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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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    YOUR TURN: Species & Subspecies

    The October 2014 issue of Birder’s Guide to Listing & Taxonomy features an article by Morgan Churchill titled “Species & Subspecies: A Brief History”. Within, he relates the history of bird classification, from Linnaeus to the present day. If you’ve ever struggled to understand what the Phylogenetic Species Concept is, or why something is a subspecies and not a species, I [read more…]

      Rare Bird Alert: November 14, 2014

      It remains to be seen precisely what will happen when the second coming of the polar vortex arrives this week, smack in the middle of November and the rarity month. Crazy weather generally means good things for those who like to seek out rare birds, but it’s hard to shake that ominous feeling with regard [read more…]

        #ABArare – Eurasian Siskin – Alaska

        The massive storm currently brewing in the Bering Sea, Nuri, seems to have dropped some birds on western Alaska. On Unalaska Island in the eastern Aleutians, a Dusky Thrush was found visiting a feeder in the town of Unalaska, prompting a search for more interesting birds.

        The search paid off big time with the discovery [read more…]

          Audubon’s Little Ruff-necks

          This coming spring, we will have what may be for many of us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see more than 100 of the watercolors John James Audubon prepared for his Birds of America, the original art from which the plates of that most famous of American picture books were engraved. In 1863, Lucy Audubon, impoverished [read more…]

            #ABArare – Tundra Bean-Goose – Oregon

            On the afternoon of November 9, Lee Sliman, a volunteer at Nestucca Bay NWR, found what appears now to be a Tundra Bean-Goose among a flock of Cackling Geese at the refuge in Tillamook, Oregon. The report was confirmed by birders later, and for the last two days the bird has been seen by many [read more…]

              ABA Members: Submit Your Photos to Birding Magazine


              Let’s have some fun. Without any preamble, let’s take a look at five great bird photos. Here goes:


              1. This is sick, as the kids say. A Red-footed Booby in hot pursuit of a fenestrated naffwing. Look at how the booby’s right wingtip is cutting the surface of the water. This is more [read more…]

                Blog Birding #210

                The music of birdsong has inspired humans for as long as we’ve been able to make music ourselves. Laura Erickson contemplates that connection between us and the birds, and how similar it really is.

                On October 23, NPR’s All Things Considered ran a story about the mockingbirds in New Orleans. One of the 4-note phrases [read more…]

                  National Museum of Wildlife Art Contest for Birders

                  The National Museum of Wildlife Art, located in Jackson, Wyoming launched contest today in conjunction with a new bird-focused exhibit called “A Parade of Plumage“. The exhibit focuses on the engravings of Francois Nicolas Martinet, a prolific engraver in the 1700s. The museum was the recipient of 102 prints by Martinet, created for the Histoire [read more…]

                    Rare Bird Alert: November 7, 2014

                    Novembird has arrived, and with it a nice haul or really great birds continent-wide. After a relatively slow early fall, California is seeing a strong and vagrant-rich last few weeks. Arguably the bird of the fall so far for that state is an extraordinary Olive-backed Pipit (ABA Code 3) found in Orange. This is California’s [read more…]

                      The Rise of Rarity Roundups

                      This coming weekend several friends and I are heading out to eastern North Carolina in an attempt to put on our own version of a Rarity Roundup. The Rarity Roundup, a loosely coordinated event in which birders scour potential vagrant hotspots in their state during a lucrative time of the year, usually November, is an [read more…]

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