May 2021 Photo Quiz

By |May 20th, 2021|Photo Quiz|

While some of the poor aspect to this photo is the photographer’s inability to get the subject in sharp focus, much of it is due to the disheveled appearance of the bird. While we all like looking at crisp photos of birds in good nick (as Brits say), particularly of pleasingly attractive birds, not all birds can meet these criteria at all times.

February 2021 Photo Quiz

By |February 17th, 2021|Photo Quiz|

Tony Leukering Fairborn, OH [email protected] Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Colorado, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates. read more >>

January 2021 Photo Quiz

By |January 15th, 2021|Photo Quiz|

Tony Leukering Fairborn, OH great[email protected] Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Colorado, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates. read more >>

December 31, 2020 EDI Report

By |December 31st, 2020|Current, EDI|

December 31, 2020 As 2020 draws to a close, we have the following updates on efforts and progress towards equity, diversity, and inclusion within the ABA and the communities it serves. We have continued to listen to and amplify BIPOC voices and to increase representation in our various media and content streams. Our publications and our podcast have featured Black, Latinx, and other non-white voices regularly. Our November issue of Birding magazine featured extensive coverage of the #BirdNames4Birds issue, including an essay by teen birder Ashwin Sivakumar. Our December issue includes content aimed at reaching a broader audience, read more >>

Baja California Peninsula: Year 2020

By |December 31st, 2020|Baja California Peninsula, Regional Reports|

Year 2020: 1 Jan–31 Dec Mark J. Billings [email protected] Richard A. Erickson [email protected] Gerardo Marrón [email protected] Enrique D. Zamora-Hernández [email protected] Recommended citation: Billings, M. J., R. A. Erickson, G. Marrón, and E. D. Zamora-Hernández. 2021. Year 2020: Baja California Peninsula. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aM8> North American Birds. We are pleased to announce the first annual report for the Baja California Peninsula. We hope that this format illustrates changes in avian status and distribution in our region more effectively. We plan to report the total number of naturally occurring species that we find acceptable in the region read more >>

December 2020 Photo Quiz

By |December 16th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

Tony Leukering Fairborn, OH [email protected] Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Colorado, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates. read more >>

Idaho and Western Montana: Winter 2020 – 2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Idaho & Western Montana, Regional Reports|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Kate Stone [email protected] Recommended citation: Stone, K. 2021. Winter 2020 –2021: Idaho and Western Montana. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aHh> North American Birds. In general, the region experienced a mild winter with relatively warm temperatures. Low elevations experienced little snow at the beginning of winter, though parts of MT experienced one of the snowiest Februarys on record, as well as a subzero cold snap at the beginning of the month. Challenging weather (such as in Idaho and Montana in October) along the migratory paths of many species may have contributed to some read more >>

Prairie Provinces: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Prairie Provinces, Regional Reports|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Rudolf Koes [email protected] Christian Artuso [email protected] James Fox, AB [email protected] Recommended citation: Koes, R., C. Artuso, and J. Fox. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: Prairie Provinces. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-atv> North American Birds. The Prairie Provinces experienced wild swings in the weather during the winter of 2020–2021. Snowfall was extremely low throughout the south of the region, continuing the dry cycle of the past few years, and by the end of the period little snow cover remained. While December was generally seasonable, January was very mild (the second-mildest ever in southern MB). On read more >>

Southern California: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Southern California|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Guy McCaskie [email protected] Kimball L. Garrett [email protected] Recommended citation: McCaskie, G., and K. L. Garrett. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: Southern California. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aPO> North American Birds. The winter period was generally very dry and relatively warm, with rainfall totals well below average and little persisting snowpack in the mountains. But we note that a great deal of winter field effort, and perhaps even a greater percentage than usual this winter due to COVID-related restrictions, takes place in well-irrigated urban parks, residential areas, agricultural areas, and artificial wetlands which are somewhat read more >>

Ontario: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Ontario, Regional Reports|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Adam Capparelli [email protected] Josh Janvrin [email protected] Recommended citation: Capparelli, A., and J. Janvrin. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: Ontario. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aDs> North American Birds. We would like to extend our gratitude to Blake A. Mann, Roger Frost, and Maureen Riggs for regional reporting, Michael V. A. Burrell and Andrew Keaveney for assistance in data logistics, and Riley Walsh, Laurel Wood, Alexander Skevington, and William Van Atte for contributing the photo highlights for this report. Most of Southern Ontario experienced the driest and mildest winter in recent memory, with significant snow cover read more >>

Texas: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Texas|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Eric Carpenter [email protected] Recommended citation: Carpenter, E. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aGL> North American Birds. If you read our Fall 2020 summary, you might be thinking that those four months were one of the most amazing birding periods ever in Texas, and you wouldn't be wrong. Well, along came an unimpressed Winter 2020 saying almost out of the gate "Hold my beer", and then kept bringing it the rest of the season. For the most part, southbound "fall" migration in Texas can last up until almost the last read more >>

New England: Winter 2020-21

By |December 1st, 2020|New England, Regional Reports|

Winter 2020–21: 1 Dec–28 Feb Greg Hanisek [email protected] Recommended citation: Hanisek, G. 2021. Winter 2020–21: New England. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aDf> North American Birds. Late and generally out of season records continued a long trend, but the most notable feature of the season was a wide-ranging irruption of boreal finches. Red Crossbills and Hoary Redpolls were noteworthy, the latter especially so because of their general rarity, identification challenges and taxonomic uncertainties. Contributors Louis Bevier, Nick Bonomo, Rachel Farrell, Peter Flood, Tina Green, Greg Hanisek, Neil Hayward, Rick Heil, Doug Hitchcox, Marshall J. Iliff, Skyler Kardell, Frank read more >>

Hawaii: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Hawaii, Regional Reports|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Alex Wang [email protected] Jennifer Rothe [email protected] Recommended citation: Wang, A. and J. Rothe. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: Hawaii. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-azQ> North American Birds. Winter 2020-2021 was a relatively mild one in Hawai’i, with few and short-lasting winter storms. A high ocean swell is characteristic of winter in Hawaiʻi, and this is why there are not typically any pelagic trips at this time of year. However, calm seas in the early part of 2021 allowed for three pelagics out of Kona in back-to-back weekends. These yielded sightings of both Black-footed Albatross read more >>

Québec: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Quebec, Regional Reports|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Pierre Bannon [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Bannon, P., 0. Barden, N. David and S. Denault. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-azu> North American Birds. Winter 2020–2021 was very mild, especially in the East. December and January were the mildest with temperatures 2–7° Celsius above normal, while the month of February was closer to normal. Precipitation of snow was below normal in most of the province. The mild temperature and the absence of ice on the main waterways probably explain why so many unanticipated read more >>

Western Great Lakes: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Western Great Lakes|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb William Marengo [email protected] Recommended citation: Marengo, W. 2021. Winter 2020-2021: Western Great Lakes. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aPy> North American Birds.  December and January temperatures were well above normal for the region. Consequently, three states generated record-late reports of shorebirds and passerines, among others. February brought below-average temperatures to the region, and also to much of the rest of the country. There were no exceptional winter storms in an otherwise quiet “atmospheric” season.  Highlighting the winter were Wisconsin's two first state records: Allen’s Hummingbird and Sprague’s Pipit; three other accidental species and read more >>

West Indies & Bermuda: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, West Indies & Bermuda|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb Robert L. Norton (Greater Antilles, Bahamas) [email protected] Andrew Dobson (Bermuda) [email protected] Anthony Levesque (Lesser Antilles) [email protected] Recommended citation: Norton, R., A. Dobson, and A. Levesque. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: West Indies & Bermuda. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-apJ> North American Birds. Bermuda stole the show, with the first record Mountain Bluebird for the West Indies and Bermuda region. Clearly weather, as function of climate change, had an impact on long-distance vagrancy and perhaps short-distance dispersals as is the case with the Bahamas. Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Grenada, and Barbados all provided major read more >>

Atlantic Region: Winter 2020–2021

By |December 1st, 2020|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Winter 2020–2021: 1 Dec–28 Feb David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2021. Winter 2020–2021: Atlantic Region. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-ayt> North American Birds. Regional temperatures were above normal this season, moderating many of the winter’s effects. Various forms of precipitation, consistent with normal amounts, affected the latter part of the season. Sea temperatures within the region were at record high levels for the Gulf of St. Lawrence, while the Bay of Fundy also had water temperatures above normal. As a result, sea ice coverage of the Gulf was at a record low. The development of read more >>

November 2020 Photo Quiz

By |November 20th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

Tony Leukering Fairborn, OH [email protected] Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Colorado, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates. read more >>

October 2020 Photo Quiz

By |October 16th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

Tony Leukering Fairborn, OH [email protected] Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Colorado, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates. read more >>

ABA Area Introduced Species

By |October 8th, 2020|Listing and Taxonomy|

One of the questions the RSEC receives most frequently is about which populations of introduced species may be counted in the ABA Area. Version 2020 of the ABA Recording Rules and Interpretations has updated Rule 2.B(v) to help clarify the answer to this question. Previously, the rule said that a bird is countable if from a population that met the ABA Checklist Committee’s Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics. However, the RSEC recognizes that criterion #8—which states that a publication must document the first seven criteria—would rarely be met for established populations that were not the basis for read more >>

September 2020 Photo Quiz

By |September 16th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

A distant bird on a treetop can be difficult to identify. Distance takes away most, if not all, of the features that we generally use to ID individual birds, leaving us with only gross patterns of dark and light, particularly on this quiz bird.

Free Digital Collection of “Missing” Southeast Arizona Bird Vocalizations

By |August 7th, 2020|ID Special Feature, identification|

SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks is a 117-track, 75-species, five-disc digital collection. It includes regular species with missing calls (such as Crissal Thrasher), regional specialties and subspecies (such as Elegant Trogon), rare birds (such as Rufous-capped Warbler), and long-expected state-firsts not yet on the Arizona Checklist (such as Rusty Sparrow).

SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks, Disc 2

By |August 7th, 2020|ID Special Feature|

Disk 1: Hawks to Flycatchers by Diana Doyle ⇐ Click the ZIP icon to download the entire disc 1 set, with liner notes (12MB .zip file). This album of the “missing tracks” for Southeast Arizona’s Sky Islands is intended to supplement the popular national-coverage app, Sibley eGuide to Birds. The album currently has five “discs” with 117 audio tracks of 75 species, including regular species with missing calls, annual specialties, local subspecies, rarities, and the rare but potential dream-birds: Regular Species— Locally common birds that are missing vocalizations often heard in Southeast Arizona, such read more >>

SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks, Disc 5

By |August 7th, 2020|ID Special Feature|

Disk 1: Warblers to Grosbeaks by Diana Doyle ⇐ Click the ZIP icon to download the entire disc 1 set, with liner notes (9.4MB .zip file). This album of the “missing tracks” for Southeast Arizona’s Sky Islands is intended to supplement the popular national-coverage app, Sibley eGuide to Birds. The album currently has five “discs” with 117 audio tracks of 75 species, including regular species with missing calls, annual specialties, local subspecies, rarities, and the rare but potential dream-birds: Regular Species— Locally common birds that are missing vocalizations often heard in Southeast Arizona, such read more >>

SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks, Disc 4

By |August 7th, 2020|ID Special Feature|

Disk 1: Euphonias to Orioles by Diana Doyle ⇐ Click the ZIP icon to download the entire disc 1 set, with liner notes (9.6MB .zip file). This album of the “missing tracks” for Southeast Arizona’s Sky Islands is intended to supplement the popular national-coverage app, Sibley eGuide to Birds. The album currently has five “discs” with 117 audio tracks of 75 species, including regular species with missing calls, annual specialties, local subspecies, rarities, and the rare but potential dream-birds: Regular Species— Locally common birds that are missing vocalizations often heard in Southeast Arizona, such read more >>

SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks, Disc 3

By |August 7th, 2020|ID Special Feature|

Disk 3: Vireos to Mockingbirds by Diana Doyle ⇐ Click the ZIP icon to download the entire disc 1 set, with liner notes (12.6MB .zip file). This album of the “missing tracks” for Southeast Arizona’s Sky Islands is intended to supplement the popular national-coverage app, Sibley eGuide to Birds. The album currently has five “discs” with 117 audio tracks of 75 species, including regular species with missing calls, annual specialties, local subspecies, rarities, and the rare but potential dream-birds: Regular Species— Locally common birds that are missing vocalizations often heard in Southeast Arizona, such read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J. A., and W.R. Silcock. 2021. Fall 2020: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aj5> North American Birds. Assembling an overview for the season can reflect the repetition of long-term patterns expressing themselves that particular season. The mid-continental location of the region can also express some extremes affecting the region or parts of it that year—no year is average. The effects of significant events in adjacent regions can overflow into the Southern Great Plains. Sometimes, the patterns are deviations of read more >>

Prairie Provinces: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Prairie Provinces, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Christian Artuso [email protected] James Fox [email protected] Rudolf [email protected] Recommended citation:  Artuso, C., J. Fox and R. Koes. 2021. Fall 2020: Prairie Provinces. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-ab9> North American Birds. Fall 2020 was dry across the south of the Prairie Provinces, with temperatures near normal except for a long cold spell in Manitoba in October. This cold weather resulted in smaller waterbodies freezing over and a rather early exodus of most water birds. By season’s end, snow cover remained minimal across the south of the region. Although some very rare shorebirds were recorded read more >>

Texas: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Texas|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Eric Carpenter [email protected] Recommended citation: Carpenter, E., et al. 2021. Fall 2020: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a2M> North American Birds. From a birder's perspective, the Fall of 2020 in Texas was an absolute spectacle. With the on-going COVID-19 pandemic continuing into its seventh month and then some, even birders sticking close to home were finding a variety of species that rarely if ever before (or ever again) reach Texas in such numbers. The overriding story was a tired refrain of too many species, mostly songbirds, of the western U.S., migrating or read more >>

Oregon: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Oregon and Washington, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Adrian Hinkle [email protected] Christopher Hinkle [email protected] Recommended citation: Hinkle, A., and Hinkle, C. 2021. Fall 2020: Oregon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a2A> North American Birds. A warm, dry August and September brought record wildfires that burned over a million acres, mostly on forested public land on the west slope of the Cascades. Wildfire smoke blanketed the entire state in mid-September, prompting health advisories and giving Portland the worst air quality of any world city 13 September. Smoke was so thick that starlings and pigeons were noted lining up to roost on powerlines read more >>

Ontario: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Ontario, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Adam Capparelli [email protected] Josh Janvrin [email protected] Recommended citation: Capparelli, A., and Janvrin, J. 2021. Fall 2020: Ontario. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a2s> North American Birds. Ontario experienced typical autumn weather in September and October, save a series of late September storms that produced an EF-1 tornado and dropped small hail in many locales in southern Ontario. The first half of November, however, brought a stretch of weather that was about as good as it gets for this time of year. Temperature records were smashed across the province, with some towns and cities read more >>

Québec: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Quebec, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 NovPierre [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Recommended citation: Bannon, P., O. Barden, N. David, & S. Denault. 2021. Fall 2020: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Io> North American Birds. The July heat lasted into August, but the end of the month was marked by a clear break in this trend. September exhibited normal temperatures and precipitation, while October was cool and wet. Finally, November was very mild and dry, especially during the first half of the month. Highlights of the season involved a high number of western vagrants and read more >>

West Indies & Bermuda: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, West Indies & Bermuda|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Robert L. Norton (Bahamas, Greater Antilles) [email protected] Andrew Dobson (Bermuda) [email protected] Anthony Levesque (Lesser Antilles) [email protected] Recommended citation: Norton, R., A. Dobson, and A. Levesque. 2021. Fall 2020: West Indies & Bermuda. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aQ6> North American Birds. New regional and island records are reported from Guadeloupe, Bermuda, The Bahamas, and St. Vincent. Guadeloupe provided the first Caribbean record of Azure Gallinule and the country’s first record of Common Cuckoo (photographed by Anthony Levesque). Never recorded in the Caribbean, two European Golden Plovers (photographed by Erich Hetzel) were the first read more >>

Atlantic Region: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2021. Fall 2020: Atlantic Region & St. Pierre et Miquelon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9NX> North American Birds. The regional bubble maintained through the season for Covid-19 was successful, thus allowing more mobility than otherwise would have been possible. Good weather allowed for continued outdoor activities. An ongoing breeding bird survey in NL tended to increase the number of reports from that province this and last season. Temperature remained at or slightly above normal overall, with minimal changes to average precipitation. To the north of read more >>

Hudson-Delaware: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Hudson-Delaware, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Amy Davis [email protected] Shai Mitra [email protected] Robert O. Paxton [email protected] Frank Rohrbacher [email protected] Recommended citation: Davis, A., et al. 2021. Fall 2020: Hudson-Delaware. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aDB> North American Birds. Overall, 2020 was the second warmest year on record for NJ and DE, and the third warmest for NY. In New York City, LaGuardia Airport and Central Park reported their warmest average Nov temperatures ever. Portions of NY state were abnormally dry this season with unusually low streamflow. On 4 Aug, Tropical Storm Isaïas generated significant rainfall, flooding, and wind damage, read more >>

New Mexico: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|New Mexico, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Matthew J. Baumann [email protected] Raymond L. VanBuskirk [email protected] Baumann, M.J., and R.L. VanBuskirk. 2020. Fall 2020: New Mexico. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9JT> North American Birds. This season was marked by unprecedented bird records, extreme temperature swings across the region resulting in mass die off of insectivorous migratory birds, and an ongoing global pandemic—making Fall 2020 one of the most exciting and challenging migratory seasons in recent memory (for birds and birders alike). September 28th will go down as the day that two first state records were discovered on opposite ends of read more >>

Hawaii: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Hawaii, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Alex Wang [email protected] Jennifer Rothe [email protected] Recommended citation: Wang, A. and J. Rothe. 2021. Fall 2020: Hawaii. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aes> North American Birds. La Niña conditions drove above-average amounts of rainfall, especially in November. August was hot and humid, at least along the windward sides of the islands. As usual, precipitation was driven by the predominant northeast trade winds. Notable storms were absent until mid October but arrived intermittently through November. The passage of these storms often coincided with arrivals of migrant shorebirds and waterfowl, which sometimes stayed only long read more >>

New England: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|New England, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov Greg Hanisek [email protected] Recommended citation: Hanisek, G. 2021 Fall 2020: New England. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-ae0> North American Birds. In this region with a long history of significant sightings, fall is an especially rich time for the discovery of vagrants. This year the usual array of state-level rarities took a back seat to two finds noteworthy in the context of the Lower 48—a Gray Heron and a Common Cuckoo. The first performed for a lucky two observers; the latter drew admirers from far and wide and disappointed few of them. As read more >>

Alabama & Mississippi: Fall 2020

By |August 1st, 2020|Alabama and Mississippi, Regional Reports|

Fall 2020: 1 Aug–30 Nov  Greg D. Jackson [email protected] Recommended citation: Jackson, G. D. 2021. Fall 2020: Alabama & Mississippi. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aRz> North American Birds. A pandemic and a record-breaking hurricane season certainly made for a memorable and challenging fall season. Fortunately, with precautions, birding and other outdoor activities remained viable in our area. Migration was, in general, productive this fall, especially for shorebirds, flycatchers, and in some areas, warblers. The onset of a huge northern finch flight was felt earlier than usual. And the rarity parade was in full regalia, including a remarkable read more >>

SEAZ Birds: The Missing Tracks, Disc 1

By |July 17th, 2020|ID Special Feature|

Disk 1: Quail to Hummingbirds by Diana Doyle ⇐ Click the ZIP icon to download the entire disc 1 set, with liner notes (11.8MB .zip file). This album of the “missing tracks” for Southeast Arizona’s Sky Islands is intended to supplement the popular national-coverage app, Sibley eGuide to Birds. The album currently has five “discs” with 117 audio tracks of 75 species, including regular species with missing calls, annual specialties, local subspecies, rarities, and the rare but potential dream-birds: Regular Species— Locally common birds that are missing vocalizations often heard in Southeast Arizona, such as Buff-breasted Flycatcher’s read more >>

35 X 25

By |July 13th, 2020|Current|

The Tale of an Epic Big Sit in a Tiny Back Yard

Stuck at home for the entire spring migration, Greg Neise documents the birds flying through, around, and over his 35-foot-by-25-foot brick patio. Even if you're confined to a small urban swelling during this time of COVID-19, there is still birding to be had.

