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Blog Birding #399

At Audubon, Hannah Waters explores the wild world of Dark-eyed Junco subspecies.

But they aren’t separate species—at least, not yet. The regional varieties of junco will still mate and interbreed randomly wherever their ranges meet, which means they are all the same species. “It’s probably speciation in action,” says Ellen Ketterson, an Indiana University biologist [read more…]

Blog Birding #398

Kaeli Swift of Corvid Research considers the bird of many names, the Canada Jay.

On May 23rd, 2018 the American Ornithological Society announced that Perisoreus canadensis, the bird formerly known as the gray jay, would be officially recognized as the Canada jay. Although this change felt disruptive to some, for the folks spearheading the campaign, [read more…]

Blog Birding #397

Rob Dudley of Feathered Photography shares a neat series of photos of a Rough-legged Hawk’s prey who refused to go down without a fight.

Soon after he turned to his left there was obviously something going on with that feisty vole. The hawk is holding the vole as gingerly as possible with only its talons [read more…]

Blog Birding #396

At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty shares a brief history of the ABA in a time when birding information is more plentiful than ever.

As Claudia Wilds wrote: “If you ask the founding fathers what the birding scene was like before ABA, they present a world heavily dependent on friends and friends of friends and marked [read more…]

Blog Birding #395

At The Eyrie, Matt Smith introduces Fantasy Birding, the new game that enables birders to seek birds virtually around the world.

If you’re familiar with fantasy football or baseball, Fantasy Birding will be easy to understand. You make strategic choices in advance, then get points based on real-world results. In Fantasy Birding those results come [read more…]

Blog Birding #394

A great many ecologists have decided to be much more forceful in their denunciations of outdoor cats. At Birdwatching Daily, the ABC has more.

An open-access study published in December by leading scientists rebuts unfounded criticisms and reaffirms the need for effective control of outdoor cats. According to researchers, coordinated critics have mounted a “misinformation [read more…]

Blog Birding #393

A year and half later, Puerto Rico is still dealing with the after-effects of 2017’s Hurricane Maria. At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty explains what the last two years of CBCs say about how the birds are recovering.

Immediately after hurricanes, surviving birds appear to wander in an effort to find any remaining food supplies and [read more…]

Blog Birding #392

Want to do more birding close to home in 2019? Seagull Steve of Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds explains the 5 Mile Radius and why it should be your goal this year.

Birders of all levels and all stripes have embraced the 5MR, and you should too! Bird Police, civilian bird wizards, “young birders”, geri birders, [read more…]

Blog Birding #391

Want to eBird your Christmas Bird Count, the folks at eBird offer some best practices.

Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season is upon us again! This is a great time to join others and cooperate in a massive effort across the Western Hemisphere to take a snapshot of bird occurrence around the holidays. For three weeks [read more…]

Blog Birding #390

Evolution works in funny ways, and the famous Galapagos Finches may be evolving in response to tourist junk food, according to

Galápagos finches are famed for being the inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s pioneering work on evolution. They are an example of adaptive radiation, an evolutionary process that produces new species from a single, rapidly [read more…]