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Blog Birding #348

Santa Ana NWR remains one the finest sites for birding in the ABA Area, but birding there in the metaphorical shadow of proposed border wall is a bit bittersweet, writes Jason Crotty at 10,000 Birds.

When the news broke about a possible border wall through Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, I decided [read more…]

#ABArare – Citrine Wagtail – California

On Friday, December 15, Maurice Demille discovered and photographed an ABA Code 5 Citrine Wagtail at Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area in Yolo County, California. This is the 3rd record for the ABA Area and a potential 1st for California. It was seen by a handful of birders the next day but has not been seen [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: December 15, 2017

This is the last rare bird update before Christmas Bird Count season begins. The annual count period typically produces a handful of great birds across the ABA Area, the result of thousands of motivated birders thoroughly covering patches from coast to coast (and increasingly around the world). Birders are likely hoping that the lingering rarities [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: What’s in a Common Name?

What is in a bird common name? It’s a question that many of us might not think about immediately, but there’s a lot going on in those lists we are so familiar with. Capitalization, honorifics, patronyms, how names are assigned, how they’re changed. The names are an important part of how we interact with birds [read more…]

The Essential Tool for Birding Australia

A review by Chris Benesh

The Australian Bird Guide, by Peter Menkhorst, Danny Rogers, Rohan Clarke, Jeff Davies, Peter Marsack, and Kim Franklin

Princeton University Press, 2017

566 pages—softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14737

Few places on Earth are as well saturated with field guides as Australia. The first modern attempt , Neville Cayley’s [read more…]

The Cuban Endemics, Plus

A review by Diana Doyle

Endemic Birds of Cuba: A Comprehensive Field Guide Including West Indian Endemics Residing in Cuba, by Nils Navarro

Ediciones Nuevos Mundos, 2015

168 page—softcover

Available in English and Spanish

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14535

Bee Hummingbird.

Those two words best characterize the tantalizing endemics of Cuba. But this [read more…]

SNEAK PEEK! Birder’s Guide to Gear, 2017

The 2017 issue of Birder’s Guide to Gear has been printed and is beginning to arrive in members’ mailboxes. But you don’t have to wait until your hard copy to see what’s inside. And neither do non-members. You can see the entirety of this issue of Birder’s Guide online right now. Just click here.

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#ABArare – Mistle Thrush – New Brunswick

On Saturday, December 9, Peter Gadd in Miramichi, New Brunswick, photographed an apparent Mistle Thrush feeding on Mountain Ash berries in their yard. This is not only a 1st record for New Brunswick and Canada, but it is a potential 1st ABA Area record of this wide-ranging Eurasian Turdus thrush.

Photo: Michel Doucet/Macaulay Library

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Rare Bird Alert: December 8, 2017

The first week of December brings some interesting new birds to spots across the ABA Area. But we’ll start with the continuing ones, some of which should be familiar to readers by now. In Texas, Tamaulipas Crows (ABA Code 4) continue in the Rio Grande Valley and elsewhere and may stay all winter. The Garganey [read more…]

2017 Birders’ Gift Guide

Looking for some last minute gifts? Jennie Duberstein has some suggestions for the discerning birder on your list this year. [read more…]

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