The ABA and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

By |June 30th, 2020|Current, EDI|

The American Birding Association presents this summary of its recent and ongoing efforts to make our birding community more equitable, diverse, and inclusive. Please visit aba.org/EDI to learn more and contribute feedback on this and future reports. The American Birding Association affirms that birding can and should improve the quality of life for anyone and everyone. Our mission is to “inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds,” and yet the ABA, along with the larger birding community it serves, remains overwhelmingly white. We resolve to work with the Black Birder community, as well as read more >>

June 2020 Photo Quiz

By |June 16th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

A bird flying by… Better get the binocular on it before it’s out of sight! The bird might immediately strike one as a passerine or, at least, not any of the non-passerines – you know, all those birds at the front half of the taxonomy/field guide, many of which are waterbirds of various sorts.

ABA Statement on Black Birders Week and Anti-Racism Efforts

By |June 9th, 2020|Current, EDI|

Like so many in the birding community, American Birding Association staff and board were inspired by last week’s #BlackBirdersWeek, and greatly appreciate the effort to not only celebrate Black faces and voices in birding, but to draw attention to the unique difficulties birding can pose to Black people in terms of accessibility, safety, and community. 

A Birding Interview with J. Drew Lanham

By |June 4th, 2020|Current|

"Please don’t tell a person of color you don’t see color. That’s insulting. After all, most birders spend lots of time seeing color—otherwise a Red-winged Blackbird and a Snow Bunting wouldn’t be so beautifully different. So, see the color. Respect the face. Get to know me inside. The rest will fall into place."

Québec: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|Quebec, Regional Reports|

1 Jun–31 Jul Pierre Bannon [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Recommended citation: Bannon, P., Denault, S., Barden, O., and David, N. 2020. Summer 2020: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9wZ> North American Birds. For the third consecutive year, the summer was hot and dry. June was one of the driest in years, while July was the warmest month in 100 years. The highlights for the period included a Mississippi Kite and a Burrowing Owl. The Yellow-billed Cuckoo, normally a rare breeder in the region, staged an impressive demographic explosion. read more >>

Ontario: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|Ontario, Regional Reports|

Summer, 1 June–31 July Adam M. [email protected] Josh [email protected] Recommended citation: Capparelli, A., and Janvrin, J. 2020. Summer 2020: Ontario. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8TL> North American Birds. June and July 2020 featured severe weather events and extreme temperatures in Ontario. On the evening of 9 Jun, the Weather Prediction Center issued updates on Tropical Storm Cristobal in Wisconsin—an unusual track for a tropical storm. The following day featured one of the more significant tornado outbreaks in southern Ontario when seven confirmed tornadoes tore across the province; the strongest was an EF-2 in Mary Lake. Beginning on read more >>

Hudson-Delaware: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|Hudson-Delaware, Regional Reports|

Summer 2020, June 1–July 31 Robert O. Paxton [email protected] Shaibal Mitra [email protected] Tom Reed [email protected] Frank Rohrbacher [email protected] Recommended citation:  Paxton, R. O., et al. Summer 2020: Hudson-Delaware. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8TC> North American Birds. Summers grow relentlessly hotter. This season, the coronavirus precluded some field work, such as the New York City Audubon Society’s Harbor Herons Survey. In addition, an early deadline meant that breeding statistics for colonial waterbirds that have been traditionally a staple of this column were not ready at submission time. Next summer’s report will include them. On 10 July, Tropical Storm read more >>

Southern California: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Southern California|

Summer 2020: 1 Jun–31 July Guy McCaskie [email protected] Kimball L. Garrett [email protected] Recommended citation: McCaskie, G., and K. L. Garrett. 2021. Summer 2020: Southern California. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9RR> North American Birds. A typical warm and dry summer was somewhat lackluster for rarities, although the bizarre image of a Buller’s Shearwater swimming among wading American Avocets on a shallow pond adjacent to the Salton Sea is one that will surely linger.  A Little Stint returned for a second winter on south San Diego Bay, and a Brown Booby/Blue-footed Booby pair produced a chick on Santa Barbara read more >>

British Columbia: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|British Columbia, Regional Reports|

Summer 2020: 1 Jun–30 Jul Chris Charlesworth c_charlesw[email protected] Recommended citation: Charlesworth, C. 2021. Summer 2020: British Columbia. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9IO> North American Birds. Summer 2020 was cold and wet across British Columbia, as a longwave trough dominated the weather pattern resulting in precipitation surpluses of up to 33% across central sections of the region along with seasonal temperature deficits of up to 2º Celsius. And yes, cold winds blew frequently. The few warm, dry episodes only lasted a couple of days at a time. There was much evidence of delayed breeding by many bird species read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Summer 2020: 1 Jun–31 May Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J.A., and W.R. Silcock. 2021. Summer 2020: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Rk> North American Birds. The theme from the regional co-editors was that this was a normal summer, but perhaps with better data from more birders contributing to outlets like eBird and Facebook pages. Shorebird migration often muddles in June, so this season. And laggard or vagrant waterfowl species can be more visible. But several surprise summer vagrants occurred among passerines as well. The common theme for some read more >>

Texas: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Texas|

Summer 2020: 1 June–31 July Eric Carpenter [email protected] Recommended citation: Carpenter, E. 2020. Summer 2020: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-914> North American Birds. Summer 2020 was the second season of birding during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the effects were similar to what we saw in the spring season. Many birders discovered ample opportunities close to home while both birding and travel opportunities farther afield remained limited. Still, this was not an entirely bad thing, as yard-listing has become a fun challenge for many who are scrutinizing their local birds more and more. Just what can you find read more >>

Atlantic Region: Summer 2020

By |June 1st, 2020|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

1 Jun – 31 Jul 2020 David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2020. Summer 2020: Atlantic Region & St. Pierre et Miquelon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9qz> North American Birds. The season continued with the implications of the Covid pandemic strongly factoring in mobility throughout the region. The forming of an Atlantic Bubble (comprised of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, & Prince Edward Island) enabled, for residents of those provinces, travel that otherwise would have been significantly impaired. June temperatures were near normal for the season but rainfall was significantly reduced. This was followed read more >>

The ABA’s Statement on the Events at the Central Park Ramble, May 25, 2020.

By |May 27th, 2020|Current, EDI|

The American Birding Association is saddened by the situation documented by Christian Cooper in the Central Park ramble on May 25, 2020. We believe that all birders should be able to participate in their hobby free of harassment and bigotry, and we acknowledge that this is frequently not the case for birders of color. We urge all birders to learn from this - to defend fellow birders when they can and to call out bigotry when they see it. Inclusion and equity are core ABA values; fear and intimidation should never be part of birding culture. Access to read more >>

April 2020 Photo Quiz

By |April 20th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

I find that many birders don’t really learn most of the plumage features of really distinctive species, such as American Avocet, Belted Kingfisher, and Northern Cardinal. Each of these species has quite a few features that can enable identification...

ABA Area Big Year Rules

By |March 14th, 2020|Listing Menu|

An ABA Area Big Year shall start at 12:00 AM on 1 January of that year and end at 11:59 PM, 31 December of that year, based on the local time of the location of the birder at each time threshold. Each species counted by the participant must have been encountered in accordance with the ABA Recording Rules current at the time the species was encountered. Each species counted must have been on the ABA Checklist during the Big Year, with the following exception: A non-exotic species encountered that is new to the ABA Area can be retroactively counted for the Big read more >>

ABA Big Day Count Rules

By |March 14th, 2020|Listing Menu|

A Big Day Count is a single-team effort in which the primary objectives are (1) to identify as many bird species as possible during a single calendar day and (2) to strive to have all team members identify all species recorded. An official ABA Big Day Count must be conducted in accordance with the following rules: 1. Counting A. Count only full species as indicated by the current ABA Checklist and Supplements, or for non-ABA species outside the ABA Area, by James F. Clements Birds of the World: A Checklist or Morony, et aI., Reference List of the Birds of the World, or a recognized local read more >>

ABA Area Big Year Rules

By |March 14th, 2020|Listing Menu|

An ABA Area Big Year shall start at 12:00 AM on 1 January of that year and end at 11:59 PM, 31 December of that year, based on the local time of the location of the birder at each time threshold. Each species counted by the participant must have been encountered in accordance with the ABA Recording Rules current at the time the species was encountered. Each species counted must have been on the ABA Checklist during the Big Year, with the following exception: A non-exotic species encountered that is new to the ABA Area can be retroactively counted for the Big read more >>

