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Blog Birding #374

We don’t always think of woodpeckers as a troublesome taxonomic family, but at Avian Hybrids, Jente Ottenburghs suggests that maybe we should.

Let’s start in North America. Here, you can find one of the best studied avian hybrid zones, namely the one between red-shafted flicker (Colaptes auratus cafer) and yellow-shafted flicker (C. a. auratus). The [read more…]

Blog Birding #373

Most birders might take for granted the fact that some of our most common birds have some of the more unusual and interesting behaviors you can find anywhere in the world. Dave Brown at Birding Newfoundland seeks to shed a little light.

Most people are familiar with the thievery exhibited in gulls and other seabirds. [read more…]

Blog Birding #372

Will Ford writes a non-birder’s guide to dating a birder at Outside Magazine.

My greatest birding accomplishment remains spotting a pack of endemic fowl crashing through underbrush in Borneo, making loud, chicken-like noises. I spotted them because I didn’t have binoculars and was limited to looking only at the ground. Jessie gave me a [read more…]

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…]

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