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American Birding Podcast: Winter Birding in Review with Mike Hudson & Tom Reed

For birders interested in Status & Distribution, that is the wheres and whys of birding, the ABA’s quarterly journal, North American Birds, has always been a much anticipated part of the ornithological canon. After a year or so in stasis, North American Birds is back under the charge of editors Mike Hudson of Baltimore, [read more…]

Where to Watch the Wheatears this Weekend

At the time this post publishes, the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears are gathering in Eilat, Israel, for the Champions of the Flyway competition.

The first few days will consist of scouting the playing field, getting familiar with the species of the eastern Mediterranean, and fraternizing with fellow competitors from around the world, with the actual competition [read more…]

#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

On Sunday March 18, 2018, an unknown birder photographed an interesting Contopus flycatcher at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West, Monroe, Florida. The bird has since been identified as a Cuban Pewee, the ABA Area’s 6th record.

Photo: Robyn Meyer/Macaulay Library

Fort Zachary Taylor is a Florida State Park, located at the [read more…]

2018 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 3

This is the third and likely final batch of bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee, the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field guides.

You know the drill by now, that it’s important [read more…]

Blog Birding #357

The origin of American Flamingos in Florida, with its myriad zoos and animal parks, has always been a little bit of a mystery, but as Liz Langley writes in National Geographic, the evidence increasingly suggests that they are naturally occurring.

In the study, published recently in The Condor: Ornithological Applications, the authors pored over historical [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: March 16, 2018

Continuing rarities in the ABA include many of our old friends from the winter, most notably the ABA 1st Mistle Thrush in New Brunswick, which is amazingly still hanging around. Both Tamaulipas Crow (ABA Code 4) and Blue Bunting (4) are still being seen in south Texas, with the former being seen at a couple [read more…]

Help the ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears Get Over The Top!

The ABA-Leica Subadult Wheatears, competing this year’s Champions of the Flyway event in southern Israel, are very very close to their goal and need your help to get them over the top!

Every dollar raised goes to help BirdLife International put a stop to illegal bird trapping and hunting around the Mediterranean, one of [read more…]

#ABArare – Tufted Flycatcher – Arizona

It was not so long ago that Tufted Flycatcher (ABA Code 4) was among the rarest birds north of the Mexican border, but in recent years it has become annual in Arizona, even attempting to breed. That trend continues in 2018 where Tufted Flycatchers have been reported in the last week at two different sites [read more…]

ICYMI: Open Mic: The Question of East Coast Pelagic Boundaries

When birders and state Bird Records Committees speak of a “state list” or a “first state record” – they are referring to bird species that have been recorded within a state’s official legal boundaries, as determined by U.S. law and court decisions. Whether on land or at sea, the legal borders of a state (or county or city) and its waters *must* be used in determining where a bird record is assigned. Otherwise it’s not truly a “state list” in any real / official capacity. [read more…]

Blog Birding #356

Yes yard-listing can be fun, but it’s limited. Steve Tucker at Bourbon, Bastards, and Birds is here to introduce to you the idea of the five-mile radius.

The idea (my interpretation) is that you should bird a lot within your 5MR, because almost everyone should be birding more locally than they already are. Less fuel [read more…]

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