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A Christmas Count Story

As we drove away from Coos Bay with bellies full of rum cake and hearts full of birds, Jim Danzenbaker piped up from the driver’s seat:

“That was the most remarkable Christmas Bird Count dinner I’ve ever attended!”

High praise indeed from the jovial Danzenbaker, who, as a representative of Kowa Optics, habitually travels 200 [read more…]

63 Saw-whets in One Night

Before arriving in Maine a little less than a month ago, I’d seen exactly two Saw-whet Owls in my entire life (one at Oregon’s Malheur NWR a few years back, and one on California’s Southeast Farallon Island last fall). That doesn’t count a bunch of “heard-only” birds on various dark nights, most recently somewhere on [read more…]

Finishing the 2,665-Mile Bird Walk

A couple weeks ago, somewhere on the Pacific Crest Trail in the mountains of northern Washington, I met another hiker walking south. By way of introduction, he pointed at the Leica binoculars around my neck. “You a birder?”

“Yes,” I said. “I’ve carried these binocs for the last 2,500 miles, all the way from [read more…]

Update from the 2,665 mile Bird Walk

Editor's Note: Birding Associate Editor Noah Strycker checks in with this dispatch from his 2,665 mile bird hike up the Pacific Crest Trail.  His trek leaves him little time for writing, but we at the ABA Blog are happy to include his latest report, composed entirely on his smartphone.  I hope your legs, and your [read more…]

The 2,665-mile Bird Walk

In two weeks I will heft a backpack, drape my Leica binocs around my neck, and begin walking slowly north from the Mexican border near San Diego. If all goes well, I’ll arrive, considerably hairier and dustier, at the Canadian border in mid-September, having continuously hiked and birded the deserts and mountains of California, Oregon, [read more…]

A Note from Cano Palma, Costa Rica

Somewhere between the Red Bull models on our birdathon, Christmas dinner at a remote jungle station, and the Barred Forest-Falcon we caught on my 25th birthday (along with the visiting Japanese prince, the Bullet Ant bite that knocked me unconscious, and the December flood to end all floods), I’ve noticed a few things about Costa [read more…]

Yard Listing on the Farallones

An algae-covered, two-story, four-bedroom, 140-year-old wooden house on a tiny, windswept island of crumbling granite, 20 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge, boasts the biggest yard list in North America. More bird species have been recorded from within arm’s length of this house than any other residential structure north of Mexico: the latest [read more…]