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Birding Photo Quiz: October 2019

First things first: a nostra culpa. The Oct. 2019 Birding went out a while ago, and we simply forgot to post the online version of the photo quiz! In our semi-defense of that oversight, we have been tremendously busy with Birding of late, with four issues going out in the last four months of the [read more…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 22, The Common Kiskadee

What: Great Kiskadee, Pitangus sulphuratus When: Monday, November 11, 2019 Where: Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas

Without giving it too much thought, What are some of the great places in the ABA Area? Alaska and Hawaii, for starters. The Chiricahuas, the Salton Sea, and the Everglades, needless to say. Cape May and Central Park and [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…]

The Comeback Bird

A review by Patricia Paladines and Carl Safina

Ospreys: The Revival of a Global Raptor by Alan Poole

Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019

220 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales / Buteo Books 14921

When it comes to us and Ospreys, it’s deep and personal. Around 1970, a neighbor took an adolescent Carl to a secret [read more…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 21, Hawaii’s Most Perfect Bird

What: Wandering Tattler, Tringa incana When: Friday, October 25, 2019 Where: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii County, Hawaii

Last year in Birding magazine, we ran a multi-issue series on the birds of Hawaii. Jeffrey A. Gordon started us out in the Feb. 2018 issue with a tribute to the iconic ‘i‘iwi; Lisa Crampton and Helen Raine followed [read more…]

Birding as Birders See It

A review by Nick Minor

The Birders: A Melodic Journey through Northern Colombia by Gregg Bleakney

WhereNext, 2019

As a birder, a communicator, and more simply, a person who just loves a good story, I’m always elated to find media that succeeds at what should be a simple task: depicting birding as birders see [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…]