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Blog Birding #262

There may still be militants occupying Malheur’s headquarters, but the rest of the refuge is open, and Steven Shunk at Nature Travel Network thinks you should get out there.

It’s still a little frigid in the basin, and more snow will fall. Frenchglen and other remote outposts will be quiet for several more weeks, but [read more…]

Blog Birding #261

The origin of North America’s burgeoning population of Lesser Black-backed Gulls is still something of a mystery, but the confirmation of individuals returning to the same place every year, as Amar Ayyash reports at Anything Larus, is pretty exciting.

Last winter, Michael Brothers and Jay Barry from the Marine Science Lab began banding Lesser Black-backed [read more…]

Blog Birding #260

Noah Strycker’s global Big Year was remarkable for a lot of reasons, part of it being that he eBirded the whole thing.

eBird was a key player in my Big Year. I used it to plan ahead, to connect with other birders, and to keep track of and share sightings. Many of us are used [read more…]

Blog Birding #259

The best commentary I’ve seen yet, one that incorporates historical context and contemporary thinking, about the militant occupation at Malheur NWR is by Chris Clarke at ReWild. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

It’s been over a week since a group of armed far-right militiamen started to occupy the headquarters building at the [read more…]

The ABA Blog’s Top 10 Posts of 2015

It’s the time of year for year-end lists, or maybe I’m a a couple weeks late. In any case, I want to publicly thank all of those tho contributed to the blog this year, from regular contributors to guest writers to those who work behind the scenes keeping the whole thing functioning.

The following are [read more…]

Blog Birding #258

Birders are often very concerned with how birds are different, particularly in the face of a difficult ID, but David Sibley at Birdwatching Daily writes a nice little piece about why we should think about how they’re the same too.

The adaptability of shape is demonstrated by such rapidly evolving populations as the Hawaiian honeycreepers [read more…]

Blog Birding #257

Noah Strycker did it! 6000 and change in 12 months, a remarkable total. Read his wrap up of an exceptional year and be sure to check out the video recap!

I snapped a couple of photos. The owl lingered for a few moments then flew off. “Congratulations,” said Ramit. “That’s incredible! As far as I [read more…]

Blog Birding #256

Project SNOWStorm is merely the latest, and certainly the most technologically advanced, study on Snowy Owls. Dozens of researchers have been amazed by their periodic wanderings over the years, as Dave Brinker explains.

Those groundbreaking ornithologists and citizen scientists did not have the technology that we possess today, but they used tried-and-true bird banding techniques, [read more…]

Blog Birding #255

In addition to bare part color, primary pattern, and mantle shades, there are other, more subtle, things to look for in large gulls. Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus explores head shape.

Why is this worth mentioning? I’ve read too many comments recently where people will eliminate a certain taxon based on the shape of its [read more…]

Blog Birding #254

Have trouble estimating numbers in large flocks or birds? Many of us do. David Sibley shares some quizzes to ascertain how good (or bad) you think you are.

Estimating numbers in the field is one of the many challenges facing birders, and it can be very difficult to put a number on a large flock. [read more…]

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