As reliable as the mudflats full of shorebirds and the first frost, there’s no surer sign of the changing seasons that Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Report.
The focus of the annual “What to expect when you’re expecting irruptive finches” is always on Ontario, but Pittaway’s insights can be extrapolated to the rest of the [read more…]
Sorry for the garbled post that went out earlier today. Evidently, something went funky between composing the post and publishing it. Everything should be fixed now.
Being the spouse of a birder can be thankless, it can be maddening, it can also be hilarious. Danette Collins shares 10 things she’s learned from [read more…]
Yesterday (9/26), Kevin Smith found and photographed a likely Piratic Flycatcher at Barker Reservoir in Houston, Texas.
Photo by Kevin Smith, used with permission. More photos available here.
Barker Reservoir is in west Houston, just south of I-10, off of Hwy 6 (Addicks Satsuma Rd). For more specific directions Kevin offers the following:
It’s a classic parlor game for birders. Okay, birders never sit around in parlors. So we’ll call it a classic car game during the overnight sojourn for a stakeout rarity on the other side of the state. The game goes like this: “I’ll describe a bird, You tell me what it is.”
Let’s play that [read more…]
This week might well be remembered as the week the dam broke in 2015. Drought in the west, El Nino in the Pacific, and the overwhelming urge to move conspired for the first long list of vagrants of the year. So, let’s get to it.
ABA Area birds of note continuing into the week include [read more…]
ABA members will be voting for new board members at the Annual Meeting of Members, to be held on Friday, 2 October 2015 at 10:30 AM at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center, 505 W. Whittier Street, Columbus, OH 43215.
Members who are not able to join us can vote for those board members using the [read more…]
At the Mic: Vjera Thompson
I used to think I had to go somewhere special to go birding. I started birding as a kid and got to tag along on lots of field trips, bird walks, and chases. After I started college, birding was a hobby I did on some weekends, at parks, wildlife refuges, [read more…]
I spent September 10-15 in Gambell on St. Lawrence Island off the west coast of Alaska, which is some 45 miles from Russia (mountains of which were sometimes visible across the water) and the home of about 700 hardy people, mostly Siberian Yupiks. Although over 270 bird species have been recorded there over the years, [read more…]
What a week it’s been for the Bering Sea! First a Blyth’s Reed Warbler on Gambell and now Cory Gregory and the St. Paul Island crew have turned up an apparent Pallas’s Rosefinch in the Pribilofs. This is a potential 1st record for this east Asian finch in the ABA Area.
Photo by Neil [read more…]
Are Big Years “fair”? What with the ever-changing vagrants, the increasing role of non-natives, and the use of technology as a crutch, Jochen Roeder at 10,000 Birds says no. But he has some ideas to fix that.
Big Years are an inherently unfair competition for a variety of reasons. Of course they have nothing to [read more…]