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Happening NOW: The midsummer nocturnal molt migration of eastbound Chipping Sparrows

Note: “Happening NOW” is a series of occasional posts about avian “S&D” (status and distribution) on the continent. “Happening NOW” posts are brought to you by the editors of North American Birds (NAB), the quarterly journal of ornithological record published by the ABA. To learn more about NAB or to subscribe, please visit aba.org/north-american-birds.

 

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HAPPENING NOW: Upslope Sparrows

 

The other day, I saw 9 Clay-colored Sparrows at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve, my local patch. That Monday morning, May 14, 2018, was raw and cool, with a low cloud deck, steady drizzle, and a bit of fog. It’d been a while, it occurred to me, since my last Clay-color sighting at this postage-stamp preserve [read more…]

Birding magazine’s “Year of Hawaii”

ABA members knows that the Iiwi is the 2018 Bird of the Year. Consult the Feb. 2018 issue of Birding, starting with H. Douglas Pratt’s dramatic gatefold cover painting of Iiwis, if you need to jog your memory. But there’s also a sense in which the entire year is a sort of “Year of Hawaii” [read more…]

The Ultimate eBird Stationary Count

What species? And how many? For some of these, it’s fine–indeed it’s a good idea–to enter “spuhs” and “slashes,” e.g., Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher and peep sp. The location is Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County, Florida, and date is New Years Day. This is an eBird stationary count, and you have as much time [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: April 2018

If you look at wood-warblers long enough, you’ll find an oddball: a hybrid, a mutant, or some other sort of individual that doesn’t fit in the box. And with the proliferation of digital photos, we birders are documenting such oddballs as never before. Like this fascinating and beautiful individual:

This is evidently a wood-warbler [read more…]

How to Take Pictures of Birding

We’ve said it before here at The ABA Blog, and we’ll say it again: Digital photography has revolutionized the way we identify, appreciate, and understand birds. The proliferation of digital cameras has quite literally changed the way we look at and think about nature. That’s awesome. But I want to shift the emphasis now from [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: February 2018

Okay, folks, here’s the first installment of Birding Photo Quizzes for 2018. Before we get underway, we’ll remind you that, as always, the definitive answer and analysis appear in Birding magazine, published by the American Birding Association (ABA). In order to receive Birding and the many other benefits of ABA membership, please join the ABA [read more…]

ICYMI: Darwin, Schoenberg, and Sibley: A New Dawn for Nature Study?

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 8 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s an post from our staff provocateur, Ted Floyd, [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: December 2017

¡Feliz Navidad!

It’s Christmas morning here in the ABA Area, as good a time as any for a photo quiz. Our photo is from Nicaragua, where so many of “our” ABA Area breeders are spending the holidays right now. The authors don’t know what this bird is! They have a hunch, but nothing definitive. Oh. [read more…]

Nocturnal Flight Calls Online

“Just google it.”

Or: “Just download the app.”

Or, in extreme cases: “Just go to the library.”

Those options work 99% of the time in this birding life, but not—until very recently—in the case of Bill Evans and Michael O’Brien’s indispensable Flight Calls of Migratory Birds. You actually had to buy, borrow, or bootleg the [read more…]

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