Birding Online: September 2023

August 30th, 2023|

In the September 2023 issue of Birding, we learn about hybrid buntings, visit the Chiapas Birding and Photo Festival, learn how to find those pesky Yellow Rails, and more.

Rare Bird Alert: September 22, 2023

September 22nd, 2023|

The American Flamingos (ABA Code 4) scattered across the southeast by Hurricane Idalia continue to be seen in a number of locations, most notably Florida, Kentucky, Alabama, and North Carolina, where a flock of 16 birds remains into its third week. The pair of birds in Pennsylvania have taken different routes, however, with the individual injured by a read more >>

How to Know the Birds: No. 77, The G. O. D. Theorem—Revisited

September 5th, 2023|

It is natural to romanticize about the good old days. “Walking to school in the snow, uphill, both ways” is something I reveled in—and still revel in. Give me a proverbial “death march,” every time. My future me will thank my present me for the bragging rights. Perhaps there’s a twinge of regret, bordering on guilt, about how easy...

No. 24: Birds and Directions

May 17th, 2022|

Birders are pretty good at giving directions. Except when we’re not. But mostly we are! Just think of all the times we give exacting, ultraprecise instructions on which branch the Cerulean Warbler is singing from. Or which rock next to 100 other rocks is actually not a rock and is...

September 2023 Photo Quiz

September 18th, 2023|

Individual birds clinging to a tree in this bird’s manner are frequently woodpeckers but could be any of a number of species, some of which do not habitually perch in this fashion. The seemingly large patch of white on what might be the wings rules out Brown Creeper and various nuthatch species among the relatively few inveterate bark-clinging ABA-Area bird species. That white patch also rules out various species that I have seen irregularly or rarely engaging in bark-clinging behavior such as flycatchers, vireos, jays, warblers, and even sparrows.

Hurricane Idalia Report 2023

September 7th, 2023|

There is no gaudier or more glorious storm bird than American Flamingo, and perhaps no more absurd place for a pair of them to show up than Ohio. After Hurricane Idalia hurtled into the Florida panhandle, gawky hot pink waders began appearing as if in a nationwide yard flocking prank―in Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Ohio, and elsewhere.

The World of Seabirds

September 24th, 2023|

Seabird addiction for many of us began with Peter Harrison’s Seabirds: An Identification Guide back in the 1980s and 1990s. This niche has grown in the last 30 years with pelagic trips now available from ports all over the world! As more birders...

American Birding Association Checklist Committee (CLC) Midterm Report, 2023

By |July 19th, 2023|

We present our 2023 "midterm" announcements based on species additions and ABA code changes since our annual report in December 2022. Additions and code changes will be incorporated into the next ABA Checklist, along with taxonomic and nomenclatural revisions from the 64th Supplement to the American Ornithological Society (AOS) Check-list.

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