Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!
The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make three presentations of ABA Awards in 2016. The awardees… [read more]
2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1
It's time, once again, for split and lump season, or at least the first part of the long prelude to changes… [read more]
The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015
By Nate Swick and George Armistead
For the last couple years the annual Top 10 Best Vagrants post… [read more]
Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year!
We're excited, at last, to share this year's ABA Bird of the Year and artist.
Thanks to artist… [read more]
Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding
Hmm... Well, it's a decent photo, and the bird is well presented. This can't be all that hard, can it?
It's… [read more]
The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids
What could a kid discover if they had the tools we birders often take for granted? What could they find?
Birds,… [read more]
The ABA is proud to host an event tomorrow night that explores a little bit of the history of the place we call home. With the recent announcement that the face of abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman will be gracing the US $20 bill in the not too distant future, there has been an increase [read more…]
A review by Julia Zarankin
On a Wing and a Prayer: One Woman’s Adventure Into the Heart of the Rain Forest, by Sarah Woods
272 pages, $27—hardcover
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The problem with falling in love with wildlife, and with birds in particular, is the distressing accompanying narrative about the [read more…]
Our friends at Cornell’s Birdcast predicted a good week for migration across the continent this past week, and that’s certainly what we saw. Lots of movement from coast to coast from species like Broad-winged Hawk, Cassin’s Vireo, Summer Tanager and others, and that bore out in the listservs as FOY reports were springing up all [read more…]
A review by Keith Betton
Waterfowl of North America, Europe, and Asia, by Sébastien Reeber
Princeton University Press, 2016
656 pages, $45—hardcover
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This is the latest in the series of Helm Identification Guides, which includes such great titles as Robins and Chats, Woodpeckers of the World, and Owls of [read more…]
Diana Doyle, in her “Tools of the Trade” column in the April 2016 Birding, writes of “Bird ID 2.0 for Apps” [ABA member password required for full access]. I’d like to turn that idea inside-out, and ask about “Apps 2.0 for Bird ID,” or more generally, “Apps 2.0 for Birding.”
In the past few [read more…]
On Saturday, April 17, Frank Fogarty identified an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, California. The bird had been seen by others the day before but not identified as Marsh Sandpiper. This is the 3rd record for California and only the 3rd record for Marsh Sandpiper away from [read more…]
This morning (4/19), Mark Hedden, Carl Goodrich, Murray Gardler, Lee Dunn, and Tharon Dunn found a possible Cuban Vireo at Fort Zachary Taylor at Key West, Monroe County, Florida. Pending acceptance this is a 1st record for Florida and possible a first record for the ABA Area.
Photo: Mark Hedden
Fort Zachary Taylor [read more…]
The rare bird hotlines are starting to ramp up around the ABA Area (keep an eye out for more as I acquire photo permissions), starting with an ABA Code 4 European Golden-Plover found at Lumsden, Newfoundland, by Bill Bryden last Sunday.
Photo: Bill Bryden
European Golden-Plover is almost annual in the ABA [read more…]
A review by Caitlin Kight
The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature, photos by Gerrit Vyn
Mountaineers Books, 2015
208 pages, $29.95—hardcover
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Undeniably gorgeous, The Living Bird feels good in the hand and catches the eye with its generous collection of striking photographs. It also features informative [read more…]
Fourteen years ago in Birding (April 2002 issue), there appeared a feature on “The Most Misidentified Birds in North America.” Basically, Kenn Kaufman and David Sibley took turns talking about the ID challenges that give us fits: winter loons, dark buteos, and peeps; Short-tailed vs. Sooty shearwaters and Rufous vs. Allen’s hummingbirds; Thayer’s Gull, of [read more…]