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ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

Yesterday, the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) unanimously (8–0) accepted the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American… [read more]

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out! 2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

2014 Camp Colorado

July 4, 2014: 10:00 am. I’ve just picked up my rental car at the airport in Denver and am driving by… [read more]

2014 Camp Colorado 2014 Camp Colorado

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

  Two years ago in this space I wrote a three-part primer on the use of digital audio recorders for… [read more]

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1 How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding

Here are three images that appear in the “Featured Photo” column of the May/June 2014 issue of Birding.… [read more]

Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding

On Stringing…

(with apologies to “Pat Stringer”) Never identify a bird unless you’re 100% positive. At least… [read more]

On Stringing… On Stringing...
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    Notice of 2014 Annual Meeting + Update on ABA HQ Move

    Campers from the Delaware Nature Society‘s Young Ornithologists camp pose for a photo outside the soon-to-be-open ABA HQ in Delaware City. We hope you’ll join us for the annual meeting here on Sep 21. Photo ©Joe Sebastiani

    Summer is often thought of as a time when things slow down a bit. Not here at [read more...]

      Hookpods to Prevent Albatross Deaths

      Long-line fishing is known to be a significant source of mortality for many specifc of pelagic birds, most notably albatrosses. A British invention, the hookpod, has the potential to eliminate seabird deaths in pelagic long line fisheries. Hookpod Ltd (HPL) had a stand at International Birdfair over the weekend and received lots of enthusiastic support [read more...]

        Little Year in a Very Big State

        We are departing for Alaska on Sunday, August 24th. By then the movers will have packed up our stuff and headed north with it too. If our cars hold up okay, we should be in Anchorage by the beginning of September. Along with all the fun of looking for and buying a house there, which [read more...]

          Blog Birding #200

          Great Black-backed Gulls are massive and brutish, but aging y0ung birds are require a practiced eye. Amar Ayyash of Anything Larus looks at juvenile and 1st summer GBBGs.

          My short semi-annual runs to the East Coast are usually just enough time for me to visit the most popular gull hangouts between Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay [read more...]

            #ABArare – Fea’s Petrel- New York

            Mentioned yesterday in the formal Rare Bird Alert, but as it’s a state first, worth mentioning again. The overnight pelagic out of Freeport, New York, was enormously successful. Target birds include White-faced Storm-Petrel, which was seen well, and other deepwater birds that are difficult to come by on day trips out on the continental shelf.

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              Rare Bird Alert: August 15, 2014

              For the second week in a row, the state of Texas leads the week with a rare shorebird. Earlier this week, a Bar-tailed Godwit was discovered in near Corpus Christi, Nueces County. Not only is this a first state record for Texas, but with the recent addition of Black-tailed Godwit to the state list, based [read more...]

                Cell Phone Bird Photography

                Is all this camera gear really necessary anymore?

                Digital camera sales have been in the news lately – or, rather, the lack thereof. Canon recently reported that its compact camera sales have fallen 36% compared to one year ago, and sales of its digital SLRs have dropped by 19%. Nikon, meanwhile, has seen a [read more...]

                  Open Mic: A Few Good Tips About Optics For Birders

                  By Nina Cheney

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                  Before you buy:

                   Buy the best glass you can afford.  You can avoid the upgrade game by buying what you want the first time.  Sure, it may take some saving—but it can still be less expensive than upgrading every 2 or 3 years.  Know the return policy of the optics store [read more...]

                    Drought in California likely to Affect Migratory Birds

                    The western part of the ABA Area has been experiencing drought conditions for the better part of the last three years, and none have experienced drought quite to the degree that California has. At last check, 80% of the state is in “extreme” drought, the highest level as determined by the National Weather Service. The [read more...]

                      Blog Birding #199

                      Birders and birding organizations are always thinking about the best way to attract new birders to the fold. Laurence Butler, at Butler’s Birds and Things has a, shall we say, original concept.

                      There are initiatives underway to increase urban birding, and with that, diversify birder demographics. Qualifying species as ‘endangered’ can help with protection, but [read more...]

                      Birders know well that the healthiest, most dynamic choruses contain many different voices. The birding community encompasses a wide variety of interests, talents, and convictions. All are welcome.
                      If you like birding, we want to hear from you.
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                      • Open Mic: My First Breeding Bird Survey August 12, 2014 8:22
                        When I got asked to go on my first Breeding Bird Survey with one of our areas top birders, I jumped at the opportunity! I met Katie Koch, a US Fish and Wildlife Service bird biologist at 4:45am. That was the earliest time I've been birding by 15 minutes. […]
                      • What to Do When You Feel Under the Weather at Bird Camp August 6, 2014 6:47
                        Imagine you are at a bird camp. Camp Chiricahua, for instance. Maybe this year. Maybe even this week. You are having lots of fun making new friends, seeing lots of cool birds, and traveling to all sorts of awesome places. But with all this activity and excitement, you start wearing yourself down. […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #31 August 1, 2014 5:45
                        July is often a difficult month for birders, but the month has come to an end. For many birds, breeding season is long gone and preparation for fall migration have begun. […]

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