American Birding Podcast



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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Hawaii’s Forests Are for the Birds

A review by Lance Tanino

Belonging on an Island: Birds, Extinction, and Evolution in Hawaii, by Daniel Lewis

Yale University Press, 2018

320 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales–Buteo Books 14862

Belonging on an Island takes us on an amazing historical journey, laying out a feast for connoisseurs of Hawaiian natural history and any reader interested [read more…]

Bird Migration Through the Eyes of a Master

A review by Laura Kammermeier

A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration, by Kenn Kaufman

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

282 pages, hardcover

ABA Sales–Buteo Books 14936

Kenn Kaufman’s Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration is a deeply personal look at the phenomenon of bird migration, presented in [read more…]

A Welcome Leviathan of Text and Images

A review by Dominic Mitchell

Handbook of Western Palearctic Birds: Passerines, by Hadoram Shirihai and Lars Svensson

Christopher Helm, 2018

2 volumes–1,281 pages, boxed hardcover

ABA Sales–Buteo Books 14873

Birders in Europe and the adjacent areas of North Africa and the Middle East have been well served with ornithological literature over the years. In particular, [read more…]

How to Know the Birds: No. 20, Alien Fairies in the Big City

What: White Tern, Gygis alba When: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 Where: ‘Iolani Palace, Honolulu County, Hawaii

Do you know the five most densely populated urban areas in the United States? According to the U. S. Census Bureau: Los Angeles (1), San Francisco (2), San Jose (3), Honolulu (4), Las Vegas (5).

I’d spent a [read more…]

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…]

Rare Bird Alert: November 1, 2019

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Antillean Palm-Swift (ABA Code 5) still being seen in Florida, and a Red-footed Booby (4) in California.

Just in time for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, south Texas is seeing some interesting vagrants including a both a Green-breasted Mango (3) and a Northern Jacana (4) in [read more…]

American Birding Podcast: Bird Glamour with Lisa Buckley

How many of you out there have dressed as a bird for Halloween? Many, I’m sure! But there is obviously so much more that can be done in the realm of bird costuming, and Dr. Lisa Buckley has taken bird inspired cosplay to its logical extreme. In her day job she is a vertebrate paleontologist [read more…]

Blog Birding #422

Birding is finding its way into the public consciousness, meaning that we are seeing more and more pieces like this one from Colin O’Conner from The Washingtonian.

A few years ago, I noticed an old classmate from high school, whom I’d known as a burly, bearded “drink and fight” type, posting pictures of birds [read more…]