ABA Area Reintroduced Indigenous Species

By |March 14th, 2020|Listing Menu|

This list, which is currently under construction and not yet comprehensive, comprises ABA Area indigenous species for which there are reintroduced populations. For each species, the reintroduced populations are listed, as well as countability information for each of the populations. Per Recording Rule 2.B(vi), an individual of one of these species may be counted only if the population it belonged to had successfully hatched young in the wild prior to the encounter. If you notice any errors in the information presented here or if you can add information, please email us at [email protected] (To be clear, the RSEC currently read more >>

ABA Recording Rules and Interpretations

By |March 14th, 2020|Listing Menu|

(version 2020) Members who submit a life list and/or other lists to the American Birding Association’s “Listing Central” must observe the ABA Recording Rules. Many non-members who enjoy maintaining lists may also find these rules useful. The member submitting a list is henceforth in these Rules termed the “recorder”. A recorder may include a species in totals submitted for ABA lists if the recorder has encountered a bird that is a member of the species in accordance with the following ABA Recording Rules. (1) The bird must have been within the prescribed area when encountered, and the encounter must read more >>

Recording Standards and Ethics Committee

By |March 14th, 2020|Listing and Taxonomy, Listing Menu|

NATHAN GOLDBERGChicago, [email protected] LAURA KEENEMico, [email protected] ASHER GORBETWestlake, [email protected] GREG MILLERSugar Creek, [email protected] JEFFREY GORDON*Delaware City, [email protected] GREG NEISE*Berwyn, [email protected] *-Non-voting staff liaison Past Voting Members Matt Fraker, 2015–2020 Nick Block, 2015–2020 Holly Merker, 2017–2019 Jennifer Rycenga, 2013–2018 Shawneen Finnegan, 2013–2016 Here you should be able to find answers to most of your questions regarding birding ethics and bird “countability”. Please find read more >>

ABA Checklist Committee

By |March 14th, 2020|Listing Menu|

PETER PYLE – ChairmanSan Francisco, [email protected] AARON LANGHomer, [email protected] MARY GUSTAFSONMission, [email protected] KRISTIE NELSONLee Vining, [email protected] TOM JOHNSONCape May, New [email protected] MARK W. LOCKWOODAlpine, [email protected] ANDREW W. KRATTERGainesville, [email protected] DAVID SIBLEYDeereld, [email protected] Past Members of the CLC (and years of service) Thirty-five field ornithologists have served on the ABA Checklist Committee, with terms ranging from one year to 16 years. Seven have served as chair, with terms read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

1 Mar–31 May Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J. A. and Silcock, W.R. 2020. Spring 2020: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9xd> North American Birds. Each spring, migration data allow us to support or modify expected patterns of timing and distribution. Variations can create pictures of change—some gradual, some dramatic. In recent years, two trends that have emerged are an increasing array of early migrants and the spread of southeastern riparian and woodland species westward and northward. Although some areas were still experiencing drought, more water in substantive portions read more >>

Atlantic Region: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Spring 2020: 1 Mar–31 May David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2020. Spring 2020: Atlantic Region & St. Pierre et Miquelon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8Pk> North American Birds. Weather patterns for the region were near normal for much of the season. On 10 May a major spring storm hit the southern part of the region funneling up through the Bay of Fundy, moving into Gulf of St. Lawrence and subsequently impacting the northern parts of the region. The system brought winds gusting to 90–100 km/h, significant storm surges, snowfall, and in some locales rain, as well.. read more >>

Québec: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|Quebec, Regional Reports|

1 March – 31 May Pierre Bannon [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Recommended citation: Bannon, P., S. Denault, O. Barden, N. David. 2020. Spring 2020: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9ap> North American Birds. Overall, spring 2020 was slightly cool in the south but milder in the north. March was 3ºC above normal south of the St. Lawrence River, with precipitation also above normal. April started mild but turned cool with precipitation below normal. May was dry and cool but ended up with four days of scorching heat late in the month. The read more >>

Alabama & Mississippi: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|Alabama and Mississippi, Regional Reports|

Spring 2020: 1 Mar–31 May Lawrence F. Gardella [email protected] Recommended citation: Gardella, L.F. 2021. Spring 2020: Alabama & Mississippi. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Pz> North American Birds. The season began wet and warm in most of the region, but seasonally cooler and much drier in the extreme southern portion of the region. By the end of March, temperatures soared to record highs in the southern portion, and got somewhat cool in May. Rainfall at the immediate coast continued well below average, while rainfall farther north was above average. This April was different from the typical April. The read more >>

Illinois & Indiana: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|Illinois & Indiana, Regional Reports|

Spring 2020: 1 Mar–31 May James D. Hengeveld [email protected] Keith A. McMullen [email protected] Geoffrey A. Williamson [email protected] Recommended citation: Hengeveld, J.D., K.A. McMullen, and G.A. Williamson. 2021. Spring 2020: Illinois & Indiana. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aId> North American Birds. The weather was unremarkable, with March the warmest and wettest relative to means. Nonetheless, the migration overall seemed ahead of schedule. The two states set 14 different early arrival records, and many species had notably early arrivals. The most extraordinary avian event of the season was the passage of 8000+ passerines on 15 May witnessed by Stephanie read more >>

Texas: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Texas|

Spring 2020: 1 March - 31 May Eric Carpenter [email protected] Bert Frenz [email protected] Anthony Hewetson [email protected] Jim Paton [email protected] Ross Rasmussen [email protected] Willie Sekula [email protected] Ron Weeks [email protected] David Wolf [email protected] Recommended citation: Carpenter, E. 2020. Spring 2020: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8T9> North American Birds. COVID-19 had a noticeable impact on birding in Texas in Spring 2020. The main impact was where birder coverage was increased, and where it fell off the cliff due to various restrictions as well as many birders doing less traveling to see birds. Coastal migrant traps that typically host a read more >>

British Columbia: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|British Columbia, Regional Reports|

Spring 2020: 1 Mar–31 May Chris Charlesworth [email protected] Recommended citation: Charlesworth, C. 2021. Spring 2020: British Columbia. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a3U> North American Birds. An upper ridge began building offshore by mid-March, gaining strength through April. The resulting cool, dry northerly flow led to depressed temperatures and precipitation, although stations east of the Rockies picked up some new snow the latter half of March. Interior valley snowpacks were late melting, mostly gone by the third week of April. The ridge broke down early in May allowing the westerlies to resume, especially over the southern half of read more >>

New England: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|New England, Regional Reports|

The Spring 2020, Mar. 1–May 31 Greg Hanisek 175 Circuit Avenue Waterbury, Connecticut 06708 [email protected] Recommended citation: Hanisek, G. 2020. The spring 2020: New England. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9nX> North American Birds. In spring 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic encroached, upending birder’s normal activities. Starting in March, field trips were canceled, sanctuaries and parks were closed, and even cemeteries—such as the popular Mount Auburn Cemetery in Massachusetts—restricted access. Plum Island was closed to vehicles until June 4. Birders, always resourceful, began solitary explorations, in some cases discovering good sites close to home that had been overlooked. News read more >>

Southern California: Spring 2020

By |March 1st, 2020|Regional Reports, Southern California|

Spring 2020: 1 Mar–31 May Guy McCaskie [email protected] Kimball L. Garrett [email protected] Recommended citation: McCaskie, G., and K. Garrett. 2020. Spring 2020: Southern California. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-986> North American Birds. The crescendo of the COVID pandemic through the spring period certainly changed birder behavior, though it isn’t clear how this was reflected in the record of bird sightings. Some key areas were closed to the public—for example, San Clemente Island was essentially uncovered for the first time in a couple of decades, and one of the most important interior wetlands (Piute Ponds on the Edwards read more >>

February 2020 Photo Quiz

By |February 18th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

Relative to the small branches, this quiz bird seems small and that feature, in combo with the fact that it’s perched in a tree, probably puts us in the large bird order, Passeriformes, which houses about half the world’s bird species.

Excellent Essays and Fantastic Photos Reveal Threats to Western Hemisphere Birds

By |January 21st, 2020|Book Reviews|

Beyond its well-crafted essays and lovely photographs, a beauty of Bringing Back the Birds: Exploring Migration and Preserving BirdScapes throughout the Americas is its compositional richness and diversity. One can either pick it up off the bookshelf for a good educational read or lift it from the coffee table for the avian eye candy.

January 2020 Photo Quiz

By |January 17th, 2020|Photo Quiz|

Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Colorado, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates.

ABA Code of Birding Ethics

By |January 2nd, 2020|RSEC|

Please take a moment to read the Code of Ethics and share it with others. As birders, we have a responsibility to bird respectfully. As the Code says itself, “Birding should be fun and help build a better future for birds, for birders, and for all people.”

