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Blog Birding #364

At All About Birds, (and an upcoming issue of Living Bird), Amanda Rodewald and Ken Rosenberg discuss the various types of migratory bird stopover habitat and why protecting each is critical for the conservation of these birds.

But those pit stops, more properly called “mid-migration stopover sites” by ornithologists, have been a bit of a [read more…]

Blog Birding #363

eBird‘s Global Big Day was a huge success, with just shy of 7,000 species recorded in a single day. You can find the round-up here.

Importantly, this impossibly fun event also provides valuable information to help the birds we all care about. eBirders gathered more than 1.6 million bird sightings on 5 May, which are [read more…]

Blog Birding #362

Catharus thrushes are pulsing though the ABA Area right now, and posing some identification challenges along the way. At the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Blog, Kent McFarland writes about a weird phenomenon that might make things even harder.

But then, quite near the Veery was its very close cousin, a Bicknell’s Thrush calling. “How fascinating [read more…]

Blog Birding #361

They may be beady-eyed killing machines, but Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography manages to catch Loggerhead Shrikes in a more tender moment.

The Loggerhead Shrike did fly in and brought prey to feed the presumed female, during the mating season the males will allofeed the females as part of their courtship behavior. I’ve [read more…]

Blog Birding #360

Spring means time to reflect on migratory birds but also time to reflect on how we, as birders, fit into things. At Avian Ecologist, Jessica Gorzo shares what she loves most about being a birding.

Once I invested the time, though, and learned more about the birds around me, it has brought some neat benefits [read more…]

Blog Birding #359

Meet newly minted ABA Young Birder of the Year Adam Dhalla, interviewed at The Eyrie.

Yes, I started birding around five years ago when I was seven. The bird that really got me started, or my ‘spark bird’ was definitely the majestic Snowy Owl. It was December 2012, and after hearing about the huge [read more…]

Blog Birding #358

A fun story of Montana birding by Sneed Collard at Father-Son Birding.

This year we headed out Monday morning, March 26 (Spring Break), hoping to find an abundance of the white birds. We first stopped in Great Falls to observe a good variety of ducks, especially Common Goldeneyes, on the Missouri River. Making our [read more…]

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…]

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  • Meet Adam Dhalla, 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year March 27, 2018 5:42
    Meet 12-year-old Adam Dhalla from Coquitlam, British Columbia, one of the 2018 Young Birders of the Year! Want to learn more about how you could be the next Young Birder of the Year? Registration is open for the 2019 contest now! ——– Q: Were you a birder before you started the ABA Young […]
  • Open Mic: Birding Mentors Inspiring Young Minds March 6, 2018 6:42
    Texas young birder Sebastian Casarez talks about the importance of mentors to young birders. […]
  • Announcing the 2018 ABA Young Birders of the Year! February 16, 2018 3:07
    We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2018 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest! Congratulations to Teodelina Martelli and Adam Dhalla, as well all of this year's participants! […]

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