Announcing the 2016 ABA Awards Recipients!
The ABA Board of Directors recently voted to make three presentations of ABA Awards in 2016. The awardees… [read more]
2016 AOU Check-list Proposals, Part 1
It's time, once again, for split and lump season, or at least the first part of the long prelude to changes… [read more]
The TOP 10: Craziest ABA Vagrants of 2015
By Nate Swick and George Armistead
For the last couple years the annual Top 10 Best Vagrants post… [read more]
Introducing the 2016 ABA Bird of the Year!
We're excited, at last, to share this year's ABA Bird of the Year and artist.
Thanks to artist… [read more]
Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding
Hmm... Well, it's a decent photo, and the bird is well presented. This can't be all that hard, can it?
It's… [read more]
The ABA’s Spark Bird Project Puts Binoculars in the Hands of Kids
What could a kid discover if they had the tools we birders often take for granted? What could they find?
Birds,… [read more]
We’re just about halfway through 2016 now, and the three birders we featured last time are still pushing onward towards their goal of 700, and in the case of a couple, to beat Neil Hayward’s record of 749, set in 2013. The impressive year continues as rarities continue to turn up around the ABA Area [read more…]
A little more than a year ago, some friends and I attempted a “Big Night” in Boulder County, Colorado: non-stop birding from sunset, 8:16 pm, on Saturday, May 23, 2015 till sunrise, 5:39 am, on Sunday, May 24, 2015. In those nine hours and 23 minutes of darkness and semi-darkness, we experienced lightning and thunder, [read more…]
Warbler watching season is coming to a close, as the birds have mostly found their way to dense stands of boreal forest, or southeastern swamps, or western mountainsides, but Al Batt, excepted at Out There With the Birds, still suffers from warbler neck.
I assume the warbler-watching position—feet spread comfortably, binoculars tipped towards the tops [read more…]
Many rarities continue in Arizona, with the potential ABA first Pine Flycatcher leading the way still present three weeks following its discovery. Also in the area are Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 5), Slate-throated Redstart (4), and Aztec Thrush (4). The New York Garganey (4) continues into a second week, and the Little Egret (4) in [read more…]
ABA Board Member Paul Riss birding with Liz Gordon during The Biggest Week
With June more than half over, it finally feels like Spring has fully transitioned into Summer. In some ways, that’s a relief. When you’re in any sort of birding-related industry, you look at most of April and all of May with [read more…]
The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 6 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one by Ted Floyd that has the honor [read more…]
The 2016 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community is at the printers. American Birding Association members should find it in their mailboxes in the next couple weeks. But you don’t have to wait until then to see what’s inside. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide right now. [read more…]
I admit that I’m a sucker for pelagics, the ocean is an incredible ecosystem that is too infrequently surveyed by birders. Alex Lamoreaux describes a trip to the deep water of Maryland at The Nemesis Bird.
As soon as it was light enough to view the sea around us, the tiny shapes of Wilson’s Storm-Petrels [read more…]
It’s hard to beat Arizona for quality birding experiences these days, not that it’s not spectacular on its own terms, but the barrage of impressive continuing rarities in the state certainly adds a giant dollup of icing on that already delicious cupcake. The likely ABA first Pine Flycatcher highlights continuing birds, but Flame-colored Tanager (ABA [read more…]