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About the Author: Nate Swick

The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding Association as we talk about birds, birding, travel and conservation in North America and beyond. Join host Nate Swick every other Thursday for news and happenings, recent rarities, guests from around the birding world, and features of interest to every birder.

08-29: Dare to Bird with Melissa Hafting

By |July 18th, 2024|Podcast|

The incredibly diverse and unbelievably photogenic landscape of British Columbia is on display in photographer and birder Melissa Hafting's new book, Dare to Bird, and with it, the birds that make this part of the continent so special and inspire Hafting’s effort to spread the joy of birding and photography around the province, across Canada, and beyond. She joins host Nate Swick to talk about it, along with rare bird recordkeeping, young birders, and more. Also, new hope for Hawaiian birds in the form of mosquito air drops. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever read more >>

ABA Rare Bird Alert: July 12, 2024

By |July 12th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the still present Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) in Newfoundland, and Florida's South American vibe continues with both Large-billed Tern (5) and Yellow-headed Caracara (5) present this week. Of all the terns in the ABA Area, Roseate Tern is probably the strangest in terms of status and distribution. It breeds in such far-flung places as New England and the Caribbean and is uncommon most everywhere else. Inland records, in particular, are practically unheard of, which is why the discovery of a Roseate Tern in Erie Co, Ohio, of all places, is so extraordinary.  read more >>

08-28: Birding with Benefits, A Discussion

By |July 11th, 2024|Podcast|

Birding with Benefits, a new book by author Sarah T Dubb, is a unique new addition to the birding canon. While we shouldn’t be too surprised that all the new attention paid to birding has seen it turn up in surprising places, but the pages of a romance novel certainly seemed like a stretch. To help discuss birding's introduction into the romance genre, host Nate Swick turns to his own birding adjacent relationship and beach read enthusiast to talk about this unlikely intersection.

08-27: 2024 Splits and Lumps with Nick Block

By |July 4th, 2024|Podcast|

Birders around North America look forward to midsummer every year for the publication of the AOS North American Classification Committee’s Taxonomic Supplement, the splits and lumps that affect our life lists. And for this conversation we turn, as we have since the very beginning of this podcast, to our own taxonomy guru Dr Nick Block of Stonehill College to talk shearwater splits, gull confusion, redpoll DNA, and everything else in the 2024 list of proposals. Don’t forget to donate to the ABA’s Nesting Season Appeal, which raises money for our excellent young birder programs. And check out read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 28, 2024

By |June 28th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

It scarecely needs to be said, but the Steller's Sea-Eagle (ABA Code 4) in Newfoundland continues into this week and doesn't look to be leaving anytime soon. We start in Nunavut, where a Yellow-nosed Albatross photographed in the Labrador Sea southeast of Baffin Island is a 1st for the territory and the farthest north record of this southern ocean breeding species on the planet. The bird was seen following a turbot boat. On to Florida, where at least one of the Large-billed Terns (5) that spent the summer in the state looks to have returned to Collier Co, read more >>

08-26: This Month in Birding – June 2024

By |June 27th, 2024|Podcast|

The summer solstice marks another turn of the seasons to nesting and post-breeding dispersal, and, in some case southward migration once again. And the end of the month means turn to This Month in Birding, our roundtable discussion with some birding friends. We welcome back Nick Lund, Jordan Rutter, and Brodie Cass Talbott for a wide-ranging discussion that includes polyamorous shorebirds, Giga-geese, and birder "would you rathers". Links to articles discussed in this episode: Tiny New Zealand bird delivers a lesson in birdsong evolution Polyandrous birds evolve faster than monogamous ones, new study finds New fossils read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 21. 2024

By |June 21st, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

In continuing ABA Area rarities, the Steller's Sea-Eagle (ABA Code 4) that has spent the last year and a half in Newfoundland was seen again this week. Mid-summer is not typically thought of as gull season, but at least what rare gulls we do get in early summer are looking very sharp. That was the case in Michigan where the state's 1st record of Black-tailed Gull (4) was see on the southern shore of the Upper Peninsula in Schoolcraft Co. This east Asian species has followed a similar path laid before it by Slaty-backed Gull, as it is read more >>

08-25: The Importance of Insects with David Leatherman

By |June 20th, 2024|Podcast|

When birders talk about the importance of a bird-friendly yard, they often mean insects even if they don't mention them explicitly. And so people that want to attract birds need to get comfortable with bugs. Colorado birder David Leatherman is a fan of bug-bird interactions...

08-24: Random Birds XI with Ted Floyd

By |June 13th, 2024|Podcast|

What better way to spend a random Thursday in June than with a random number generator and a random list of birds? As he does from time to time, the ABA's Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd joins host Nate Swick for another round of Random Birds. This time the list has a strongly cosmopolitan bent, and Nate and Ted discuss birds that can be enjoyed, for the most part, not just around the continent, but in some cases around the world. Don’t forget to donate to the ABA’s Nesting Season Appeal, which raises money for our excellent young birder read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: June 7, 2024

By |June 7th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Many of the exciting Texas birds from the last few months are getting harder to find, but Brown Jay (ABA Code 4) and Mottled Owl (5) were recorded this week. And speaking on long-staying birds, the Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) that has spent the last two years in Newfoundland was photographed building a nest this week. The flamingo invasion of summer 2023 is still vivid in many birders' memories. Perhaps the only thing less predictable than hurricane thrown flamingos scattered across the continent that summer, is the fact that 2024 has boasted it's own remarkable flamingo sightings. To start, read more >>

08-23: Enjoying the Natural B’s with Georgia Silvera Seamans & Natasza Fontaine

By |June 6th, 2024|Podcast|

Last week saw the fourth year of Black Birders Week, which continues to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate diversity in the birding and nature communities. To help mark the occassion, we hand over the podcast to the host of Your Bird Story, Georgia Silvera Seamans, who brings our 2024 ABA Bird of the Year artist Natasza Fontaine, a working biologist in addition to being a science illustrator, to talk about her experiences with birds, botany, and whatever other natural "B's" she loves to encounter. Don’t forget to donate to the ABA’s Nesting Season Appeal, which raises read more >>

08-22: This Month in Birding – May 2024

By |May 30th, 2024|Podcast|

Spring turns to summer in much of the ABA Area this week, and we celebrate spring 2024 with a birding podcast crossover event for this month's This Month in Birding. We welcome Mollee Brown, one of the hosts of the Life List podcast and Jason Hall and Dexter Patterson, hosts of the brand new, and very fun, Bird Joy podcast to talk about the mathematics of bird flocks, how birding makes you happy, and our favorite moments of spring 2024, among other things. Links to articles discussed in this episode: The federal government plans to kill read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 24, 2024

By |May 24th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert, Uncategorized|

Late means means rarity minded birders turn their eyes to western Alaska, where Asian vagrants and birders are arriving on the islands in significant numbers. On St Paul Island in the Pribilofs, highlights include Terek Sandpiper (ABA Code 3) Long-toed Stint (3),  Siberian Rubythroat (3), Smew (3), and Garganey (4). On nearby St George, a Spotted Redshank (4) was a highlight. and on Adak in the western Aleutians,  Common Greenshank (3), Hawfinch (4), and Taiga Flycatcher (4) were all noteworthy. Washington birders enjoyed the state's second state 1st in as many weeks recently with the discovery of a Lesser Nighthawk read more >>

08-21: Newfoundland’s Euro Vagrant Phenomenon with Jared Clarke

By |May 23rd, 2024|Podcast|

Newfoundland lies on the eastern extremes of the North American continent, and every spring it hosts an always fascinating and ocasionally extraordinary array of European vagrant birds. The phenomenon that brings European Golden-Plovers and Whooper Swans and Garganeys to North America is fairly well known now, and Newfoundland birders increasingly welcome bird enthusiasts from all over the continent to enjoy it. Guest host Jody Allair of Birds Canada hosts Newfoundlander Jared Clarke from Bird the Rock Tours to talk about why it happens and what it means to be on the leading edge of continental vagrancy. Don’t read more >>

08-20: eBird Annotated, Chicago Edition, with Ted Floyd

By |May 16th, 2024|Podcast|

A couple weeks ago the ABA staff convened in Chicago, Illinois, for our first in-person staff retreat in more than a decade. We discussed a lot of organizational issues and, of course, we went birding at two of Chicago’s most famous lakeshore birding hotspots, Montrose Point and Jarvis Bird Sanctuary. Usually host Nate Swick and Birding magazine editor Ted Floyd discuss separate checklists, but this time they get to discuss a checklist that they both contributed to, along with a dozen or so ABA colleagues. Also, we get some movement on the AOS English Bird Name Project.  read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 11, 2024

By |May 10th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area into this first week in May include the now annual Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona , and Brown Jays (4) and Roadside Hawk (4) in Texas. In the last couple years, Wisconsin has proven to be something of a magnet for unusual southwestern vagrants. This week saw yet another find the shores of Lake Michigan in the form of the state's 1st Varied Bunting in Ozaukee Co, a gorgeous male bird. Varied Bunting has very few extralimital records to the north and east of their core range, including another male read more >>

08-19: The Birds that Audubon Missed with Kenn Kaufman

By |May 9th, 2024|Podcast|

The ambitions, egos, and adventure surrounding 18th and 19th century American ornithology affect birding and bird study to this day. We welcome author, artist, and naturalist Kenn Kaufman, who has tackled this fascinating period in a new book The Birds that Audubon Missed: Discovery and Desire in the American Wilderness, looking at John James Audubon, Alexander Wilson, and their peers through the lens of the common and widespread birds they did not find and describe, rather than the many many that they did.

