Birding Online: March 2024

March 12th, 2024|

In the March 2024 issue of Birding, we welcome spring by learning new ways to make birder friends, getting the latest news on avian influenza outbreaks worldwide, and announcing the ABA ID Vault.

08-16: Take it or Leave it – Seawatching, Records Committees, and Owls

April 18th, 2024|

Birders are full of strong opinions, some serious and some silly. In this new feature, we invite friends on to discuss the spiciest bird takes we can find to determine whether we Take it or Leave it. George Armistead and Amy Davis join host Nate Swick to talk about spark birds, seawatching, records committees, and whether we should share the locations of owls more frequently.

Rare Bird Alert: April 19, 2024

April 19th, 2024|

The cup continues to runneth over in south Texas, as a Southern Lapwing (5) in Hidalgo Co gets added to the assemblage this week. This represents a 1st record for Texas and the 2nd for the ABA Area following the much-discussed individual seen in 2022 in Michigan. That bird was recently accepted by local and ABA Area committees, though one wonders if the records were reversed, with this Texas individual representing the the 1st, whether there would have been nearly as much digital ink spilled in discussion.

How to Know the Birds: No. 81, A Kinglet Assist from Merlin

March 26th, 2024|

We were on the west side, the wet side, of Mount Olympus, the wettest place in the Lower 48 states. You can hear how wet it is on the west side—the dripping and trickling, tinkling and trinkling, seeping and soft burbling. And above it all, twittering and trilling, never letting up, the continual utterances of golden-crowned kinglets.

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...

April 2024 Photo Quiz

April 22nd, 2024|

Another raptory-hawky thing is this month’s quiz subject, and I know that everyone is excited about that! The wings are certainly obviously long, so ruling out vultures, eagles, long-winged buteos (such as Swainson’s and Ferruginous), and probably even harriers. Unfortunately, the quiz bird is streaked below ...

First Red-flanked Bluetail in the Eastern ABA Area

December 12th, 2023|

A Red-flanked Bluetail was a stunning find in Whiting, New Jersey in early December 2023. The bird’s discovery has attracted hundreds of birders from all over the East Coast and beyond. Patient observers were rewarded with quick views of the hyperactive little Old World flycatcher in bluebird drag as she flitted around low to the ground and bobbed her tail.

The Fight to Protect the Birds

March 24th, 2024|

We’re in trouble, and we know it. Bird numbers are decreasing at a scarily precipitous rate. Conservation, once as simple as convincing women not to wear feathers in their hats, has become a labyrinth of strategies for habitat restoration...

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