Birding Online: December 2021

January 4th, 2022|

As the pandemic eases, many of us are sliding back into travel, whether that means a long day trip, a weekend of camping, or even flying to an international destination—along with mandatory COVID testing, vaccine card checks, and even quarantine. Likewise, after a nearly two-year hiatus, the Birder’s Guide to Travel Special Issue of Birding is back!

North American Birds: Vol. 72, No. 2

January 4th, 2022|

Highly lauded field guide author David Sibley starts off our printed content with notes on the first known U.S. records and the identification of “Cozumel” Bananaquits. Oliver Komar presents results of his study on the field identification Pacific Parakeet and its close Middle American relatives. The Finch Research Network team reports on the 2020–2021 winter finch invasion. And as usual, we round out the fall issue of the magazine with the annual ABA Checklist Committee Report.

Rare Bird Alert: January 14, 2022

January 14th, 2022|

Texas continues to collect ABA Area rarities like Pokemon cards with continuing Bat Falcon (ABA Code 5), Social Flycatcher (5), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4). The Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) continues on and off again in coastal Maine, and a Little Stint (4) is still turning up from time to time in California. New Mexico's read more >>

How to Know the Birds: No. 64, Spark Bird

December 21st, 2021|

One moment, you’re a pitiable non-birder, toiling pointlessly in law or finance or medicine, the next, you’re a full-on, full-fledged, born-again, never-look-back-again, lifelong birder. That’s a caricature, but only up to a point.

No. 15: Birds and Cold

December 28th, 2021|

Species: Pine Grosbeak, Pinicola enucleator Question: What’s your coldest ever lifer? What comes after CBC season? For many ABA Area birders, it’s the beginning of a months-long wait—a hibernation, almost—until the euphoria of spring at last arrives. But the vast wintery parts of the ABA Area still have their birding thrills: finch flights, owl roosts, read more >>

December 2021 Photo Quiz

December 21st, 2021|

Where’s the bird? Ah, there it is. This is something of a different quiz photo.
Yes, it is, to make a certain point: One does not necessarily need to see a bird all that well to be able to identify it. However, to do so, one does need to understand plumages and their progression in various species, as well as how those various plumages differ from those of similar species.

ABA Area’s First Bat Falcon in south Texas

January 5th, 2022|

The arrival of Bat Falcon in south Texas was only a matter of time: the species has undergone a dramatic northward range expansion, but that fact made its discovery at Santa Ana NWR no less exciting.

Two New Titles for East Africa

January 10th, 2022|

Broadly speaking, coffee table books are not a highly regarded genre by literary scholars or even birders: When was the last time you heard someone cite a coffee table book as their favorite book? But, I confess, I love them. The photos have to be really, really good to justify...

The 2021 AOS Supplement is out!

By |June 25th, 2021|

Every summer, birders anxiously await publication of the “Check-list Supplement” by the American Ornithological Society’s Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds (a.k.a. the NACC). The supplement (available linked to here eventually) details revisions to the NACC’s Check-list. Here's a rundown of the more significant revisions.

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