08-18: Nature Beyond Birding with Jody Allair & Frank Izaguirre

By |May 2nd, 2024|Podcast|

Friend of the Podcast and Birds Canada stalwart Jody Allair steps into the hosts chair for a discussion on nature study beyond birding with the ABA's Frank Izaguirre. The two talk about their own favorite non-bird nature experiences, the value of looking at everything else, and follow up with a discussion on Canadian nature writers.

Rare Bird Alert: April 26, 2024

By |April 26th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

The list of continuing rarities in the ABA Area is a familiar one by now, with Cattle Tyrant (ABA Code 5), Southern Lapwing (5), Mottled Owl (5), Brown Jay (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) all seen in Texas this week. Arizona is still hosting a Berylline Hummingbird (4) and likely will for the remainder of the summer. Both Yellow-headed Caracara (5), and at least one of the recent Piratic Flycatchers (4) is continuing in Florida. Common Shelduck (4) is still seen in Newfoundland, and the ABA's 1st Gray Gull (5) continues in Alabama. The first read more >>

08-17: This Month in Birding – April 2024

By |April 25th, 2024|Podcast|

It’s the April edition of This Month in Birding, with a panel as bold and timeless as the new eBird font. We welcome Frank Izaguirre, Ryan Mandelbaum, and Jordan Rutter to talk Birds Aren’t Real, seabird spies, dream birds, and much more!

Rare Bird Alert: April 19, 2024

By |April 19th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

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.

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

By |April 18th, 2024|Podcast|

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.

08-15: Martin Migration Madness with Kevin Fraser

By |April 11th, 2024|Podcast|

Spring is finally on its way and with it, the promise of returning migratory birds to the United States and Canada. Among the first to arrive every year, and beloved among birders and non-birders alike, is North America’s largest swallow, the Purple Martin. With their chatty and gregarious nature martins have inspired so many people, one of whom is Dr. Kevin Fraser of the Avian Behavior and Conservation Lab at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.

Rare Bird Alert: April 5, 2024

By |April 5th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona, the ABA 1st Gray Gull (5), now in Alabama, a Gray Heron (4) in Nova Scotia, and the continuing Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey. In Texas, the Cattle Tyrant (5) continues on the upper coast, and Mottled Owl (5),  Bare-throated Tiger Heron (5), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in Texas. Sustained easterly winds blowing across the North Atlantic over the last few days have brought an impressive variety of European vagrants to Newfoundland, including a Whooper Swan (4) read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 29, 2024

By |March 29th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

In continuing rarities, the Gray Gull (ABA Code 5), first seen in Florida this past summer, turned up again on the Alabama side of the border. Berylline Hummingbird (4) continues in Arizona, as does Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey. And in Texas, the Cattle Tyrant (5), Roadside Hawk (4), Mottled Owl (5), Gray-collared Becard (5), Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (5), Brown Jay (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) were all seen this week. The first potential ABA Area 1st record of 2024 comes, perhaps predictably, from Florida who comes into the new year as hot as they left the old read more >>

08-13: This Month in Birding – March 2024

By |March 28th, 2024|Podcast|

Beware the IDs of March! Shakespeare was no doubt concerned with molting grebes, singing juncos and the various other birding difficulties brought to us in this month when he wrote those words. Jody Allair, Mikko Jimenez, and Purbita Saha join host Nate Swick this month to talk climate change and birds, skinny bird legs, and more!

Rare Bird Alert: March 22, 2024

By |March 22nd, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) in Arizona, Red-flanked Bluetail (3) in New Jersey, and Fieldfare (4) in Wisconsin. The ongoing rarity event in Texas Continues to include Bare-throated Tiger Heron (4), Roadside Hawk (4), Crane Hawk (5), Mottled Owl (5), Gray-collared Becard (5),  Brown Jay (4), Cattle Tyrant (5), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and Blue Bunting (4). What we lack in quantity this month, we are making up with quality. One of the more spectacular finds of the year so far comes from California, where a read more >>

08-12: More than a Lawn Thrush with Emily Williams

By |March 21st, 2024|Podcast|

The American Robin, of course, is ubiquitous but there is a lot left to learn. That is, in part, the work of Emily Williams, an avian ecologist at Georgetown University, currently studying the migration ecology of American Robins. She joins us to talk about what we don’t know about a bird everyone knows.

08-11: Beat this Big Year Record with Jeff Bouton

By |March 14th, 2024|Podcast|

Digiscoping is more popular than ever, but bird records involving this practice are few and far between. We needed someone to lay down the gauntlet, and last year that person was Jeff Bouton. Many birders know Jeff as the representative for Kowa Optics, and he's a familiar face around bird festivals and events, and now, the Digicoping Big Year Champion, a record he set in 2023. He’s here to challenge others to match him. Also, a rare bird on the Las Vegas strip gets national media exposure, for better or for worse. Subscribe to the podcast read more >>

08-10: Protecting Plovers in NYC with Chris Allieri

By |March 7th, 2024|Podcast|

Beach nesting shorebird conservation is one of the more nuanced issues on the continent because the sorts of places and times of year where they prefer to nest are the sorts of places and times of year that humans prefer to recreate. But opportunities exist to get people to care about and protect these birds that we share space with. Chris Allieri and the NYC Plover Project are doing just that. The volunteer group is one of the most celebrated and successful groups in New York City, and Chris joins us to talk about what works and read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 8, 2024

By |March 8th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area are still mostly centered in south Texas, where Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawk (4), Gray-collared Becard (5), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), all persist. Even the Mottled Owl (5) made a reappearance this week, likely as birders made an effort for it for the first time in several weeks. Elsewhere, the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey is still being seen, as is the Fieldfare (4) in Wisconsin. A sharp-looking Brambling (3) at a feeder in Croyden, Utah, is the second in read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: February 23, 2024

By |February 23rd, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Texas leads the way as it has for months now with continuing Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawk (4), Cattle Tyrant (ABA 1st), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4). The Gray Heron (4) in Nova Scotia made an appearance again this week, and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey is still being seen. We start in Wisconsin this week where a Fieldfare (4) in Ashland Co represents a 1st for the state. It's been a busy winter for Eurasian thrushes in the ABA Area with both Fieldfare and Redwing read more >>

08-08: Still Birding to Change the World with Trish O’Kane

By |February 22nd, 2024|Podcast|

Way back in 2019, we first spoke with Trish O’Kane about the Birding to Change the World program she had instituted at the University of Vermont, where she is a lecturer and environmental educator, because of an essay she had written for The New York Times. She’s back 5 years later to talk about her new memoir, appropriately titled Birding to Change the World ...