Costa Rica Teen Camp with Hog Island Audubon

By |December 16th, 2019|Young Birder Camps|

Sponsored by Hog Island Audubon Camp and the American Birding Association! Join us for a week of ABA and Hog Island style Bird Camp in Costa Rica where we will explore the biology and conservation of neotropical species and have some fun meeting birders just like you. Dates to be determined, 2022 Camp fee: $2,235 includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Costa Rica, all lodging, meals, and park entrance fees. For ages 15-19 years old. Registration is closed. Join this joint American Birding Association and Hog Island Audubon birding camp read more >>

Camp Zebra Hills

By |December 16th, 2019|Young Birder Camps|

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” —Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad The American Birding Association is thrilled to announce Camp Zebra Hills, a life-changing, horizon-expanding birding and wildlife experience in South Africa! We’ll be hosted by our friends at Rockjumper Birding Tours, who call this region home and who provide crucial sponsorship support for all our Young Birder Camps. read more >>

Atlantic Region: Winter 2019-20

By |December 1st, 2019|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Winter 2019-20: 1 Dec 2019–29 Feb 2020 David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2021. Winter 2019-20: Atlantic Region & St. Pierre et Miquelon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aaM> North American Birds. The season began innocently enough, with milder temperatures and less-than-normal precipitation through December. On New Year’s Eve, a massive blizzard struck Newfoundland, and things changed for the region. Newfoundland was the recipient of numerous snowstorms through to the end of the season, including a record-breaking snowfall in mid-January. Southern parts of the region also saw significantly colder temperatures and stormy weather through the rest of read more >>

Southern California: Winter 2019-20

By |December 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Southern California|

Winter 2019-20: 1 Dec–29 Feb Guy McCaskie [email protected] Kimball L. Garrett [email protected] Recommended citation: McCaskie, G., and Garrett, K. L. 2021. Winter 2019-20: Southern California. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9PZ> North American Birds. Following a significant cold storm on Thanksgiving, another cold and wet period began just after Christmas. Until then, rainfall totals for the season were well above average. However, January was dry and February was the driest on record for much of the region, so the winter’s overall precipitation ended up being a bit below normal.  A moderate mid-winter snowpack in the higher mountains fed read more >>

Québec: Winter 2019–2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Quebec, Regional Reports|

Winter 2019–2020: 1 Dec–29 Feb Pierre Bannon [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Recommended Citation Bannon, P., Bardon, O., David, N., and Denault, S. 2020. Winter 2019–2020: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8Ut> North American Birds. Winter 2019–2020 was very mild. January was the mildest month, being 4–6 degrees Celsius above normal, followed by February, which was 1–4 degrees Celsius above normal, and then by Dec, which was 1–2 Celsius above normal. Snowfall was below normal in Dec, near normal in Jan, and above normal in Feb. The mild temperatures probably helped some read more >>

Hudson-Delaware: Winter 2019–2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Hudson-Delaware, Regional Reports|

1 Dec–29 Feb Frank Rohrbacher [email protected] Robert O. Paxton [email protected] Shaibal Mitra [email protected] Tom Reed [email protected] Recommended citation: Rohrbacher, F., et al. 2020. Winter 2019–2020: Hudson-Delaware. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Bm> North American Birds. The temperatures in our region from early December until late February were 6 or more degrees above normal, and snow was rare. Waterfowl were slow to move south, and it was even rarer for geese make it south to our region, with most of the Barnacle and Pink-footed Geese remaining in New England. Winter finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches remained in their breeding areas because read more >>

Oregon: Winter 2019–2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Oregon and Washington, Regional Reports|

Winter 2019–2020: 1 Dec–29 Feb Adrian W. Hinkle [email protected] Recommended citation: Hinkle, A.W. 2021. Winter 2019–2020: Oregon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Pn> North American Birds. The Pacific Northwest experienced a rather mild winter. December was a bit dry, but January was wet, with rainfall in Portland on all but a couple days. Particularly rainy and windy weather during the first half of January (including several fronts with strong winds out of the west) pushed unprecedented numbers of Black-legged Kittiwakes inland. Perhaps related to those storms, a beached Thick-billed Murre and a Murphy’s Petrel showed up in Clatsop read more >>

Iowa & Missouri: Winter 2019–2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Iowa & Missouri, Regional Reports|

Winter 2019-2020: 1 Dec 2019–29 Feb 2020 Francis L. Moore [email protected] Moore, F. 2021. Winter 2019–2020: Iowa & Missouri. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-akC> North American Birds. Average temperatures for December were unseasonably warm statewide in Iowa with the warmest conditions across eastern Iowa: up to eight degrees above normal. December’s statewide average maximum temperature was 38.1℉, 6.4℉ above normal, while the minimum temperature was 19.6℉, 5.5℉ above normal. Much of the southeastern two-thirds of Iowa experienced near to below average precipitation during December, with east central Iowa reporting up to one inch deficits. Measurable snowfall was also read more >>

Birding Online – December 2019

By |December 1st, 2019|Birding Magazine|

MICHAEL RETTER Birding Specials Editor F-stops, ISO, aperture, shutter speeds, lenses… Photography can be challenging. Our goal with the special Birder’s Guide issues of Birding is to seek out and distill expert advice, in order to make it as easy as possible for you to understand.With that in mind, our very first photography issue features an article by Keith Barnes on tips for taking excellent photos of birds.A suite of expert bird photographers shares with us their top tips and favorite camera rigs as they try to answer “Which Camera is Right for Me?”Kirby Adams explains how different kinds read more >>

Texas: Winter 2019 – 2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Texas|

The Winter 2019 - 2020, 1 December - 29 February Eric Carpenter [email protected] Bert Frenz Anthony Hewetson Jim Paton Ross Rasmussen Willie Sekula Ron Weeks Recommended citation: Carpenter, E. 2020. The Winter 2019-2020: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8QF> North American Birds. Contributors: Greg Albrecht, John Allendorf, Debra Anderson (DAn), Mary Anderson (MAn), Marie Asscherick (MAs), Danielle Aube (DAu), Mike Austin (MAu), Kenneth Bader, Babe Banner, Bradley Banner (BrB), Barry Barentine (BaB), Sheryl Barker (SBa), James Barnes (JaB), Judy Behrens (JBe), David Bell (DBe), Robert Benson (RBe), John Berner (JoB), Brian Berry (BBe), Chris Bick, Amy Bishop, read more >>

Baja California Peninsula: August 2016–December 2019

By |December 1st, 2019|Baja California Peninsula, Regional Reports|

Notable Bird Observations for Baja California and Baja California Sur, with an Updated Checklist for the States 1 Aug 2016–31 Dec 2019 Richard A. Erickson [email protected] Gerardo Marrón [email protected] Enrique D. Zamora-Hernández [email protected] Mark J. Billings [email protected] Recommended citation: Erickson, R. A., G. Marrón, E. D. Zamora-Hernández, and M. J. Billings. 2020. Notable bird observations for Baja California and Baja California Sur, August 2016 through December 2019, with an updated checklist for the states. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-91t> North American Birds. Report pages and links: Page 1. Abstract and Introduction Page 2. Observations (August 2016–December 2019) read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Winter 2019-2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Winter 2019-20: 1 Dec 2019—29 Feb 2020 Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Grzybowski, J.A. and Silcock, W. R. 2020. Winter 2019-20: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8So> North American Birds. Certain species continue to shift northwest, gradually, up riparian corridors. These include residents such as Pileated Woodpecker, Carolina Wren and Northern Cardinal. This winter, a broad array of less-hardy species was found much further north than is typical. Some of these, like Yellow-billed Cuckoo, White-eyed Vireo, and Orchard Oriole would have been unheard-of in previous years. Many of the less-hardy species even read more >>

Colorado: Winter 2019-2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Colorado & Wyoming, Regional Reports|

1 December 2019 – 30 February 2020 Dean Shoup [email protected]      Recommended citation: Shoup, D. 2020. Winter 2019-2020: Colorado. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9t5> North American Birds. Colorado weather in December was warm and dry, with snow falling mostly in the high country. The exception to this was a late month snow storm that brought colder temperatures and 2.8 inches of snow to the Denver area on the 28th. January continued to be mild, with above average temperatures and below average precipitation. In contrast with December and January, February’s temperatures were colder with several storms producing read more >>

Florida: Winter 2019–2020

By |December 1st, 2019|Florida, Regional Reports|

Winter 2019–2020: 1 Dec–28 Feb Michael Brothers [email protected] David Simpson [email protected] Recommended citation: Brothers, M. and D. Simpson. 2021. Winter 2019–2020: Florida. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a3g> North American Birds. The winter of 2019–2020 was predictably somewhat warmer than normal with average precipitation. Despite the rather ordinary weather, Florida experienced an exciting season with 16 species reported that were Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee Review Species. West Indian strays are always significant, with Florida usually the only state to host these rarities; what an exciting season it was with birds such as Scaly-naped Pigeon, Antillean Palm-Swift, La read more >>

The Comeback Bird

By |November 20th, 2019|Book Reviews|

When it comes to us and Ospreys, it’s deep and personal. Around 1970, a neighbor took an adolescent Carl to a secret fishing spot on an eastern Long Island pond. He saw a huge stick nest, and from what he’d been reading he knew some things: it was an Osprey nest, abandoned, and Ospreys were nearly extinct.

Oregon: Fall 2019

By |September 1st, 2019|Oregon and Washington, Regional Reports|

Oregon The Fall 2019 Aug 1–Nov 30, 2019 Adrian W. Hinkle 2616 SE 58th Ave Portland, Oregon 97206 [email protected] Recommended citation Hinkle, A. W. 2019. The fall 2019: Oregon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-7iz> North American Birds. Several rain events during August and September gave way to a notably dry October and November. August and September brought typical shorebird numbers, including the state’s 5th White-rumped Sandpiper. September delivered several interesting vagrants to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, including two Hutton’s Vireos, a Broad-billed Hummingbird, and a Phainopepla. A second Broad-billed Hummingbird in John Day increased the state’s total to four. read more >>

Texas: Fall 2019

By |September 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Texas|

Fall 2019: 1 August–30 November Eric Carpenter [email protected] Recommended citation: Carpenter, E., et al. 2020. Fall 2019: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8T5> North American Birds 74(1). Contributors (subregional editors in boldface) T. Jay Adams (TJA), Ty Allen, John Allendorf, Connie Andrus (CAn), Marlin Andrus (MAn), Daphne Asbell, Eric Atwell, Mike Austin (MAu), Colby Ayers (CAy), James Barnes (JBa), Bill Beaty (BBe), Grant Beauprez, David Bell, John Berner (JBe), Lucas Bobay, Bruce Bodson (BBo), Justin Bosler (JBo), Sonny Bratz, Tammy Brown (TBr), Craig Browning, Holly Bundock, Till Burnett (TBu), Raymond Burr, Winston Caillouet, Mike Cameron, Kris Cannon read more >>

Birding Online – September 2019

By |September 1st, 2019|Birding Magazine|

MICHAEL RETTER Birding Specials Editor Travel means different things to different people. For some, it’s a post-brunch stroll through their local park in Philadelphia. In this issue, Tony Croasdale offers his suggestions for birding the City of Brotherly Love, as well as a suggested longer itinerary for the more adventurous. Others crave unfamiliar birds and save up for a dream vacation to far-flung, exotic places such as Patagonian Chile, where Jenn Smith Nelson recently visited. But you don’t have to be rich to travel to some of the world’s most famous birding destinations. Volunteering at a birding lodge read more >>

August 2019 Photo Quiz

By |August 7th, 2019|Photo Quiz|

This month’s quiz bird has the hooked beak and talons typical of raptorial birds and the lack of a facial disk and the various plumage features visible rule out the owls (order Strigiformes) and New World vultures (order Cathartiformes), so we are left with...

