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Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!

The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make three presentations of ABA Awards in 2016. The awardees… [read more]

Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients! Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!

2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

It's time, once again, for split and lump season, or at least the first part of the long prelude to changes… [read more]

2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1 2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1

The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015

By Nate Swick and George Armistead For the last couple years the annual Top 10 Best Vagrants post… [read more]

The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015 The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015

Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year!

We're excited, at last, to share this year's ABA Bird of the Year and artist. Thanks to artist… [read more]

Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year! Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year!

Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding

Hmm... Well, it's a decent photo, and the bird is well presented. This can't be all that hard, can it? It's… [read more]

Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding

The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids

What could a kid discover if they had the tools we birders often take for granted? What could they find? Birds,… [read more]

The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids The ABA's Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids
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Where to Watch the 2016 World Series (of Birding)

By the time this post is published, teams of birders have been birding hard for 8 hours in the state of New Jersey, going for glory (or whatever passes for glory in the birding world) in the 32nd World Series of Birding. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon, the WSOB is the among the foremost Big [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 13, 2016

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area continue to thin out. Most of the remaining ones are very long-staying individuals that are fair bets to stick out the rest of the summer where they are. The Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Arizona is probably an exception, even though it has persisted through the week. The [read more…]

Open Mic: A Glimpse From the Magic Stump

At the Mic: Tyler Funk

Five winters have come and gone since my first Prairie Falcon sighting in northern Coles County, Illinois, in October of 2010. Four seasons have passed since discovering that, in fact, two Prairie Falcons have been utilizing this area as their winter range, often roosting on what is now called “The [read more…]

ICYMI: On Spring and the Warbler Obsession

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 6 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one I wrote a couple years back about [read more…]

#ABArare – White-winged Tern – Massachusetts

On May 8, Peter Flood photographed a stunning adult alternate plumage White-winged Tern (ABA Code 4) at Race Point on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The bird made a close pass and Peter was able to get some excellent photos, at which point it disappeared. It was found later the same day at Hatches Harbor nearby where [read more…]

Blog Birding #273

Spring may mean migrating passerines for many birders, but Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus is still about the gulls and the problems that bleaching in spring and summer can pose for identifications.

Birders should keep this in mind especially when assessing white-wingers (i.e., Thayer’s and Kumlien’s in particular) and suspected hybrids. A bleached Thayer’s in [read more…]

#ABArare – Gray Heron – Newfoundland

On May 7, Linda Ryan discovered an odd heron in Bonavista, Newfoundland, which she suspected was an ABA Code 5 Gray Heron. The next day a number of birders were able to refind the bird and confirm her identification. This is Newfoundland’s 3rd record of this Old World species.

Photo: Alvan Buckley

 

The [read more…]

ABA Publications, Now All in One Place

The ABA is excited to announce that all of our many publications, both traditional paper magazines and online resources, are now available at one online location. You can find free online editions of Birder’s Guide, as well as member’s content for our flagship magazine Birding, at our new Publications Hub.

And that’s not all. We [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 6, 2016

It’s the biggest migration week of the year in North America, and the listservs are just crawling with first of years from sea to sea. This is also the first week of 2016 that we’ve seen a bounty of rarities. Are they potentially tied to an influx of birders in the field? Perhaps, and that [read more…]

Two Ways to Win a Complete Set of Kaufman Field Guides in May

Join, renew, or send a friend to the ABA during the month of May and you could win a complete set of Kaufman Field Guides.

We have two sets of Kenn Kaufman’s popular field guide series to give away. Kenn is even going to sign the Field Guide to Advanced Birding for you! You can [read more…]

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