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Blog Birding #345

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty returns making the case to include US territories in the ABA Area.

Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory in the West Indies where it is the easternmost and smallest of the Greater Antilles. Puerto Rico became a territory in 1898 and a commonwealth in 1952. It is now an unincorporated [read more…]

Blog Birding #344

One of the best known hybrids in North America, Brewster’s Warbler has a long history seen even in some individual birds, as Jente Ottenburghs of Avian Hybrids points out.

The remainder of the paper is a year by year description (running from 1922 to 1927) of the adventures of their Brewster’s Warbler in New Jersey. [read more…]

Blog Birding #343

Though controversial, playback has no shortage of advantages. One should be careful of using it, however, according to Rick Wright at Birding Bew Jersey and Beyond.

“Playback” — the use of recordings and imitations to elicit responses from otherwise secretive birds — will always be a matter of controversy. Most of the debate has [read more…]

Blog Birding #342

Need more evidence that a native plant garden is a good investment for birds? Yushi Oguchi, writing at The AOU-COS Pubs Blog, summarizes his recent paper that explains exactly how.

We investigated whether the health status of fall frugivorous Swainson’s Thrushes and the Gray Catbirds differed depending on their use of shrublands dominated by exotic [read more…]

Blog Birding #341

The inclusion of Hawaii in the ABA Area has led to discussion of other potential additions, including Puerto Rico. Jason Crotty, writing at 10,000 Birds, has more.

Both territories were declared disasterareas by the president and numerous agencies of the federal government eventually lurched into action. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is managing the [read more…]

Blog Birding #340

Jessica Gorzo, at her eponymous blog, collects a comprehensive list of onomatopoetic bird names, including a few you might not have suspected.

Birds names given by the earliest cultures that encountered them were often imitations of their songs/calls. What may be surprising is how many of those names have stood the test of time! For [read more…]

Blog Birding #339

Finding a bird with leg bands is one thing, finding readable bands is another. Those bands, however, can paint a fascinating picture of where the bird comes from, as Dorian Anderson at The Speckled Hatchback reports.

In transiting in and out of Pillar Point Harbor on my many recent pelagic trips, I’ve trying to find [read more…]

Blog Birding #338

Ron Pittaway’s much-anticipated Winter Finch Report is out, with good news for fans of crossbills.

Cone crops in the Northeast are bumper in 2017. It is the best cone crop in a decade or more. This will be a banner winter to see boreal finches in central and northeastern Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, northern New [read more…]

Blog Birding #336

What does the torrential rain and wind of Hurricane Harvey mean for what is one of the most environmentally important places on the continent? Laura Erickson explores.

When the worst hurricanes descend upon us, while thousands of people’s homes are still underwater and the death toll of human beings continues to climb, it can seem [read more…]

Blog Birding #335

Bobolink is one of the oddest birds in North America, so perhaps it is appropriate that its common name has an origin equally odd. Rick Wright, writing at Birding New Jersey and the World has more.

Washington Irving preserves the clearest view into this sinister reading of what seems to us a harmless and attractive [read more…]

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