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About Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd is the longtime Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives with the ABA. Ted has written 200+ magazine articles and 5 books, including How to Know the Birds (National Geographic, 2019). He is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and has served on several nonprofit boards. Join Ted at The ABA Blog for his semimonthly spot, “How to Know the Birds,” celebrating common birds and the uncommonly interesting things they do.

How to Know the Birds: No. 34, Culture Shock and a Stealth Success Story

If there’s a silver lining in the cloud of the coronavirus, it’s that so many people are noticing birds for the first time. Even in this era of social distancing, people are also noticing other birders and engaging the broader birding community. Some of them will find their way to the ABA. But even those who do not will, at least to some degree, find themselves within the ABA’s sphere of influence.

How to Know the Birds: No. 34, Culture Shock and a Stealth Success Story2020-05-20T15:19:53-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 33, Thirty Intense Seconds with an Extreme Robin

I miss the spring bird festivals and road trips to vagrant traps, but I’m also enjoying Q. T. with common birds as never before. It can be hard to stay sane and centered in these trying times, and I don’t mean to minimize that reality; but it is also gratifying that, even though we cannot go far away to see them right now, birds are more comforting and more wonderful than ever.

How to Know the Birds: No. 33, Thirty Intense Seconds with an Extreme Robin2020-05-06T14:15:26-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 32, My Favorite Bird, the Bushtit

We had an ice storm earlier in the month, as good an excuse as any to go out for a bit of birding. Camera?–check. Sanitizer?–check. Mask?–check. I saw a birding friend out there, Vasu, and we struck up a conversation—from a distance of well over six feet. The new normal.

How to Know the Birds: No. 32, My Favorite Bird, the Bushtit2020-04-23T15:42:47-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 31, Social Distancing with a Shelter-in-Place Solitaire

True to form, the backyard solitaire is, well, solitary. This is a species that had the social distancing thing perfected long before social distancing was a human thing. Prediction: The Merriam–Webster Word of the Year for 2020 is going to be "social distancing." Either that or "shelter in place." That’s another behavior our backyard solitaire has down.

How to Know the Birds: No. 31, Social Distancing with a Shelter-in-Place Solitaire2020-04-09T14:37:25-04:00

So You’re Noticing Birds All of a Sudden . . .

Here’s the deal: We’re all sheltering in place, we’re all staying at home, and we’re all, frankly, looking for ways to take our minds off the COVID-19 crisis, if even for a short while. And birding, it turns out, is a superb activity if you can’t get out of the neighborhood, if you can’t even get out of the house.

So You’re Noticing Birds All of a Sudden . . .2020-04-08T14:45:36-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 30, There are Crossbills. But. And.

This is a type 2 red crossbill because it sounds like one, looks like one, and acts like one. But check this out: We didn’t know any of that stuff when I started birding close to 40 years ago. Bird populations are changing, and so is our knowledge of bird populations.

How to Know the Birds: No. 30, There are Crossbills. But. And.2020-04-05T17:31:44-04:00

What To Do When They Close School

Hey, everyone! My name is Hannah Floyd, and I am a ninth-grader in Colorado. Like many of you reading this, I am on an extended break due to the coronavirus. What does one do in a situation like this? Go outside and explore, of course!

What To Do When They Close School2020-03-20T13:53:06-04:00

How to Know the Birds: No. 29, Mind of the Magpie

I’ve encountered an awful lot of black-billed magpies in my life, and, truth be told, I rarely if ever encounter the “perfect” bird. That’s because magpies are far too busy being admirably, absorbingly, utterly fascinating. Spend an hour with a pair of magpies, as I did late last month, and you will come away from the experience amazed and humbled.

How to Know the Birds: No. 29, Mind of the Magpie2020-03-17T11:05:17-04:00