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Rare Bird Alert: February 2, 2018

As has the the case for much of this early year, the week in rarities was a little light. There are some high quality birds continuing into this week, once again headlined by the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, now into its third month among the Mountain Ash trees of Miramichi. Not far [read more…]

Support the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears at Champions of the Flyway

Champions of the Flyway, held annually in southern Israel has quickly become one the world’s premiere bird races, with teams from around the world racing for 24 hours to come up with the biggest list along the migration highway that is the eastern Mediterranean. And more, the event doubles as a fundraiser for Birdlife International’s [read more…]

2017 Big Years: A Roundup

While the 2017 Big Year landscape lacked the wall-to-wall excitement of the year before, with no less than four birders breaking the previous record, many birders in the United States and Canada set notable milestones in both the ABA Area as a whole and their own states and provinces. And while the continental Big Year [read more…]

Open Mic: On Being a Hatch Year Birder

At the Mic: Jeff Kietzmann

I am not sure how I ended up on Cottonwood Pass, at the continental divide, 12,126 feet above sea level, in the dead of winter, before sunrise, searching for a white bird in a snowy white landscape and freezing my Florida feet off at 9 degrees Fahrenheit; but there I [read more…]

Blog Birding #352

Like birds? Like word games? You’ll love Nick Lund of The Birdist as he renames birds based on their anagrams. Welcome Dork Net!

We know there are a lot of birds with names that are…less than optimal. The Red-bellied Woodpecker barely has a red belly. The least evident part of the Orange-crowned Warbler is its [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: January 26, 2018

Continuing ABA rarities on the continent include the long-staying ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, a continuing Blue Bunting (ABA Code 4) and new for this spot Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas. The Nazca Boobies (5) and the Garganey (4) in California have stuck tight for another week, as has the Sinaloa Wren (5) [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: The Nomadic Nature of Snow Buntings with Emily McKinnon

It’s the time of year when Arctic birds are moving south into the populated parts of the continent, and citizen scientists are there to meet them, trap them, and use cutting edge technology to track their movements. It’s a testament to our interest in nomadic tundra birds that that could apply to a couple different [read more…]

#ABArare – Streak-backed Oriole – Arizona

On January 22, 2018, Linda Merrick of Tucson, Arizona, reported an ABA Code 4 Streak-backed Oriole visiting her feeder in central Tucson. The bird was first seen a week ago and may be wintering, but has not yet established a pattern for easy viewing.

The bird is coming to a feeder at Speedway and [read more…]

Top Five Reasons To Visit Cuba with the ABA

Join the ABA and Partnership for International Birding on a Cuba tour in 2018! [read more…]

Blog Birding #351

From Rick Wright at Birding New Jersey and Beyond, an interesting Iiwi sidenote featuring an epic museum burn.

On February 24, 1911, Outram Bangs at the MCZ named a new subspecies of the iiwi, differing from the “true” iiwi of the island of Hawaii in its stronger bill and orange rather than scarlet tones to [read more…]

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