Rare Bird Alert: February 16, 2024

By |February 16th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawks (4) Gray-collared Becard (5), Cattle Tyrant (5), Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), in Texas. The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey is also continuing into this month. We once again look to St Pierre et Miquelon, which is having an excellent winter, with another Euro vagrant in the form of a Redwing (4) this week. There have been a small number of records of this migratory thrush in eastern Canada so far in 2024. read more >>

08-07: 2023 ABA Rare Bird Draft with Amy Davis & Tim Healy

By |February 15th, 2024|Podcast|

2023 was an exceptional year for ABA Rarities, and few can remember a more extraordinary one in terms of both quality and quantity of shocking and spectacular rare birds in the US and Canada. As we do every year, we welcome North American Birds editor Amy Davis and educator and writer at The Nemesis Bird, Tim Healy, to share our favorites and draft the Top 10 (and a few more) ABA Area Rare Birds for 2023. Also, congrats to Peter Kaestner for becoming the first birder to see 10,000 species. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: February 9, 2024

By |February 9th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing birds in Texas include Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (5), multiple Roadside Hawks (4), Gray-collared Becard (4), Brown Jay (4), Cattle Tyrant (5),  Golden-crowned Warbler (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), Blue Bunting (4), and certainly one but possibly two Crane Hawks (5). The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) is also still being seen in New Jersey. Arizona boasts a visitor from the north this week with the state's 3rd Little Gull, a young bird, found in Cochise Co. In Virginia, a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in Amherst Co, appears to be a state 1st and only the second record of this occasionally nomadic finch in read more >>

08-06: The Drama of Shorebird Migration with Randall Wood

By |February 8th, 2024|Podcast|

The voyages of migratory shorebirds are cinematic in their scope; certainly an attractive subject for a nature documentarian. Randall Wood is the award-winning writer, director, and producer of Flyways: The Untold Story of Migratory Shorebirds, which aired in the United States on the PBS program Nature on February 7, 2024. He joins us to talk about the film, which focuses on the incredible journeys of three long-distance migrants and the researchers racing against time to preserve these birds and this incredible phenomenon. You can find the film at pbs.org/nature, YouTube and the PBS App.  Also, the read more >>

Rare Bird Alert; February 2, 2024

By |February 2nd, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (5), Roadside Hawks (4), Gray-collared Becard (5) Brown Jay (4), Fan-tailed Warbler (4), Golden-crowned Warblers (4), and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) in the Lower Valley of Texas, with the Cattle Tyrant (5) still being seen farther north. The Gray Heron (4) continues in Nova Scotia and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey. Into the vortex of rarities currently being seen regularly in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas comes yet another monster find. The ABA's and Texas's second record of Crane Hawk (5)has been seen somewhat regularly read more >>

08-05: eBird Analytics with Harry Stevens

By |February 1st, 2024|Podcast|

Birders use eBird to log their own personal lists, and to help find birds they would like to see, but the heart of eBird, the dream even of eBird, was to create a massive public database of bird sightings that can turn into opportunities to monitor bird populations. That is, in fact, what Harry Stevens, the Climate Lab columnist for the Washington Post, has done in a new interactive feature at the Washington Post which takes a look at why bird populations are declining. Also, Artificial Intelligence helps researchers get a bird's eye view. Subscribe to read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 26, 2024

By |January 26th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Once again, the week starts with Texas's incredible slate of continuing Lower Valley rarities which include Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), multiple Roadside Hawks (4), Mottled Owl (5), Gray-collared Becard (5), a small flock of Brown Jays (4), and multiple Golden-crowned Warblers (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeaks (4).  The New Jersey Red-flanked Bluetail (4) is also continuing into this week. New Mexico, which has had an excellent run of rarities including multiple 1st records in the last few months, adds another one. A Purple Sandpiper found in Eddy Co is the 1st for New Mexico, but one of a read more >>

This Month in Birding – January 2024

By |January 25th, 2024|Podcast|

This Month in Birding is back in the new year, with a panel of old friends to talk bird and birding news of the month. This time around, Stephanie Beilke, Jordan Rutter, and Brodie Cass Talbott come by to talk Mallard quasi-domestication, smart binoculars and more! Links to articles discussed in this episode: Silent domestication of wildlife in the Anthropocene: The mallard as a case study Swarovski Optik Launches the World's First Smart Binocular Missed Connections Why do middle-aged people love birds so much? Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 19, 2024

By |January 19th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Texas leads the way in rare birds with Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawk (5), Mottled Owl (5), Gray-collared Becard (5),  Brown Jay (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and Blue Bunting (4), all continuing into the middle of January.  Nova Scotia hosts an ongoing Gray Heron (4), and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) is still being seen in New Jersey. We can also point out that, though we haven't mentioned it here in some time, the Steller's Sea-Eagle (3) in Newfoundland is still regularly seen as we head into its third year of residence in the read more >>

Two-Fisted Birdwatching with Mike Lubow

By |January 18th, 2024|Podcast|

A disillusioned adman and casual birder, a mysterious ransom plot, and a conservation program for restoring Peregrine Falcons all combine in Mike Lubow’s irreverent new novel, The Idea People. Mike is a prolific writer and story-teller whose interests intersect with birding in his online journal Two-Fisted Bird Watcher. He joins us to talk about why birders make great detectives, even fictional ones. Also, nature illiteracy strikes again in the form of a bonkers proposed law in Kentucky. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 5, 2024

By |January 5th, 2024|Rare Bird Alert|

Welcome to a new year of rare birds! We still have a handful of rarities continuing into 2024, including the incredible south Texas tropical bonanza of Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawk (4), Mottled Owl (5), Gray-collared Becard (5), Brown Jay (4),  Golden-crowned Warbler (4) and Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4). Also continuing are the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey and a Gray Heron (4) in Nova Scotia. Maine closed out 2023 with a state 1st record of Hepatic Tanager visiting a private feeder in Waldo Co. This is the farthest east record of this southwestern species in read more >>

Inside the Bird Name Committee

By |January 4th, 2024|Podcast|

The decision by the American Ornithological Society last year to begin the process of renaming birds currently named after humans has been one of the more animating debates in the birding and ornithological communities in recent memory. The recommendations for these changes were made by an ad hoc English Bird Name committee created by the AOS specifically to explore this issue. Irene Liu, Steve Hampton, and Alvaro Jaramillo served on that committee, and join the podcast to talk about their time on the committee, the discussion they had, and to dispell some of the misinformation that read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 22, 2023

By |December 22nd, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include most of the incredible south Texas finds including Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Roadside Hawk (5), Gray-collared Becard (5), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), and Brown Jay (4). The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) was seen at least into the beginning of the week, and a Gray Heron (4) continues in Nova Scotia. An exciting 1st record for Alabama this week as a White Wagtail was wekk -photographed in Mobile. It is not clear which subspecies this bird represents but almost all of the east coast records of White Wagtail read more >>

This Month in Birding – December 2023

By |December 21st, 2023|Podcast|

This Month in Birding is The American Birding Podcast’s monthly round table discussion on all things birds and birding. This month features Nick Lund, Sarah Swanson, and Mo Stych talking AI and birding, light pollution, a tragic macaw love story and more. Links to article’s discussed in this episode: Artificial light at night is a top predictor of bird migration stopover density Researchers developing new technology to understand bird migrations A lovers’ tale of romance, fidelity and the aviary netting keeping them apart Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 15, 2023

By |December 15th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Texas's ridiculous run of rarities continues into this week with Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (ABA Code 5), Gray-collared Becard (5), Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), Roadside Hawk (5), Mottled Owl (5), and Brown Jay (4) all seen this week.  The Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in New Jersey continued at least through the beginning of the week, and in California, a Little Stint (4) is still ebing seen on and off again as it has through the fall. Florida leads the way with new birds added to the list in 2023, and that streak continues into the end of the year read more >>

Random Birds X with Ted Floyd

By |December 14th, 2023|Podcast|

It’s a holiday miracle! The podcast feature that was supposed to last one episode, lasted significantly more than that! Birding editor Ted Floyd is back to talk Random Birds. He and Nate cover lots of passerines and two different hummingbirds and ponder the mysteries of the random number generator that knows all. The ABA wishes all of you participating in the 124th CBC a Merry Christmas Bird Count! Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 8, 2023

By |December 8th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Texas continues to boast a spectacular lineup of ABA Area rarities this week with continuing Bare-throated Tiger Heron (ABA Code 4), Brown Jay (4), Gray-collared Becard (5), Roadside Hawk (5), and Golden-crowned Warbler (4). The Fieldfare (4) reported last week in Ontario continues into this period. A new contender for the most exciting rarity of the year comes late in 2023 in New Jersey. A Red-flanked Bluetail (3), a highly migratory east Asian songbird, was discovered in an Ocean Co neighborhood, where it represents a 1st for the state. Red-flanked Bluetail is a rare, but annual, vagrant to read more >>

Birding Book Club – Best of 2023

By |December 7th, 2023|Podcast|

The Birding Book Club is back again to do our annual Best Bird Books of the Year episode for 2023. With the holiday gift-giving season is right around the corner there’s no better time to give the gift of bird books to the birder in your life. And why not something for yourself while you're at it? We are joined by 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman and Birding magazine media and book review editor Rebecca Minardi to talk about what we loved this year in bird books. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 1, 2023

By |December 1st, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rare birds in the ABA Area include the Large-billed Tern (ABA Code 5) which has been in Florida for half the year now. Some of the best birds seen recently in South Texas remain, including Roadside Hawk (4), Golden-crowned Warbler (4), and Brown Jay (4). Texas stays on its historic hot streak over the last couple weeks first with the ABA's 3rd record of Mottled Owl (5) heard and subsequently seen in Starr Co. Both previous records come from the lower Valley, a road-killed bird from 1983 and the latest, prior to the current bird, in 2006. read more >>

Secrets of Slow Birding with Bridget Butler

By |November 30th, 2023|Podcast|

If there’s one thing that 2020 taught birders, its how to appreciate your immediate surroundings. The cancellation of festivals, international trips, and even many local bird walks and meetings encouraged us to be more present and local. It’s something that Vermont naturalist Bridget Butler has been pushing for a long time as part of her “Slow Birding” initiative.

