By this point in the year, birders in the ABA Area are no doubt ready for winter to be over. The birds are certainly feeling it, at least in my area they’ve burst into song with a vengeance over the last week. However, this winter still has one more, and hopefully final, push into the [read more...]
First things first. The quiz. Here goes:
If you just want to play the quiz, that’s great. Skip the part below, and scroll straight down to the comments.
And now the rest of the story…
…as explained on p. 66 of the January/February 2014 issue of Birding:
The king [read more...]
Whether we realize it or not, we birders develop relationships with the birds we seek. Sometimes it can be a species, or it can be a family or whole group of families.
Take for example the person who loves to spend frozen hours working through a massive collection of loafing gulls, but cannot abide “warbler [read more...]
As I announced earlier, I’m not doing a “real” big year this year, not even a county big year (except, of course, I’m supposed to be winding down overlapping county big years begun in the middle of 2013). Instead of beginning a big year now, I’m engrossed in client work, volunteer activities, painting birds and [read more...]
Mia McPherson, the skilled photographer who makes her online home at On the Wing Photography, writes a bit about how photographing birds close to home is often as rewarding as photographing them at exotic locales.
When you photograph species local to your area you can spend time learning about the behavior of the birds, the [read more...]
Yesterday, 2/22, birders on a Brian Patteson Seabirding pelagic out of Hatteras, North Carolina, struck yellow gold with an encounter with an ABA Code 4 Yellow-nosed Albatross. According to Patteson, the albatross was encountered at around 2:00 PM just about 4 miles offshore of the town of Avon. It followed the boat down the beach [read more...]
Cape May Point by David Slack. Used under a Creative Commons license.
Here’s an incredible opportunity for the right person. And also some very big shoes to fill and bins to carry. Jobs like this tend not to open very often, so if you believe you have what it takes to helm a [read more...]
Neil Hayward’s Big Year was a blast to follow along with, particularly its dramatic conclusion. Birders who are feeling anxious to follow another Big Year attempt might be interested in Dorian Anderson’s attempt to set a new Big Year record by bike.
Even if he wasn’t counting birds along the way, Anderson’s cross-country trek [read more...]
No week in North American birding sees more rarity reports than the week of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Granted, the very vast majority of these records are incorrect and quickly dealt with by the vast network of volunteer eBird reviewers, but the fact that so many more eyes are in the field during this [read more...]
If you’re not also regularly checking out The Eyrie, the ABA’s young birder blog, you should be. The following post by Sarah Toner is cross-posted from The Eyrie.
Sarah Toner is a 16 year-old birder from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In her eight years of birding, she has traveled to many famous hot spots, [read more...]