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Introducing the 2019 ABA Bird of the Year

It’s that time again, to launch a year honoring a special bird!

It feels a bit obvious, doesn’t it? That the ABA, celebrating our 50th year in 2019, would choose our long-standing logo bird, the Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus, to be the Bird of the Year in 2019. And it is, of course, but it’s [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 28, 2018

Noteworthy rarities continuing into the past week in the ABA Area include the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, Pink-footed Geese (4) in New York and Colorado, the Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas, the Fieldfare (4) in British Columbia, and a Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

There were no big ABA Area rarities [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Winter Birding Basics with Ted Floyd & Greg Neise

Days are short, weather is at or near its coldest, and it’s easy to just suspend birding for a few months and wait for Spring. But that would be missing out on some truly great birding experiences, including Christmas Counts, which many birders consider to be a highlight of their year. We are currently in [read more…]

Blog Birding #391

Want to eBird your Christmas Bird Count, the folks at eBird offer some best practices.

Christmas Bird Count (CBC) season is upon us again! This is a great time to join others and cooperate in a massive effort across the Western Hemisphere to take a snapshot of bird occurrence around the holidays. For three weeks [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 21, 2018

Continuing birds in the ABA area include the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, both Golden-crowned Warbler (4) and Roadside Hawk (4) continuing in Texas this week, the Pink-footed Goose (4) in Colorado, and a long-staying Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

The bird of the week is arguably British Columbia’s 2nd record of [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy, 2018

The 2018 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy is currently being mailed. American Birding Association members should be finding it in their mailboxes–within the pages of the December Birding–any day now. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue [read more…]

Bird Identification Facebook Style, and an Appeal for our Appeal

As many readers know, the ABA has a robust Facebook presences that includes several groups. One of those groups, What’s This Bird, has been a wonderful way for people of all skill levels and backgrounds to post photos of birds and to get those birds identified.

Greg Neise and I are among the small group [read more…]

#ABArare – Fieldfare – British Columbia

Christmas Bird Counts are excellent opportunities to find exceptional birds, and this past weekend’s count in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, was another example of that. Roger and Nan Beardmore with Peter and Sharon Lawless found a Fieldfare (ABA Code 4), 10 km south of Salmon Arm in the south-central part of the province. This is [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 14, 2018

Notable continuing birds in the ABA Area this week include the Great Black Hawk (ABA Code 5) in Maine, both Roadside Hawk (4) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) in Texas, and a Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

We’ve certainly become accustomed to annual records of Pink-footed Goose (4) in the ABA Area. In recent years the [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birds at Large with Nick Lund

Birds are everywhere. They are in your movies and TV shows, on your sports team logos, even in your Google Street View. There is no shortage of ways that your interest in birds can manifest itself beyond time in the field. Maybe no one knows that better than Nick Lund. Nick is The Birdist on [read more…]

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