There’s no surer sign of spring in the ABA Area than the return of Birdcast, the fantastic site run by Cornell and eBird that synthesizes eBird data and weather forecasts to predict who is migrating and when they’re likely to move. Here on the front end of spring it’s mostly waterfowl, swallows, and a few [read more…]
At the Mic: Carolyn Longstreth
As many ABA members know, Rich Stallcup, of Marin County, California, was an outstanding naturalist, teacher and “extraordinary human,” who touched the lives of countless people. He played a pivotal role in the rise of birding as a national pastime—and especially the love of birds as a motive for conservation. [read more…]
I’ve just received word that the 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel 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 [read more…]
At the Mic: Mark Hedden
The thing no one tells you about the Dry Tortugas: It’s kind of weird to bird there.
The Tortugas are a small cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West. They are largely made up of broken coral and sand, and they tend to grow and shrink and sometimes [read more…]
Beach-goers and beach birders are all too familiar with the occasional wrecked seabird, and this time of year, when the last of winter can break those birds already on a razor’s edge, is a peak time for it. Mike Crewe at View from the Cape tells you what you need to know.
It seems likely [read more…]
On March 5, 2015, Alison Cebula of California State Parks found an unusual shrike at Manchester Beach State Park in Mendocino County, California. She took a distant digiscoped photo and sent it off to some local experts who confirmed that she had, indeed, found an ABA Code 4 Brown Shrike.
The original photo by [read more…]
At the Mic: Dr. Judith Scarl
Blackbirds are often taken for granted. Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, and Brown-headed Cowbirds seem omnipresent, singing from the reeds in a marsh, chattering in huge flocks in agricultural fields, or perhaps guarding feeders against smaller, more colorful species. And then suddenly, and without any fanfare, the Rusty Blackbird largely [read more…]
For as long as we’ve done this weekly round up at The ABA Blog, I’ve never included rarities from previous weeks in the subsequent weeks’ reports, at least not intentionally. This is mostly a logistical consideration on my part. Making sure to include every continuing rarity would not only make the post prohibitively long, but [read more…]
Last September, the annual member meeting of the ABA coincided with the opening of our new headquarters in Delaware City. Taking advantage of the presence of a number of members of the board of directors, we spent an afternoon discussing ideas for improving service to our 12,000 members and attracting new members. One of our [read more…]
January, 1976 I don’t know if it was just a particularly good year for them, or if I was just on a roll, but I was having tremendously good luck finding owls in the park across the street from our apartment. One of the really great old things (of which there were many) in Chicago’s [read more…]