The Ammodramus sparrows, a group of relatively colorful (for sparrows) and often secretive open-country birds that are well worth making an effort to see, as Ed Gaillard at Warblers and Rumors of Warblers finds out.
Nelson’s Sparrow is a member of the genus Ammodramus, a scarce and secretive group of grassland and mash sparrows that [read more…]
Birding has many joys, not least of which is finding something that is definitely not supposed to be where it is. Dorian Anderson of The Speckled Hatchback recounts the discovery of a California Dusky Warbler.
However, the excitement of chasing rarities, “poaching” as I often refer to the process, pales in comparison to finding rarities [read more…]
Storm-petrels are among the most numerous birds on earth, but their habitat preferences put them out of reach of most birders. So it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to appreciate them the way Jared Clarke of Bird the Rock was able to recently.
For a place that boasts the world’s largest colonies of Leach’s Storm-Petrels, [read more…]
It’s looking like it’s going to be a fairly good winter for Red Crossbills in the coming months, and as one of North America’s most vexing species from a taxonomic perspective, birders often want to keep track of the “Types” of crossbills they cross paths with. Nick Bonomo has some great information on how to [read more…]
ABA Board member J. Drew Lanham, whose new memoir was published recently, offers an excerpt of the work focusing on the concerns of a black man birding in rural South Carolina at Literary Hub.
On mornings like this I sometimes question why I choose to do such things. Was I crazy to take this route, [read more…]
It’s worth noting, in this exciting time of year, that there are lots of wonderful resources available for birders looking to make the most of their fall. Birdcast, by the folks who brought you eBird, is one of the finest, and is worth a daily visit this time of year.
Marginal and locally favorable migration [read more…]
Ontario birder Alan Wormington died this past week, leaving a huge hole at Point Pelee and elsewhere around the country. He was a regular commenter on this blog, too, and an active part of the community here. He will be missed. Josh Vandermuelen on Ontario Birds and Herps offers a touching tribute.
Alan was an [read more…]
Shorebirds are coming through en masses across much of the continent, and Don Freiday at The Freiday Bird Blog writes about how identifying the age of the birds can increase your skill and enjoyment of tackling these ephemeral migrants.
A word of caution: juveniles of a given species can be variable one to the other. [read more…]
It’s peak time for Common Nighthawk migration across much of the continent. Finding them can be as easy as sticking your head out the window at sundown, but Don and Lilian Stokes have some more specific tips.
Common Nighthawk migration is in full swing here in New England. We have gotten good flights before, our [read more…]
Birding attracts naturalists, but also writers too, as if there something about the pastoral avocation that is so appealing to those who look for inspiration in unusual places. At Literary Hub, Katherine Towler explores.
With birds I have found another way of being in the world. The time devoted to watching birds is about nothing [read more…]