This Month in Birding – November 2023

By |November 23rd, 2023|Podcast|

This Month in Birding is The American Birding Podcast’s monthly round table discussion on all things birds and birding. This month features Jennie Duberstein, Tim Healy, and Ryan Mandelbaum covering bird name changes, universal alarm calls, what makes a bird attractive to humans, and more...

Rare Bird Alert: November 17, 2023

By |November 17th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

What a birding week for Texas! Corresponding with the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival and its influx of birders from around the US and Canada, it’s been years since the region had a run of rarities as exciting as the one experienced last week.

Random Birds, Vol 9, with Ted Floyd

By |November 16th, 2023|Podcast|

Host Nate Swick is on the road, but that doesn't mean you won't get new content! Birding editor Ted Floyd is back again for another edition of Random Birds, the most fun you can have with a bird list and a random numbr generator. This time around Nate and Ted take discuss ducks, tanagers, sparrows and much more! Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! The American Birding Podcast read more >>

Talking Lumps – Western Flycatchers with Alec Hopping

By |November 9th, 2023|Podcast|

One of the biggest taxonomic changes of this year was the long-anticipated lump of the species formerly known as Pacific-slope and Cordilleran Flycatcher back into Western Flycatcher. It’s a story with all the taxonomic highs and lows packed into a slightly confusing and cryptic package. Alec Hopping is a birder and researcher whose article in North American Birds called Unraveling Western Flycatchers; A Case Against the Split played a large role in making the case to the relavant authorities. He joins us to talk about how to get a species lumped. Also, the AOS makes a read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: November 3, 2023

By |November 3rd, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

American Flamingos (ABA Code 3) are still being seen regularly in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina. The Large-billed Tern (5) is sticking it out in Florida into the winter. And in Texas, several Golden-crowned Warblers (4) are still being seen in the Lower Valley. We haven't been able to mention Manitoba in this spot in some time, and the state or province in the ABA Area with the longest 1st record drought, which has finally come to an end this month with not one, but two species, both from different directions. First, a Vermilion Flycatcher was seen read more >>

Meet Wayne Klockner, the ABA’s New Executive Director

By |November 2nd, 2023|Podcast|

This past summer, the ABA brought on our new Executive Director. Wayne Klockner comes to us after a long career with The Nature Conservancy in Maryland and beyond, with efforts that have led to the conservation of thousands of acres of natural areas, the restoration of commercial and shell fisheries and the establishment of TNC’s climate strategy. He lives and birds in Ocean City, Maryland, and it is our pleasure to welcome him to the podcast. Also, amazing new science suggests that albatrosses use infrasonic ocean noise to orient themselves. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: October 27, 2023

By |October 29th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Washington has boasted a nice run of rare birds this week, including a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in Tokeland and the state's 7th record of Painted Bunting at Neah Bay. But the big prize was a Little Bunting (3), the state's 2nd, also in Clallam Co. The bird was showing well for the birders that made the trek until it was, unfortunately...

This Month in Birding – October 2023

By |October 26th, 2023|Podcast|

This Month in Birding is The American Birding Podcast’s monthly round table discussion on all things birds and birding. This month features Martha Harbison, Mikko Jimenez, and Dexter Patterson covering the USFWS’s recent extinction news, Takahe reintroductions, birding at night, and the panel’s spookiest birds.

Rare Bird Alert: October 20, 2023

By |October 20th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Bird tourism has closed up shop in western Alaska for the season, but birders sticking it out on the islands into the increasing clod and dark are still finding good birds. Most recently, the ABA's 4th record of Song Thrush was a new highlight to what continues to be a very nice fall rarity season.

The Wingsnappers with Barney Schlinger

By |October 19th, 2023|Podcast|

Manakins are among the most unique and fascinating neotropical bird families with displays that run the gamut from group line-dancing to bizarre percussive feather snaps. One species, in particularly, has long fascinated UCLA researcher Barney Schlinger, the Golden-collared Manakin of Panama and western Colombia. It is the subject of his book The Wingsnappers: Lessons from an Exuberant Tropical Bird and he joins host Nate Swick to talk about it. Also, the eBird taxonomy update is coming! What does it mean for our ABA lists? Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: October 13, 2023

By |October 13th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

American Flamingos (ABA Code 3) continue in multiple states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Virginia, and Texas.  Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) and Golden-crowned Warbler (4) are still being seen in Texas. The birders might be leaving Alaska's Bering Sea Islands, but Red-backed Shrike (5) and Wood Warbler (5) among others, saw them off.  A Common Greenshank (4) is still present in California. One of the biggest surprises of the period came from western Alaska, certainly no stranger to surprising birds. An Icterine Warbler (5), one of last year's most shocking ABA Area 1sts when it showed read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: October 6, 2023

By |October 6th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

American Flamingos (ABA Code 4) continue to be seen across the southeast with the largest flock in North Carolina. Individuals and small flocks are also continuing in South Carolina, Louisiana, Alabama, and Florida, with Kansas and Wisconsin continuing to be outliers. Alaska birders continue to report Garganey (4), Wood Warbler (5), and Eurasian Hobby (4). A Large-billed Tern (5) is still being seen in Florida, as is a Common Greenshank in California. In Arizona, Tufted Flycatcher (5) and Berylline Hummingbird (4) continue, and a small flock of Brown Jays (4) and multiple Golden-crowned Warbler (5) are still being read more >>

The Public Life of Birds with David Welch

By |October 5th, 2023|Podcast|

Birds are one of the most commonly encountered elements of human culture across time and across peoples in all parts of the world. Perhaps nowhere is that quite as evident as Las Vegas, Nevada, where humanity of every possible description comes together in a city that exists on the edge of habitability.

Rare Bird Alert: September 29, 2023

By |September 29th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

As we head into the last few days of September, American Flamingos (ABA Code 4) continue to be seen in North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and on the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana. The long-staying Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) is still regular in Newfoundland, as is one of the Large-billed Terns (5) in Florida. Two Baikal Teal (4) remain on St. Paul Island in Alaska, and the small flock of Brown Jays (4) in Texas makes their appearance again here after a few weeks. Berylline Hummingbird (4) is still being seen in Arizona as it has been all read more >>

This Month in Birding – September 2023

By |September 28th, 2023|Podcast|

It’s the end of the month which means its time for This Month in Birding, and we’ve got a panel of ABA friends and staff here to talk about the beautiful fall season, every birder’s favorite time of year. In this episode Jennie Duberstein, Nick Lund, and Greg Neise join host Nate Swick to talk lost flamingos, eagles, the incredible movement of North American vagrants to the British Isles, and more!

Rare Bird Alert: September 22, 2023

By |September 22nd, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

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 Snapping Turtle remaining in rehab while its partner has apparently taken off for parts unknown. A Tufted Flycatcher (5) is still being seen in Arizona, while one of the Large-billed Terns was present into this week in Florida. Texas continues read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: September 16, 2023

By |September 15th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Fall rarity season is starting to get started in Texas, where a Golden-crowned Warbler (4) was seen this week in Cameron Co. This species has been almost annual in recent years with many birds sticking around for quite some time.

Random Birds, Vol. 8, with Ted Floyd

By |September 14th, 2023|Podcast|

It's a random time for Random Birds, the American Birding Podcast segment with Birding editor Ted Floyd that involves host Nate Swick, a big bird list, and a random number generator.  We never know exactly what we're going to get, but you'll always get a lot of great bird facts, stories, and appreciation. This session includes a smorgasbord of birds, with ducks, terns, thrushes, and more all making an appearance. Also, we're excited to announce another ABA webinar featuring author and former podcast guest Rebecca Heisman! ABA members can join us on ABA Community. Subscribe to the podcast read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: September 9, 2023

By |September 8th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

At this time last week, Hurricane Idalia had made landfall in Florida's Big Bend, scattering American Flamingos across the state in unprecedented numbers in dozens of unexpected places. Little did we know that this was just the beginning. The following weekend, a pair of American Flamingos (ABA Code 4) were seen in Warren Co, Ohio, not far from Cincinnati, shocking and delighting the birders that were able to enjoy them. This was, by a significant margin, the farthest north record of this species in the ABA Area and a 1st record that no birder in the state would read more >>

Lifer Momos and Monals with Anuj Ghimire

By |September 7th, 2023|Podcast|

Moving from Nepal to North Dakota offers quite the ornithological whiplash, but birder and recent PhD graduate Anuj Ghimire takes it all in good stride. He joins guest host and Birding magazine editor Frank Izaguirre to talk Himalayan pheasants, North Dakota nemeses, and where to find Nepali food in Fargo. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! The American Birding Podcast brings together staff and friends of the American Birding read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: September 1, 2023

By |September 1st, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

We begin with news of Hurricane Idalia, which made landfall near the bend of Florida where the peninsula meets the panhandle. While conventional wind-blown birds like Bridled and Sooty Terns are not all that unusual in the state, the real story has been an impressive influx of American Flamingos (4) at several sites around the peninsula. More than 55 individuals have been reported so far at more than a dozen locations.

