American Birding Podcast



Neil Hayward Gunning for ABA Big Year Record

About this time two years ago, many of us were watching the progress of John Vanderpoel very closely. John’s ABA Area Big Year was coming along nicely, and he was threatening to knock off Sandy Komito’s ABA Area record of 748 (technically 745 +3)*, set back in 1998.

*The first number refers to the number [read more…]



ABA President Jeffrey A. Gordon, in his “Birding Together” column in the September/October 2013 Birding (pp. 8–9), writes about the virtue of magnanimity:

First, a little philosophy. I don’t remember much from my sophomore-year Ancient Greek Philosophy class, but one idea that has really stuck with me, remaining fresh and detailed while so many [read more…]

ABA Blog in Review: July 2013

July was the month of the wood-rail, but there was so much more at the ABA Blog this month! [read more…]

Wood Rail, and Jeff Gordon, to appear on CBS This Morning on 7/27!

Set your DVRs or your alarms! Jeff Gordon will be on CBS This morning on 7/27 to talk wood rails and birding. [read more…]

2016 AOU Supplement is Out!

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithologists’ Union’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (NACC). The supplement details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Below is a brief rundown of those changes. (You can read the Supplement here, and you can read the committee [read more…]

25th Report of the ABA Checklist Committee, 2013–2014

It’s a holiday tradition at Birding magazine: The last issue of the year features, among many other things, the annual report of the ABA Checklist Committee. Each year, the committee’s report is timely, thorough, and well-researched. So it is with the 2013–2014 report, and we’ll get around to that in a moment. But first things [read more…]

Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2014

With respect to TS Eliot, birders know that it’s July that is the cruellest month. Birds are ratty and molting, we’re still a couple weeks away from shorebird migration in earnest, and for much of the ABA Area the thermostat makes birding a certain hot and buggy affair. Still, we persevere, because as much as [read more…]

THE TOP 10: Craziest ABA Area Vagrants of 2013

By George Armistead and Nate Swick

Every year has its share of doozies, but man, 2013 was a wild one for rarities and vagrant birds. After reflecting on the year that just passed, we’ve assembled the following list of the most mind-blowing birding surprises.

10. Invasions: Northern Lapwing & Snowy Owl

Who doesn’t love a [read more…]

The ABA Blog’s Most Popular Posts of 2013

Hey, it’s the end of the year! the time when retrospection takes the form of Top 10 lists across the entirety of the internet. It’s been a pretty spectacular year here at the ABA Blog, and I want to publicly thank all of those tho contributed to the blog this year, from regular contributors to [read more…]

#ABArare – Common Swift – California

There are rarities that are somewhat expected, even when they’re a first for the ABA Area (e.g., Amazon Kingfisher in Texas, Loggerhead Kingbird in Florida). Then there are those that weren’t on the radar. Today we have one of the latter. While not quite at the level of the Rufous-necked Wood-Rail, the Common Swift found [read more…]