A little while ago, I had a strange experience. I was walking along one of the trails near my house in the suburbs northwest of Denver, Colorado, and I noticed that all the Allard’s ground crickets (Allonemobius allardi) were calling from the grass along the left side of the trail. I continued twenty paces, and [read more…]
I have been writing for a long time about big years, so it is likely that I have covered this topic before, possibly more than once. Because I am in the throes of planning another big year, however, this topic has again risen to the surface. How do I decide where to go look for [read more…]
Swainson’s Warbler is ghost for many, plain and skulky in the dense vegetation it calls home. It’s a real experience to see one well, as Stephen Hannington at The Accidental Birder did at the Rio Grande Festival last week. But, of course, there’s sometimes more to the story…
Quite unlike the living jewels so typical [read more…]
Dainty and graceful by gull standards, the Franklin’s Gull has one of the great migrations in the western hemisphere. They breed on the prairie marshes of central Canada and the adjacent states and moves south in great clouds of birds, eventually reaching wintering grounds mostly in the South American nations of Chile and Peru. Birders [read more…]
Noteworthy ABA rarities continuing in to this week include one of the four Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) in Texas, interestingly the one farthest north. The Sinaloa Wren (5) is sitting tight in Arizona and the Streak-backed Oriole (4) was seen this week as well.
Bird of the week honors this time around goes to [read more…]
On November 9, Geoffery Newell found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Oriental Greenfinch in Victoria, British Columbia. This is potentially a first record for the province, as well as a first record (pending acceptance) away from western Alaska.
Photo by Geoffery Newell
British Columbia Bird Alert has a specific information on this bird, [read more…]
Most of North America’s migratory birds have moved on to points south, piling into the Caribbean and Central and South America to wait out the next few months like they have for millennia. So it is for the Green Heron, too. Though much of the southern tier of the ABA Area will hold a few [read more…]
At the Mic: Mya-Rose Craig
It was August 2015 and even at 9 am, I was feeling the heat. We had just arrived into Nairobi, Kenya and after 31 days of birding in East Africa, I was still enthralled. We were at Swara Plains just south of Nairobi, watching new birds but it was the [read more…]
Are you a birder? Or are you one of those poor deluded souls not quite ready to take the plunge. Wendy Clark at Out There With the Birds, has some signs that may force you off the fence.
Your email address and/or Twitter handle contain a bird reference.
You know what a “birding bra” is, [read more…]
No more Mr. Nice Guy. We’ve had some easy (but instructive) photos recently: a black-and-white Black-and-white Warbler; a Hermit Thrush whose identify we accidentally included with the filename; and so forth.
This one’s a lot harder. It’s from Cape May, New Jersey, on the night of Sept. 27, 2011. Analysis by photographer Tom Johnson appears [read more…]