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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 – Dusky Warbler, Wood Warbler – Alaska

    I’ll warn you right off the bat, there will be a number of Alaska posts coming one right after another. It’s just that things have been really hot there in the last few days, and the late September push looks to be in full effect all across the western part of the state, from the [read more...]

      #ABArare – Berylline Hummingbird – Michigan

      Quickly leaping towards the top of incredible ABA Area records this year comes the truly bizarre and amazing report of a Code 3 Berylline Hummingbird, not from Arizona where they are generally encountered, but from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, first seen on September 17. Pending acceptance, this is a first state record for Michigan [read more...]

        #ABArare – Taiga Flycatcher, Tree Pipit – Alaska

        Scarcely 24 hours after the discovery of a Red-flanked Bluetail (which continues today), the guys on St. Paul Island, Alaska, struck again. This time the bird is a Code 4 Taiga Flycatcher, photographed here by Doug Gochfeld on the side of the entrance road.

        Photo by Doug Gochfeld, as usual more photos are available [read more...]

          Rare Bird Alert: September 19, 2014

          We’ve been spoiled for great birds in the ABA Area of late, but most of them have come from the less accessible parts of the ABA Area. There’s has been some excellent birding in Alaska, and this week is no different, but there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned big twitch in the ABA Area, and [read more...]

            #ABArare – Red-flanked Bluetail – Alaska

            Birding on Alaska’s Bering Sea Islands continues to be productive, highlighted recently by an ABA Code 4 Red-flanked Bluetail discovered by Doug Gochfeld, Scott Schuette, and Olaf Danielson at Hutchinson Hill on St. Paul Island.

            Photo by Doug Gochfeld, used with permission. Additional photos available on his flickr page

            Red-flanked Bluetail is an Old [read more...]

              Open Mic: The Townsend’s Bunting Story

              At the Mic: Denis Lepage

              Imagine that you are birding along in your favorite patch, like you always do, and suddenly come across one of the most mysterious and sought after bird in the history of North American birding? And what if it was a bird a bird so rare that you didn’t even know [read more...]

                Football Stadiums and Migrating Birds, Two Approaches

                For the most part, there isn’t a ton of overlap between professional football and birds, except perhaps those Sundays in fall with the football fan birder has to make a difficult decision on what to focus their energies. That has changed of late, however, with the construction of a massive new stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, [read more...]

                  Give the Gift of ABA Membership, Win Leica Binoculars!

                  There’s no better time to be a birder than fall. The weather is fine, there are good birds all over the place, and the season of festivals and events is right around the corner. We think there’s no better time to be a member of the ABA, too. We’re excited to move into our new [read more...]

                    Blog Birding #203

                    Migrating birds have it tough. Not only do that have to traverse thousands of miles in difficult conditions, they also occasionally have gulls picking them off like flies on a window when they cross the Great Lakes, as Amar Ayyash at Anything Larus documented recently.

                    The assumption here is that the passerines migrate over the [read more...]

                      ABA in Delaware, News and Updates

                      We’ve arrived. For the last several days the American Birding Association has been busy moving into its new headquarters, at the beautiful refurbished Central Hotel in Delaware City, Delaware. The library is in, the furniture is half out of moving boxes, and the ABA is closer than ever to officially opening the doors, that is, [read more...]

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                      • Book Review: Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America October 1, 2014 12:36
                        Tubenoses - well-adapted birds that spend most of their lives soaring over the open ocean - are shrouded in more mystery than any other group of birds. Not only are their habitats so inaccessible, but distinguishing between cryptic species makes them a true frontier for ornithologists and birders alike. […]
                      • Velociraptors and Moving Rocks: Notes from Camp Colorado September 21, 2014 2:01
                        My week at Camp Colorado started off a few hours behind schedule. After my brother and I boarded our plane, we learned that the plane had a broken seal, and would not be flying us to Denver. We switched planes and got about an hour and a half out, when an elderly woman’s medical emergency […]
                      • Young Birder Blog Birding #32 September 9, 2014 9:09
                        Though breeding songbirds have essentially fallen silent, August can be a very enjoyable month for birding—and it can be enjoyed in very different ways. […]

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