Alaska rarity season is opening with a bang on the Aleutians. On May 14, Barb and Frank Haas found a stunning Hawfinch (ABA Code 4) near the airport ponds on Adak Island.
Photo by Franklin Haas, Used with permission
Hawfinch is a considered a classic drift migrant in the western Aleutians in spring, where [read more…]
Hi, all. I’ll be quick: For upcoming coverage in Birding of the 2015 Bird of the Year, we need photos and art of Green Herons doing cool stuff: fishing, flushing, defecating, anything like that.
Don’t just stand there, Do something! These Green Herons seem to have gotten the memo. Southlake, Tarrant County, Texas; August [read more…]
We’re in the last stages of spring migration, as the northbound birds travel ever northward and the classic late migrants begin to turn up in the southern tier of the ABA Area. This is a great time for misdirected birds, overshoots, and weather blown vagrants, and the four, count ’em, four potential first records this [read more…]
A review by Brooke McDonald
The Wallcreeper, by Nell Zink
200 pages, $16—softcover
ABA Sales / Buteo Books
Birding is a pastime of opposites: hedonism and asceticism, mysticism and materialism, passion and logic, meaning and anomie, wilderness and domesticity. It is a dialogue between inward and outward, and through birding, we create [read more…]
A review by Peter Kennerley
The Sound Approach to Birding: A Guide to Understanding Bird Sound, by Mark Constantine and The Sound Approach
Sound Approach, 2014
192 pages and ca. 200 audio tracks, $23.99—eBook
We birders rely primarily on vision, and most of our encounters with birds are by sight. But bird sounds are all [read more…]
It’s the Biggest Week in American Birding, and if your Facebook feed is anything like mine, it feels like every birder on the continent is there. Chery Harner of Weedpicker’s Journal checks in from the scene.
The Biggest Week in American Birding is actually about people. We are connecting people to nature and to [read more…]
For 31 years the World Series of Birding, sponsored by New Jersey Audubon, has been the foremost Big Day competition in the world. Teams of birders scour the state of New Jersey, uniquely manageable in size and overloaded with fine birding sites, in a bins-out-no-holds-barred-adrenaline-and-caffeine-fueled 24 hour period to see who can find the most [read more…]
On May 8, 2015, researcher Chris Lituma and a team of field techs working at Lake Scott State Park in Scott County, Kansas, in the western part of the state, found an ABA Code 4 Piratic Flycatcher at the park. Pending acceptance, this is a first record for Kansas and the most northerly record of [read more…]
Our friends at the excellent Birdcast predicted heavy migration this past week and that seems to have borne out. Much of the crush of the season is moving north, to the northern US and southern Canada. Those of us in the south are seeing the dribs and drabs of the former flood north, but birds [read more…]