After months of dedicated work from young people across North America, our esteemed panel of judges have evaluated and tabulated the results of the 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year Contest. We are very excited to announce the winners of this year’s contest!
Your 2017 ABA Young Birder of the Year for the 14-18 [read more…]
Guest writer Andy Boyce of Missoula, Montana, asks the tough questions. When is a “hoary” redpoll a Hoary Redpoll? Is it ever? [read more…]
The poor European Starling still feels like a stranger in North America despite being an established part of our avifauna for more than 100 years. Bill Thompson III of Bill of the Birds appreciates the tricksters, though.
You fooled me, trickster with your staticky singing from the pear tree in late morning a perfect call [read more…]
It was another relatively slow February week in the ABA Area, despite the fact that the west coast and the upper Midwest have seen some dramatic weather. Much higher than average temperatures across the continent likely got more people outside, but sadly that did not result in more rare birds. The Black-backed Oriole continues in [read more…]
The next episode of the American Birding Podcast is out!
I’m joined by master bird recordist Lang Elliott as he talks about his new project, a sound-recording expedition to the western US. Lang hopes to record in a wide variety of locations and habitats, and he’s documenting his journey on his website, Music of [read more…]
The February issue of Birding magazine, featuring the Ruddy Turnstone painting by Sophie Webb on the cover, should be in the hands and mailboxes of most, if not all, ABA members by now. We have heard some reports that the Bird of the Year stickers didn’t make it into a few of the magazine. If [read more…]
Here is the second batch of taxonomic proposals, submitted in the last year to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle American Classification Committee. Part 1 is here. Proposals accepted by the AOC Committee are incorporated into the ABA’s Checklist.
We suggest the usual caveat, that it’s important to note that these are just proposals [read more…]
The question of baiting owls seems to be a perennial one in the north. Christian Hagenlocher of The Birding Project has a complete roundup of the issue and potential solutions.
Many people have good intentions putting mice out for owls, thinking that they are starving, but that is seldom the case. Research shows that [read more…]
Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area should all be familiar to those who read these posts regularly. The Pennsylvania Black-backed Oriole continues to be seen into this week. Rose-throated Becard (ABA Code 3) and Golden-crowned Warbler are still in Texas. The Yellow-legged Gull (4) in Newfoundland was seen again this week by many, as [read more…]
The annual Top 10 Vagrants post has been one of our most popular, and most discussed, on The ABA Blog for some time. The time has come to look over 2016 and assemble the following list of notable and unexpected birds that got twitchers across the continent pricing plane tickets and rental cars. Literally this [read more…]