Things pick up a little this week in the ABA Area. Unanswered, and perhaps unanswerable, questions of provenance have not deterred birders still coming in droves to see the Black-backed Oriole in Pennsylvania, which has shown every day since its presence was announced. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) continue in Texas [read more…]
The next episode of the American Birding Podcast is ready to go!
With the incredible and ambitious Merlin app, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology claims to be able to identify your mystery bird photos. Project Manager Drew Weber joins Nate Swick to talk about how it works and what kind of applications this program has [read more…]
The ABA is holding a membership drive between now and the end of February 2017. Purchase a new membership or renew your current membership (no matter when it expires) before February 28, 2017, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a pair of Leica Trinovid binoculars. I was able to try them [read more…]
Window collisions are a serious and often fatal problem for many of our migrant songbirds. But as Heidi Trudell explains in the most recent issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear, not every collision is a fait accompli.
Heidi’s article contains a wealth of information on what are currently understood to be the best methods (and [read more…]
Few birds are as evocative as a Snowy Owl, as impressive a bird as there can be in North America. At Notes from the Wildside, ABA Blog contributor Justin Cale shares his first experience.
On a cold, dreary Saturday morning, my father and I awoke at 4 a.m. in preparation for a trip to the [read more…]
The Professional Football Championship Game (we’re not technically allowed to call it by its real name, but you know what we’re talking about, right?) is the sort of cultural event that is a big deal even if you aren’t a football fan. There’s the game, for sure, but there’s also the half-time show, and also [read more…]
With the February 2017 Birding magazine arriving in ABA members’ mailboxes right now, it’s time for some ponderings about the “Featured Photo” in the current issue. Here’s the deal. Instead of guessing what this bird is, tell us what field marks you’re looking at. Here’s a tease: A quite obvious field mark in this photo [read more…]
Even though it’s only February, we might already have a winner for the least expected ABA Area vagrant for 2017. On January 31st a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania, noticed and photographed a strange oriole in their yard. The bird was posted to the Advanced Bird ID Facebook group where it was quickly identified as [read more…]
Some weeks are slower than others, and we seem now to be in a bit of a late winter doldrums with regard to rarities. Nonetheless, a number of ABA Area rarities hold on into February. The young Ross’s Gull (ABA Code 3) in New York has been seen by many. In Texas, a Golden-crowned Warbler [read more…]
A review by Rick Wright
The Natural History of Edward Lear, by Robert McCracken Peck
David R. Godine, 2016
224 pages, $40—hardcover
It took me years to figure out that there was only one Edward Lear, that the brush responsible for some of the finest natural history illustration of the nineteenth century was wielded by [read more…]