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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…]

Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move

Dickcissel is a summertime staple of America’s Heartland. However, it has also garnered a reputation for being nomadic and unpredictable, and in some years will wander in large numbers well beyond the prairie. It appears that 2017 is shaping up to be a prime example of such a movement. Here at the NAB news desk [read more…]

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