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Limited Edition 2014 ABA Bird of the Year T-Shirt Available NOW!

Now that the Rufous Hummingbirds are starting their slow journey south, stopping off at hummingbird feeders… [read more]

Limited Edition 2014 ABA Bird of the Year T-Shirt Available NOW! Limited Edition 2014 ABA Bird of the Year T-Shirt Available NOW!

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...

Introducing: The Lifelook

One of the most interesting facets of birding culture is its unique vocabulary. From lifers to dips to… [read more]

Introducing: The Lifelook Introducing: The Lifelook

ABA Adds Zino’s Petrel, #982

On 16 September 1995, Brian Patteson photographed a Pterodroma petrel off Hatteras, North Carolina. At… [read more]

ABA Adds Zino’s Petrel, #982 ABA Adds Zino's Petrel, #982
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    New Big Year Opportunities…

    Unless there is another government shut-down or other calamity in the next month or so, we are moving to Alaska in late August. Almost the first thing I thought of (and almost the first thing others mentioned) when learning that my husband had been offered a weather forecaster job in Anchorage was OMG – just [read more...]

      Blog Birding #195

      Summertime may mean slower (or at least more uncomfortable) birding, but with some big taxonomic news coming it’s nice to take a refresher on the major bird systematics news of the year. At 10,000 Birds, David Ringer wraps things up. Kiwis and elephant birds? American Tree Juncos? All here.

      It’s mid-July, which among other things [read more...]

        BirdLife South Africa, Albatrosses, and ABA Events

        The ABA is hosting a safari trip to South Africa later this year, and there are no shortage of reasons to be excited about it. The birding is spectacular, the mammals are nearly as impressive, and we’re working with the dedicated conservationists at BirdLife South Africa to create an itinerary that will be as rewarding [read more...]

          Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2014

          With respect to TS Eliot, birders know that it’s July that is the cruellest month. Birds are ratty and molting, we’re still a couple weeks away from shorebird migration in earnest, and for much of the ABA Area the thermostat makes birding a certain hot and buggy affair. Still, we persevere, because as much as [read more...]

            How to Record Birdsong—Part 3

            Note: This is the third in a three-part series on how to record bird vocalizations. We looked in Part 1 at which hardware to use and how to use it. In Part 2, we learned about software. In this third and final installment, we take a take a broader view—what to listen for when we’re actually out [read more...]

              How to Record Birdsong—Part 2

              Note: This is the second in a three-part series on how to record bird vocalizations. This part is about software—editing sound files and then sharing them with other birders on the internet. Click here to back up to the first part—an overview of the hardware you’ll need to get started.


              5. Edit the sound file. I’ll [read more...]

                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 birding. A lot has changed since that time. The hardware I reviewed in Part 1 no longer is available. The software I discussed in Part 2 has been upgraded—plus, I’ve gotten better at using it. [read more...]

                  Happy Paris Day...Let's Have a Photo Quiz

                  Exactly 1,063 years ago today, the great city of Paris was founded. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by having a photo quiz. Without further ado, here’s the photo:

                  Photo by © David Wiggins.

                  Hmm… Can’t identify the bird? Scroll down a bit…








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                    Blog Birding #194

                    Tis the season for slow birding and bald cardinals. Rick Wright, at Birding New Jersey and Beyond, digs up an early example of the phenomenon confusing birders then as it does annually nowadays.

                    The internet is clogged with photographs of hideous northern cardinals, the feathers of their heads all gone to reveal wrinkled bluish skin. There’s a [read more...]

                      El Niño - Effects on Birds and Birding

                      Now more than ever, birders are able to practice their interest with in increased sense of how the weather influences the movements of birds. Whether this is reading dopplar and wind speed charts to predict landfall of migrating passerines, or following hurricanes and tropical storms for waifs, or tying influxes of vagrants to storm systems [read more...]

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