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Birding Photo Quiz: August 2017

The "Featured Photo" in the August 2017 Birding is timely! How so? Well, we'll give you a huge hint:… [read more]

Birding Photo Quiz: August 2017 Birding Photo Quiz: August 2017

2017 AOS Supplement is Out!

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

2017 AOS Supplement is Out! 2017 AOS Supplement is Out!

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

The experience, or at least the run up to it, was not unlike fishing. First, you feel a tap. Then maybe… [read more]

Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit Changing the World: the ABA at the First Facebook Communities Summit

Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move

Dickcissel is a summertime staple of America’s Heartland. However, it has also garnered a reputation… [read more]

Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move Happening NOW: Dickcissels on the Move

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary

Birders have a unique vocabulary, cribbed together from science, literature, and a thesaurus thrown at… [read more]

Hawk “Kettle” Finally makes the Dictionary Hawk "Kettle" Finally makes the Dictionary

Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!

It's the moment that surely dozens of you have been looking forward to for hours now, the announcement… [read more]

Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year! Introducing the 2017 Bird of the Year!
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Announcing a Couple of Membership Drawing Winners

You’ve been left hanging for too long! It’s time to announce the results of a number of our membership drawings.

Marie Rust of Bitely, MI is the winner of the pelagic birding trip aboard the Stormy Petrel II courtesy of Brian Patteson’s Seabirding. Marie is a wildlife artist and blogger at the The Rambling Wren.

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Rare Bird Alert: August 4, 2017

August means migration across the continent, the first push of shorebirds and passerines making their way south. Much of that is still going on under many birders’ radars right now, but it’s been hard to miss the dispersal of wading birds this year. Herons, egrets, and storks continue to be the headliners this week, with [read more…]

#ABArare – Jabiru – Texas

On August 1, David Hanson and others discovered an ABA Code 4 Jabiru in Chambers County, Texas, east of Houston. The bird was seen among a flock of Wood Storks and other waders. It was seen briefly before it flew back away from the public road. It is likely still in the area.

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Follow ABA Bird Camp on ABA Instagram!

Ever wanted to see what goes on at the ABA’s Camp Colorado and Camp Avocet? Now you can! We gave the keys to the ABA’s Instagram account to Camp Director Jennie Duberstein and she and the ABA’s crack team of counselors have been keeping the whole world up to date on what is going on.

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Blog Birding #330

One of the more extraordinary bird stories in recent years, Sarah Gilman at Cornell’s All About Birds writes about the re-discovery of a South American bird that had been unseen for decades.

Though deforestation was common around the Táchira Antpitta’s suspected home, some of the undisturbed forest was protected inside Venezuela’s El Tamá National Park. [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 28, 2017

Continuing vagrants in the ABA Area are familiar faces by now, leading off with breeding Black-faced Grassquit (ABA Code 4) and Western Spindalis (3) in Florida and Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Flame-throated Tanager (4), along with the continuing (but not-breeding) Common Crane (4) in Arizona. Both Maine and Delaware continue to host individual Little Egrets [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birds Over the Top with Seabird McKeon

The new episode of American Birding Podcast is ready to go!

A changing climate means a different world for many bird species, particularly seabirds which may find themselves exploring new paths over the top of a melting Arctic. Ocean researcher Seabird McKeon joins me to talk about one part of the massive global experiment we [read more…]

ICYMI: On Stringing…

The ABA Blog has been in existence for almost 7 years, and there’s a lot of good content back in the archives that deserves an audience now that it might not have received way back when. So, semi-regularly we will bring some of that stuff back. Here’s one by George Armistead form May 2014, on [read more…]

Blog Birding #329

Bird vocalization expert Nathan Pieplow of Earbirding takes a look at potential difference between eastern and western populations of the gregarious and familiar Purple Martin.

Only one study on the vocalizations of Purple Martin has ever been published, by swallow guru Charles Brown in 1984. In that study, Brown compared the sounds of Purple Martins [read more…]

#MySantaAna: What Birders Can Do RIGHT NOW

Following our concerns about the construction of a wall on Santa Ana NWR, we asked our friend Ellen Paul, who has a great deal of experience in these matters, for practical advice on what birders can do in this situation.

By Ellen Paul

It’s a very long shot but we must take it. Call [read more…]

American Birding Podcast
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    A few years ago, a short drive down my gravel road would yield at least one, if not two, American Kestrels perched on a power line or hovering mid-air above the grassy ditch. Today, I have begun to count myself lucky to drive past a mere one kestrel per week rather than the daily sightings. […]
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    York County Audubon is helping to launch the Maine Young Birders Club (MYBC)—the first of its kind in the state! […]
  • Announcing the 2017 ABA Young Birders of the Year! February 28, 2017 10:48
    The judges have reviewed all of the outstanding entries. ABA staff has compiled the scores. After much anticipation, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest! Your 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year in the 14-18 age group is 18-year-old Johanna Beam from Lyons, Colorado. […]

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