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ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist

The ABA Checklist Committee (hereafter, CLC) recently voted 8–0 to accept the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Rufous-necked Wood-Rail to ABA Checklist

New Mexico’s Dale Zimmerman receives ABA Ludlow Griscom Award

Dale Zimmerman of Silver City, New Mexico, one of his state’s best known and admired biologists and… [read more]

New Mexico’s Dale Zimmerman receives ABA Ludlow Griscom Award New Mexico’s Dale Zimmerman receives ABA Ludlow Griscom Award

Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding

First things first. The April 2015 Birding has gone to press, and members will be getting their copies… [read more]

Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding

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!

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
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Monitoring a Shearwater Die-off in the Bahamas and How You Can Help

Birders in the Bahamas have noticed a curious uptick in the numbers of shearwaters, mostly Great Shearwaters, found washed up in the beaches of the island nation. While wrecked seabirds are not unusual anywhere there is a beach, particularly at a time of year when young birds are learning the hard way how to survive [read more…]

Make Birders Count: Buy Your Duck Stamp Through the ABA in 2015

Last year, we at the ABA made the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, known far and wide as the Duck Stamp, available through our own store. We hoped this would give birders an opportunity to vote, as it were, for how they want their voices to be heard as consumers of Wildlife Refuges in [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 26, 2015

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include Little Egrets in both Ontario and Maine. The Tufted Flycatchers nesting at Ramsey Canyon in southeast Arizona continue as well, with both individuals making appearences this week. The Flame-colored Tanagers, also at Ramsey, are still around as well, though not as easily seen as when they [read more…]

Photo Quiz: June 2016 Birding

 

Take a look at the front cover of Birding, vol. 3, no. 1 (January-February 1971):

That was so long ago, humans evidently hadn’t yet invented art. Why, they were still using Roman numerals!

Now flip the magazine over, and check out the Table of Contents, printed on the back cover:

Take a [read more…]

#ABArare – Steller’s Sea-Eagle – Alaska

From the wire comes a report of a subadult ABA Code 4 Steller’s Sea-Eagle found on Buldir Island yesterday afternoon. This dramatic species has been known in the ABA-Area a handful of times before, almost exclusively from the Aleutians, but also as far east as Alaska’s southeastern peninsula. This was the case for the most [read more…]

Think You Know Sharp-tailed Sparrows? Think Again

In 1995, the AOU formally split Sharp-tailed Sparrow into Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrow based on differences in “song, morphology and habitat”. From the standpoint of birders, the split was pretty straight forward. the two species are mostly distinguishable in the field, Nelson’s with it’s buffy breast and Saltmarsh with its fine streaks (Saltmarsh is Streaky, [read more…]

Blog Birding #240

A recent Nazca Booby in southern California was widely described (even here) as the ABA Area’s 2nd, but there is another Nazca Booby that came before that few know about, and none saw. Adam Searcy at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds gives the scoop.

As most of you know, the collective blood pressure of many Common [read more…]

Paper, Pixels, Potentials: Endangered Genres?

A review by Rick Wright

Birding Trails: Montana, by Chuck Robbins

Sandhill Crane Press, 2014

508 pages, $29.95—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 1365MT

The Robertson and Woolfenden Florida Bird Species: An Annotated List, by Jon S. Greenlaw, Bill Pranty, and Reed Bowman

Florida Ornithological Society, 2014

435 pages, $24—softcover

There’s a good chance that [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 19, 2015

It was a hot week across much of the continent, and wet in places that saw the landfall of Tropical Storm Bill. No word on whether that tropical system deposited any notable birds anywhere affected by the storm, but with the flooding along the Texas coast and elsewhere it’s likely birders were unable to access [read more…]

Extraordinary Birds, Extraordinary Book

A review by Elwood D. Bracey

Extraordinary Birds: Essays and Plates, by Paul Sweet

Sterling Signature, 2013 144 pages and 40 unbound prints, $50—boxed ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14254 As a longtime collector of antiquarian bird books, I am delighted to review this publication, the second in a series joining solid science with [read more…]

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  • The Warbler Guide App Review June 11, 2015 3:46
    The Warbler Guide, published last year, was an incredible work of writing on the identification of North American wood-warblers. One of its stand-out features was how well integrated it was with online and digital content. Consequently, I was not terribly surprised when it was announced that they were going to be developing an app. […]
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    Learn more about Dessi Sieburth, the 12-year-old 2015 Young Birder of the Year! […]
  • Wildlife Ecology Research April 22, 2015 11:35
    Rensselaerville Falls, Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station. July 13, 2014. What: Wildlife Ecology Research Program for high school students entering their Junior or Senior Year. Where: Huyck Preserve and Biological Research Station 5052 Delaware Turnpike Rensselaerville, NY 12147 When: Late applications due May 1 by 5 PM, EDT. Session I—July 5-26 Session II—August […]

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