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Rare Bird Alert: May 18, 2018

The later part of spring is typically a great time for vagrants, and this week is no different. The lingering birds are starting to clear out a bit (not least of which because I was made aware of some ABA Code changes). Florida still has multiple Bahama Mockingbirds (ABA Code 4), and the Eurasian Skylark [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding Without Tears- Stories and Secrets of Birding with Kids

It’s natural for birding parents to want to share their passion with their children. Birding with kids often brings additional complications, but also additional pleasures, and opportunities to appreciate birding in different and delightful ways. Both Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd and I are veterans of birding with children, with a few decades of [read more…]

HAPPENING NOW: Upslope Sparrows

 

The other day, I saw 9 Clay-colored Sparrows at Greenlee Wildlife Preserve, my local patch. That Monday morning, May 14, 2018, was raw and cool, with a low cloud deck, steady drizzle, and a bit of fog. It’d been a while, it occurred to me, since my last Clay-color sighting at this postage-stamp preserve [read more…]

Blog Birding #363

eBird‘s Global Big Day was a huge success, with just shy of 7,000 species recorded in a single day. You can find the round-up here.

Importantly, this impossibly fun event also provides valuable information to help the birds we all care about. eBirders gathered more than 1.6 million bird sightings on 5 May, which are [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 11, 2018

For the second week in the row Arizona retains many of its ABA Area vagrants, including a Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 3) first seen a couple weeks ago. Also in the southeast part of the state, Sinaloa Wren (5), Flame-colored Tanager (3), Tufted Flycatcher (5), Streak-backed Oriole (4), and Slate-throated Redstart (3). In Texas, Tamaulipas [read more…]

Birding Magazine Online: How High School Ornithology Can Save the World

Jeff Manker is a man with a mission. He believes that teaching ornithology to high school students is the best way to bring more birders into the fold and to instill a conservation and naturalist ethic in the next generation. And he has the track record to back that up.

In an essay in the [read more…]

#ABArare – Eurasian Skylark – Quebec

On May 6, Nathalie Rondeau discovered a Eurasian Skylark at Saint-Damien, Lanaudière, Quebec. This is a 1st provincial record and, perhaps most notably, the 1st record of this species in the eastern part of the continent. Subsequent analysis has suggested that this is a skylark of the Eurasian subspecies arvensis, rather than one of the [read more…]

Blog Birding #362

Catharus thrushes are pulsing though the ABA Area right now, and posing some identification challenges along the way. At the Vermont Center for Ecostudies Blog, Kent McFarland writes about a weird phenomenon that might make things even harder.

But then, quite near the Veery was its very close cousin, a Bicknell’s Thrush calling. “How fascinating [read more…]

Birding magazine’s “Year of Hawaii”

ABA members knows that the Iiwi is the 2018 Bird of the Year. Consult the Feb. 2018 issue of Birding, starting with H. Douglas Pratt’s dramatic gatefold cover painting of Iiwis, if you need to jog your memory. But there’s also a sense in which the entire year is a sort of “Year of Hawaii” [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: May 4, 2018

Hello from the Biggest Week in American Birding in northwest Ohio. If you’re heading up this coming week, stop by the ABA booth and say hello! The ABA 1st record Great Black Hawk is included in the continuing rarities by virtue of a sighting earlier this week on South Padre Island, Texas, not far from [read more…]

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