• In this issue, we celebrate the ABA Bird of the Year: the Belted Kingfisher. Liz Clayton Fuller talks about how she painted the Queenkiller, Katie Boord delves into the genus Megaceryle, you can give the Word Search a try, and more. Outside of the Bird of the Year, stories of Montezuma Quails, the Hen of Peru, and other birds abound.

Latest Regional Report

  •  Podcast

    When it was first released in 1983, Peter Harrison’s Seabirds: An Identification Guide was immediately hailed as a classic of the birding literature, an accolade it not relinquished in 40 years. And so it was with much excitement that Peter released the New Identification Guide in 2021, practically a different and far more comprehensive read more >>

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  • Not a lot has changed in continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week, with Common Shelduck (ABA Code 5) persisting in Pennsylvania, along with La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) and Bahama Mockingbird (4) in Florida. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and Little Stint (4) are also still being seen in California. It's read more >>

ABA Travel

When you travel with the ABA, you help build a better future for birds and birding. The ABA offers a carefully designed program of birding travel experiences that not only let experience and thrill of seeing great birds and traveling with friendly, interesting people, they give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting local on-the-ground conservation efforts as well as the ABA’s ongoing work to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.
Below is a sample of what we’ve got going. Click here to view all of our tours >>

  • October 15 - 19, 2023

    Experience the heart of fall migration in Cape May on a tour fully built around raptor, songbird, seabird, and monarch migration, with field trips and workshops on each!
  • Honduras birding tour

    February 21 - March 6, 2023

    Honduras may still be a little known birding destination, but thanks to its position on the Central American isthmus and its interesting geography, it has all the trumps to become the next big ecotourism destination.
  •  Current

    Closer to Owls, but in the Right Ways.
    Snowy Owls are one of the most recognized and beloved birds in the world. To protect them, it’s essential that birders enjoy these birds ethically.

  • What: Sanderling, Calidris alba When: Tuesday, December 27, 2022 Where: Breezy Point, Queens County, New York Icount myself an honorary New Yorker. My maternal grandmother was an nth-generation Manhattanite. My wife grew up in Queens. I’ve lived on Long Island, and my in-laws still do. My entry in Chris Santella’s read more >>

  •  Photo Quiz

    There are at least two features that often distinguish between skilled, experienced birders and others when it comes to large flocks of birds. The first is the understanding that just because many or most of the individuals of a large flock of birds appear to be referable to the same species does not necessarily mean that such an assumption is true for the entire flock.

  • I have had spectacular fails birding in New Mexico. They have often resulted because I simply couldn’t find where the bird was supposed to be. The remoteness of many parts of the state, the inadequacy of various maps, and my predilection to figure out things along the way have all...

  • Birders love learning about the life histories of birds: fascinating migration routes, unique ecological adaptations, bizarre exceptions to standard bird biology—we can never get enough. In a similar way, ABA Area birders enjoy learning about the life histories of birders from outside the ABA Area, how the ways other birders...

  • It’s all over. Migration. It came and went. Why does it always happen so fast? Why didn’t I go birding more during that precious window? How long until shorebirds start passing through again? No, no, no. Not only is it true that migration may not even be over in your...

  • I have had spectacular fails birding in New Mexico. They have often resulted because I simply couldn’t find where the bird was supposed to be. The remoteness of many parts of the state, the inadequacy of various maps, and my predilection to figure out things along the way have all...

  •  Current

    Closer to Owls, but in the Right Ways.
    Snowy Owls are one of the most recognized and beloved birds in the world. To protect them, it’s essential that birders enjoy these birds ethically.