This Month in Birding – August 2023

By |August 31st, 2023|Podcast|

It's This Month in Birding for August 2023, our monthly round table discussion featuring voices from around the birding world. This month, we welcome back our friends Jody Allair of Birds Canada, Jordan Rutter of the American Bird Conservancy, and Brodie Cass Talbott of Portland Audubon to talk about American Kestrels, Canada Jay siblings, 50 years of Project Puffin and more.

Rare Bird Alert: August 25, 2023

By |August 25th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) in southeastern Arizona, and at least one of the Large-billed Terns (5) present in Florida since June. The major meteorological event of the year so far has been the landfall of Hurricane Hilary just south of San Diego, California, earlier this week. Tropical Storms frequently bring ocean-going birds inland and Hilary, which took a track along the western edge of Baja California before turning north-northeast in southern California, was no different. The full breakdown of windblown birds is still to come read more >>

Secrets of Summer Birding

By |August 24th, 2023|Podcast|

How would you describe summer birding? Hot? Humid? Buggy? Unbearable? For many birders it has always been the least exciting and most taxing season for getting in the field, but there’s a lot to be excited about for those who make the effort. 

Rare Bird Alert: August 18, 2023

By |August 18th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Berylline Hummingbird (ABA Code 4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) in southeast Arizona, along with the Large-billed Terns (5) in Florida. The on-and-off Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) is on again in Newfoundland For the third consecutive week, a Lesser Sand-Plover (3) leads off the roundup, this time in individual in Barnstable Co, Massachusetts, where it represents a 1st record for that state. It's not unreasonable to believe that this might be the same individual that was seen the previous week in Rhode Island as the distance between the two spots is only 70 miles read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: August 11, 2023

By |August 11th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Berylline Hummingbird (4) and Plain-capped Starthroat (4) continue in southeast Arizona, as do the Large-billed Terns (5) in Florida. Another Lesser Sand-Plover (3) has graced the east coast of North America - or perhaps it's the same bird, no one is quite sure - this time in Napatree, Rhode Island, representing a 1st for that state. Once again, this is a nominate mongolus bird, called Siberian Sand-Plover by some authorities. Another plover of note this week comes from New Jersey, where a Mountain Plover in Stone Harbor is a 1st record for that state. It comes on the heels read more >>

Birding Rwanda with Winnie Kyamujara

By |August 10th, 2023|Podcast|

Nestled in the Central Africa’s Great Rift Valley, Rwanda, the Land of a Thousand Hills, is one of the most biodiverse nations on the continent, all the more impressive given its small size. With nearly 700 species of birds and an impressive diversity of large mammals, including Mountain Gorillas, Rwanda is increasingly a popular destination for nature tourists, including the ABA, which is heading there this winter. Winnie Kyamujara is a nature guide with the Umusambi Crane Preserve and she introduces us to this amazing county. Also, Ontario birder and creator of the Winter Finch Report, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: August 4, 2023

By |August 4th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Plain-capped Starthroat (ABA Code 4) and Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona, both Large-billed Terns (5) in Florida, the remarkably long-staying Steller’s Sea-Eagle (4) in Newfoundland, and the small flock of Brown Jays (4) in south Texas.

Remembering Tom Johnson

By |August 3rd, 2023|Podcast|

The birding community is collectively mourning the recent loss of Cape May birder Tom Johnson. Tom was a world-renowned birder and a prodigious contributor to the ABA's media, with insightful articles, phenomenal photography, and occasional appearances on the American Birding Podcast.

This Month in Birding – July 2023

By |July 27th, 2023|Podcast|

This Month in Birding, our monthly panel discussion is about bird news and birds in the news. We’re excited to welcome a panel of Stephanie Beilke, Tim Healy and Purbita Saha to talk rare birds at private residences, hummingbirds and alcohol, the most metal bird nests, and more!

Rare Bird Alert: July 21, 2023

By |July 21st, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Steller's Sea-Eagle (ABA Code 4) in Newfoundland, both Large-billed Terns (5) in Florida, the continuing Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona, along with the small flock of Brown Jays (4) in Texas and at least one lingering Siberian Rubythroat (4) in western Alaska. Late summer in the southwest means monsoon season, a time of year that typically sees excellent birding and a good chance of ABA rarities. The extraordinary confluence of four individual Yellow Grosbeaks in southeast Arizona this year suggested that something really amazing was on the horizon. That came read more >>

Indigenous Reconnection through Birds with Alyssa Bardy

By |July 20th, 2023|Podcast|

Humans have loved birds for as long as there have been humans. And while many of us in the birding world stay a birder for similar reasons, every birder, bird-watcher or bird enthusiasts has their own path to this world, to this interest, and it is one that frequently leads to a greater appreciation of love of the natural world more generally.

Rare Bird Alert: July 14, 2023

By |July 14th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Both of the especially exciting rarities in the ABA Area are continuing into this week. The Steller's Sea-Eagle (ABA Code 4) in Newfoundland is showing well to all who seek it. Also, both Large-billed Terns (5) in Florida are continuing to the delight of birders who seek them. We start in Maine this week, where a pair of marine birds have exciting local birders. A Yellow-nosed Albatross (4) was seen on a whale-watching trip on Boothbay Harbor, but the real prize was Maine's 1st record of Red-footed Booby (3) in Hancock Co. This is the second Red-footed Booby in read more >>

El Niño and Birding with Alvaro Jaramillo

By |July 13th, 2023|Podcast|

The connections between weather and birds seem both obvious and arcane to many birders. This is especially true in this time of global warming, when weather seems particularly wonky. This summer the globe is experiencing El Niño, a warm phase in the Pacific that causes all sorts of strange things. But what does that mean for birds?

Rare Bird Alert: July 7, 2023

By |July 7th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

The two Large-billed Terns (ABA Code 5) in Florida lead off the list of notable continuing rarities in the ABA Area. They're joined by the small flock of Brown Jays (4) in south Texas and the Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) in eastern Newfoundland, rather than western as reported previously. Both Gray-streaked Flycatcher (4) and multiple Hawfinches (4) continue to be seen in Alaska, and the now-annual Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona appears to be sticking out the summer. It has already been quite a summer for White-winged Tern (4) in the ABA Area, as one in New York last read more >>

Hear Birds Again with Lang Elliott

By |July 6th, 2023|Podcast|

It is an inevitability that as a birder ages, they lose the ability to hear some birds, particularly those with high pitched songs and calls. It is a struggle that nature recordist Lang Elliot has dealt with for decades, but he offers, with the help of modern technology, a solution of sorts called Hear Birds Again.

Rare Bird Alert: June 30, 2023

By |June 30th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Both Large-billed Terns (ABA Code 5) are still being seen in Florida, highlighting the continuing rarities for this week. Also still being seen, a Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona, the Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) in remote western Newfoundland, and a handful of Hawfinches (5) in western Alaska. Alaska is continuing to produce excellent Asian rarities, and the latest comes from the mainland rather than the Bering Sea and Aleutian islands. The ABA Area's 2nd ever record of Lesser Whitethroat (5) was well-photographed in Utqiagvik, Alaska, on the North Slope. This is also the first spring record of this central Asian read more >>

This Month in Birding – June 2023

By |June 29th, 2023|Podcast|

It’s the end of June and that means it’s time for This Month in Birding, where we round up a panel of interesting and thoughtful birding friends to round up the latest birding news from around the ABA Area and beyond.