Alabama and Mississippi: Fall 2019

By |August 1st, 2019|Alabama and Mississippi, Regional Reports|

Fall 2019: 1 Aug–30 Nov Greg D. Jackson [email protected] Recommended citation: Jackson, G. D. 2021. Fall 2019: Alabama & Mississippi. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Xv> North American Birds. For rarity fanciers, our region was a great place to be in Autumn 2019! Numerous unusual species were observed throughout the area spanning the phylogenetic order. Standard migrants arrived in respectable numbers and diversity, and many lingering individuals were found. We fortunately avoided direct strikes by tropical systems this season. Tropical Storm Nestor delivered only a glancing blow in late October as it transited from the northeast Gulf of read more >>

Southern California: Fall 2019

By |August 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Southern California|

Fall 2019: 1 Aug–30 Nov Guy McCaskie [email protected] Kimball L. Garrett [email protected] Recommended citation: McCaskie, G. and K. Garrett. 2021. Fall 2019: Southern California. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9On> North American Birds. The fall was generally warm and quite dry, with some monsoonal rains in the southeastern deserts in September and several dry offshore wind events in October; the season concluded with a strong, cold storm at the end of November that brought much snow to the Mtns. and deserts. Avian highlights included some excellent shorebirds, including the region’s first (and California’s third) Common Ringed Plover, the read more >>

Illinois & Indiana: Fall 2019

By |August 1st, 2019|Illinois & Indiana, Regional Reports|

Fall 2019: 1 Aug–30 Nov James Hengeveld ([email protected]) Keith A. McMullen ([email protected]) Geoffrey A. Williamson ([email protected]) Recommended citation: Hengeveld, J., K.A. McMullen, and G.A. Williamson. 2021. Fall 2019: Illinois & Indiana. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9R8> North American Birds. The fall season continued as summer had ended—warm and dry. September was the 3rd–4th warmest on record. This all changed in October when precipitation was above normal and record-breaking heat early in the month was followed by record-breaking cold temperatures, with frosts and measurable snowfall in northern portions of the region by the end of the month. Particularly in read more >>

Québec: Fall 2019

By |August 1st, 2019|Quebec, Regional Reports|

1 August–30 November Pierre Bannon [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Recommended citation: Bannon, P., S. Denault, O. Barden, N. David. 2020. Fall 2019: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-99s> North American Birds. Fall weather was very variable depending on the period and the region. Continuing the same weather pattern that prevailed in July, August was warm and dry but there was an abrupt change to cool and wet conditions in early Sep. Oct turned mild again, but the end of the month was spoiled by a heavy rain and windstorm on Halloween day. read more >>

Atlantic Region: Fall 2019

By |August 1st, 2019|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Fall 2019: 1 Aug–30 Nov Alvan Buckley [email protected] Recommended citation: Buckley, A. 2021. Fall 2019: Atlantic Region and St. Pierre and Miquelon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a46> North American Birds. The major birding event of the decade, for the Atlantic provinces, occurred with the arrival of Hurricane Dorian in early to mid-September. The eye of Dorian struck the coast of Nova Scotia, near Halifax, late in the day on 7 Sep, then crossed the province and met the eastern edge of Prince Edward Island, and finally exited through the Strait of Belle Isle between Newfoundland and Labrador. read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Fall 2019

By |August 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

1 Aug—30 Nov Joseph A. Grzybowski, Oklahoma [email protected] W. Ross Silcock, Nebraska [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J.A. and Silcock, W. R. 2020. Fall 2019: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9eG> North American Birds. The most striking feature of this fall’s report is the large number of lingering migrants, a trend that continues and seemingly increases. This tendency is evidenced prominently with passerines and also with shorebirds. Correspondingly, arrivals of northern wintering species such as Common Merganser, Rough-legged Hawk, Common Redpoll, Snow Bunting, and American Tree Sparrow were late. Fall often produces an array of rarities—this read more >>

Québec: Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|Quebec, Regional Reports|

1 June–31 July Pierre Bannon [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Recommended citation: Bannon, P., S. Denault, O. Barden, N. David. 2020. Summer 2019: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9ad> North American Birds. Reproducing the same weather pattern of summer 2018, temperatures started off slightly cool in June 2019, but warmed up well above normal in July. The most impressive rarities reported throughout the period included Black-bellied Whistling-Duck and Western Grebe. Waterfowl through Owls For the fifth consecutive summer, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks made an incursion in the region. A bird was first reported at read more >>

The Atlantic Region: Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Summer 2019: 1 June—31 July David Seeler [email protected] Recommended Citation: Seeler, D. 2021. Summer 2019: Atlantic. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Vp> North American Birds. Precipitation was below normal for much of the region. While for the Maritime portion of the Region temperature was slightly above seasonal, in Newfoundland average temperature was close to normal. Most disquieting were comments early in the season suggesting that, in the Maritime Provinces at least, there appeared to be a decrease in the number of species of song birds observed or active in localized areas. A number of reasons were postulated but read more >>

Hudson-Delaware: Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|Hudson-Delaware, Regional Reports|

Summer 2019, June 1–July 31 Robert O. Paxton [email protected] Shaibal Mitra [email protected] Tom Reed [email protected] Frank Rohrbacher [email protected] Recommended citation:  Paxton, R. O., et al. Summer 2019: Hudson-Delaware. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8U6> North American Birds. Summer 2019 was hotter and wetter than average in most of this region. The average temperature was the highest ever in some localities, though July was only the fifth hottest in DE and the eleventh hottest in NY. According to NOAA, the period January–August was the wettest on record for the contiguous U. S., and in most of the Hudson-Delaware region, read more >>

Alabama & Mississippi: Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|Alabama and Mississippi, Regional Reports|

The Summer 2019, Jun 1, 2019-Jul 31, 2019 John A. Trent 4819 Pleasant Hill Road Midway, AL 36053 [email protected] Recommended Citation: Trent, J.A. 2019. The Summer 2019: Alabama and Mississippi. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8R2> North American Birds. Alabama’s weather this season was typical, with no notable extremes. Mississippi recorded rainfall totals slightly above average for many areas during Jun. and Jul. Hurricane Barry made landfall in Louisiana on 12 Jul., but only had minor influence on regional bird influxes. Summer bird counts took place in Alabama’s Baldwin, Limestone, and Walker counties. Contributors (subregional editors in boldface): read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Summer 2019: 1 Jun–31 Jul Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J. A., and W. R. Silcock.  2021.  Summer 2019: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-ax9> ​North American Birds. This summer was wetter than normal. However, the impact of this on wetland species was mixed. Some waterfowl may have benefited, but the suitable habitat for breeding wetland species was still too limited for broader expansions. Shorebird migrations contained the usual mid-summer muddle. Certain species—for example some hummingbirds—seemed to move earlier. Clay-colored and Baird’s sparrows were a few of the unexpected read more >>

Texas: Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Texas|

Summer 2019, 1 June - 31 JulyEric Carpenter [email protected] citation:Carpenter, E., et al. 2020. Summer 2019: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8Wq> North American Birds. Contributors (subregional editors in boldface)Colby Ayers, Kenneth Bader, Angela Bailey, Chris Bailey (CBa), Clint Boal (CBo), Justin Bosler, Mike Bradham (MBr), Benji Brooks, Scott Buckel, Marissa Buschow (MBu), Skip Cantrell (SkC), Steve Cardiff (StC), Eric Carpenter (Central Texas), Kevin Cochran (KeC), Fred Collins, Greg Cook, Mel Cooksey, Kim Cortez (KiC), James Court (JCo), Jim Crites (JCr), Cinda Crosley, D.D. Currie (DDC), Tripp Davenport, Nicholas DeMaio, Sandy Dillard, Donna Dittman, Gil Eckrich, K Dean Edwards read more >>

The Prairie Provinces Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|North American Birds, Prairie Provinces|

The Prairie Provinces The Summer 2019 June 1–July 31 Rudolf F. Koes 135 Rossmere Crescent Winnipeg, Manitoba R2K 0G1 [email protected] Christian Artuso 170 Cavell Drive Winnipeg, Manitoba R3J 1P1 [email protected] Recommended citation: Koes, R. F., and C. Artuso. 2019. The summer 2019: Prairie provinces. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-2rZ> North American Birds. While much of the north of the Prairie Provinces region was wetter and cooler than normal, the south saw the opposite conditions. From southeastern Alberta through southern Manitoba, extremely dry conditions existed. July was the fourth driest on record in southeastern Alberta, while the first six months of the read more >>

Iowa & Missouri: Summer 2019

By |June 1st, 2019|Iowa & Missouri, Regional Reports|

Summer 2019: June 1–July 31 James J. Dinsmore [email protected] Recommended citation: Dinsmore, J. Summer 2019: Iowa & Missouri. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-960> North American Birds. Missouri experienced its coolest June since 2004 with temperatures 0.6 degrees below normal and July only returned to normal temperatures. After experiencing record-high rainfall totals from January through May, rainfall in Missouri continued above normal in both June and July. Weather in Iowa was fairly normal in June with both temperatures and rainfall close to long-term averages. In July, the state experienced somewhat above-average temperatures and below-normal rainfall totals. The most read more >>

May 2019 Photo Quiz

By |May 16th, 2019|Photo Quiz|

Ugh. Birds flying away fairly high in the sky. Yes, those features often make bird ID difficult. However, in many such situations with many species, there still are enough clues to get to the correct ID. This is one such situation.

