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Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015!

We bid a fond farewell to our friend the Rufous Hummingbird, and turn our eyes towards 2015's standard… [read more]

Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015! Announcing the 2015 ABA Bird of the Year! / ¡Presentando al ABA Ave del Año del 2015!

Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding

  Update (Jan. 21, 2015): Tom Johnson's full analysis of this photo is available to ABA members.… [read more]

Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding Photo Quiz, November/December 2014 Birding

Introducing the ABA State Guides

  In one of the ABA’s most ambitious undertakings ever, the association has partnered with… [read more]

Introducing the ABA State Guides Introducing the ABA State Guides

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

Yesterday, the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) unanimously (8–0) accepted the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

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

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out! 2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

2014 Camp Colorado

July 4, 2014: 10:00 am. I’ve just picked up my rental car at the airport in Denver and am driving by… [read more]

2014 Camp Colorado 2014 Camp Colorado

    Blog Birding #218

    The yang to the yin of the successful twitch, is the epic crushing dip. We’ve all been there, and Laura Erickson spins a tale of dipping on a near-mythical snow white gull.

    I’d been fixated on the Ivory Gull since first looking through my field guides in 1974. The pristine whiteness of the plumage, contrasting [read more…]

      YOUR TURN: Traveling Light

      Do you find yourself overburdened with unneeded stuff when you take a birding trip? Are you having trouble staying under the airlines’ baggage weight restrictions? If so, you might like to check out Stephan Lorenz’s recent article in the December 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear. You can read this article by clicking here. Stephan is [read more…]

        YOUR TURN: Getting the Most out of Your Camera

        Buying the particular gear that’s best for you is only the first step. You then need to know how to use it to get the most bang for your buck. That’s where Bill Schmoker comes in. His article in the December 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear is titled “Getting the Most out of Your [read more…]

          Rare Bird Alert: January 16, 2015

          Potential first ABA Area records can cause a lot of excitement in the birding world, and occasionally they can cause a lot of confusion too. That’s the case with one of the more interesting finds of the year so far, a Striped Sparrow that turned up in Williamson, Texas, in the middle of the state. [read more…]

            Birds and Healing

            Birders are well aware that even the unlikeliest of things can sometimes come true. Rarities and mega-rarities bring us so much joy, but an unlikely thing made this past year a very difficult one for me. For the second time, I was diagnosed with colon cancer, this time Stage 4. I thought I had beaten [read more…]

              A Bit of a Mix-Up

              I get a kick out of hybrid birds- like Easter Eggs hidden in video games, they offer a treat that may be hiding in plain view but undetected without some scrutiny and/or detective work.  I’ve previously posted on a couple of hybrid gulls that were fun to suss out (Herring x Glaucous and Herring x Glaucous-winged) but [read more…]

                Early January Birding in Anchorage; Eagle River Christmas Bird Count

                I was not at all surprised that the Common Raven was my first bird of 2015. They are very common in Anchorage. Shortly thereafter, in and over our yard, were Black-billed Magpies, Bohemian Waxwings, Black-capped Chickadees, Mallards, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Common Redpolls. Then I heard a previously unheard sound for my Anchorage yard, [read more…]

                  Blog Birding #217

                  Bird migration is often a journey from known point to known point, but the habitat between those territories is just as critical, and the reasons behind the bird’s choices not always clear. At Cornell’s All About Birds blog, Victoria Campbell writes about researchers there using eBird to shed some light on those decisions.

                  Fatigued and [read more…]

                    Discuss the Future of Bird Clubs at the Mid-Atlantic Bird Club Conference

                    Concerned about trends in your bird club’s membership? Interested in developing strategies to ensure a strong future for your club? Curious about ABA’s new digs? Join us at the new ABA Headquarters in Delaware City on February 7, 2015, , as we invite officers and council/board members of bird clubs from New York to Virginia [read more…]

                      Rare Bird Alert: January 9, 2015

                      With the exception of out comfortable friends in California, Nevada, and the greater southwest, much of the continent went into the deep freeze this week. But at the very least, the arctic weather brought along arctic birds. One, in particular, which by virtue of its more of less centralized location managed to catch the fancy [read more…]

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                        As the year winds down, many of us are enjoying or preparing for Christmas Bird Counts! […]
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                        When I took on the challenge of the 2014 Young Birder of the Year Contest, I was fully aware that it would be the hardest thing I had ever done. I planned to devote myself to the study of birds for nearly six months spending hours each day compiling a field notebook, studying nest boxes, […]
                      • 2014 Iowa/Illinois Young Birder Weekend December 15, 2014 9:37
                        By Carl Bendorf On June 14-15, 2014, Iowa Young Birders and Illinois Young Birders hosted a joint field trip weekend along the Mississippi River.  Twenty four young birders from Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin had a great time exploring a variety of habitats. One of the highlights was spending time with special guest, Rachael Butek, 2010 ABA Young […]

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