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ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

Yesterday, the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) unanimously (8–0) accepted the Egyptian Goose (Alopochen… [read more]

ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist ABA Checklist Committee Adds Egyptian Goose to ABA Checklist

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

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

2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out! 2014 AOU Check-list Supplement is Out!

2014 Camp Colorado

July 4, 2014: 10:00 am. I’ve just picked up my rental car at the airport in Denver and am driving by… [read more]

2014 Camp Colorado 2014 Camp Colorado

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

  Two years ago in this space I wrote a three-part primer on the use of digital audio recorders for… [read more]

How to Record Birdsong—Part 1 How to Record Birdsong—Part 1

Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding

Here are three images that appear in the “Featured Photo” column of the May/June 2014 issue of Birding.… [read more]

Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding Featured Photo: May/June 2014 Birding

On Stringing…

(with apologies to “Pat Stringer”) Never identify a bird unless you’re 100% positive. At least… [read more]

On Stringing… On Stringing...
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    #ABArare – Common Rosefinch – Alaska

    I’m used to writing maybe one or two of these a week. Heck, sometimes a month or two will go by without an ABA Area rarity to cover, but I think it’s safe to say by now that western Alaska is currently having one of “those” years. Gambell is crawling with vagrants. St. Paul is [read more...]

      Rare Bird Alert: September 5, 2014

      This week could reightly be called the week that Alaska exploded. Granted, this time of year means that there are groups of birders on two of the ABA’s most noted vagrant traps, Gambell and St. Paul Island, dedicated to finding Asian strays, but even by the exceptional standards that birders on those islands set year [read more...]

        #ABArare – Eurasian Hobby, Yellow-browed Warbler – Alaska

        We’re not intentionally turning the blog into the Alaska rarity report, it only feels that way of late. Two more noteworthy records come from Paul Lehman and company at Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska in the last two days. The first, a Code 4 Eurasian Hobby was found yesterday evening as it flew in to [read more...]

          #ABArare – Jack Snipe (and others) – Alaska

          The hits keep coming in western Alaska. Hot on the heels of Gambell’s Tree Pipit, St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs checks in with a mega of their own in the form of an ABA Code 4 Jack Snipe found and well-photographed by the St. Paul Island tour folks.

          A nice shot showing the [read more...]

            #ABArare – Little Stint – British Columbia

            Taking a break from western Alaska for a bit (but trust me, there’s likely more coming later today from there), we head down the coast a bit for an ABA Code 3 Little Stint, found yesterday (9/3) and photographed nicely by James Bradley near Sidney, British Columbia.

            Photo by James Bradley, more photos available [read more...]

              Biking with Birds reaches Pacific Ocean, Sees lots and lots of birds

              When Dorian Anderson undertook his biking Big Year taking him across the ABA Area in search of as many birds as possible seen entirely under his own power, the thought of reaching the Pacific Ocean must have registered as something of a dream. It’s not like his route has been a straight shot. In the [read more...]

                #ABArare – Tree Pipit – Alaska

                We check in again with Paul Lehman and company at Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, with what is the find of the season thus far. An ABA Code 5 Tree Pipit was found in the boatyard in the northern part of the “Old Town”. This is the fourth record of Tree Pipit for the [read more...]

                  The Birding Agenda

                  I’m asked from time to time if Birding magazine has an “agenda.” And it’s something I personally think about all the time.

                  I can think of several themes for the magazine: bird identification; bird biology and bird conservation; new resources for birders and new ways of engaging bird study; and the timeless sense of wonder we [read more...]

                    ABA Checklist Committee adds Common Redstart to ABA Checklist

                    Earlier this week, the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC) unanimously (8–0) accepted the Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) as a natural vagrant based a record from St. Paul Island, Pribilofs, Alaska, on 8–9 October 2013 (Schuette and Gochfeld in prep.). The hatch-year bird was thought to represent the nominate subspecies. Common Redstart breeds from western Europe and [read more...]

                      Change and Continuity, Take 2

                      Twenty-three years ago—half a lifetime ago—I embarked on the greatest birding adventure of my life: two months traveling around Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies. I arrived in San José with just the essentials: a passport and Spanish phrase book; a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat; an extra pair of underpants; and [read more...]

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