Birders are well aware that even the unlikeliest of things can sometimes come true. Rarities and mega-rarities bring us so much joy, but an unlikely thing made this past year a very difficult one for me. For the second time, I was diagnosed with colon cancer, this time Stage 4. I thought I had beaten [read more…]
I get a kick out of hybrid birds- like Easter Eggs hidden in video games, they offer a treat that may be hiding in plain view but undetected without some scrutiny and/or detective work. I’ve previously posted on a couple of hybrid gulls that were fun to suss out (Herring x Glaucous and Herring x Glaucous-winged) but [read more…]
I was not at all surprised that the Common Raven was my first bird of 2015. They are very common in Anchorage. Shortly thereafter, in and over our yard, were Black-billed Magpies, Bohemian Waxwings, Black-capped Chickadees, Mallards, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Common Redpolls. Then I heard a previously unheard sound for my Anchorage yard, [read more…]
Bird migration is often a journey from known point to known point, but the habitat between those territories is just as critical, and the reasons behind the bird’s choices not always clear. At Cornell’s All About Birds blog, Victoria Campbell writes about researchers there using eBird to shed some light on those decisions.
Fatigued and [read more…]
Concerned about trends in your bird club’s membership? Interested in developing strategies to ensure a strong future for your club? Curious about ABA’s new digs? Join us at the new ABA Headquarters in Delaware City on February 7, 2015, , as we invite officers and council/board members of bird clubs from New York to Virginia [read more…]
With the exception of out comfortable friends in California, Nevada, and the greater southwest, much of the continent went into the deep freeze this week. But at the very least, the arctic weather brought along arctic birds. One, in particular, which by virtue of its more of less centralized location managed to catch the fancy [read more…]
At the Mic: Mya-Rose Craig
I am a 12 year old British Bangladeshi birder, conservationist, writer and speaker. The oil spill in the Sundarbans, Bangladesh is a huge ecological disaster being ignored at home and abroad. This ruined landscape is close to my heart. If you have a heart, please help in any way you [read more…]
Suppose you were tasked with characterizing the ABA membership. And suppose you had to do so in a single short sentence. We ABA’ers are all over the place demographically, geographically, ideologically, and other-ically. So we need a characterization that transcends our many differences. I know!—
ABA members like birds and birding.
Well, [read more…]
An East End neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of WQED.
Christmas day, my family and I flew to my natal town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We deplaned and were greeted at the gate by a Santa Claus impersonator. Then we got on the bus to my boyhood home, where my parents still live. [read more…]
2015 is off to a good start with a number of great birds found in the first few days or lingering in to the new year. The most recent of which is a female ABA Code 4 Blue Bunting, found by Dan Jones at Santa Ana NWR in Hidalgo Co, Texas.
Photo by Dan [read more…]