ABA member Harriet Davidson (right) is the very essence of the modern birder: She’s an unrepentant lister, an S&D (“status and distribution”) junkie, and a widely published author (including new-media offerings like DVDs about penguins). Okay, she’s the essence of a particularly ambitious and energetic sort of modern birder.
There’s more. Davidson was the only woman on [read more...]
Residents of Colorado, or birders visiting the state the first week of August will be interested in a fun party and farewell open house to be held Saturday, August 9th, at the American Birding Association’s headquarters in Colorado Springs. As many of you know, the ABA is relocating its administrative offices to Delaware City, Delaware, [read more...]
If you live and bird in the eastern U.S. or eastern Canada, you’ve probably learned the common call note of the familiar White-breasted Nuthatch: a loud, throaty, somewhat nasal yawrnk. Here’s a recording, courtesy of recordist Mike Nelson, from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee:
(Can you recognize the other birds in this [read more...]
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Birders have watched closely the rapid increase in the number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls in North America, from the rare winter stray to an increasingly common summer resident in the north. Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus, may have hit the motherload last week, however, with an impressive concentration of the species in Wisconsin.
On Friday, [read more...]
At long last, the shorebird scene is starting to come alive. First a Red-necked Stint in Florida, and now following up on a report of a large plover in a field in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Alan Mart photographed an apparent ABA Code 3 European Golden-Plover in an agricultural area near the town of Pittstown. [read more...]
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...]