Well, the first time in several hundred years, at least. A pair of California Condors at Zion National Park in Utah are raising a single chick, documented by park staff and a number of other state and federal groups.
As birders undoubtedly know already, the iconic California Condor was the focus of one of the [read more...]
If last week was slow, this week, sadly, is slower. But there are signs of a resurgence for those with eyes to see. Mid-summer is the beginning of vagrant shorebird season, and stints are on their way to North America and now is the time to be on the look out for them.
First blood [read more...]
Mid-summer means one thing in North America – it’s stint season!
The first report in the lower 48 came just yesterday when visiting birders Viktor Nilsson-Örtman and his father, Håkan Örtman discovered an ABA Code 3 Red-necked Stint at Boca Chica Beach in Monroe County, Florida. Remarkably, this would be a first state record for [read more...]
Now that the Rufous Hummingbirds are starting their slow journey south, stopping off at hummingbird feeders across the west to chase off all comers, it’s time to start to, once again, pay attention to the 2014 ABA Bird of the Year. To that end, we’re really excited to offer a brand-new limited edition t-shirt, designed [read more...]
One of the greatest pleasures of my job as ABA President is getting to meet and bird with people from all around the ABA Area and beyond. In mid-April this year, I visited the Ozarks region of southwestern Missouri, where I not only had the honor of presenting Andrew Kinslow with the ABA’s Chandler Robbins [read more...]
Unless there is another government shut-down or other calamity in the next month or so, we are moving to Alaska in late August. Almost the first thing I thought of (and almost the first thing others mentioned) when learning that my husband had been offered a weather forecaster job in Anchorage was OMG – just [read more...]
Summertime may mean slower (or at least more uncomfortable) birding, but with some big taxonomic news coming it’s nice to take a refresher on the major bird systematics news of the year. At 10,000 Birds, David Ringer wraps things up. Kiwis and elephant birds? American Tree Juncos? All here.
It’s mid-July, which among other things [read more...]
The ABA is hosting a safari trip to South Africa later this year, and there are no shortage of reasons to be excited about it. The birding is spectacular, the mammals are nearly as impressive, and we’re working with the dedicated conservationists at BirdLife South Africa to create an itinerary that will be as rewarding [read more...]
With respect to TS Eliot, birders know that it’s July that is the cruellest month. Birds are ratty and molting, we’re still a couple weeks away from shorebird migration in earnest, and for much of the ABA Area the thermostat makes birding a certain hot and buggy affair. Still, we persevere, because as much as [read more...]
Note: This is the third in a three-part series on how to record bird vocalizations. We looked in Part 1 at which hardware to use and how to use it. In Part 2, we learned about software. In this third and final installment, we take a take a broader view—what to listen for when we’re actually out [read more...]