For a Big Year birder, 9 months in means that most all of the regularly occurring ABA Area breeding birds have been tallied. September is the beginning of rarity season, which means that any birder with the hopes of a sizeable Big Year list needs to put themselves in position to sweep up as many [read more…]
At the Mic: Terry Rich
From August 16-20, 2016, two thousand ornithological professionals, students, and enthusiasts working across the Western Hemisphere gathered in Washington, D.C. for the largest-ever North American Ornithological Congress (http://naoc2016.cvent.com). This event, held every four years, includes lectures, workshops, roundtable discussions, and interactive sessions and symposia about everything from population and community [read more…]
Rarity season in the Bering Sea is underway, with excellent birds being found in both the Pribs and on Gambell this past weekend. On St. Paul Island, Stephan Lorenz and crew found an ABA Code 4 Jack Snipe. The bird was initially found on September 9, but refound again yesterday.
Jack Snipe from St. [read more…]
Ontario birder Alan Wormington died this past week, leaving a huge hole at Point Pelee and elsewhere around the country. He was a regular commenter on this blog, too, and an active part of the community here. He will be missed. Josh Vandermuelen on Ontario Birds and Herps offers a touching tribute.
Alan was an [read more…]
Continuing rarities include Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) in Arizona, Marsh Sandpiper (5) on St Paul in Alaska, and the long-staying Little Egret (4) in Maine.
This past week was a tale of two hurricanes, one on either side of the continent. Both Atlantic and Pacific birders anticipated the bounty of [read more…]
Hurricane Newton, the 9th hurricane of an unusually busy Pacific season made landfall in Baja California Sur as a Category 1 storm before pushing northwest along the peninsula and turning eastward towards southeastern Arizona, the first hurricane to do so in nearly two decades. Though not an exceptionally strong storm by the time it reached [read more…]
Will it be, “Yea, yea,” or “Nene?” It’s time to vote on adding Hawaii to the ABA Area. Nenes (Hawaiian Geese), Hawaii’s State Bird, by USFWS.
ABA members, it’s time for your voices to be heard and your votes to be counted.
If you are a current member, you will soon receive a proxy [read more…]
At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty
The threshold for any species to be protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is “listing,” the process by which the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) determines whether a species qualifies as either “threatened” or “endangered.” If listed, protections of ESA apply, but if not, they do not.
Shorebirds are coming through en masses across much of the continent, and Don Freiday at The Freiday Bird Blog writes about how identifying the age of the birds can increase your skill and enjoyment of tackling these ephemeral migrants.
A word of caution: juveniles of a given species can be variable one to the other. [read more…]
As of August 28, 2016, I had entered at least one complete eBird checklist per day for 3,528 consecutive days. I think that might be a record. Call me the Cal Ripken of eBirders. (And if you’ve bettered me, please tell us about it.)
Why? Part of it, no doubt, is the listing–OCD streak that [read more…]