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Blog Birding #371

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty reviews eBird’s new protocols for National Wildlife Refuges.

For anyone visiting a refuge with multiple hotspots (e.g., most refuges), the new functionality allows one to easily create a bar chart for the entire refuge. There is no longer a need to manually include each hotspot that is specifically identified as [read more…]

Blog Birding #370

Dave Brown of Birding Newfoundland shares some tips on identifying sparrows, one of the most intimidating groups of birds in North America but not terribly difficult once you know what to look for.

I’ve seen lots of photos posted in the last month or two of various species of Sparrows and people asking, ‘what sparrow [read more…]

Blog Birding #369

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland is in danger of closing, reports Birdwatching Daily, and here is a way birders can make their voices heard to potentially prevent that.

The Friends of Eastern Neck (FOEN) board of directors has been working with local politicians and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) personnel to encourage FWS [read more…]

Blog Birding #368

10,000 Birds is celebrating “Come @ me” week, a celebration of unpopular opinions. Clare Kines kicks it off with the argument that simpler cameras are better for bird photography.

The 110 film became harder to get and due to the fact that Grant had a 35mm camera that could take 36 photos at a time [read more…]

Blog Birding #367

At Surfbirds, Andy Birch has created a primer comparing two tough Chaetura swifts, Chimney and Vaux’s/

Los Angeles is one of the unique locations in the country where both Vaux’s and Chimney Swifts occur with some regularity. Vaux’s is a common spring and fall migrant, often in large numbers, whereas Chimney Swift is a rare [read more…]

Blog Birding #366

Want to know what it was like to be on a boat when a bird comes by that should by all accounts be in a completely different ocean? Brian Patteson at Seabirding takes you on the ride.

Around 1140 Peter Flood alerted us to a different petrel flying up the slick toward the boat from [read more…]

Blog Birding #365

At The Eyrie, the ABA’s Young Birder blog, Jennie Duberstein interviews newly minted young birder of the year, Teodelina Martelli.

Birds have fascinated me for as long as I can remember—I started drawing when I was three and it was birds, birds, and more birds. I even have pictures of my dad, my sister, and [read more…]

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…]

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