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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!

2014 Camp Colorado

July 4, 2014: 10:00 am. I’ve just picked up my rental car at the airport in Denver and am driving by… [read more]

2014 Camp Colorado 2014 Camp Colorado

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

  Two years ago in this space I wrote a three-part primer on the use of digital audio recorders for… [read more]

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1 How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding

Here are three images that appear in the “Featured Photo” column of the May/June 2014 issue of Birding.… [read more]

Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding

On Stringing…

(with apologies to “Pat Stringer”) Never identify a bird unless you’re 100% positive. At least… [read more]

On Stringing… On Stringing...
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    ABA in Delaware, News and Updates

    We’ve arrived. For the last several days the American Birding Association has been busy moving into its new headquarters, at the beautiful refurbished Central Hotel in Delaware City, Delaware. The library is in, the furniture is half out of moving boxes, and the ABA is closer than ever to officially opening the doors, that is, [read more...]

      #ABArare – Whiskered Tern – New Jersey

      With all the excellent birds in Alaska recently, you might be forgiven for thinking the birding elsewhere is just ho-hum. But you’d be wrong, as just this afternoon, Louise Zemaitis and Alec Humann spotted an ABA Code 5 Whiskered Tern from the hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point State Park in Cape May County, New [read more...]

        Rare Bird Alert: September 12, 2014

        Alaska still leads off the week, as it has for the last several in a row. Though things have slowed down from last time we checked in, the Bering Sea islands are still seeing a steady stream of excellent rarities. This week’s highlight is without doubt the ABA Code 5 Common Chiffchaff seen and well-photographed [read more...]

          #ABArare – Northern Wheatear – Ohio

          I questioned whether to include this bird as #ABArare, as Northern Wheatear is a breeder (albeit pretty remotely) in the ABA Area and a semi-regular vagrant to Atlantic Canada and the Northeast US, but as records elsewhere the Lower 48 are relatively scarce, and chase-able records somewhat moreso, I decided just to go for it. [read more...]

            2014 State of the Birds Report

            One hundred years after the extinction of the Passenger Pigeon, the nation’s top bird scientists from conservation groups and agencies have come together again to publish the fifth State of the Birds report. [read more...]

              #ABArare – Common (Siberian) Chiffchaff – Alaska

              We nearly went two days without a major ABA Area rarity from western Alaska, but the folks on St. Paul, in the Pribilofs, snapped that streak with a vengeance. Doug Gochfeld found a ABA Code 5 Common Chiffchaff at Hutchinson Hill. It’s the 4th documented record for the ABA Area (and likely the 5th overall), [read more...]

                Blog Birding #202

                Tis the season for southbound movement, and few birds do it do visibly as hawks. Laura Erickson writes about her experience watching migrating raptors at Hawk Ridge.

                We did keep a count of non-raptors up at the Lakewood Pumping Station—we called that Dawn Dickey Duty—but again, although our team was about as skilled as any [read more...]

                  ABA Bird of the Year Shirts in the field!

                  The limited edition Rufous Hummingbird t-shirts, designed by PRBY’s Paul Riss and Rachel Riorden and printed by Fed by Threads, are on their way to mailboxes across the ABA Area this week. I got mine last evening, and a more comfortable and stylish t-shirt I don’t know that I’ve seen. Rufous Hummingbirds are on the [read more...]

                    #ABArare – Common Rosefinch – Alaska

                    I’m used to writing maybe one or two of these a week. Heck, sometimes a month or two will go by without an ABA Area rarity to cover, but I think it’s safe to say by now that western Alaska is currently having one of “those” years. Gambell is crawling with vagrants. St. Paul is [read more...]

                      Rare Bird Alert: September 5, 2014

                      This week could reightly be called the week that Alaska exploded. Granted, this time of year means that there are groups of birders on two of the ABA’s most noted vagrant traps, Gambell and St. Paul Island, dedicated to finding Asian strays, but even by the exceptional standards that birders on those islands set year [read more...]

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                      • Velociraptors and Moving Rocks: Notes from Camp Colorado September 21, 2014 2:01
                        My week at Camp Colorado started off a few hours behind schedule. After my brother and I boarded our plane, we learned that the plane had a broken seal, and would not be flying us to Denver. We switched planes and got about an hour and a half out, when an elderly woman’s medical emergency […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #32 September 9, 2014 9:09
                        Though breeding songbirds have essentially fallen silent, August can be a very enjoyable month for birding—and it can be enjoyed in very different ways. […]
                      • Open Mic: My First Breeding Bird Survey August 12, 2014 8:22
                        When I got asked to go on my first Breeding Bird Survey with one of our areas top birders, I jumped at the opportunity! I met Katie Koch, a US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist at 4:45am. That was the earliest time I've been birding by 15 minutes. […]

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