Rare Bird Alert: June 23, 2023

By |June 23rd, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week include both Large-billed Terns (ABA Code 5) in Florida and the small flock of Brown Jays (4) in Texas. The Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) in Newfoundland was refound this week, and the Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona and a handful of Hawfinches (4) in Alaska were also reported. Birding in western Alaska has been incredible in the last couple weeks, highlighted by a 1st Alaska and ABA Area record of Kentish Plover (5) on Shemya Island in the Aleutians. This is the Old World equivalent of the North American Snowy Plover, read more >>

Random Birds, Vol. 7, with Ted Floyd

By |June 22nd, 2023|Podcast|

Birding magazine editor and all-around bird-knower Ted Floyd is back for another bout of Random Birds. He joins host Nate Swick, a big bird list, and a random number generator to create podcast magic. This session includes a smorgasbord of birds, with gulls, warblers, and finches all making an appearance. Also, Nate reports on the latest ABA Community Weekend in California's Bay Area. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! The read more >>

What an Owl Knows with Jennifer Ackerman

By |June 15th, 2023|Podcast|

Birders and bird enthusiasts are so fortunate that science writer Jennifer Ackerman so frequently turns her mind to birds. This year, she follows the critically acclaimed The Genius of Birds and The Bird Way with the new What an Owl Knows: The New Science of the World’s Most Enigmatic Birds.

Rare Bird Alert: June 9, 2023

By |June 9th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

A quick programming note that there will not be a Rare Bird Alert next week, as I will be out of town. We'll catch up with the last two weeks the following Friday. Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Large-billed Terns (ABA Code 5) in Florida, Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona, and multiple Hawfinches (4) scattered across western Alaska. One of the more mind-blowing rarities of the year came this week in North Carolina, where an apparent Plumbeous Vireo in Dare Co is a 1st for the state and one of very few records in the read more >>

2023 Splits and Lumps with Nick Block

By |June 8th, 2023|Podcast|

It’s split and lump season again, and that means that we turn to our friend Nick Block, professor of Biology at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. He’s the person we talk to when it comes to predicting the decisions of the American Ornithological Society’s North America Classification Committee.

Rare Bird Alert: June 2, 2023

By |June 2nd, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include multiple Hawfinches (ABA Code 4) and Common Pochard (4) in Alaska, the regular Berylline Hummingbird (4) in Arizona that seems likely to stick through the summer, and a La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida. The biggest surprise of the week came from Florida, which has already had an exceptional 2023, in the form of not one, but two different Large-billed Terns (5) at two different spots, one in Collier Co and another in Brevard Co. This is one of the classic birds of Amazonian waterways so its appearance in the ABA Area read more >>

For the Love of Birds

By |June 1st, 2023|Podcast|

On May 19, 2023, the ABA and the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University hosted the For the Love of Birds panel as part of the Academy's Cheryl Beth Silverman lecture series. If you weren't able to join us in Philadelphia, we're excited to share it with you as a podcast. Panelists Holly Merker, Anwar Abdul-Qawi, and American Birding Podcast host Nate Swick talk about birding and the bird community with moderator Maurice Baynard. Also, join Nate in San Francisco the weekend of June 17 for the next ABA Community Weekend. And don't forget to read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: May 26, 2023

By |May 26th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Long-toed Stint (ABA Code 4) and multiple Hawfinches (4) in Alaska, the La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida, and the stunning Fan-tailed Warbler (4) in Arizona. We have a good number of 1st records to report this week, starting in Pennsylvania where the state's 1st Mottled Duck was found in Washington Co. The bird was intially identified as an American Black Duck but thankfully stuck around once the correct identification was determined. In what is probably the most predictable 1st of the year, Ontario becomes the latest state or province to read more >>

This Month in Birding – May 2023

By |May 25th, 2023|Podcast|

It’s the last Thursday of the month of May and that means it is time to bring on a panel of birding friends to talk about bird news and goings on on the American Birding Podcast. And it’s another excellent panel this month featuring Mollee Brown, Nicole Jackson, and Ryan Mandelbaum...

Rare Bird Alert: May 19, 2023

By |May 19th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

We'll jump straight into the new birds here this week, as we've got two weeks to work through. First stop is Texas, where a Crescent-chested Warbler (ABA Code 4) at Big Bend National Park in Brewster Co represents an official 1st for the state. This species has been on the hypothetical list, or the Texas equivalent, until now, with the only previous account a sight record from the days before every birder carried a camera. That wasn't the only southern surprises to turn up in the state, a Crimson-collared Grosbeak (4) was seen in Cameron Co, and a read more >>

Halcyon Kingfisher Journeys With Marina Richie

By |May 18th, 2023|Podcast|

Despite being such a charismatic bird, there are very few books about our 2023 Bird of the Year Belted Kingfisher, but this week’s guest Marina Richie has written one. Her 2022 title, Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher documents the seven years she spent watching a pair of kingfishers near her home...

The Big Year that Flew By with Arjan Dwarshuis

By |May 11th, 2023|Podcast|

In 2016, Arjan Dwarshuis undertook a massive birding year that took him from his home in the Netherlands to 6 continents, 41 countries, and just over 6,800 species of birds. His global big year was a massive feat, breaking the record set, at the time, by Noah Strycker only a year earlier.

Rare Bird Alert: May 5, 2023

By |May 4th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

On a quick programming note, there will not be a Rare Bird Alert post next week, as I will be up at the Biggest Week festival. We'll reconvene the week after with what will almost certainly be a full docket of rare birds. Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the flock of Brown Jays (ABA Code 4) in Texas, and both Bahama Mockingbird (4) and Red-legged Honeycreeper (5) in Florida. Who would have pegged Wisconsin as the site for one of the best rarities of the year? The state has seen a run of southwestern species of read more >>

The New Pyle Guide is Here with Peter Pyle

By |May 4th, 2023|Podcast|

2023 ABA Lifetime Achievement Awardee Peter Pyle has probably been one of the most influential American ornithologists of the last few decades. His Identification Guide to North American Birds, informally known as “the Pyle Guides”, are widely known as the banding bible, and remain some of the most informative and intimidating bird books on birders’ shelves. The much anticipated second edition of which came out this year. But the's also the chair of the ABA Checklist Committee, and was central to the effort to shepherd the birds of the Hawaiian Islands, at long last, onto the read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 28, 2023

By |April 28th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the flock of Brown Jays (ABA Code 4) in south Texas, Bahama Mockingbird (4) in Florida, and the long-staying Little Stint (4) in California. It's been a great week for White Wagtails in the ABA Area, and one in Angus, Ontario, represents that province's 3rd record. This looks to be the wide-ranging ocularis subspecies, which breeds across northern Asia into northern Alaska and is the most common subspecies recorded in the ABA Area. Arizona also recorded an ocularis White Wagtail this week, and it also happened to be a 2rd record. The read more >>

This Month in Birding – April 2023

By |April 27th, 2023|Podcast|

It is the most exciting time of year for birders in the ABA Area so it seems only fitting to celebrate it with an exciting group of panelists for April's This Month in Birding. Host Nate Swick is joined by Jennie Duberstein, Andrés Jimenez, and Jordan Rutter to talk about vulture love, nature TikTok, and Night Parrot skulls. Come for the spring migration talk and stay for the bird personality profiles. Also, don't forget to sign up for our first ABA Community Weekend! Links to articles discussed in this episode: They're Not Pretty, but Turkey Vultures read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 21, 2023

By |April 21st, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing birds in the ABA Area include the small flock of Brown Jays (ABA Code 4) in south Texas, at least one and probably more Red-legged Honeycreepers (5) in Florida along with a long-staying Bahama Mockingbird (4), and a Little Stint (4) in California. Michigan had a phenomenal 2022 and the state's 2023 is off to a pretty great start with the discovery of a state 1st Pink-footed Goose (4) in Grand Traverse. This species has become regular in the northeast of the continent in the last decade or so, and records farther west have been read more >>

Creating a Kingfisher Mascot with Spencer Wilken

By |April 20th, 2023|Podcast|

The sporting world is full of bird mascots. While there are countless eagles, hawks, and cardinals there are no, so far as we know, Belted Kingfishers. But that might change thanks to the efforts of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This flagship university has a mascot vacancy that, according to guest Spencer Wilken, should be filled by our 2023 Bird of the Year.  Spencer's story is featured in the April 2023 issue of Birding and she joins us to talk about the peculiar politics of bird mascots. Also, the bird flu pandemic hits read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: April 7, 2023

By |April 8th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Here's your roundup of new ABA Area rarities for the week. A quick programming note; there will not be an RBA next week as I am out of town. New York offers the first 1st record of the week in a subadult Glaucous-winged Gull in the Bronx borough of New York City. This is one of the rarest western gulls in the east, and all previous records of this species east of the Mississippi River have been well inland. Notably, Ohio boasted its 1st record earlier this year and this is a species that could very read more >>

