Nature documentaries generally come in one of two flavors. They can either take you to the farthest reaches of the planet, introducing you to the bizarre and often other-worldly organisms that can be found there, or they can take you deep into the familiar and share fascinating aspects of species with which we’re more or [read more…]
I have just spent a week in Homer (May 6-13), which included the weekend of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Although droplets of rain fell periodically, none of my birding was rained out, and birds were everywhere. Picturesque snow-topped mountains were visible in all directions out across the water of [read more…]
On May 17, Carl Tomoff discovered an ABA Code 4 Crescent-chested Warbler at Granite Basin Lake in Yavapai County, Arizona, near Prescott. A number of birders were able to find the bird and photos were obtained. While the species has occurred in Arizona before, this is the farthest north record of this Middle American species [read more…]
On the evening of May 14, Rachel Hoogenbos found an ABA Code 4 Little Egret at Daniel’s Head on Cape Sable Island in Nova Scotia. The bird stuck around for at least two days, according to eBird.
Photo by Ronnie D’Entremont, Used with permission
Cape Sable Island is located on the far southern tip [read more…]
Interesting in learning about the inspiration and motivations of the ABA’s new Young Birders of the Year? At The Eyrie Jennie Duberstein shares an interview with Dess Sieburth of California on, among other things, why he took on the challenge of the Young Birder of the Year contest.
I learned a lot from participating in [read more…]
Alaska rarity season is opening with a bang on the Aleutians. On May 14, Barb and Frank Haas found a stunning Hawfinch (ABA Code 4) near the airport ponds on Adak Island.
Photo by Franklin Haas, Used with permission
Hawfinch is a considered a classic drift migrant in the western Aleutians in spring, where [read more…]
Hi, all. I’ll be quick: For upcoming coverage in Birding of the 2015 Bird of the Year, we need photos and art of Green Herons doing cool stuff: fishing, flushing, defecating, anything like that.
Don’t just stand there, Do something! These Green Herons seem to have gotten the memo. Southlake, Tarrant County, Texas; August [read more…]
We’re in the last stages of spring migration, as the northbound birds travel ever northward and the classic late migrants begin to turn up in the southern tier of the ABA Area. This is a great time for misdirected birds, overshoots, and weather blown vagrants, and the four, count ’em, four potential first records this [read more…]
A review by Brooke McDonald
The Wallcreeper, by Nell Zink
200 pages, $16—softcover
ABA Sales / Buteo Books
Birding is a pastime of opposites: hedonism and asceticism, mysticism and materialism, passion and logic, meaning and anomie, wilderness and domesticity. It is a dialogue between inward and outward, and through birding, we create [read more…]