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Blog Birding #414

Crows that feed regularly on human food tend to have higher cholesterol than those that don’t. Kaeli Swift at Corvid Research explains what that might or might not mean for them.

I’d wager that most people don’t think about this behavior beyond simply finding it amusing or annoying, but I suspect that if you describe [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 30, 2019

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Common Crane (4) in Arizona, at least one Little Egret (4) in Maine, and the Thick-billed Vireos (4) reported in Florida just last week.

SHorebird migration continues to bring some good birds into the ABA Area, the latest of which [read more…]

Birding Photo Quiz: August 2019

Adult male orioles in breeding plumage are a thing of beauty. And a cinch to identify. You’re in Pennsylvania, say, and it’s May. An Orchard Oriole flies by, or a Baltimore Oriole is singing from the treetops. Easy peasy. The females and second-summer males of those species are more subtly marked, but, still, Orchard vs. [read more…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 15, The Incomparable Coolness and Supreme Glory of Roadrunners

You could make the case that I shouldn’t have gone birding that Friday morning. I had a meeting to attend and a presentation to prep for; I had a crushing load of deadlines in the week ahead; and I was carless at a high-rise hotel at that mother-of-all-intersections of I-40 and I-25 in downtown Albuquerque.

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Blog Birding #413

Shorebird season is upon us once again and David Sibley, writing at Birdwatching Daily has some tips on using structure and behavior to identify birds on distant mudflats.

As with any other large group of similar species, the shorebirds can be subdivided into smaller groups of related species based on shared characteristics. Once you have [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 23, 2019

A number of continuing rare birds can be found into this week in the ABA Area, including the long-staying Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in west Texas. Arizona boasts a pair of continuing hummingbirds in a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and a Plain-capped Starthroat (4), in addition to the continuing Common Crane (4) in the northern [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding the Rock

Located in the northeast corner of the ABA Area, the island of Newfoundland is known for its incredible rarity pedigree. But there’s far more to this beautiful place than European vagrants. The city of St. John’s is a gateway to unbelievable nature experiences, from seabird colonies containing thousands upon thousands of charismatic Atlantic Puffins and [read more…]

Skylarking Cassin’s Sparrows in Southeast Arizona

Monsoon season in southeast Arizona is always a fantastic time to go birding. Migrants move into the area to molt and replenish their stores while fledgling resident birds are flitting around – lots of activity. But even as the summer turns into fall, some of our local breeders give it another run while insect productivity [read more…]

Blog Birding #412

Birders know about the importance of National Wildlife Refuges to protect important habitat and provide important opportunities for birders to enjoy their hobby, but as Jason Crotty of 10,000 Birds points out, they’re also important drivers of local jobs.

Non-consumptive uses — such as birding — accounted for the overwhelming majority of economic benefits. About [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: August 16, 2019

Though summer is coming to a close we still have a few continuing rarities that have been our constant companions all season long, including the Slate-throated Redstart (ABA Code 4) in Texas, and the somewhat regular Nazca Booby (5) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California. Likewise, the Maine Little Egret (4) and the Arizona Common [read more…]