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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…]

Blog Birding #334

How do birders process the birds that they see? How do our brains go from stimulus to identification and where can it get tripped up. These are questions Jennifer Gorka seeks to answer, or at least, to think about.

Here’s a cross-disciplinary thought about how we identify birds: we seem to wrestle between bottom-up and [read more…]

Blog Birding #333

We certainly have a good idea of what an eclipse looks like, but do we know what one *sounds* like? Cornell researchers tried to find out in 1963, Marc Devokaitis at All About Birds tells the tale.

“The eclipse does not influence many of the factors which affect bird song such as time of year [read more…]

Blog Birding #332

The question of how to diversify birding has been one the outdoor community has been attempting to answer for some time with varying degrees of success. Jacqueline Scott of Black Outdoors shares her thoughts on what we all can do.

There was a rare bird among the birders. Me. A Black woman participating in an [read more…]

Blog Birding #331

It’s the time of year for baby shorebirds on eastern beaches, and at Readings from the Northside, you can learn about how those babies are monitored and banded.

Restoring a little balance to the shore requires a little work, and some sacrifice, but these people have already done the heavy lifting for us. This is [read more…]

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