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Blog Birding #324

In this season of baby birds, it’s tempting to feel as though you need to do more for these seemingly helpless animals. Kaeli Swift at the Corvid Research Blog explains why this is not a good idea.

t’s totally normal for baby crows to be on the ground and flightless as long as they’re covered [read more…]

The ABA Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2016

At the intersection of the old year and the new year, 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 the 10 most popular posts published on this [read more…]

Blog Birding #233

Cranes are known for their elaborate courtship dances, with some Asian species taking the cake in that regard. our Sandhill Cranes show some fancy footwork, too, as Scott Simmons shares at Birding is Fun.

Sandhill Cranes mate for life, and they can be seen doing this courtship dance primarily during breeding season (though sometimes you [read more…]

ABA Blog in Review: June 2013

This month was a difficult one for those of us at the ABA. We mourned the loss of our friend and colleague Betty Petersen, whose incredible work for birders and bird researchers in Latin America through the Birders' Exchange program was truly inspirational. We all owe a great debt to Betty, both for her work [read more…]

ABA Blog in Review: August 2012

I come to you today, friends, on the tail end (well, just beyond actually) of the best month ever here at the ABA Blog.  A big part of that was obviously the announcement that shook the very foundations of internet birding, the move of Jack Siler's well-loved and well-read Birdingonthe.net to new cyber-digs here at [read more…]

Recording Bird Song in the Arctic

The New York Times has a regular feature called "Scientist at Work" in which working scientists write, in detail, about their efforts in the field.  It's generally a good read for people interested in that sort of thing and covers a lot of ground, but recently, ecologist Natalie Boelman of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory [read more…]

Southeastern Arizona still on fire

These days, referring to the mountains and canyons of Southeastern Arizona as a “hotspot” is probably a bit of unwelcome irony. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Coronado National Forest had been closed to hikers, birders, and other users not only for their safety, but to guard against any incidental fire hazards from people [read more…]

What do you carry?: Birding equipment in the field

Greg Neise asks a question of all birders at North American Birding Blog, what do you carry in the field? Optics, field guides, notepads, all have to be hauled out somehow or prioritized due to space concerns, and we all have preferences that are as individual as every individual birder. We’ve mentioned birding equipment here [read more…]

Audio Field Marks at Earbirding

Nathan Pieplow, the blogger and bird vocalization guru at the most excellent Earbirding.com, expands on a really great question regarding how we describe what we hear versus how we describe what we see. Why is it that so many skilled birders can go into such detail when discussing the visual appearance of birds, but relate [read more…]

Blog Birding #26

Another fascinating piece from Nathan Pieplow of Earbirding, this time on A Robin’s Many Songs:

The average American probably hears more song from robins than from any other bird, and yet we still cannot answer any of Kroodsma’s questions. Perhaps it is because we do not listen as carefully as we could; and perhaps it [read more…]

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