April 2019 Photo Quiz

By |April 9th, 2019|Photo Quiz|

So, we go from a bird flying away (in last month’s quiz) to a neck-breaking view of a different bird. Given the comparison in size with that of the various branches and leaves, we should surmise that April’s quiz bird is fairly wee.

March 2019 Photo Quiz

By |March 6th, 2019|Photo Quiz|

As in many of my quiz photos, our subject bird is flying, and flying away at that. In reality, we would have little time to come up with an identification unless the bird changed course. Since we have a static image, we have some considerable amount of time to solve the ID problem.

Québec: Spring 2019

By |March 1st, 2019|Quebec, Regional Reports|

Spring 2019 : 1 Mar–31 May Pierre Bannon [email protected] Samuel Denault [email protected] Olivier Barden [email protected] Normand David [email protected] Recommended citation: Bannon, P., S. Denault, O. Barden, and N. David. 2021. Spring 2019: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a2c> North American Birds. Overall, spring 2019 was cool and more wet than normal. May was the eighth consecutive month with temperatures below normal. In western Québec, severe flooding in April and May were responsible for the evacuation of 10,000 victims, and caused damages to 6,000 residences. A few occurences of diurnal reverse migration were witnessed at the Tadoussac Bird Observatory read more >>

The Atlantic Region: Spring 2019

By |March 1st, 2019|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Spring 2019: 1 Mar–31 May David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2021. Spring 2019: Atlantic Region & St. Pierre et Miquelon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a15> North American Birds. Weather conditions for the region were relatively unremarkable this season. Reports of note included North America’s fifth record of Eurasian Oystercatcher in Newfoundland, a Chuck-will’s-widow and a lingering Eurasian Collared-Dove in Nova Scotia, and an unusual movement of a number of passerine species into the southern portions of the region. Contributors: Alvan Buckley, Roger Etcheberry, Alix d’Entremont, Bruce Mactavish, Jim Wilson, Marie Dunford Abbreviations: C.S.I. (Cape Sable read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Spring 2019

By |March 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Spring 2019: 1 Mar–31 May Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J.A., and W.R. Silcock. 2021. Spring 2019: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aD2>North American Birds. Themes of this spring season were vague. Perhaps the most prominent were early arrivals, some quite exceptional. Also, were some high numbers, particularly of geese, but others that may reflect wetter conditions or weather systems “staging” some species. There was the fringe of a few southeastern wetland species (Black-bellied Whistling–Ducks and Neotropic Cormorants) encroaching more prominently into Kansas and Oklahoma. Among the lackluster were read more >>

Texas: Spring 2019

By |March 1st, 2019|Regional Reports, Texas|

Spring 2019, 1 March - 31 May Eric Carpenter [email protected] Recommended citation: Carpenter, E., et al. 2020. Spring 2019: Texas. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8Wk> North American Birds. Contributors (subregional editors in boldface) Matthew Abernathy (MAb), T. Jay Adams (TJA), Rodney Allen, Trevis Allen, John Allendorf, Skip Almoney (SAl), Susan Andres (SAn), Connie Andrus (CAn), Marlin Andrus (MAn), Erik Atwell, Mike Austin (MAu), Colby Ayers (CAy), Amanda Beckman, David Bell (DBe), Chris Benesh, Steve Berenzweig (SBe), John Berner (JBe), Brandon Best, Gary Binderim (GBi), Justin Bosler (JBo), Sonny Bratz (SBr), Marcia Braun, Ron Braun, Donald Brightsmith (DoB), read more >>

West Indies & Bermuda: Winter 2018–2019

By |December 1st, 2018|Regional Reports, West Indies & Bermuda|

Winter 2018–2019: 1 Dec–28 Feb Robert L. Norton (Greater Antilles, Bahamas) [email protected] Andrew Dobson (Bermuda) [email protected] Anthony Levesque (Lesser Antilles) [email protected] Recommended citation: Norton, R., A. Dobson, and A. Levesque. 2021. Winter 2018–2019: West Indies & Bermuda. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aii> North American Birds. The undoubted highlight of the winter was the first Caribbean record of Wattled Jacana discovered in Antigua. Other highlights included the Caribbean’s third record of Common Ringed Plover in Guadeloupe and Bermuda’s second records of Trindade Petrel and Common Eider. A House Finch provided a new record for Cuba, while Anguilla recorded read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Winter 2018-2019

By |December 1st, 2018|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Winter 2018-2019: 1 Dec–28 Feb Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J. A., and Silcock, W. R. 2021. Winter 2018-2019: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aaq> North American Birds. This winter season was colder than the norm. The increasing array of individuals wintering further north than expected still occurred, but it does not tell us how many of them made it all the way through. Some species, like Black-crowned Night-Herons, seem to be establishing local urban pockets in the southern region. Common Mergansers were abundant on larger reservoirs in Nebraska, read more >>

Iowa & Missouri: Winter 2018-2019

By |December 1st, 2018|Iowa & Missouri, Regional Reports|

December 1, 2018–February 28, 2019 Francis L. Moore [email protected] Recommended citation: Moore, F. Winter 2018-2019: Iowa & Missouri. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-99o> North American Birds. The unseasonable warmth observed in December in Iowa continued into the new year, with January trending warmer than average for much of Iowa until a destabilization in the Polar Vortex led to frigid, unseasonable coldness over the last few days of January and into February. A substantial snowpack across much of the state also helped hold down temperatures. Statewide average snowfall was 22.6 inches, making February the snowiest on record. Iowa read more >>

Atlantic Region: Winter 2018–2019

By |December 1st, 2018|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Winter 2018–2019: 1 Dec–28 Feb David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2021. Winter 2018–2019: Atlantic Region. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-ath> North American Birds. The season began with milder temperatures than normal and remained near normal as it progressed. Precipitation for the maritime region was slightly above normal following a major storm on 28 December 2018. Species of note included California Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Golden-crowned Sparrow, and Harris’s Sparrow. Contributors: (sub-regional editors in boldface) Alvan Buckley, Alix d’Entremont, Roger Etcheberry, Bruce Mactavish, Jim Wilson. Abbreviations SPM (Saint Pierre and Miquelon) Waterfowl through read more >>

West Indies & Bermuda: Fall 2018

By |August 1st, 2018|Regional Reports, West Indies & Bermuda|

Fall 2018: 1 Aug–30 NovRobert L. Norton (Greater Antilles, Bahamas)[email protected] Dobson (Bermuda)[email protected] Levesque (Lesser Antilles)[email protected] citation:Norton, R., A. Dobson, and A. Levesque. 2021. Fall 2018: West Indies & Bermuda. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aiJ> North American Birds. The outstanding sighting of the season was North America and the Caribbean’s first record of Squacco Heron photographed in Guadeloupe. Other highlights included a Black-browed Albatross photographed in the Bahamas, Guadeloupe’s second record of Red-necked Phalarope, and Bermuda’s second record of Marsh Wren.Contributors (sub-regional compilers in bold)Peter Adhemar, Nathan Beccue (NBe), David Bernstein, Nick Bonomo, Elwood Bracey (Bahamas), Randolph "Casper" Burrows, Zoe read more >>

Atlantic Region: Fall 2018

By |August 1st, 2018|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Fall 2018: 1 Aug–30 Nov Alvan Buckley [email protected] Recommended citation: Buckley, A. 2021. Fall 2018: Atlantic Region and St. Pierre and Miquelon. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-als> North American Birds. The Autumn 2018 season was an average one with no major storms or unexpected movements of birds. European geese continued to entertain birders throughout the region, while increasingly noble efforts to find seabirds resulted in more discoveries for the region. Rarities were highlighted by a Gray Kingbird in New Brunswick and a Hooded Oriole in Nova Scotia. The warbler diversity and rate of vagrants for Autumn 2018 read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Fall 2018

By |August 1st, 2018|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Fall 2018: 1 Aug–30 Nov Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J. A., and W. R. Silcock. 2021. Fall 2018: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-a4D> North American Birds. These reports have frequently focused on population phenomena and patterns. This fall, dynamic—if creeping—range extensions of southeastern species continued more northward and westward, and withdrawals or delays of northern species spread southward. Part of the northwestward creep in some bird species is from encroaching woody vegetation westward. Several species, such as Red-shouldered Hawk, Barred Owl, and Carolina Wren, follow the riparian read more >>

Arkansas & Louisiana: Summer 2018

By |June 1st, 2018|Arkansas & Louisiana, Regional Reports|

Summer 2018: 1 Jun–31 Jul Paul Conover (LA) [email protected] Kenny Nichols (AR) [email protected] Recommended citation: Conover, P., and Nichols, K. 2021. Summer 2018: Arkansas & Louisiana. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Pd> North American Birds. Seasonal highlights include Masked Duck, Black-billed Cuckoo, Swallow-tailed Kite, Red-breasted Nuthatch and Pine Siskin. Contributors (subregional editors in boldface): Bill Beall, Paul Conover (Louisiana), Eric Cormier, Paul Dickson, Sally Jo Gibson, Gabrielle Hargrove, James Holmes Jr, Erik I Johnson, Michael Linz, Charles Lyon, Jason McCallie, Patty McLean, Sarah Morris, Joe Neal, Kenny Nichols (Arkansas), LaDonna Nichols, Lance Runion, Phil Ryan, Jacob Wessels, Glenn Wyatt. read more >>