Antpittas and Adventure in Colombia

By |April 13th, 2023|Podcast|

There’s no place on Earth like Colombia. One of the world’s only “megadiverse” nations, Colombia boasts friendly people, stunning landscapes, and absolutely mind-blowing birds. In this encore episode, host Nate Swick and Colombian birders Diego Calderón (The Birders Show) and Eliana Ardila (Birding by Bus) travel through the Colombian Central Andes and explore what makes this place so amazing for birders, and how nature tourism is making a positive impact on the lives of so many people there. Also, a throw back to the very first episode and Nate's very first trip to Colombia. Subscribe to read more >>

How to Identify Flycatchers with Cin-Ty Lee & Andrew Birch

By |April 6th, 2023|Podcast|

Birders have long considered the tyrant flycatchers, in particular the Empidonax species and Pewees to be one of the most difficult identification concerns in North America. Author Cin-Ty Lee and illustrator Andrew Birch seek to calm the fears of frustrated birders across the ABA Area with their new Field Guide to North American Flycatchers: Empidonax and Pewees, out just in time for spring migration. They join host Nate Swick to talk about what birders need to know about this group of birds. Also, join us for an ABA Community Weekend! Our first one is in Toronto, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 31, 2023

By |March 31st, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

The small flock of Brown Jays (ABA Code 4) in south Texas lead off the list of notable continuing rarities in the ABA Area this week. It has been some time since this species was reliable north of the Rio Grande and birders seem to be taking advantage of this exciting situation. Other continuing birds include at least one Bahama Mockingbird (4) in Florida and the ongoing Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California. 2023 in Florida has been one exciting bird after another, and a accommodating Red-legged Honeycreeper (5) in Miami-Dade has been fun for both local and read more >>

This Month in Birding – March 2023

By |March 30th, 2023|Podcast|

Spring is in the air in March, at least theoretically across much of the ABA Area. And the last Thursday of the month means This Month in Birding, our monthly panel discussion that covers all the important and not-so-important bits of birding news from the month that was. This month's panel features Brodie Cass Talbott and Sarah Swanson from Portland Audubon and aeroecologist Mikko Jimenez talking Audubon's name, Bell Bowl Prairie, and what to do about the famous Flaco the Eagle-Owl. Links to stories discussion in this episode: National Audubon Society Announces Decision to Retain Current read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 23, 2023

By |March 24th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities of note in the ABA Area include the small flock of Brown Jays (ABA Code 4) in south Texas, both La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) and Bahama Mockingbird (4) in Florida, and the remarkable Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California. Mid-March is the peak time for records of Common Crane (3) in Nebraska, as the birds are regularly seen among large flocks of migrating Sandhills along the Platte River. That was the case this year as one was seen in Garden.  The strangest rarity news this week was not related to a bird seen in March, read more >>

The Rise of Birding Culture in Colombia with Jose Martinez

By |March 23rd, 2023|Podcast|

Birding is booming in Colombia helped, in part, by bird fairs and festivals held throughout the country for Colombian birders in addition to the increased interest shown by visiting birders from around the world. Last month, host Nate Swick got to visit the Colombia Birdfair in Calí, where he met Jose Manuel Martinez, a Colombian birder, and one of a team of birders putting on the event.  He’s had a front row seat to Colombia’s fascinating rise as not only a birding destination, but a birding culture. Interested in traveling to some of the places we read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 18, 2023

By |March 17th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing birds in the ABA Area include the small flock of Brown Jays (ABA Code 4) in south Texas, the Bahama Mockingbird (4) and La Sagra’s Flycatcher (4) in Florida, and both a Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and a Little Stint (4) in California.

Flight Paths, and the Wonder of Migration, with Rebecca Heisman

By |March 16th, 2023|Podcast|

We are in a golden age of bird migration science, and birders can only wonder at the ways in which we learn about bird migration in the 21st Century. Rebecca Heisman's new book, "Flight Paths: How a Passionate and Quirky Group of Pioneering Scientists Solved the Mystery of Bird Migration" tells the story of bird migration research to the present, with all the amazing techniques and entertaining characters involved in figuring so much of it out. Also, the Kowa Scopers are our champions for Champions of the Flyway.   Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 10, 2023

By |March 10th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Plenty of high-quality contiuing rare birds in the ABA Area this week, including the somewhat expected this time of year Bahama Mockingbird (ABA Code 4) and La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida. The remarkable Red-flanked Bluetail (4) is still being seen in California, and one is hard-pressed to remember a more accomodating individual of this species on the continent. In Texas, both Blue Bunting (4) and Brown Jay (4) continue in Texas. One of the more bizarre records of the year so far comes from North Carolina, where a Red-footed Booby (3), the state's 2nd record, read more >>

Birding, Annotated, Yet Again with Ted Floyd

By |March 9th, 2023|Podcast|

Birding editor Ted Floyd returns to join host Nate Swick for "Birding, Annotated".  In the doldrums of early March, both Ted and Nate each took a birding outing to a local spot and return chat about it. Hear their thoughts on the coming spring, junco diversity, counting birds in eBird, the importance of the regular checklist. Check out Ted's checklist from Lafayette, Colorado, and Nate's from Greensboro, North Carolina.  Also, the Dusky Tetraka is back! Or perhaps more accurately, no one was really looking for it. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: March 3, 2023

By |March 3rd, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

We sit smack in the doldrums of late winter/early spring in the ABA Area. Birders to the north are still experiencing winter's grip and those to the south are anxiously awaiting more than the early season short-distance migrants. It is typically a slow period for rare birds as this week's report makes clear. Exciting continuing rarities include the Red-flanked Bluetail (ABA Code 4) in California, both Bahama Mockingbird (4) and La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida, and the Gray Heron (5) in Nova Scotia, which is still wandering around looking for open water. An overlooked mystery read more >>

Wildest Vagrants of 2022 with Amy Davis & Tim Healy

By |March 2nd, 2023|Podcast|

2022 was an exceptional year for rare bird sightings in the ABA Area, with no fewer than three first ABA records and an absolute avian smorgasbord of interesting and unexpected records from all corners of the US and Canada. As difficult as it is to choose the best, North American Birds editor Amy Davis and writer and teacher Tim Healy join host Nate Swick to attempt to do so, or at the very least, have some fun remembering the highlights of last year. Also, Nate is back from a fantastic trip to the Colombia Birdfair. Subscribe read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: February 24, 2023

By |February 24th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Welcome back to the Rare Bird Alert after an off week in which I was out of the country. We've got two weeks to cover for this period. Bur first, rare bird continuing in this last week of February include both Little Stint (ABA Code 4) and Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in California, Bahama Mockingbird (4) and La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida, and the ever-unbelievable Steller's Sea-Eagle (4) now, once again, in Maine. We start in Florida, which boasts a long-awaited 1st record this month. No, it's not some Carribbean vagrant, but a Great-tailed Grackle at read more >>

This Month in Birding – February 2023

By |February 23rd, 2023|Podcast|

February might be the shortest month, but that doesn’t mean it gets the short shrift when it comes to This Month in Birding. We’ve got a great panel this month that absolutely adores birds as is appropriate for the season. Jody Allair from Birds Canada, Sarah Bloemers of the Bird Sh*t Podcast, and our friend Nick Lund, the Birdist, join us to talk about Steller's Jay splits, Hawaiian Island Restoration, the possible return of the Dodo, and much more! Links to stories discussed in this episode: eBird Exotic Species Update Steller's Jay Might be Multiple Species read more >>

The Avian Rainbow with Whitney Tsai Nakashima

By |February 16th, 2023|Podcast|

You don’t have to be a birder for a long time to appreciate that birds are capable of producing an astonishing array of colors and patterns, even those beyond what our weak human eyes can discern. Hidden in that avian rainbow are clues to bird taxonomy and evolution, which is the work of our guest Whitney Tsai Nakashima, a researcher at Occidental College’s Moore Lab of Zoology. Also, can hummingbirds inspire robot drones? Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: February 10, 2023

By |February 10th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

It's back! From Maine comes the report that the Steller's Sea-Eagle (ABA Code 4), now in eastern North America for its third calendar year, has been seen again on the central coast. Who knows where it will go from here, but farther south isn't out of the realm of possibility. In Florida, both Bahama Mockingbird (4) and La Sagra's Flycatcher (4) continue into this week. California continues to host a Red-flanked Bluetail (4), and the Pennsylvania Common Shelduck (5) is still being seen and debated. The wide-ranging rarity de jour has changed over the last few read more >>

