The last seven days were a little slower than we’ve had recently, with dispersing birds from the south the major theme. But first, continuing ABA Area rarities are familiar, with Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine, and Tufted Flycatcher (5), Flame-colored Tanager (4), and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) all persisting in Arizona. In Texas, one [read more…]
This year has been exceptional for Big Year birders. Not only have two birders broken the previous ABA Area Big Year record set by Neil Hayward in 2013, but this year also marks the first in which four birders have cracked 700 in the ABA Area. By all objective standards, 2016 has been a very [read more…]
Throughout the year, the ABA has been holding prize drawings for those who join, renew, gift a membership, or recruit new members into the organization. The July winners of the two sets of ABA State Field Guides were John Mitchell of Philadelphia, PA and Bill Lambert & Alexandra McQuade of Fort Wayne, IN. If you [read more…]
On August 3, shorebird surveyors Ryan Risher and Jesse Amesbury found and photographed an ABA Code 4 European Golden-Plover in a restricted area of Forsyth NWR in New Jersey. Pending acceptance, this is the 2nd record for New Jersey and one of only a few records in the ABA Area away from the Maritime provinces.
The Wilson versus Audubon debate has raged for decades, but Rick Wright of Birding New Jersey and Beyond makes the case for the lesser-known artist, and his busy, but carefully considered, plates.
It’s one of the great commonplaces in the age-old Wilson vs. Audubon debate: Wilson’s birds are more “accurate,” but the aesthetic value of [read more…]
Catch up with Part 1 here.
We crossed Semichi Pass overnight and were back in Casco Cove at sunrise. We started birding with high hopes, and after just a few minutes we flushed an Eyebrowed Thrush from a willow on the west side of the cove. We also flushed a snipe from alongside a small [read more…]
While birds are moving southward through the ABA Area as early as late June, it’s August that we typically associate with the first real taste of fall birding. And that familiar season of shorebirds and post-breeding birds scattering far and wide is well in evidence this week, and looks only to increase as the month [read more…]
You know the scene in a TV show in which a character says, “What more could possibly go wrong?” and then it cuts to something else going wrong? That’s how I felt at times on this year’s Attu tour. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it was a disaster. In fact, it was [read more…]
On July 30, Annie Lavoie of Saguenay County, Quebec, noted a large unusual hummingbird coming to a feeder at her home. Originally identified as a Blue-throated Hummingbird, it appears certain now that the bird in question is an Amethyst-throated Hummingbird, a species found in Mexico and northern Central America and, if accepted by the committee [read more…]
I’d wager a significant percentage of birders and readers of this blog enjoy attracting birds to your yards, be it through a feeder or two or wildlife specific landscaping. It’s one of the great joys of having a spot of your own, and an opportunity to bring the birds to you rather than expend the [read more…]