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Photo Quiz: June 2016 Birding

 

Take a look at the front cover of Birding, vol. 3, no. 1 (January-February 1971):

That was so long ago, humans evidently hadn’t yet invented art. Why, they were still using Roman numerals!

Now flip the magazine over, and check out the Table of Contents, printed on the back cover:

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Birds We Ought to Know Better

A review by Keith Betton

The Helm Guide to Bird Identification: Comparing Confusion Species, by Keith Vinicombe, Alan Harris, and Laurel Tucker

A & C Black, 2014

396 pages, $42.95—softcover

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The internet tells us that the term “game-changer” was not used outside of sports until 1993. But one of the best [read more…]

Quality Time with Hoary Redpolls

This past Sunday, I had a very pleasant experience … two experiences at once, actually. One was spending the morning in my local turf with a posse of great birders, including Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd.

Left-to-right: my big mug, Shawn Chandler, Danny Akers, Amar Ayyash, Andy Sigler, Ted Floyd, Joel Greenberg. At William [read more…]

A Bit of a Mix-Up

I get a kick out of hybrid birds- like Easter Eggs hidden in video games, they offer a treat that may be hiding in plain view but undetected without some scrutiny and/or detective work. I’ve previously posted on a couple of hybrid gulls that were fun to suss out (Herring x Glaucous and Herring x [read more…]

YOUR TURN: What Makes a Good Field Guide?

That, or some variation thereof, is one of the questions I most often hear from beginning birdwatchers. This article in the December 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear attempts to answer that question by offering the advice of a diverse set of birders from various corners of Canada and the U.S. These are not [read more…]

Not Your Grandparents’ Waterfowl

A review by Paul A. Johnsgard

Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, Fourth Edition, by Guy Baldassarre

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014

1,027 pages in two volumes, $69.95—hardcover

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In 1942, the American Wildlife Institute published The Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America, a modest-sized book of 474 [read more…]

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithologists’ Union’s North American Classification Committee (NACC). The Supplement details revisions to its Check-list (e.g., lumps, splits, new species, new classifications, etc.). Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can see the Supplement here.) Be sure to check out the [read more…]

Understanding Rarity

A review by Graham Etherington

Rare Birds of North America, by Steve N.G. Howell, Ian Lewington, and Will Russell

Princeton University Press, 2014

428 pages, $35.00—hardcover

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Rare birds: everybody loves ’em. Whether it’s the wonder that you feel on seeing a bird that’s managed to survive a cross-ocean [read more…]

The Allure of the Sea, From Shore

A review by Amar Ayyash

Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: Eastern Waterbirds in Flight, by Ken Behrens and Cameron Cox

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

xi + 602 pages, $35—hardcover

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Perhaps the most challenging form of birding, the identification of birds in flight from a distance is a [read more…]

How to Identify Birds

My recent post here about my love/hate relationship with Slaty-backed Gull, got me thinking about being a birder. “Birder” is a pretty wide net, but I think the one thing—or a main thing—that defines a birder is the desire to identify the birds we see.

From there, many other forms of inquiry and enjoyment may [read more…]

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