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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!

    SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Travel, 2015

    I’ve just received word that the 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide [read more…]

      Open Mic: The Fine Weirdness of the Dry Tortugas

      At the Mic: Mark Hedden

      The thing no one tells you about the Dry Tortugas: It’s kind of weird to bird there.

      The Tortugas are a small cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West. They are largely made up of broken coral and sand, and they tend to grow and shrink and sometimes [read more…]

        Blog Birding #225

        Beach-goers and beach birders are all too familiar with the occasional wrecked seabird, and this time of year, when the last of winter can break those birds already on a razor’s edge, is a peak time for it. Mike Crewe at View from the Cape tells you what you need to know.

        It seems likely [read more…]

          #ABArare – Brown Shrike – California

          On March 5, 2015, Alison Cebula of California State Parks found an unusual shrike at Manchester Beach State Park in Mendocino County, California. She took a distant digiscoped photo and sent it off to some local experts who confirmed that she had, indeed, found an ABA Code 4 Brown Shrike.

          The original photo by [read more…]

            Open Mic: Battling Bye-Bye Blackbird – Conserving a Declining Species

            At the Mic: Dr. Judith Scarl

            Blackbirds are often taken for granted. Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds seem omnipresent, singing from the reeds in a marsh, chattering in huge flocks in agricultural fields, or perhaps guarding feeders against smaller, more colorful species. And then suddenly, and without any fanfare, the Rusty Blackbird largely [read more…]

              Rare Bird Alert: March 13, 2015

              For as long as we’ve done this weekly round up at The ABA Blog, I’ve never included rarities from previous weeks in the subsequent weeks’ reports, at least not intentionally. This is mostly a logistical consideration on my part. Making sure to include every continuing rarity would not only make the post prohibitively long, but [read more…]

                ABA Member and Non-member Survey Summary

                Last September, the annual member meeting of the ABA coincided with the opening of our new headquarters in Delaware City. Taking advantage of the presence of a number of members of the board of directors, we spent an afternoon discussing ideas for improving service to our 12,000 members and attracting new members. One of our [read more…]

                  Still as a Pine Cone

                  January, 1976 I don’t know if it was just a particularly good year for them, or if I was just on a roll, but I was having tremendously good luck finding owls in the park across the street from our apartment. One of the really great old things (of which there were many) in Chicago’s [read more…]

                    Watching and Waiting and Trying not to Whine (Not so Murrily)

                    My goal on Monday morning (yesterday) when I went birding was to go to an ocean inlet overlook in Anchorage to see a Common Murre and to have that adventure be the subject of today’s blog post. I would write about that overlook (Point Woronzoff) and about the delight of seeing a murre there. I [read more…]

                      2015 Young Birders of the Year!

                      After months of judging the inspiring work of so many truly impressive young birders, our judges have made their decisions. The recipients of the 2015 ABA Young Birder of the Year contest have been contacted and we’re ready to share the announcement with the rest of the world. [read more…]

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                      • 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 […]
                      • Book Review: Ten Thousand Birds March 10, 2015 5:36
                        Ten Thousand Birds: Ornithology Since Darwin, by Tim Birkhead, Jo Wimpenny, and Bob Montgomerie Princeton University Press, 2014 544 pages, $45.00 hardcover ABA Sales / Buteo Books How did today’s birds come to be? How has the history of ornithology evolved since Darwin’s time. These questions, and many more, are answered comprehensively in the […]

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