American Birding Podcast



Rare Bird Alert: October 4, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Jack Snipe (4), Siberian Accentor (4), and Marsh Sandpiper (5) persisting in Alaska, and California continues to be Sulid central with both Red-footed Booby (4) and Blue-footed Booby (4) hanging around into this week.

It’s always pretty remarkable when a banding station turns up an exceptional record, just [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: 3 Billion Birds Lost, A Discussion with Jordan Rutter & Ted Floyd

3 Billion breeding birds have been lost in the last 40 years in the US and Canada. These are certainly sobering numbers. This was the conclusion of a paper published recently in the journal Science, and the core of the 2019 State of the Birds report. This report, spearheaded by American Bird Conservancy, Cornell Lab [read more…]

Blog Birding #418

As Bald Eagle populations continue to rebound, some pairs have to move into more developed areas to nest, causing complications for humans and eagles. Get the scoop at

Some eagle lovers have blocked traffic by setting up tripods in the middle of the road; others have tossed rocks at the eagles to get [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 27, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Blue-footed Booby (ABA Code 4) and Red-footed Booby (4) in California, Marsh Sandpiper (5) in Alaska, and the Thick-billed Vireos (4) in Florida that almost certainly bred this year.

It’s a good time to be in Alaska, especially the Bering Sea. Both St Paul and Gambell have turned [read more…]

Blog Birding #417

29% of the North American birds that were present in 1970 have disappeared in the intervening 50 years, the result of the study published in Science by researchers associated with the American Birding Conservancy. The good news is that the declines are reversible. Ed Yong has more at The Atlantic.

A new study, [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 20, 2019

Noteworthy continuing birds in the ABA Area this week include the re-discovered Thick-billed Vireo (ABA Code 4) and Black-faced Grassquit (4) in south Florida. The extraordinary Eurasian Wryneck (5) stuck around into the beginning of the week on Gambell, as did at least one of the multiple Siberian Accentors (4) there. A Red-footed Booby (4) [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Birding to Change the World with Trish O’Kane

All birders intuitively understand the value of birding, even if we’re not so great as a community as expressing that value. Birding as a means for personal growth, and coming to grips with the changing world around us is an important part of why we enjoy this hobby. It’s certainly a fascinating topic with a [read more…]

Blog Birding #416

A Big Year, even a county Big Year, is a series of mini-adventures that play out over the course of 12 months. Jay Packer shares the story of an exceptional day in his Taylor County, Texas, Big Year.

We spent the next 5 and a half hours scouring the streets of Merkel. In fact, I [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: September 13, 2019

Continuing ABA Area rarities include the Thick-billed Vireo (ABA Code 4) seen again this week in Florida, as well as the Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona. A Red-footed Booby (4) is on and off in California, and the Little Egret (4) in Maine continue their summer stay in the northeast. In Alaska, the Jack Snipe [read more…]

Blog Birding #415

Quite a bit has been written about the decline in insect numbers and diversity, but less about what it might mean for birds. At the American Bird Conservancy, Howard Youth considers the fallout.

The clues in this mystery include large-scale disappearance of insects, dipping bird populations, and a line-up of potential culprits including pesticides, habitat [read more…]