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Blog Birding #357

The origin of American Flamingos in Florida, with its myriad zoos and animal parks, has always been a little bit of a mystery, but as Liz Langley writes in National Geographic, the evidence increasingly suggests that they are naturally occurring.

In the study, published recently in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, the authors pored over historical [read more…]

Blog Birding #356

Yes yard-listing can be fun, but it’s limited. Steve Tucker at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds is here to introduce to you the idea of the five-mile radius.

The idea (my interpretation) is that you should bird a lot within your 5MR, because almost everyone should be birding more locally than they already are. Less fuel [read more…]

Blog Birding #355

Hawkwatching in the desert is, in itself, a strange sort of experience. Cassidy Grattan at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds speaks to its oddness.

No hawks yet, as is normal for this hour. A short walk to stretch the legs, achy from the time in the truck. An irregularity in the sand right below the next [read more…]

Blog Birding #354

The ABA-Leica Sub-adult Wheatears are preparing for the Champions of the Flyway. If you are need more reasons to donate, hear directly from one of the members, Aidan Place, at The Eyrie.

Anyone who has been present at a young birder camp, or perused the results of the ABA Young Birder of the Year [read more…]

Blog Birding #353

News about Hawaiian birds always seems to be good news mixed with bad. Mark Devokaitis at All About Birds shares the latest on Iiwi and Alala.

The Iiwi is under siege on several fronts. Avian malaria, transmitted by mosquitoes, is killing the birds outright. Warmer temperatures have allowed mosquitoes to move to higher elevations on [read more…]

Blog Birding #352


Birders know that National Wildlife Refuges are among the finest places for birding in the US. At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty offers his opinion on the 25 best.

Trying to choose the “best” refuges for birding is a fool’s errand, as everyone’s criteria are different. Some are great for a specific bird, others for [read more…]

Blog Birding #352

Like birds? Like word games? You’ll love Nick Lund of The Birdist as he renames birds based on their anagrams. Welcome Dork Net!

We know there are a lot of birds with names that are…less than optimal. The Red-bellied Woodpecker barely has a red belly. The least evident part of the Orange-crowned Warbler is its [read more…]

Blog Birding #351

From Rick Wright at Birding New Jersey and Beyond, an interesting Iiwi sidenote featuring an epic museum burn.

On February 24, 1911, Outram Bangs at the MCZ named a new subspecies of the iiwi, differing from the “true” iiwi of the island of Hawaii in its stronger bill and orange rather than scarlet tones to [read more…]

Blog Birding #350

National Geographic launches the Year of the Bird with an essay by author Jonathan Franzen, published online but to be included in the next print issue as well.

For most of my life, I didn’t pay attention to birds. Only in my 40s did I become a person whose heart lifts whenever he hears a [read more…]

Blog Birding #349

The ABA’s 2018 Bird of the Year, Iiwi, is not only distinctive visually, but it evidently has a unique odor as well. Rick Wright at Birding New Jersey and Beyond has more.

The stunningly scarlet and black iiwi was the first endemic Hawaiian landbird known to European science: it was the first to be drawn [read more…]

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