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Rare Bird Alert: December 6, 2019

Noteworthy rarities continuing into the beginning of December include Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) and Garganey (4) in California, and the long-staying Antillean Palm-Swift (5) and the likely-to-be long-staying La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) in Florida


This week had another edition to the annals of epic rare bird stories, surrounding the fate of Washington’s 3rd [read more…]

2020 AOS Classification Committee Proposals, Part 1

As we have in the past, here is the first rundown of the new bird taxonomy proposals submitted to the American Ornithological Society’s North and Middle America Classification Committee for 2020. The AOSNMACC is the volunteer group of ornithologists who make the split, lump, and name-change decisions that influence the ABA Checklist and our field [read more…]

Blog Birding #423

At Avian Hybrids, Jente Ottenburghs writes that thrush hybrids are far more common and complex that we would have originally imagined.

“Hybridization is not always limited to two species; often multiple species are interbreeding.” This is the first sentence of my recent Avian Research review on multispecies hybridization in birds. In that paper, I [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 29, 2019

Rarities continuing into the end of November include a Red-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California, a Pink-footed Goose (4) in Nova Scotia and the ridiculously long-staying Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida.

One of the more exciting finds of the week came from Massachusetts, where a Northern Lapwing (4) was seen in Bristol. This is [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: LIVE from the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

The ABA’s 50th Anniversary roadshow rolls on, this time to the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival for another LIVE show

Our special bird-themed game show features guest appearances from Birds of North America‘s Jason Ward and Birding magazine editor and podcast stalwart Ted Floyd. Listen in for fun birdy games, Rio Grande Valley anagrams, real [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 22, 2019

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include the long-staying Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) in Florida, still being seen by birders into the last part of November. Multiple Red-footed Boobies (4) are still being reported in California, making for one of the most impressive incursions of this species in recent memory, and a Blue-footed [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 15, 2019

Notable birds continuing in the ABA Area include a Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) in California and the still present Antillean Palm-Swift (5) in Florida.

This week was lighter on continental rarities, but we do have a 1st record to report in Ohio where a the state’s 1st record of Tropical Kingbird was seen in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Documenting Birders on the Border with Otilia Portillo Padua

Many birders throughout the ABA Area have been paying attention to the ongoing situation in South Texas with regard to the construction of the border wall. So many of our favorite birding sites have been under threat, and the situation has been alternately sad and triumphant and frustrating. Filmmaker Otilia Portillo Padua offers her insight [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 8, 2019

Sorry for the quick hit with regard to the RBA this week. Much of the ABA staff is down at the Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival this week. Come down and say hi if you’re in South Texas! Further, eBird’s current outage means the visual part of the post is limited. Get well soon, eBird!

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Blog Birding #422

Martha Cartwright’s recent birding trip to the Bahamas dealt with the fallout from Hurricane Dorian. She tells the story at Birds Caribbean.

From September 1 to September 3, for those three days, the world had been watching in awe and anguish the videos coming out of Abaco and Grand Bahama Island. Friends and family [read more…]