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About 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.

Rare Bird Alert: September 18, 2020

Hurricane Sally made landfall this week, bringing Mississippi's 1st record of Red-footed Booby with it. Oregon also gets a 1st with Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. And Black-throated Gray Warblers and Neotropic Cormorants continue to turn up across the east.

Rare Bird Alert: September 18, 20202020-09-19T10:27:08-04:00

Rare Bird Alert: September 11, 2020

A bunch of 1st records to report this week - Brewer's Sparrow in PA, Common Ringed Plover in VT, and Bell's Vireo in BC. But the highlight is Massachusetts's (and the Lower 48's) 1st record of Gray Heron near Nantucket Island.

Rare Bird Alert: September 11, 20202020-09-11T16:28:32-04:00

Birding Book Club: All of a Family

It’s time for the American Birding Podcast Birding Book Club and host Nate Swick welcomes bird media reviewers Frank Izaguirre from the ABA’s Birding magazine and Donna Schulman from the website read more >>

Birding Book Club: All of a Family2020-09-09T10:12:22-04:00

Rare Bird Alert: September 4, 2020

Hurricane Laura brought multiple Band-rumped Storm-Petrels into the Midwest, including Indiana's 1st. But the bird of the week was a stunning adult Steller's Sea Eagle (ABA Code 4) at Denali NP in Alaska.

Rare Bird Alert: September 4, 20202020-09-03T17:05:33-04:00

Becoming a Birder, Unintentionally, with Julia Zarankin

Writer Julia Zarankin's new memoir, Field Noted From an Unintentional Birder, is an insightful, funny, and endearing look at the strange path one takes to becoming a birder. Also, host Nate Swick wants you to normalize misidentifying birds.

Becoming a Birder, Unintentionally, with Julia Zarankin2020-09-02T14:41:46-04:00

Rare Bird Alert: August 28, 2020

Brown Boobys are all over the midwest, with birds in Tennessee, Ontario, and Ohio, the latter representing the state's 1st. But bird of the week comes from Florida where Thick-billed Vireos have evidently nested for a second straight year.

Rare Bird Alert: August 28, 20202020-09-03T15:08:07-04:00

Rare Bird Alert: August 21, 2020

There aren't as many birders in Alaska this fall but there are still plenty of birds, like three Oriental Greenfinches in Unalaska. Also Utah and Washington boast state 1sts this week.

Rare Bird Alert: August 21, 20202020-08-21T13:22:18-04:00

Finally a Field Guide to Hawaii with Helen & André Raine

Helen and André Raine are the authors of the new American Birding Association Field Guide to Birds of Hawaii, the newest and most complete guide to the islands. They join Nate Swick to talk about Hawaiian birds, conservation, and why even birders on the mainland will want this book.

Finally a Field Guide to Hawaii with Helen & André Raine2020-08-19T15:32:12-04:00
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