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Rare Bird Alert: May 4, 2018

Hello from the Biggest Week in American Birding in northwest Ohio. If you’re heading up this coming week, stop by the ABA booth and say hello! The ABA 1st record Great Black Hawk is included in the continuing rarities by virtue of a sighting earlier this week on South Padre Island, Texas, not far from [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: At the Champions of the Flyway with the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears

The Champions of the Flyway is one the world’s premiere birding events, a combination bird race/conservation fundraiser held annually in southern Israel that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help stop illegal bird poaching around the Mediterranean. While North American teams have participated in the event before, this was the first year [read more…]

ABA Events, In Our Own Backyard

If you find yourself in Delaware City this spring and summer, come by the ABA headquarters for one of our weekly Heron Watches.

Every Thursday night, April through June, join ABA birding host Devin Mendez and take in the gathering dusk together on the Delaware City Waterfront as hundreds of herons (Great Blues, Little Blues, [read more…]

Blog Birding #361

They may be beady-eyed killing machines, but Mia McPherson of On the Wing Photography manages to catch Loggerhead Shrikes in a more tender moment.

The Loggerhead Shrike did fly in and brought prey to feed the presumed female, during the mating season the males will allofeed the females as part of their courtship behavior. I’ve [read more…]

The Ultimate eBird Stationary Count

What species? And how many? For some of these, it’s fine–indeed it’s a good idea–to enter “spuhs” and “slashes,” e.g., Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher and peep sp. The location is Snake Bight Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County, Florida, and date is New Years Day. This is an eBird stationary count, and you have as much time [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: April 27, 2018

The next couple weeks will see the biggest push of northbound migrants into the ABA Area, which generally correlates with a ton of birders out in the field and the opportunity for some of them to find some cool things. But this post is for the really unusual birds, and we’ve had some excellent ones [read more…]

A Life Evolved in Tandem with America

A review by Elizabeth J. Rosenthal

John James Audubon: The Nature of the American Woodsman, by Gregory Nobles

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017

352 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14844

When 18-year-old John James Audubon arrived in America from Napoleonic France in August 1803, he was accomplished in the youthful pursuits of the [read more…]

Straddling the Boundaries of Biology and Poetry

A review by Lori Potter

Birds of Prey: Hawks, Eagles, Falcons, and Vultures of North America, by Pete Dunne and Kevin T. Karlson

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016

320 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14755

Birds of prey occupy a favored spot in our collective imagination. The Maltese Falcon. The recent bestseller H is [read more…]

#ABArare – GREAT BLACK HAWK – Texas

April continues to provide, at least in terms of potential ABA Area 1st records in border states. This time the place is South Padre Island, Texas, and the birder is Javi Gonzalez who was alerted yesterday (4/24) to a large raptor by the resident Great-tailed Grackles. Subsequent photos by Javi and Alex Lamoreaux confirmed the [read more…]

Avian Creativity and Imagination

A review by Sanford Sorkin

The Genius of Birds, by Jennifer Ackerman

Random House, 2016

340 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14594P

My introduction to the genius of birds came on a sunny afternoon in Arizona. My wife and I were enjoying some wine in an outdoor Phoenix café, almost alone as we [read more…]

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