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Confirmation of a New Nesting Site for Black-capped Petrel

For pelagic birders on the east coast, it doesn’t get much better than a Black-capped Petrel in a breeze. Like all Pterodromas, they cruise on the wind like a fine Italian sportscar on a mountain road, effortlessly and with breathtaking abandon. For decades the only known nest sites of this charismatic seabird were in patches [read more…]

The How and Why of Urban Cooper’s Hawks

It sounds strange to say that Cooper’s Hawks were once relatively unusual in urban and suburban settings. The dashing raptors are ubiquitous now, even in the most developed landscapes, and this population boom is certainly inverse to the fairings of so many other North American native birds. Why, then, does this species thrive in places [read more…]

Island Birds and Dark Plumage, Unknown Links Revealed

Birders who have traveled to the islands of the Caribbean and the Galapagos in the New World are likely aware that some of the endemic species there, namely bullfinches and the famous “Galapagos” finches, are a decidedly dusky hue compared to birds on the mainland. This characteristic bears out in a number of island specific [read more…]

The ABA Needs Your NWR Birding Photos!

Do you have a photo or photograph of birds and/or birders on National Wildlife Refuges that you would be willing to share? We need them for a display at the National Wildlife Refuge Expo, to be held in Washington, DC, on July 28. The photos will run on a looping PowerPoint that people may view [read more…]

UPDATE: Migratory Bird Treaty Act Safe For Now

First, a warm thank you to all the ABA members and friends who took the time to contact their representatives regarding the appropriations threat to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that we detailed a few weeks ago. We have good news to report.

Sing loud and proud about the work of the birding community [read more…]

Technology Gets Smaller, Tracking Birds Gets Easier

Some of the more amazing ornithological discoveries in recent years have been the result of tiny GPS packs strapped to the backs of migratory birds. It’s a simple technological innovation that has unlocked some of the basic questions about where do these things go and how to they get there. And more importantly from a [read more…]

Think You Know Sharp-tailed Sparrows? Think Again

In 1995, the AOU formally split Sharp-tailed Sparrow into Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrow based on differences in “song, morphology and habitat”. From the standpoint of birders, the split was pretty straight forward. the two species are mostly distinguishable in the field, Nelson’s with it’s buffy breast and Saltmarsh with its fine streaks (Saltmarsh is Streaky, [read more…]

Review: The Sagebrush Sea – PBS Nature

Nature documentaries generally come in one of two flavors. They can either take you to the farthest reaches of the planet, introducing you to the bizarre and often other-worldly organisms that can be found there, or they can take you deep into the familiar and share fascinating aspects of species with which we’re more or [read more…]

The 2015 World Series of Birding – How to Follow Online

For 31 years the World Series of Birding, sponsored by New Jersey Audubon, has been the foremost Big Day competition in the world. Teams of birders scour the state of New Jersey, uniquely manageable in size and overloaded with fine birding sites, in a bins-out-no-holds-barred-adrenaline-and-caffeine-fueled 24 hour period to see who can find the most [read more…]

eBird’s Global Big Day on May 9

There’s arguably no better time to be birding than right now. The crush of birds seems to increase every day. So why not help our friends at Cornell Lab of Ornithology see how many birds can be found on one calender day around the world when every birder works together? Enter the Global Big Day. [read more…]

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  • Amy K, in Rare Bird Alert: July 24, 2015... { Just one BBWD in Indiana, not a pair }
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  • Rick Wright, in The How and Why of Urban Cooper's Hawks... { I'll be interested to see how the results complement and compare with this 12-year study conducted in urban Tucson: http://ag.arizona.edu/~steidl/files/pdfs/Mannan%20et%20al.%202008%20Urban%20Ecosystems.pdf }
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  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 5 of 5. July 30, 2015 5:14
    Recognizing that there are no such things as right and wrong, here are some thoughts for what you might include in your field journal (and field notebook!). But remember, it’s your field journal so you can do what you want. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 4 of 5. July 29, 2015 3:51
    Fact: Careful observations and sketches help you really learn birds. […]
  • What exactly is a field notebook? Part 3 of 5. July 28, 2015 3:44
    It’s all very well showing some of my notes from recent years (Part 2), when I’m an experienced birder, but what did my notes look like when I was a teenager? It’s pretty clear, however, that I wouldn’t have come close to winning any Young Birder of the Year field notebook competition! […]

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