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#ABArare – Masked Duck – Louisiana

On June 26, Paul Dickson discovered an ABA Code 3 Masked Duck at the Pinola Managed Wetlands near Shreveport, in Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Though officially a Code 3 bird, Masked Duck has been infrequent in recently years, though one was seen last year in Oklahoma. This is reportedly the 5th record of this species for [read more…]

Blog Birding #368

10,000 Birds is celebrating “Come @ me” week, a celebration of unpopular opinions. Clare Kines kicks it off with the argument that simpler cameras are better for bird photography.

The 110 film became harder to get and due to the fact that Grant had a 35mm camera that could take 36 photos at a time [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 22, 2018

Things have slowed a little in the ABA Area as the heat of summer begins to bite, but there are still a handful of noteworthy birds continuing throughout the ABA Area. The Little Egret (ABA Code 4) in Maine looks like it might stick through the summer as they have in the past. A Tufted [read more…]

2018 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, available here, details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes.You can read all the proposals on which the [read more…]

Making Friends and Breaking Ground

A review by Laura Kammermeier

One More Warbler: A Life with Birds, by Victor Emanuel with S. Kirk Walsh

University of Texas Press, 2017

273 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14740

The first time Victor Emanuel flew over unbroken tropical forest was in 1969, when he and John Rowlett took a flight [read more…]

Another Colossal Gull Guide

A review by Peter Adriaens and Amar Ayyash

Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide, by Klaus Malling Olsen

Princeton University Press, 2018

488 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14824

It’s been 15 years since Klaus Malling Olsen and Hans Larsson presented us with their Gulls of North America, Europe, and Asia. Unlike [read more…]

That Fateful Footnote 

A review by David Liebmann

Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, a Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World, by Noah Strycker

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

326 pages—hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14766

Noah Strycker sets four ambitious goals in his latest book: to immerse his readers in different landscapes around the globe, to [read more…]

Blog Birding #367

At Surfbirds, Andy Birch has created a primer comparing two tough Chaetura swifts, Chimney and Vaux’s/

Los Angeles is one of the unique locations in the country where both Vaux’s and Chimney Swifts occur with some regularity. Vaux’s is a common spring and fall migrant, often in large numbers, whereas Chimney Swift is a rare [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: June 15, 2018

June gets an unfair reputation as being a slow month for birding across much of the ABA Area, but 2018 has shown that some exceptional birds can be found in the first month of summer, especially if you’re interested in seeking vagrants. But before we get to that, a quick round up of the notable [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: 2018 Splits and Lumps with Nick Block

Another year, another trip around the world of bird taxonomy courtesy of the American Ornithological Society’s classification committee. That group of bird scientists informs the field guides and lists we birders use every day and they are once again making those decisions presently. As we have before, we lean again on Dr. Nick Block, [read more…]

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