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American Birding Podcast: What is Birding Like?

Have you ever had to describe birding to a friend or family member who just doesn’t get it? What analogies do you use? Is birding like a religion? A sport? An obsession? Guest host Greg Neise brings Birding editor Ted Floyd and young birder liaison Jennie Duberstein to bear on the issue in a [read more…]

The Tie That Binds

I love the experiencing of arriving by plane in a foreign country—especially one I’ve never been to. I love the novelty, and, strange though it may sound, I love the feeling of vulnerability. Something as seemingly simple as navigating the airport men’s room is an uncertain and sometimes adventurous undertaking. And the birds! I love [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 14, 2018

At the top of our report this week is the stunning occurrence of a Great Kiskadee at Rondeau Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada on September 7. Though the species has been spreading in Texas, and along the Gulf Coast to Louisiana, records outside this area are extremely rare.

Great Kiskadee, Rondeau Provincial Park, Chatham-Kent, Ontario, [read more…]

Obsessed With Pretty Things With Feathers

A review by Ellen Paul

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century, by Kirk Wallace Johnson

Viking Press, 2018

308 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14870

Edwin Rist.

The name sounds Victorian. It sounds nefarious. It befits a man who would skulk through the dark streets of [read more…]

A Hardcore Guide to Africa

A review by Dragan Simić

The Birder’s Guide to Africa, by Michael Mills

Go-Away-Birding, 2017

544 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14785

“What happened?”

“He psyched me out. Made me seasick. I think he thinks I’m doing a Big Year. That is hardcore.”

“Are you doing a Big Year?”

“No. You?”

Me? [read more…]

The Most Up-to-date Field Guide Available

A review by Charlotte Wasylik

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th ed., by Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer

National Geographic Society, 2017

591 pages, softcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books NGFG7

Released last autumn, after a six-year wait, the new, seventh edition of the National Geographic Field Guide to [read more…]

Blog Birding #379

At The Nemesis Bird, Tim Healy tells the take of a particularly excellent New York pelagic.

Pelagic birding trips appeal to my inner explorer. Searching for wildlife on the high seas offers a special kind of thrill, an opportunity to break from more typical, terrestrial efforts and visit a realm beyond the boundaries of humanity’s [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 7, 2018

Little Egrets (ABA Code 4) continue to be seen in the northeast United States, with a single individual moving between Connecticut and Rhode Island, and the long-staying Maine bird persisting at Scarborough Marsh. A Thick-billed Vireo (4) was seen in Florida again and yet another Red-footed Booby (4) from a pelagic in California.

Alaska comes [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Photography as Birding with Keith Barnes

Birders in North America are increasingly keen to combine the somewhat separate skills of birding and photography, but around the rest of the world birding is pretty much synonymous with photography to the point where sometimes you don’t even carry binoculars. It seems strange to us, but it’s the way things are to birder [read more…]

#ABArare – Willow Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher – Alaska

Rarity season in western Alaska is shifting into gear, with reports of nice Asian landbird vagrant in the Bering Sea, one each from Gambell and St. Paul, a Code 4 Willow Warbler on the former and a Code 4 Taiga Flycatcher on the latter.

Greg Schyphers and crew, stationed at Gambell, had the Willow Warbler [read more…]

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