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    The Festival Phenomenon

    Kilted birders take the stage at last week’s Rio Grande festival (note ABA prez Jeff Gordon, far right).

    My flight home from Harlingen, Texas, last Monday—after a wonderful week at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival—marked the end of an exhilarating and maybe unprecedented streak: This year, I participated in 15 separate birding [read more…]

      Open Mic: A New World Big Day Record – 354 Species!

      The LSU Peru Big Day team has broken the world record for the most species observed in a single day! Their total of 354 ABA-countable species breaks the previous record by Robinson and Parker set in 1982 (as well as a non-ABA-recognized total of 342 set in Kenya). Below is a report on their effort [read more…]

        Open Mic: Tackling the World Big Day Record, Part 2

        The following is an update from Louisiana State University Big Day team members on their progress in scouting for their Peru Big Day, an attempt to break the world big day record while raising support for research on Neotropical birds. The ABA is excited to offer them a platform for promoting their attempt. For more [read more…]

          Open Mic: Tackling the World Big Day Record

          The following is an update from Louisiana State University Big Day team members on their progress in scouting for their Peru Big Day, an attempt to break the world big day record while raising support for research on Neotropical birds. The ABA is excited to offer them a platform for promoting their attempt. For more [read more…]

            Cell Phone Bird Photography

            Is all this camera gear really necessary anymore?

            Digital camera sales have been in the news lately – or, rather, the lack thereof. Canon recently reported that its compact camera sales have fallen 36% compared to one year ago, and sales of its digital SLRs have dropped by 19%. Nikon, meanwhile, has seen a [read more…]

              A Visit to the Book Shop

              The other day, I went to look at bird books in Portland, Oregon, at Powell’s City of Books, which is said to be the world’s largest independent bookstore. Powell’s is a High Island-style fallout of printed pages. The store covers a downtown city block with several floors and 1.6 acres of retail space, holds a [read more…]

                Dispatches from Attu: Making Lemonade

                This story starts slow, but stick with it. It gets a lot better near the end. Trust me.

                After scoring the Pin-tailed Snipe on May 31, we had renewed hopes for the second week of Zugunruhe‘s Attu trip. The weather forecast was still poor for bringing more vagrants (east winds and no low pressure systems [read more…]

                  Dispatches from Attu: The Finding of the Snipe

                  While the forecast was for winds out of the southeast, we awoke to southwest winds on May 31. Since they weren’t associated with a storm passing by us I didn’t have high hopes, but it was still more encouraging than yesterday’s northeast winds. We split up into three groups to cover more area, with some [read more…]

                    Dispatch from Attu: To the End of the Aleutians

                    Editor’s Note: We’re excited to offer dispatches from John Puschock and Zugunruhe Tours‘s trip to legendary Attu, at the very tip of the Aleutian Islands. John will be posting about the journey here at the ABA Blog every few days.

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                    Greetings from Casco Cove! We’re almost done with the first week of [read more…]

                      It’s Your Big Day

                      One of the things I love most about birding is how challenging it can be. Note that I didn’t say, how challenging birding is. Because the challenge is what you make it.

                      “Big” birding is taking the rather passive (and thoroughly enjoyable!) day of birding and expanding or contracting it to add a [read more…]

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