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American Birding Podcast: Inside Fantasy Birding with Matt Smith

Fantasy Sports is big business these day, especially now that participants no longer have to do the work by hand. It’s so popular that managing virtual worlds based on real world data has spread beyond sports. Fantasy Birding has become a obsession among a growing cadre of real birders, it has been featured in a [read more…]

Happening NOW: Return of the Brown Boobies

The fall of my freshman year of college I went home to Baltimore to snag what remain my coolest yard birds: a pair of Brown Boobies. In the late summer of that year a pair of these tropical sulids appeared in the Baltimore Inner Harbor—almost as close to downtown as geographically possible. They became quite [read more…]

Blog Birding #411

Laura Erickson writes at her blog about aging and losing the sound of her beloved LeConte’s Sparrow.

Ryan Brady, a wildlife biologist and amazing birder in Wisconsin, has been working tirelessly on Wisconsin’s Breeding Bird Atlas, and some of the areas he’s been searching intensively have been in my old stomping grounds. The day I [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 2, 2019

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) in Florida, seen at least into the beginning of the week. It was joined in Florida by a Black-faced Grassquit (4) which is still hanging around. Little Egrets (4) in Maine continue to be seen, as does a Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Arizona [read more…]

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Stay comfortable in the heat, share your love of birds, birding, and the ABA, and know that you’ve done your part to help us [read more…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 13, Gannets—Take 2

I’ve been seeing northern gannets, Morus bassanus, for well over 30 years. But I’m going to make the case now that I’d never truly experienced the gannet until I visited the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland & Labrador, earlier this month.

I saw my first gannet on a Big Day long ago. Tick. Move along to the [read more…]

Blog Birding #410

At National Geographic, a comprehensive look at the trade of captured songbirds in south Florida by Dina Fine Maron.

Yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that 40 protected bird species in Florida are routinely trapped, mostly songbirds but also owls and hawks. According to Rene Taboas—an undercover officer who heads the Florida Fish [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 26, 2019

The continuing Antillean Palm Swift on Grassy Key, Florida was still present as of July 24.

Two Plain-capped Starthroats were found in the Huachuca Mountains in Arizona this week. One at Ash Canyon, and the other northeast of Sonoita. The Common Crane in Coconino, Arizona continues. A Red-footed Booby was seen in Santa Cruz, California, [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Where Experience Falls Short

What does it mean to be an “expert” birder? And do the skills that make one an expert necessarily translate to the skills that are most in demand when it comes to promoting the birding community in a positive way? Birding editor Ted Floyd joins me to talk about expertise in birding and the many [read more…]

Would You Count It If . . . ?

A week ago, Jason Ward and I were on a boat trip out of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Birds were our objective, needless to say, but we were well pleased with our haul of cetaceans—including a particularly photogenic humpback whale. In reviewing his images of the whale, Jason came across this photo:

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