In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Canada’s closest analog, Canada Day, is just a few days before, on July 1. It’s a time to come together and remember not only the individualism that energizes us, but the way a shared sense of purpose can enable us to work [read more…]
The recently released March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel features an article by Josh Beck entitled “Finding and Seeing the Avian Unicorns of Middle America”. Josh lists what he believes are the 12 hardest-to-find bird species between the U.S.-Mexico and Panama-Colombia borders, as well as the best bets of finding them for yourself. [read more…]
The March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel contains the ABA’s highly-praised Pelagic Directory. Here (on page 56) you’ll find a comprehensive list of the ABA Area’s pelagic trips, arranged by geography and date. You might also want to check out articles by Diana Doyle and Debi Shearwater from prior issues; they both [read more…]
There’s no getting around the fact that the ABA Area Big Year has serious appeal among birders. Much of it is the vicarious thrill of watching someone build a list in 365 days that most of the the rest of us take a lifetime to accomplish. But there’s also a celebration of the birding community [read more…]
Noah and everything he will carry this year.
Today, I begin 365 days of intense birding: In 2015, I hope to see 5,000 species of birds around the world. After celebrating this New Year in Antarctica, I will make my way up through South America, then across North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and [read more…]
If you haven’t yet seen John Cahill’s article in the October 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, I highly recommend you do. Even if you don’t read it, at least look at the photos. Translated to English, the title means “A Big Year in Guatemala”.
Along the way, John beautifully photographed many [read more…]
Three hundred eighty-eight birds in one year in one county? Yes. It is possible. And Barbara Carlson is the woman who did it. She has seen more birds in one U.S. county in a year than anyone before her. Barbara tells us about her big year experience in the October 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide [read more…]
I am back blogging after an extended break due to our move. We did indeed arrive in Alaska, but there was a lot of trauma involved. The shorter story is: as planned, we left Rapid City on August 24th in our Subaru and our Toyota, with our dog and enough belongings so that we could [read more…]
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…]
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…]