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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]
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...]