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Happening NOW: Palm Warbler Fest in Colorado

By Dean Shoup

Something is going on with Palm Warblers in Colorado this fall of 2018. The species is a regular visitor to Colorado in the fall, with scattered reports every year. But 2018 has been a crazy banner year for the species. The nearest year in recent times with a similar irruption was 2012, [read more…]

Happening NOW: Irruption of Winter Finches Underway

In July, a small, charismatic passerine began arriving at feeders and migrant traps in the mid-Atlantic and southeast—well outside its breeding range. Birding listervs, text groups, eBird rarity alerts, and the like lit up with the news: Red-breasted Nuthatches were on the move. Though it was still mid-summer at the time, this clued birders for [read more…]

Happening NOW: Snowy Golden Plovers

It’s one of the immutable truths of birding: Bad weather brings good birds. So, when I woke up on a snowy Sunday morning, Oct. 14, 2018, it was patently obvious to me that I would visit my local patch, Greenlee Wildlife Preserve, at the end of my street in the Denver suburbs. Almost immediately I [read more…]

Happening NOW: The midsummer nocturnal molt migration of eastbound Chipping Sparrows

Note: “Happening NOW” is a series of occasional posts about avian “S&D” (status and distribution) on the continent. “Happening NOW” posts are brought to you by the editors of North American Birds (NAB), the quarterly journal of ornithological record published by the ABA. To learn more about NAB or to subscribe, please visit aba.org/north-american-birds.

 

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HAPPENING NOW: Upslope Sparrows

 

The other day, I saw 9 Clay-colored Sparrows at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve, my local patch. That Monday morning, May 14, 2018, was raw and cool, with a low cloud deck, steady drizzle, and a bit of fog. It’d been a while, it occurred to me, since my last Clay-color sighting at this postage-stamp preserve [read more…]

Happening NOW: Winter Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead

Those of you who are tuned into the American Birding Podcast will know that my co-Editor Tom Reed and I recently sat down to discuss some of our favorite trends from this Winter-that- was. We had a great time discussing everything from Tufted Ducks to Tufted Flycatchers! If you haven’t yet had a chance to [read more…]

Happening NOW: Red Crossbills on the Move

On a warm summer evening, sometime in mid-June, I found myself sitting on a dock in central Wisconsin, unwinding after a long day spent working on that state’s breeding bird atlas. Mid-sip on a Summer Shandy, that familiar sound met my ears: jip-jip-jip. Distant at first, they soon approached the lake, appeared as a duo [read more…]

Happening NOW: Sabine’s Gulls and Long-tailed Jaegers on the Move.

For birders across the continent, a significant part of any day in the field is going to involve finding some water. If you’re on the coast, you might be hoping to locate some near-shore migrating shearwaters or an early wave of sea ducks. If you’re further inland, its more likely you’ll be staring at an [read more…]

Happening NOW: Mountain Birds on the Move, But How Extensively?

This past Friday at a local hotspot in Boulder, Colorado, I was mildly surprised by a Williamson’s Sapsucker. The species is routine in the warmer months in the mountains in the western part of my county, but I’d never seen one east of the foothills. A quick check of eBird confirms it:

Williamson’s Sapsuckers [read more…]

Happening NOW: Wandering Wood Storks and Spoonbills

For many birders, our first encounter with a Roseate Spoonbill or a Wood Stork occurs during a visit to a hazy, mosquito-filled, wetland on the Gulf Coast. This year however, some of us have been lucky enough to find these charismatic waders far to their north of their typical haunts. It isn’t terribly unusual for [read more…]

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