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2017 AOS Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American… [read more]

2017 AOS Supplement is Out! 2017 AOS Supplement is Out!

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

The experience, or at least the run up to it, was not unlike fishing. First, you feel a tap. Then maybe… [read more]

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move

Dickcissel is a summertime staple of America’s Heartland. However, it has also garnered a reputation… [read more]

Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move

Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017

Well, it’s an “LBJ,” or “little brown job.” In an article in the June 2017 Birding,… [read more]

Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017 Birding Photo Quiz: June 2017

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary

Birders have a unique vocabulary, cribbed together from science, literature, and a thesaurus thrown at… [read more]

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary Hawk "Kettle" Finally makes the Dictionary

Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!

It's the moment that surely dozens of you have been looking forward to for hours now, the announcement… [read more]

Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year! Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!
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Rare Bird Alert: July 7, 2017

The first week of July always seems to be one of the slower weeks of the ABA Area’s rarity year. This year was keeping to that trend, more or less, until news broke of a really big find in western Alaska mid-week. But before we get to that, the continuing rarities are still all in [read more…]

2017 AOS Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can read the Supplement here, and you can read [read more…]

#ABArare – Pied Wheatear – Alaska

On July 4, 2017, Alexander Harper discovered an apparent Pied Wheatear near the jetty at Cape Nome, Nome, Alaska. Pending acceptance, this is a 1st Alaska and ABA Area record.

Photo: Alexander Harper

Cape Nome is a south-facing headland southeast of the town of Nome, Alaska. The jetty where the bird was seen is [read more…]

Blog Birding #326

Happy US Independence Day to our American members and readers. Laura Erickson offers some thoughts on patriotism and chickadees.

On Independence Day, I like to think about the essential elements of my country that make me proud to be an American. The songs that most famously express patriotism focus on the natural beauty of this [read more…]

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg preaches the virtues of community, with the ABA Rare Bird Alert Facebook Group featured on the screen behind him

The experience, or at least the run up to it, was not unlike fishing. First, you feel a tap. Then maybe nothing for a while. Then you think you might have hooked [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 30, 2017

Rare birds continuing the ABA Area consist of birds we’ve heard about before. A White-tailed Eagle (ABA Code 4_ continues to be seen on St. Paul Island in Alaska. And the Flame-colored Tanager (4), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Tufted Flycatcher (5), continue in Arizona, along with the state first Common Crane (4), refound recently after [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Actor Ian Harding’s Odd Birds

The next American Birding Podcast is out!

In demand actor, 7 time winner of the Teen Choice Award, and avid birder?

Ian Harding is best known for his work on the Freeform network’s teen-drama Pretty Little Liars, but in his new memoir Odd Birds he talks about how birds and birding have provided him [read more…]

A Thousand Years of Extinctions on the Islands of Hawaii

A review by Daniel Lewis

Extinct Birds of Hawai’i, by Michael Walther

Mutual Publishing, 2016

238 pages, hardcover

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Most of Hawai‘i’s endemic birds are endangered, some critically, as are many other animals and plants there. Before human settlement, the islands’ life forms had become almost freakishly abundant and diverse—“endless [read more…]

A Significant Reference Work — and Many Hours of Reading Enjoyment

A review by W. Ross Silcock

Birds of Montana, by Jeffrey S. Marks, Paul Hendricks, and Daniel Casey

Buteo Books, 2016

672 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books BBMT

The first impression on picking this book up—“hefting” might be the more appropriate verb—is one of great size: Weighing in at 5.1 pounds, Birds of [read more…]

A Gorgeous–and Affordable–Introduction to the Hummingbirds

A review by Grant McCreary

Hummingbirds, by John C. Arvin

Gorgas Science Foundation, 2016

216 pages, $60—hardcover

One of the great milestones in the history of natural history books is John Gould’s Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming- Birds. Published in 25 parts between 1849 and 1861, the five original volumes contain an [read more…]

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