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How to Know the Birds: No. 2, Here’s Looking At You, Crow

I’d arrived a bit early for the Saturday morning bird walk. What to do? Explore the parking lot of course. For one thing, parking lots are underrepresented in the eBird database. And there was something else: There were crows in the parking lot, and I wanted to get a photo of one. Specifically, [read more…]

Announcing the 2019 ABA Young Birders of the Year!

We’re thrilled to announce the 2019 ABA Young Birders of the Year! [read more…]

The TOP 10: Craziest Vagrants of 2018

The annual Top 10 Vagrants post has become one of our most popular, and most discussed, posts on The ABA Blog every year. With help from my ABA colleagues, I’ve looked back and assembled the following list of notable and unexpected birds that got birders excited and most blew our collective minds. 2018 was a [read more…]

Introducing the 2019 ABA Bird of the Year

It’s that time again, to launch a year honoring a special bird!

It feels a bit obvious, doesn’t it? That the ABA, celebrating our 50th year in 2019, would choose our long-standing logo bird, the Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus, to be the Bird of the Year in 2019. And it is, of course, but it’s [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: December 2018

“BVD,” we birders like to say, when confronted with views such as these. No, we’re not talking about the brand of men’s underwear. “BVD,” to the birder, stands for “better view desired.”

Is that an aesthetic judgment? We’d rather see a bird’s face than butt? Let’s not go there. Or is it a pragmatic assessment?—an [read more…]

2018 AOS Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement, available here, details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes.You can read all the proposals on which the [read more…]

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg preaches the virtues of community, with the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook Group featured on the screen behind him

The experience, or at least the run up to it, was not unlike fishing. First, you feel a tap. Then maybe nothing for a while. Then you think you might have [read more…]

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary

Birders have a unique vocabulary, cribbed together from science, literature, and a thesaurus thrown at a Crayola Crayon box. But for many of our favorite words, there’s been little in the way of official recognition.

Take “kettle” for instance. A birder knows that using the term doesn’t refer to vessel for making tea (unless you [read more…]