The September/October 2008 issue of Birding contained an article by Keith Barnes, in which he suggested a strategy for building a large lifelist while visiting as few locations as possible. In the March 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel, Jason Leifester tells us of his experience putting Keith’s suggestions to the test. With just five [read more...]
On April 7, Brenda Wright and Coen Dexter found a female Northern Wheatear in DeBaca County, New Mexico. The finders were birders from Colorado passing through New Mexico who had stopped at Bosque Redonodo Lake where they came across this stunner. Pending acceptance, this is a first state record for New Mexico and one of [read more...]
You can’t drive to Nunavut. There are no roads connecting it with the rest of North America, and much of Canada’s newest territory consists of islands in the Arctic Ocean. Nunavut comprises over 20% of Canada’s land mass yet is home to only 0.09% of Canada’s population. That’s not nine percent, but nine hundredths of a [read more...]
The immensity of the psychic and linguistic distances between us and birds is something we rarely think about. It doesn’t make us sad that we cannot talk to or become friends with the birds we encounter in the field, at least not typically. Which is exactly why I found the chapter “The Friendly Bicolored Antbird” [read more...]
Once upon a time I was a nutty international birder, going on one or two international trips per years to countries where I hoped to get as many new lifers as possible. I sampled Latin America (Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico), South America (Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador), the East (Bhutan, Philippines, China, India), Europe (Finland, Norway), Africa [read more...]
Peter Matthiessen, the esteemed writer and naturalist, has passed away. I imagine many ABA members are familiar with his work and mourn his passing. For me, his writing is an inspiration, from At Play in the Fields of the Lord, an excellent novel about missionaries in the Amazon, to The Snow Leopard, a travelogue about [read more...]
Common and Chihuahuan Ravens are difficult even in the best of circumstances. At Earbirding, Nathan Pieplow breaks down vocalizations of the two species in an attempt to determine whether that can be a reliable identification point.
Here in Colorado, we have lots of ravens. Conventional wisdom says the ones on the southeastern plains are Chihuahuans, [read more...]
When Diana Doyle speaks about preparing for a pelagic trip, you should listen: Diana lives on a boat!
The March 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Travel features Diana’s latest article, “Pelagic Prep: Getting Ready to Bird at Sea”. From how to prepare to what to do (and, perhaps more importantly, what not to do) [read more...]
Birders in the east who did not get their fill of Northern Lapwing (ABA Code 4) last winter will be interested in the recent discovery of another of these natty European plovers in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, yesterday (4/4) evening and again today (4/5). The bird was reported to the listserv by Doug Hitchcock, though no [read more...]
The March/April 2014 Birding has gone to press, and ABA members will soon be receiving–along with a lot of other content–Tom Johnson’s analysis of a most interesting hummingbird found a while back in Delaware. Here’s the hummingbird:
Photo by (c) Tom Johnson.
And now the obvious question: What is it?
You can find [read more...]