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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…]

“Almost _______________”

In an article in the October 2017 Birding, Luke Maillefer tells the story of a trip that didn’t quite get to its intended destination. Luke and several high school classmates had been selected for the trip of a lifetime: Antarctica! But a medical emergency arose en route, and the students and mentors couldn’t make it [read more…]

Birding with a Tricorder

 

Here’s a photo from a bird walk this past Sunday afternoon:

It’s pretty obvious what’s going on here. Four birders are pointing their smartphone cameras at a flowering rabbitbrush, a plant favored by painted lady butterflies. Painted ladies, you may have heard, are staging a remarkable population outbreak all across North America. If [read more…]

Another Birding Photo Quiz: October 2017

One wasn’t enough! If the ghoulish grebe in our Featured Photo, October 2017 Birding, has you wanting more, then we offer you all these shorebirds and such:

How many species can you ID in this photo? Click on the photo to enlarge. Please use the “comments” section below to share your thoughts. Photo by [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: October 2017

The “Featured Photo” in the October 2017 Birding, arriving soon in ABA members’ mailboxes, prompts three questions:

1. What the heck is this?

2. If you have a general idea, why is it this one and not that one?

3. Even if you know exactly which one it is (it’s this one, not that one), [read more…]

Painted Ladies! (Or, The Phenomenon of Phenomena)

 

The butterfly lay on the parking lot pavement, its red–orange hues aglow in the rising sun. It was beautiful but not worth salvaging, I judged, and I hastened to my appointment. An hour later, the creature was still there, still lovely, still glistening like a jewel. Ordinarily, it would have been stepped on and [read more…]

Happening NOW: Mountain Birds on the Move, But How Extensively?

This past Friday at a local hotspot in Boulder, Colorado, I was mildly surprised by a Williamson’s Sapsucker. The species is routine in the warmer months in the mountains in the western part of my county, but I’d never seen one east of the foothills. A quick check of eBird confirms it:

Williamson’s Sapsuckers [read more…]

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