Compared to the Old World, we birder sin the Americas suffer a paucity of kingfishers, which is a shame as they’re such charismatic and dramatic birds. Fortunately, the one most of us in North America know and love is the Belted Kingfisher, and Laura Erickson shares with us more that we thought we’d want to [read more...]
Young birder camps aren’t just great opportunities for the campers, but the interns have a story to tell too. At The Eyrie, Mike Hudson writes about his experiences at Camp Avocet.
Aside from being able to bird every waking hour, I also had the privilege to be guiding alongside the other instructors, which is not [read more...]
Perhaps no topic of discussion among ABA areas is more likely to turn birder against birder than the inclusion of Hawaii into the ABA Area. At Pittsburgh Birding Life, Aidan Place makes his case against adding Hawaii.
The most credible pro-Hawaii argument in my eyes, is that adding Hawaii would draw attention to the plight [read more...]
It’s the season for massive congregations of swifts descending into old industrial smokestacks across much of the ABA Area. Hipster Birders Nick and Maureen enjoy the sight of Vaux’s Swifts in Oregon.
Afterward, we stayed in the Portland metro area. The occasion was our wanting to witness a truly spectacular avian spectacle: an incredible number [read more...]
Fall is peak rarity season, so birders should brush up on their responses to finding rare birds. Fortunately, Lucas Bobay at The Birder’s Conundrum is ready to provide you with that important information.
It’s been far too long since I’ve met a good rarity. I have found myself moping around campus, dragging my feet with [read more...]
Birding in fall often means seeking out the nearest fruit-bearing tree and waiting for awhile. Laura Erickson sings the praises of her local fruit-eating birds.
Lovely as flying waxwings are, I love being where they set down for a spell in convivial feeding groups. Of course, there are degrees of conviviality. There can be 20 [read more...]
Migrating birds have it tough. Not only do that have to traverse thousands of miles in difficult conditions, they also occasionally have gulls picking them off like flies on a window when they cross the Great Lakes, as Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus documented recently.
The assumption here is that the passerines migrate over the [read more...]
Tis the season for southbound movement, and few birds do it do visibly as hawks. Laura Erickson writes about her experience watching migrating raptors at Hawk Ridge.
We did keep a count of non-raptors up at the Lakewood Pumping Station—we called that Dawn Dickey Duty—but again, although our team was about as skilled as any [read more...]
Birds don’t have much in the way of a sense of taste, with the notable exception of hummingbirds, which have a famous sweet tooth. Ed Yong at National Geographic’s Not Exactly Rocket Science explains how the ability to taste sweet things was lost, and then re-found, in that one specific family.
In 2004, the chicken [read more...]
Great Black-backed Gulls are massive and brutish, but aging y0ung birds are require a practiced eye. Amar Ayyash of Anything Larus looks at juvenile and 1st summer GBBGs.
My short semi-annual runs to the East Coast are usually just enough time for me to visit the most popular gull hangouts between Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay [read more...]