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Nikon Monarch 7

    Enigmatic, Inscrutable, and Absorbing

    A review by Luke Tiller

    Looking for the Goshawk, by Conor Mark Jameson

    Bloomsbury, 2013

    368 pages, $26.95—hardcover

    ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13890

    Mark Conor Jameson is best known for his well-received Silent Spring Revisited, a review of the highs and lows of the conservation movement since Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking work. In his latest [read more...]

      Citizen Science and the Ornithological Record

      A review by Drew Weber

      Birds of Central Pennsylvania, by Nick Bolgiano and Greg Grove

      Stone Mountain Publishing, 2010

      262 pages, $20.00—softcover

      ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13347

      When I moved to State College in the summer of 2010 for graduate school, I was excited about birding central Pennsylvania, which has extensive forest and many [read more...]

        The Allure of the Sea, From Shore

        A review by Amar Ayyash

        Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: Eastern Waterbirds in Flight, by Ken Behrens and Cameron Cox

        Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013

        xi + 602 pages, $35—hardcover

        ABA Sales / Buteo Books 13931

        Perhaps the most challenging form of birding, the identification of birds in flight from a distance is a [read more...]

          Birds and People

          A review by Robert O. Paxton

          Birds and People, by Mark Cocker, with photographs by David Tipling

          Random House, 2013

          592 pages, $65.00—hardcover

          ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14189

          This sumptuous volume is a bit like a double chocolate sundae. It’s too rich for one sitting, but you can’t stop eating. It explores a sweeping [read more...]

            Juncos and Science

            A review by Rick Wright

            Ordinary Extraordinary Junco, by Jonathan Atwell, Steve Burns, and Ellen Ketterson

            Junco Project, 2013

            $5.00–DVD, 1:30

            Available for purchase or free download

            Look outside.

            It is winter as I write, and over much of the ABA Area—and well south into Middle America, too—there’s a good chance that your eye [read more...]

              Do Bluebirds Hate You?

              A review by Julia Zarankin

              Why Do Bluebirds Hate Me? More Answers to Common and Not-So-Common Questions about Birds and Birding, by Mike O’Connor

              Beacon Press, 2013

              185 pages, $12.95—softcover

              ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14114

              Have you ever wondered where cardinals got their name? Or whether woodpeckers take baths? Or [read more...]

                Pterodroma Petrels

                A review by Tom Johnson

                Multimedia Identification Guide to North Atlantic Seabirds: Pterodroma Petrels, by Bob Flood and Ashley Fisher

                Scilly Pelagics, 2013

                316 pages and two DVDs, $69.95—hardcover

                ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14180

                Few birds are as amazingly tough, enigmatic, beautiful, athletic, and rare as the gadfly petrels. The Multimedia Identification Guide to [read more...]

                  Portraits of British Columbia Birds

                  A review by Bertie Gregory

                  Birds of British Columbia: A Photographic Journey, by Glenn Bartley

                  Heritage House, 2013

                  156 pages, $35.95—hardcover

                  ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14194

                  When I open a book by one of North America’s leading wildlife photographers, I expect [read more...]

                    Feathered Craftsmen

                    A review by Joy M. Kiser

                    Birds’ Nests of the World, by Mamoru Suzuki

                    Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology, 2013

                    72 pages, $29.95—hardcover

                    ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14142

                    For Japan’s beloved children’s book illustrator Mamoru Suzuki, the discovery of a bird’s nest near his home on the Izu Peninsula in 1986 was a metamorphic [read more...]

                      2013 Young Birder Gift Guide

                      Still looking for a great present for the young birder in your life? I recently asked a group of young birders what they had on their wish lists this year. Read on to see what they had to say, as well as see some of my favorite things.


                      I think you’d be hard-pressed to [read more...]

                      Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
                      If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
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                        Merlin, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s new bird identification application, is a seamless, quick way for beginners to identify birds on-the-go. Taking into account the bird’s color and size, habitat, and time of year, the application provides accurate possibilities of the bird you found. The location uses the eBird citizen-science database to compile a lis […]

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