It’s not often that birding is taken seriously in the regular media, and we all know about the epidemic of “birders flock” and “for the birds” headlines in newspapers throughout the english-speaking world. It seems that puns are like catnip to the newspaper crowd, who seem wholly unaware of their pervasiveness.
So a nice, birding-positive, [read more…]
Here it is, the second document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist. This batch contains 13 proposals that have been submitted in 2014, not all of which involve ABA-Area birds as the AOU’s North American jurisdiction includes Mexico and Central America [read more…]
This past Sunday, I had a very pleasant experience … two experiences at once, actually. One was spending the morning in my local turf with a posse of great birders, including Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd.
Left-to-right: my big mug, Shawn Chandler, Danny Akers, Amar Ayyash, Andy Sigler, Ted Floyd, Joel Greenberg. At William W. [read more…]
The great burden of birders is to constantly have to fight the common usage of “seagull” by our non birding friends and family. But few gulls deserve that kind of disrespect, and Carrie Laben, at 10,000 Birds, seeks to find the most interesting gull in the world.
My first instinct was that the rarest gull [read more…]
We’re constantly adding new options to make it easier for members and friends to be a part of the ABA community. Here are two we’d like to share.
Responding to overwhelming demand, the American Birding Association has created two new Facebook groups: “What’s This Bird?” and “ABA Birds & Birding”.
“What’s This Bird?” is very [read more…]
It’s incredible enough when a major rarity shows up anywhere, like the still present Gray-crowned Yellowthroat making waves in the Lower Valley of Texas right now. It’s even more incredible when a second, equally rare bird, shows up just meters away. We have a term for it, “Patagonia Picnic-Table Effect”, in which one good bird [read more…]
We’ve got a full calendar of upcoming events for ABA members for 2015 and beyond. If you’re interested in joining ABA staff and experienced local guides at sites across the ABA Area (and beyond!) for what will undoubtedly be a fantastic time, please see our events website.
ABA Cruise to the Dry Tortugas [read more…]
Yesterday I spent a good portion of my day, between dropping my son off at school and picking him up again at the end of the day, in the low mountains of northwest North Carolina looking for a Rough-legged Hawk. It’s not a life bird – I’ve had the good fortune to see the species [read more…]
Note from Lynn Barber: Today’s blog post is written by Aaron Bowman, an Anchorage birder, who has done two Anchorage big years. This post is a summary of the talk he presented to Anchorage Audubon in January 2015. Aaron Bowman began birdwatching as a child growing up in Northern Japan. There he spent his weekends [read more…]
For those that followed the Snowy Owl irruption and Project SNOWstorm last winter, note that the campaign continues this winter. There are certainly fewer Snowy Owls this winter, but as Scott Weidensaul shares, the information they’re receiving about them is even more amazing the second time around.
Braddock spent last winter on and around Lake [read more…]