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Featured Photo, a.k.a. New Photo Quiz, January-February 2014 Birding

First things first. The quiz. Here goes: If you just want to play the quiz, that's great. Skip… [read more]

Featured Photo, a.k.a. New Photo Quiz, January-February 2014 Birding Featured Photo, a.k.a. New Photo Quiz, January-February 2014 Birding

Introducing: The Lifelook

One of the most interesting facets of birding culture is its unique vocabulary. From lifers to dips to… [read more]

Introducing: The Lifelook Introducing: The Lifelook

ABA Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts – It was wicked birdy

The weather and the birding gods smiled on us for the 2014 ABA Birding Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts.… [read more]

ABA Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts – It was wicked birdy ABA Rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts - It was wicked birdy

The 2013 Snowy Owl Invasion: It’s getting crazier by the minute

Maybe you've heard.... There's Snowy Owls around. A lot of them. They're turning up on people's houses,… [read more]

The 2013 Snowy Owl Invasion: It’s getting crazier by the minute The 2013 Snowy Owl Invasion: It's getting crazier by the minute

ABA Adds Zino’s Petrel, #982

On 16 September 1995, Brian Patteson photographed a Pterodroma petrel off Hatteras, North Carolina. At… [read more]

ABA Adds Zino’s Petrel, #982 ABA Adds Zino's Petrel, #982

Advice to a Young Birder

You’ve surely seen those rankings of places to live. Some person or committee rates a town or city… [read more]

Advice to a Young Birder Advice to a Young Birder
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    Your turn: World Birding Strategies

    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...]

      #ABArare – Northern Wheatear – New Mexico

      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...]

        Your turn: Birding Nunavut's Cambridge Bay

        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 Mystery of Communication: If You Could Talk to One Bird, Which Would It Be?

          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...]

            Big Day, Big Year, Big Life

            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...]

              Remembering Matthiessen

              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...]

                Blog Birding #181

                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...]

                  Your turn: Pelagic Prep

                  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...]

                    #ABArare - Northern Lapwing - Maine

                    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...]

                      March/April 2014 Featured Photo

                      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?

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                      • Quentin Brown, in Your turn: Birding Urban Arizona... { A nice urban spot is the Desert Botanical Garden on Galvin Parkway in Phoenix. There are walks each Monday by a friendly and knowledgable group.... }
                      • Ted Floyd, in Remembering Matthiessen... { You got it! }
                      • Ted Floyd, in March/April 2014 Featured Photo... { Here's more video of the Anna'x x Magnificent hybrid, with Birding magazine and the ABA in the credits (at the end, of course): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOlX2zRG73g&feature=youtu.be }
                      • Frank Izaguirre, in Remembering Matthiessen... { "One imagines with a sense of foreboding this strange, solitary bird passing astern, its dark, sharp wing rising and vanishing like a fin as it... }
                      • Gregg Gorton, in Your turn: Birding Urban Arizona... { Echo Canyon on the West side of Camelback Mountain (near the head of the camel) has great Prairie Falcon-watching, and I assume, nesting activity: just... }
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