your Photos to Birding Magazine

 

Let’s have some fun. Without any preamble, let’s take a look at five great bird photos. Here goes:

 

1. This is sick, as the kids say. A Red-footed Booby in hot pursuit of a fenestrated naffwing. Look at how the booby’s right wingtip is cutting the surface of the water. This is more [read more…]

Featured Photo: September/October 2014 Birding

 

No preamble, no hints. What do you think this bird is? And, as always, why? Tom Johnson’s analysis and answer appear in the print version of the September/October 2014 Birding, arriving soon in ABA members’ mailboxes. For now, though, let’s try to work this bird out together, in the “Leave a Reply” section, below.

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