Mindful Birding Ethics with Holly Merker

By |February 9th, 2023|Podcast|

Young birders who have participated in the ABA’s Camp Avocet Maine’s well known Hog Island Audubon Camp, are no doubt familiar with Holly Merker. But that only scratches the surface of her contributions to the birding world. A former member of the ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee, and one of the authors of the well-received and timely Ornitherapy, she is the recipient of the ABA’s Award for Conservation and Education, formerly the Betty Peterson Award. She joins The American Birding Podcast to talk about mindful birding and applying ethics.  Also, the wild story of the read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: February 3, 2023

By |February 3rd, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

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 a relatively light week in the ABA Area, but we still keep our run of 1st records alive. From New Brunswick comes a provincial 1st Brewer's Sparrow in Quispamsis. The consensus seems to be that this is likely the more highly migratory and more northern read more >>

A Whole World of Seabirds with Peter Harrison

By |February 2nd, 2023|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 book. Peter Harrison is an artist, an author and a conservationist, an MBE, and still perhaps the authority on the birds of the world’s largest biome. Plus, an ignoble end to a first ABA Area record. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 27, 2023

By |January 27th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Rarities continuing into the last week of January in the ABA Area include the Common Shelduck (ABA Code 5) in Pennsylvania, the Caribbean trio of La Sagra's Flycatcher (4), Bahama Mockingbird (4), and Red-legged Honeycreeper (5) in Florida, and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in southern California, This year has been a banner one for wandering finches in North America, with Evening Grosbeaks making another incursion into the south, but no one suspected a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in Green Bay, Nova Scotia, to be among them. This most widespread of the three North American rosy-finches has a fairly read more >>

This Month in Birding: January 2023

By |January 26th, 2023|Podcast|

We have reached the end of the first month of 2023 and it is once again time for This Month in Birding on The American Birding Podcast. For this panel we welcome a fascinating group of birders to geek out a little about birds. Martha Harbison, Dexter Patterson, and Jordan Rutter join us to talk about molt terminology, shushers, bright white woodcock tails and more.  Links to topics discussed in this podcast: WhatsApp-ened to bird news? Moult terminology. Let’s make it simpler! ‘Astonishing’ snowy owl spotted in Southern California neighborhood Eurasian Woodcock has the brightest feathers read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 20, 2023

By |January 20th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Bahama Mockingbird (ABA Code 4) and LaSagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida, right on time for what have been, in the past, long-staying Caribbean rarities. The Common Shelduck (5) is still being seen in Pennsylvania, though I have no idea what that means for the ongoing provenance discussion. And in California, a Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and Little Stint (4) continue. For 1st records, we start in West Virginia, where a Townsend's Solitaire in Grant fills in a significant gap on the distribution map for this species. Solitaires are fairly regular read more >>

Random Birds, Vol 6, with Ted Floyd

By |January 19th, 2023|Podcast|

Birding magazine editor and all-around bird-knower Ted Floyd is back for another bout of Random Birds. He joins host Nate Swick, a big bird list, and a random number generator to create podcast magic. This session includes a number of holarctic species, a pair of warblers and one of Ted’s 10 favorite bird species. Well, maybe…  Plus, some thoughts and the most gull rich metro in the ABA Area.  Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 13, 2023

By |January 13th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

The ABA Area hosts an impressive set of rarities continuing into this week, with the highlight remaining the ABA Area's 3rd record of Eurasian Blackbird (ABA Code 5) in Labrador. California continues to host a Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and a Little Stint (4), and the Common Shelduck (5) is still being seen and discussed in Pennsylvania. The influx of winter wanderers southward into the interior of the continent was not predicted to include many Bohemian Waxwings, but one was seen in Apache, Arizona. The mountain ash crops in the western half of the continent were reported as read more >>

Winter Birding and More with Erik Bruhnke

By |January 12th, 2023|Podcast|

Much of North America is gripped in the depths of winter. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s frequently unpleasant. But for those that push through, the birding can be oh so rewarding. This is especially true in places where the winter hits hardest. Diehard Minnesota birder Erik Bruhnke is guide for Victor Emanuel Nature Tours and a stalwart at birding festivals. He joins Nate to talk about winter birding, leading bird tours and cool bird facts. Also, Nate talks Costa Rica birding and a frustrating anti-feeder law. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: January 6, 2023

By |January 6th, 2023|Rare Bird Alert|

Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Common Shelduck (ABA Code 5) in Pennsylvania, a Northern Lapwing (4) in Massachusetts, and the Social Flycatcher (5), now in its third calendar year, in Texas 2023 starts off with a bang in Florida with the release of photos showing an apparent Gundlach's Hawk in Lee. This uncommon Cuban endemic would be a 1st record for the ABA Area, and the 1st record away from Cuba. Discussion about this individual has been extensive, with most of it focusing on the bird's behavior. Gundlach's Hawk is notoriously one of read more >>

2023 Bird of the Year Artist Liz Clayton Fuller

By |January 5th, 2023|Podcast|

Happy New Year List! It's finally time to celebrate our 2023 Bird of the Year, the Belted Kingfisher! And to help jumpstart a year of kingfisher content, we're excited to welcome this year's artist, Liz Clayton Fuller. Host Nate Swick chatted with Liz about kingfishers, her 2023 cover art "Queenfisher", and her work streaming art on Twitch. I think you'll agree that she is a delight. Also, Nate shares his first Belted Kingfisher experience and invites listeners to send theirs to podcast@aba.org. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please leave a rating or read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 30, 2022

By |December 30th, 2022|Rare Bird Alert|

As we head in to the belly of Christmas Bird Count season, we watchers of rarities get to enjoy the bounty that comes from intensive coverage of normally underbirded parts of the ABA Area and the goodies that result from that effort. Plus, there's the occasional rarity continuing long enough to be included on the local count, as is the case with the long-staying Southern Lapwing (ABA Code 5) of mysterious origin in Michigan. The rarest of the Eurasian vagrant thrushes made an appearance in Newfoundland this week, when a Eurasian Blackbird (5) was photographed at read more >>

This Month in Birding – December 2022

By |December 22nd, 2022|Podcast|

Thanks to all our listeners and supporters for another exceptional year. To wrap up 2022, we welcome back some insightful and entertaining birder friends to the last This Month in Birding for the year. We're joined by Popular Science's Purbita Saha, science writer Ryan Mandelbaum, and The Birdist, Nick Lund to talk about the biggest birding trends of 2022 and our best birding experiences of the year. Links to article discussed in this episode: New Shazam for Birds will Identify that Chipping For You Female Blue Tits Sing Frequently Old Bones Suggest Presence of Thick-billed Parrots read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 16, 2022

By |December 16th, 2022|Rare Bird Alert|

After more than a year, the south Texas Social Flycatcher (5) is still being seen, a rare bird pillar at this point. Even when no other rare birds are continuing, it hangs on. Hot Limpkin Summer has, against all odds, turned into bonkers Limpkin winter, as Kentucky finally gets on their board with their 1st record of Limpkin seen this week in Todd. Kentucky was completely surrounded by states that had previously recorded Limpkins, sometimes multiple birds, and finally fills in a big gap in the map. Now, I suppose, we look to outliers like Pennsylvania, read more >>

Tales from the Southern Ocean with Katinka Domen & Ted Floyd

By |December 15th, 2022|Podcast|

ABA staffers Katinka Domen and Ted Floyd recently accompanied an ABA excursion to the land of penguins and albatrosses. They join host Nate Swick to talk about what it's like to visit the southernmost continent on Earth, and what ecotourism looks like in this unique place. Also, the ABA Bird of the Year 2023 is Belted Kingfisher! Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts, and please leave a rating or a review if you are so inclined! We appreciate it! The American Birding Podcast brings together staff read more >>

Rare Bird Alert: December 9, 2022

By |December 9th, 2022|Rare Bird Alert|

One notable rare bird of Code 4 or higher is continuing in the ABA Area, the extraordinarily long-staying Social Flycatcher (ABA Code 5) in Texas, now in its 13th month. It's been pretty great year for vagrant waterfowl, and Newfoundland comes to the fore in the last week with a Graylag Goose (5) in Harricott on the Avalon Peninsula, the 3rd for the province. This species was only added to the ABA Checklist in the last decade largely due to questions of provenance. But for a Greylag Goose in this part of the continent at this read more >>

Birding Book Club – Best of 2022

By |December 8th, 2022|Podcast|

It is time once more for the most anticipated Birding Book Club of the year, our annual Best Bird Books of the Year episode for 2022. With the holiday gift-giving season is right around the corner there's no better time to give the gift of bird books to the birder in your life. Or yourself, we don't judge. We are joined by 10,000 Birds book reviewer Donna Schulman and Birding magazine media and book review editor Frank Izaguirre to talk about what we loved this year in bird books. Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google read more >>