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We at the ABA love the 2015 Bird of the Year so much, we’re giving it away for free! So to speak. For a limited time, read and enjoy John Kricher’s marvelous and informative essay, “A Biologist’s Love Affair with Butorides virescens” [free download, ABA password not required]. Kricher, who served for many years on [read more…]

Liberal and Conservative

The U.S. Supreme Court has been busy of late, handing down decisions both liberal and conservative. Don’t worry, I won’t go there. Instead, I’m going to wade into even deeper doo-doo. Here goes: We in the birding community render and receive judgments that might be characterized as “liberal” and “conservative.” Not in the political sense, [read more…]

Photo Quiz: June 2016 Birding


Take a look at the front cover of Birding, vol. 3, no. 1 (January-February 1971):

That was so long ago, humans evidently hadn’t yet invented art. Why, they were still using Roman numerals!

Now flip the magazine over, and check out the Table of Contents, printed on the back cover:

Take a [read more…]

The 10 Most Commonly Missplepled Words in Briding

We’ve all done it. Lord knows, I’ve done it. We’ve misspelled bird names. And it’s no wonder. I mean, we birders routinely have occasion to say–and write–such words as Phainopepla and Pyrrhuloxia. Anzalduas and Wakodahatchee. Kenn with two n’s, ffrench with two lower-case f’s, and Louis Fuertes’ middle name. I even have in my possession [read more…]

The Kaufman Challenge: Redux

Kenn Kaufman was asked in a Birding interview, “If you could have one wish to improve our world, what would it be?”

His answer: “My wish is that every person might learn to recognize fifty species of plants and animals native to his or her own region. That may not sound like much, but I’m [read more…]

The Big Night


I like Big Days. I’ve been doing them for as long as I’ve been birding. And that’s a bit of a problem—because I’ve been birding for 35 years. You see, I’m the sort of person who likes to mix things up. I don’t like doing the same thing, year after year after year.

But [read more…]

And Now We Need Your Hooded Crane Photos

A week ago, we asked ABA members to submit photos of Green Herons for an upcoming feature in Birding magazine. The response was wonderful, and some splendid photos will grace the next issue of Birding.

Now we need your photos of Hooded Cranes. But not just any old Hooded Crane. Rather, the Hooded Crane (or [read more…]

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…]

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