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Chandler Seymour Robbins, 1918–2017

Chandler Seymour Robbins, one of the greatest birders and field ornithologists of all time, died yesterday in Columbia, Maryland. He was 98.

Robbins created the Golden Guide, among the most influential bird books ever published, and he conceived the Breeding Bird Survey, a landmark achievement in biological conservation. His contributions to ornithology and bird conservation [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: February 2017

With the February 2017 Birding magazine arriving in ABA members’ mailboxes right now, it’s time for some ponderings about the “Featured Photo” in the current issue. Here’s the deal. Instead of guessing what this bird is, tell us what field marks you’re looking at. Here’s a tease: A quite obvious field mark in this photo [read more…]

eBird Has Taken Over My Life. It’s All Good.

 

At some point today, I will enter an eBird checklist. No biggie. Many of you reading this you will do the same thing. It will be my 6,225th eBird checklist. Okay, that’s a bit more impressive. Still, it’s nowhere near the record. According to eBird, Peter Svingen has submitted 78,178 checklists, more than ten [read more…]

Photo Quiz: December 2016 Birding

The December 2016 Birding is winging its way to ABA members right now. While we wait for the mail to arrive, let’s take a look at the featured photo in the December issue. Here goes:

This mystery bird was photographed in Ohio in early October. Analysis of the photo appears in the December 2016 [read more…]

One Touch of Nature

 

Go to the gift shop at your local nature center and check out the section with journals, planners, and calendars. Pull one off the display, flip through the pages, and you’ll come upon the inevitable quotes by Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Aldo Leopold. And this one from William Shakespeare: “One touch of nature [read more…]

ICYMI: Bird Records Committees: A Modest Proposal

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 7 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 one by Ted Floyd in this season of [read more…]

October Surprise

 

Surprise me. That’s my mantra, my supplication to the birding gods, every time I go afield. It’s both a prayer of supplication and a prayer for illumination. It is the will of the birding gods, I believe, that we experience novelty, that we attain new appreciation for the world around us, whenever we are [read more…]

Photo Quiz: October 2016 Birding

The Featured Photo in the October 2016 Birding depicts not one… not two… but… well, a whole lotta sandpipers in flight. What are they all? If it helps (hint: yes, it helps!), the image is from Texas in spring.

Photo by © Tom Johnson. Click on image to enlarge

How about another hint? How [read more…]

Birding at Walmart, or: Why I eBird Every Day

As of August 28, 2016, I had entered at least one complete eBird checklist per day for 3,528 consecutive days. I think that might be a record. Call me the Cal Ripken of eBirders. (And if you’ve bettered me, please tell us about it.)

Why? Part of it, no doubt, is the listing–OCD streak that [read more…]

Photo Quiz: August 2016 Birding

Photo by © Tara Tanaka.

This photo, by itself, isn’t all that hard. We’ll even tell you what it is: It’s an Eastern Phoebe. But there’s a hitch. Of course. The quiz question isn’t: What’s this bird? Instead: What bird is the Eastern Phoebe frequently mistaken for, especially in winter?

Tony Leukering, bird ID [read more…]

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