Last winter’s Snowy Owl irruption was incredible for a number of obvious reasons involving big white owls hanging out seemingly everywhere, but for a number of researchers with Project SNOWStorm that irruption meant something more. Tagging several individual owls were with small-solar powered transmitters that pinged back to cellular towers meant that we were able [read more…]
We might be forgiven for thinking first records are the end all-be all of the rarity roundups here, and there’s no doubt about it, they’re undeniably cool. One of the reasons I like them is because I’m a sucker for narrative, even in bird records. I like a good story, and the slow and steady [read more…]
I’ve just received word that the 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear 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 right now. [read more…]
Split and lump season is coming early this year, and the first document containing the proposed taxonomic updates to the AOU North American Check-list, which in turn are incorporated into the ABA Checklist, has been released, a full two month earlier than last year. This first batch contains 12 proposals that have been submitted in [read more…]
Today is Giving Tuesday, a movement created a few years ago to combat the overt commercialization of the holiday season. It’s a nice moment to step back and give back to the organizations that make a difference to you. Allow me to make a case as to why the American Birding Association is one of [read more…]
Big news this week in the Big Year front as Dorian Anderson of Biking for Birds cracked 600 on his continent-spanning bicycle big year in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. His #600 was a common valley bird, but he had a real surprise not long after.
A very small bird eventually materialized in a small, [read more…]
It’s remarkable, in this day and age, that researchers in far flung, bird-rich parts of the world are still putting names to new species at a pretty steady rate. It seems like every year a handful are formally described for the first time, generally from the tropics of South America and Asia, where there are [read more…]
It has arrived, the last weekend of Novembird, and with it a flurry of hot bird across the ABA Area including a potential first ABA record, and not the one we thought might have been found earlier in the week.
No this bird comes from Texas, which, despite boating a state list currently at 641, [read more…]
It’s holiday gift-giving season and, of course, the ABA has a number of items that might be of interest to your birding friends and family this year. In particular, there are a few things to which we’d like to draw your attention.
First, the ABA’s Power of 7s membership drive ends on December 1. By [read more…]
Of course these things happen on holidays. In writing this up on my phone from my family’s Thanksgiving event, so apologies up front for any typos or autocorrect errors.
This morning (11/27), a ranger at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Hidalgo, Texas, found a bird he identified as a strange female vireo. Upon [read more…]