West Indies & Bermuda: Summer 2018

By |June 1st, 2018|Regional Reports, West Indies & Bermuda|

Summer 2018: 1 Jun–31 Jul Robert L. Norton (Greater Antilles, Bahamas) [email protected] Andrew Dobson (Bermuda) [email protected] Anthony Levesque (Lesser Antilles) [email protected] Recommended citation: Norton, R., A. Dobson, & A. Levesque. 2021. Summer 2018: West Indies & Bermuda. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-ahX> North American Birds. Highlights of the season in Bermuda included: the first breeding of Roseate Terns since the 1840s, the third record of Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, and another record-breaking number of Cahow chicks. Contributors (subregional editors in boldface): Elizabeth Bell (EBe), Eva Bottelli, Lou Carroll, Martha Cartwright, Jackie Catino-Davenport, Jacquelin Cistero, Peter Davey, Frantz Delcroix Duzont, read more >>

Southern Great Plains: Summer 2018

By |June 1st, 2018|Regional Reports, Southern Great Plains|

Summer 2018 : 1 Jun–31 Jul Joseph A. Grzybowski [email protected] W. Ross Silcock [email protected] Recommended citation: Grzybowski, J. A., and W. R. Silcock. 2021. Summer 2018: Southern Great Plains. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aeh> North American Birds. The summer season brought out an array of isolated, out-of-place species across a series of taxa and across the region, some caused by good local water conditions, as in the Oklahoma Panhandle and western Kansas; some of these real surprises.  Vagrant gulf-states marsh-birds made a good showing, with more of some heron species (Great Egrets and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons), even a Reddish read more >>

West Indies & Bermuda: Spring 2018

By |March 1st, 2018|Regional Reports, West Indies & Bermuda|

Spring 2018: 1 Mar–31 May Robert L. Norton (Greater Antilles, Bahamas) [email protected] Andrew Dobson (Bermuda) [email protected] Anthony Levesque (Lesser Antilles) [email protected] Recommended citation: Norton, R., A. Dobson, & A. Levesque. 2021. Spring 2018: West Indies & Bermuda. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aix> North American Birds. To evaluate reports from the eastern Greater Antilles (Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands) since September 2017, one has to start with the impact of class 4/5 hurricanes Maria and Irma. After inflicting major damage to the Virgin Islands, Irma passed to the north of Puerto Rico, delivering a glancing blow to Vieques. read more >>

Arkansas & Louisiana: Spring 2018

By |March 1st, 2018|Arkansas & Louisiana, Regional Reports|

Spring 2018: 1 Mar–31 May Paul Conover (LA) [email protected] Kenny Nichols (AR) [email protected] Recommended citation: Conover, P., and Nichols, K. 2021. Spring 2018: Arkansas & Louisiana. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Pa> North American Birds. Seasonal highlights include Long-billed Curlew, Sage Thrasher, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Western Tanager, and Black-headed Grosbeak. Contributors (sub-regional compilers in boldface) Jeff Barnhill (JBa), Rose Ann Barnhill, Greg Bass, Susan Bass, Dick Baxter, Stacey Benson (StB), Sandy Berger (SaB), Jodi Brannam (JBr), Jerry Byler, Rhonda Byler, Lynn Christie,  Paul Conover (Louisiana), Robert C. Dobbs, Ron Duvall, Ted Drozdowski, Maureen Ellis, Karen Hammond, Bob Harden, read more >>

Arkansas & Louisiana: Winter 2017-18

By |December 1st, 2017|Arkansas & Louisiana, Regional Reports|

Winter 2017-18: 1 Dec–28 Feb Kenny Nichols [email protected] Paul Conover [email protected] Recommended citation: Nichols, K. and P. Conover. 2021. Winter 2017-18: Arkansas & Louisiana. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Qe> North American Birds. Seasonal highlights include Tundra Bean-Goose, Lucifer Hummingbird, Limpkin, Mew Gull, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Gray-headed Junco. Significance for Arkansas records is based on Arkansas Birds, their distribution and abundance (James and Neal 1986) and the Arkansas Audubon Society (AAS) online bird record database (for records since 1986). The significance of Louisiana records is based on trends derived from the database of bird record read more >>

Iowa & Missouri: Winter 2017-2018

By |December 1st, 2017|Iowa & Missouri, Regional Reports|

December 1, 2017–February 28, 2018 Francis L. Moore [email protected] Recommended citation: Moore, F. Winter 2017-2018: Iowa & Missouri. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9cA> North American Birds. This winter season in Iowa had above normal temperatures in December and February with January alternating between periods of very cold weather with equally warm spells. Precipitation totals for December were below normal at every reporting point in the state. Other than a major blizzard in far northwestern Iowa, snowfall was notably lacking across the state in January, but precipitation was much more frequent during February than the previous two months read more >>

West Indies & Bermuda: Winter 2017–2018

By |December 1st, 2017|Regional Reports, West Indies & Bermuda|

Winter 2017–2018: 1 Dec–28 Feb Robert L. Norton (Greater Antilles, Bahamas) [email protected] Andrew Dobson (Bermuda) [email protected] Anthony Levesque (Lesser Antilles) [email protected] Recommended citation: Norton, R., A. Dobson, & A. Levesque. 2021. Winter 2017: West Indies & Bermuda. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aeG> North American Birds. Bermuda highlights of the season included: the first record of Northern Fulmar, two Brant, the sixth White-winged Scoter; and the biggest-ever arrival of Killdeer. The Bahamas also provided some highlights of vagrant corvids from Florida, a Black Vulture, some interesting reports of pelagics, and a Little Egret. From Puerto Rico, some exciting read more >>

Atlantic Region: Winter 2017–2018

By |December 1st, 2017|Atlantic Region, Regional Reports|

Winter 2017–2018: 1 Dec–28 Feb David Seeler [email protected] Recommended citation: Seeler, D. 2021. Winter 2017–2018: Atlantic Region. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-azc> North American Birds. The most significant weather event that affected this winter season in fact occurred in late October, when a strong storm transported a massive number of songbirds into Nova Scotia, many of which remained into, or through, the season. St. Pierre et Miquelon had a record number of species for the Winter Bird Count—105—while Nova Scotia tallied 204, New Brunswick 191, and Newfoundland and Labrador 155. In addition, numerous regional records occurred this read more >>

Québec: Fall 2017

By |September 1st, 2017|Quebec, Regional Reports|

The Fall 2017, September 1–November 30 Pierre Bannon 235 de Vimy, app. 2 Saint-Bruno de Montarville, QC J3V 6G9 [email protected] Olivier Barden 2942 rue de l’Aubier Québec, QC G1M 3V1 [email protected] Normand David 202-53 Hasting Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC H9G 3C4 [email protected] Samuel Denault 1991 rue Saint-Zotique Est Montréal, QC H2G 1J2 [email protected] Recommended citation: Bannon, P., O. Barden, N. David, & S. Denault. 2020. The Fall 2017: Québec. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-8Jt> North American Birds. Overall, August was cool and wet, except in the Lower St. Lawrence where the drought persisted. After a cool start, September turned read more >>

Western Great Lakes: Fall 2017

By |August 1st, 2017|Regional Reports, Western Great Lakes|

Fall 2017: 1 Aug–30 Nov Peder Svingen [email protected] Recommended citation: Svingen, P. 2021. Fall 2017: Western Great Lakes Region. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aeR> North American Birds. Though a strong cold front around Labor Day did produce some prominent migration, true autumn seemed to arrive late, especially when a heat wave stifled the region in late September. Despite cooler days in late October, in late November temperatures reached the mid-60s in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Erratic patterns of precipitation were not easily summarized. Whitefish Point recorded 109,139 waterbirds of 78 species, its 4th highest seasonal total read more >>

Central America: Fall 2017

By |August 1st, 2017|Central America, Regional Reports|

Fall 2017: 1 August–30 November John van Dort [email protected] Oliver Komar [email protected] Recommended citation: van Dort, J., and O. Komar. 2021. Fall 2017: Central America. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-aGX> North American Birds. With the exceptions of El Salvador and Honduras, most Central American countries added species to their lists this fall, with Panama topping the effort with four additions: Eurasian Collared-Dove, Inca Dove, Cassin’s Kingbird, and Carib Grackle. The discovery of Carib Grackle in Panama adds another South American species to the Central American list. Other first country records during this period include Yellow-crowned Parrot and read more >>

Colorado: Fall 2017

By |August 1st, 2017|Colorado & Wyoming, Regional Reports|

Fall 2017: August 1–November 30 Dean Shoup [email protected]      Recommended citation: Shoup, D. 2021. Fall 2017: Colorado. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-9Lh> North American Birds. Temperatures for the season were much above average for much of the state. For the western half of the state, November provided record warm temperatures. Precipitation was below average for much of the season except for September, which experienced above average precipitation in the eastern half of the state and much above average in the southeast quadrant. These warmer temperatures may have encouraged some species to linger longer during migration, including some read more >>

Alaska: Fall 2017–Summer 2018

By |August 1st, 2017|Alaska, Regional Reports|

Fall 2017–Summer 2018: 1 Aug 2017–31 Jul 2018 Thede Tobish [email protected] Recommended citation: Tobish, T. 2021. Fall 2017–Summer 2018: Alaska. <https://wp.me/p8iY2g-adR> North American Birds. This report summarizes observations in the context of regional significance, or of unusual dates or locations, spanning the twelve-month period fall 2017 through the summer season 2018. Alaska’s overall temperature profiles for 2017 and 2018 followed a multi-year trend of above long-term means. This period was below the record set by 2016’s highest ever annual departure of 1.5°F warmer than the previous record holder (2014). Northern Alaska again reported read more >>