I’m sure I speak for birders everywhere when I say that for the most part strong wind blows. (See what I did there?) Nothing puts wee birds into heavy cover, shakes your scope, and wicks the heat out of your extremities like a strong wind. Long-anticipated pelagic plans can be dashed when the wind gets the sea [read more...]
On 4/9, Rob Fergus discovered an unusual cormorant in a retention pond in Clinton, Hunterson County, New Jersey. Fergus identified the bird as a Neotropic Cormorant, and after a bit of discussion consensus gathered on that being the correct identification. This would be a first state record for New Jersey.
Photo by Ellen DeCarlo, [read more...]
The ABA is excited to announce the publication to two new state-based bird books, published by Scott & Nix, and authored by two current ABA staffers, who just happen to be contributors to the ABA Blog as well.
Rick Wright handles the American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of New Jersey, which will be [read more...]
On April 10, an unidentified couple found an ABA Code 4 Slate-throated Redstart at Barfoot Park in the Chiricahua Mountains, Cochise County, Arizona. The bird was subsequently refound and photographed by Mary Dineen. The bird has not been refound since then but may still be present.
photo by Mary Dineen, used with permission
Barfoot [read more...]
Scott Whittle, Tom Stephenson, and friends are trying something big this spring. A Big Photo Day, in which they attempt to acquire identifiable photographs of as many species of birds as possible in a 24 hour period.
Scott and Tom share the details:
This April a team of expert birders [read more...]
Over at Leica’s Traveling Trinovid blog, John Sterling discusses the bizarre dead-leafing behavior that many warbler employ as they forage.
In North America, we have dead-leafing Bewick’s and Carolina wrens, but also four warbler species that are dead-leafing specialists only during the winter: Orange-crowned, Blue-winged, Golden-winged and Worm-eating. In 1988 I collected foraging behavior data [read more...]
Perhaps you’re destined for a long layover at Sky Harbor International Airport and are itching to see a Rosy-faced Lovebird. Or maybe you have relatives who live in Phoenix and still haven’t crossed paths with a Gray Vireo. Local birder Magill Weber offers up her suggestions for places to go and birds to see (including [read more...]
Imagine an island in the Pacific with lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, famous hiking trails, and close to 400 species of birds. Did you think of Canada?
That’s what Ann Nightingale asks us in the March 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel. Ann’s article, “Birding on Southern Vancouver Island”, is an invaluable resource to birders [read more...]
When it rains it pours in early spring, it seems. Not just in the flood of year firsts returning to North America from parts south, but also in the number and scope of rarities in the ABA Area. Two states pick up first records this week – sure it’s nothing like the streak we saw [read more...]
On the evening of 4/9, Roger Muskat discovered an ABA Code 5 Marsh Sandpiper in Solano County, California. The bird was found again the next day early in the morning, but has proven to be intermittent, finally showing again on the evening of 4/10. This is the second record for California and only the second [read more...]