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American Birding Podcast: Birding Means Business in Colombia with John Myers

Birders know the South American nation of Colombia as the most bird-rich country on the planet, but Colombia’s reputation among the general public is unfortunately somewhat more mixed. That is something that the Colombian government and non-profits who work there are trying to fix, as Colombia is heavily playing up its bona fides as a [read more…]

Happening NOW: Signs of Spring (and Bomb Cylones!)

Stepping out of my work truck on the side of a snowy, windblown county road in the panhandle of Nebraska, I hear a rising, tittering song originating from somewhere nearby, though its source evades my sight against the wide open blue sky. While the Horned Lark is anything but scarce or unusual in this part [read more…]

Blog Birding #399

The population of the range-restricted Golden-cheeked Warbler has been increasing in recent years, but the potential loss of its Endangered Species status could incite conflicts with developers. At 10,000 Birds, Jason Crotty has more.

In 2014, FWS completed a five-year status review, concluding that continuing urbanization and associated habitat destruction and fragmentation still threatened the [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 15, 2019

Heading into mid-March, Texas remains the vagrant grosbeak capital of North America with continuing Yellow Grosbeak (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in the state. The recently reported Garganey (4) and the long-staying Red-flanked Bluetail (4) were both seen in California this week, and Florida retains a number of Caribbean vagrants, the most notable of which [read more…]

Another Look at the February 2019 Birding Photo Quiz

For this photo quiz we just threw a couple of interesting things up there, that whizzed through our computer screens, before we had a chance to analyze them, and we will now react to the comments we received on The ABA Blog. We both had some initial preconceived thoughts, some aligning with those of posters [read more…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 3, Watching Dippers in the Age of #SciComm

I went birding a short while ago with Nick Minor, co-compiler with Paul Hess of Birding magazine’s popular “Frontiers in Ornithology” (formerly “News & Notes”) column. Time was limited, as Nick had to catch a morning flight out of Denver. But we had to get a dipper, officially known as the American dipper, Cinclus mexicanus. [read more…]

Blog Birding #399

At Audubon, Hannah Waters explores the wild world of Dark-eyed Junco subspecies.

But they aren’t separate species—at least, not yet. The regional varieties of junco will still mate and interbreed randomly wherever their ranges meet, which means they are all the same species. “It’s probably speciation in action,” says Ellen Ketterson, an Indiana University biologist [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 8, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include a trio of great birds still being seen in Texas. The Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), Yellow Grosbeak (4), and at least one of the Golden-crowned Warblers (4) were seen this week. Florida continues to host a La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) and a Thick-billed Vireo (4), and the Red-flanked Bluetail [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Martin Migration Magic with Kevin Fraser

Spring is finally on its way and with it, the promise of returning migratory birds to the United States and Canada. Among the first to arrive every year, and beloved among birders and non-birders alike, is North America’s largest swallow, the Purple Martin. With their chatty and gregarious nature martins have inspired so many people, [read more…]

Happening NOW: Alcid Invasion on the East Coast

With Jerald Reb

Several years ago from Ocean City Inlet in Worcester County, Maryland I was standing at the end of a long exposed jetty. It was a bitterly cold and excessively windy day. As I watched, every now and then a few small, black-and-white shapes hurtled out of the surf and shot up the [read more…]

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