Sorry for the tardy post, all. The mid-week holiday put a little kink in the regular schedule. All the turkey and family time necessitated a slightly later deadline. I hope it didn’t put a damper on too many post-holiday festivities. I almost needed to put it off even one day more, because I finally got [read more...]
So that you can get your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping on, we’ve made the 2013 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear available online today, in its entirety!
Inside, you’ll find tips and suggestions from experts on some wonderful holiday gift ideas for the birder in your life. From roof-prism binoculars and SLR cameras [read more...]
Happy Thanksgiving, faithful readers! I hope that birds treat you well, whether on the dinner table or in your field of view.
All the best- Bill Schmoker
Wild Turkey, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, 21 June 2013.©Bill Schmoker
Put down that Thanksgiving fork! You’ve probably eaten enough, but with family commitments you can’t sneak out to go birding. So now is the perfect time to get ready for the 114th Christmas Bird Count season, which begins on December 14th.
For ideas on new tools for Christmas Bird Counting, see Bill Schmoker’s post on [read more...]
That’s a question a lot of birders are asking these days. And here’s a hint: “Scarlet”, “Summer”, “Western”, and “Hepatic”, are not the answers.
In the lead article in the 2013 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing and Taxonomy, author Alan Knue walks us through the vast assemblage of “nine-primaries oscines”, with the goal of [read more...]
If you’re an ABA member, life is good. Even though many organizations are cutting way back on traditional print publications, the ABA is offering more full-color print periodical content than ever before. We’re expanding online, enthusiastically and unapologetically so. Here at the ABA, it’s have your cake and eat it too.
A substantial chunk of [read more...]
Christmas Bird Count season is right around the corner (are you excited?). With wintry weather on the forecast, Mardi Dickinson at Kymry shares a few tips and products that will help keep you warm this year.
I would rather have to unzip or open up a layer to cool off than to be cold at anytime, [read more...]
Pretty much every Common Nighthawk that spent time in the ABA Area this year has split for warmer climates to the south, but if you’re feeling at all nostalgic for the 2013 ABA Bird of the Year and want to remind yourself of those warm and buggy nights when it seemed like summer would never [read more...]
Any amateur phenologist can tell you that migratory birds seem to be returning earlier and earlier every spring. Rising temperatures due to climate change is presumably the culprit, but until recently, the mechanism that selects for that early arrival was unknown. For a long while, it was suggested that individual birds were changing their individual [read more...]
The first two weeks of November are clearly the time to go out in search of vagrant records, and things have begun to slow down a but as we head into the last part of the month. The weather across the ABA Area has turned decidedly more chilly, and waterfowl and gulls have begun to [read more...]