I’m still overseas, but with a bit sturdier internet, so this week’s Rare Bird Alert will continue as normal. I do have one quick programming announcement, due to the Thanksgiving holiday next week’s RBA will publish on Saturday rather than Friday. Thanks for your understanding!
Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the ABA’s 3rd [read more…]
We’ve been anticipating the November drawing all year, and here we are! Everyone who joins or renews their ABA membership during the month of November will be entered into a drawing for a Vanguard Endeavor HD spotting scope. You’ll get clear and accurate color rendition with this 20-60x, waterproof scope, sporting extra-low dispersion (ED) glass.
On Sunday, November 13, John Gardiner found an ABA Code 5 Common Scoter in Lincoln County, Oregon. Pending acceptance this is only the 2nd record for the ABA Area, and a 1st record for Oregon.
Photo: John Gardiner (S32526121) via Macauley Library
The bird was seen just south of the town of Lincoln City, [read more…]
Birding can be rewarding for both its intensity and its solace, at 10,000 Birds Patrick O’Donnell seeks the second.
I told him I had seen an Ovenbird. He immediately said, “I was making cookies the other day and they got burned. So, so, you think that Ovenbird had something to do with it Pat?” His [read more…]
I apologize in advance for any missing birds or piddling mistakes in this edition of the Rare Bird Alert. I’m way out of town, and what internet I can access is inconsistent at best. I even considered skipping this week, but after 301 consecutive weeks I don’t know how I can stop now. In any [read more…]
At the Mic: Jason A. Crotty
The federal government does many things, some well and some poorly. One of the things it does well is gather, analyze, summarize, and publish mountains of data, including information about the status of bird populations.
For example, each year the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) issues a report [read more…]
There are many ways to identify a bird, and, as Steve Tucker writes at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds, there are just as many ways to misidentify one, too.
Birds are still getting misidentified by the truckload. Maybe we’ve been going about it all wrong? Maybe some birders actually do not want to identify birds, they [read more…]
It was an exceptional week for rarities in the ABA, as the calendar turns to November, that most exciting month for vagrancy. There are lots of quality continuing vagrants in the US and Canada this week, including Northern Jacana (ABA Code 4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas, Rufous-backed Robin (3) in Arizona, the intermittent [read more…]
With only about 8 weeks left on the calendar, our four birders are nearing the end of the 2016 Big Year chase, a fact no doubt appreciated by friends, family, and significant others. But in the first 10 months of this year, all four have put up some incredible numbers, and undoubtedly made a lot [read more…]
At the ABA’s annual membership meeting at the organization headquarters in Delaware City, Delaware, last week, the ABA membership officially voted to include Hawaii in the ABA Area by a significant margin. About 80% of the ballots received were in support of this change, and we’d like to thank all members who cared enough to [read more…]