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Announcing the American Birding Association 2015 Awards

The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make five presentations of ABA Awards in 2015. The awardees… [read more]

Announcing the American Birding Association 2015 Awards Announcing the American Birding Association 2015 Awards

Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015!

We bid a fond farewell to our friend the Rufous Hummingbird, and turn our eyes towards 2015's standard… [read more]

Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015! Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015!

Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding

  Update (Jan. 21, 2015): Tom Johnson's full analysis of this photo is available to ABA members.… [read more]

Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding

Introducing the ABA State Guides

  In one of the ABA’s most ambitious undertakings ever, the association has partnered with… [read more]

Introducing the ABA State Guides Introducing the ABA State Guides

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

Yesterday, the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) unanimously (8–0) accepted the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American… [read more]

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out! 2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

    Smoked Hawk

    The radar showed birds moving as we got started at 2:30 am. But it looked like birds moving out of central Illinois, rather than moving in.

    Anyone who’s read much of my drivel over the years, knows I like doing Big Days. With my perennial Big Day buddy Jeff, we have been working at [read more…]

      Blog Birding #229

      It’s the lump news that rocked the birding community, though it’s been sort of expected for some time. Are the redpolls, Hoary and Common, two species or, as it seems, just one? Victoria Campbell at All About Birds breaks down the research.

      The Hoary Redpoll is one of those hard-to-get lifelist-adds that can turn birders [read more…]

        #ABArare – Black-tailed Godwit – Indiana

        For a state without any coastline, save for a small stretch of Lake Michigan waterfront, Indiana has seen an incredible run of vagrant shorebirds in recent years. Not just vagrants for the midwest, but legit ABA Area megas like Spotted Redshank, Lesser Sand-Plover, and the most recent find, and ABA Code 3 Black-tailed Godwit.

        That [read more…]

          Rare Bird Alert: April 3, 2015

          The zugunruhe of spring is upon us in force, and that goes for vagrants as well as our expected spring migrants, now pouring into the southern part of the US and moving north. That goes for many of the vagrants we’ve been watching as well, which have disappeared in the last couple weeks. Still hanging [read more…]

            YOUR TURN: Birding in Western Nebraska

            Lots of people drive through western Nebraska on I-80 as they travel between Omaha and Denver, but have you ever stopped to bird there? As Rick Wright tells us in the March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel, there’s a lot more to see than just Chimney Rock.

            Rick did a great job of [read more…]

              YOUR TURN: Birding Michigan’s Tawas Point

              If you’re looking for a quiet place with great spring warbler action, look no further than Michigan’s Tawas Point. Just a couple hours north of Detroit (and not too far away from breeding Kirtland’s Warblers!), Tawas Point is a beautiful, sleepy location well worth visiting. Local birder Kirby Adams offers up his tips for birding [read more…]

                YOUR TURN: The Avian Unicorns of Middle America

                The recently released March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel features an article by Josh Beck entitled “Finding and Seeing the Avian Unicorns of Middle America”. Josh lists what he believes are the 12 hardest-to-find bird species between the U.S.-Mexico and Panama-Colombia borders, as well as the best bets of finding them for yourself. [read more…]

                  YOUR TURN: Birding in Taiwan

                  The March 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel features an article by Keith Barnes titled “Taiwan: The Beautiful Island”. Within, Keith shares his expertise with us to highlight some of the wonderful birding locations (and birds) of his adoptive country. The photos are stunning and alone worth flipping through! Just click here to read.

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                    Blog Birding #228

                    Feeding birds is aften referred to as the “gateway drug” to birding, and it can be dangerous business as Sharron McInness relates at Bird Canada.

                    I’ve been feeding the birds in my backyard ever since that morning eight years ago when I noticed several black-hooded birds hopping around the overgrown garden of our new home [read more…]

                      The Peregrine Fund’s Raptors at Risk Exhibition and Contest

                      The Peregrine Fund, a non-profit organization with a mission to protect birds of prey and their habitats, is offering an opportunity for amateur and professional bird photographers to show their stuff.

                      Their “Raptors at Risk” juried photo contest and exhibition seeks to draw attention to these often misunderstood birds, their stories, and the their conservation [read more…]

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                        For many birders, February is a month of waiting. After February, the snow will melt and the first Killdeers and American Woodcocks will usher in a parade of exciting spring migrants. […]
                      • Open Mic: Searching for Snowy Owls in Ohio March 25, 2015 5:22
                        At the beginning of this year, I remembered missing the chance to spot a Snowy Owl when the bird stormed across the United States the previous winter, so I was determined to see one of these birds this winter. […]
                      • Mothing: The Nighttime Addiction March 18, 2015 5:49
                        Note: Although this may not seem to be a relevant post on The Eyrie, I thought it would be a good idea to share the obsession that sparked my passion for the natural world as a whole. I hope this post will inform and excite you about moths; perhaps even making them an obsession of […]

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