This Week’s Fresh Four:

  •  Current

    Closer to Owls, but in the Right Ways.
    Snowy Owls are one of the most recognized and beloved birds in the world. To protect them, it’s essential that birders enjoy these birds ethically.

  • Rarities continuing into the last week of January in the ABA Area include the Common Shelduck (ABA Code 5) in Pennsylvania, the Caribbean trio of La Sagra's Flycatcher (4), Bahama Mockingbird (4), and Red-legged Honeycreeper (5) in Florida, and the Red-flanked Bluetail (4) in southern California, This year has been a read more >>

  •  Podcast

    Much of North America is gripped in the depths of winter. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s frequently unpleasant. But for those that push through, the birding can be oh so rewarding. This is especially true in places where the winter hits hardest. Diehard Minnesota birder Erik Bruhnke is guide for Victor read more >>

  • When I first hefted Bird: Exploring the Winged World, all 11 square inches and six pounds of it, I deemed it a coffee table book and braced myself for the kind of tome that is gorgeously illustrated but whose covers are rarely cracked. I was wrong. Bird is many things...

New Birders
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Birds are everywhere to be found—no matter who you are, no matter where you live. But where do you find them? How do you learn their names? How do you discover information about their behavior and ecology?

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  • In this issue, we celebrate the ABA Bird of the Year: the Belted Kingfisher. Liz Clayton Fuller talks about how she painted the Queenkiller, Katie Boord delves into the genus Megaceryle, you can give the Word Search a try, and more. Outside of the Bird of the Year, stories of Montezuma Quails, the Hen of Peru, and other birds abound.

  •  Photo Quiz

    There are at least two features that often distinguish between skilled, experienced birders and others when it comes to large flocks of birds. The first is the understanding that just because many or most of the individuals of a large flock of birds appear to be referable to the same species does not necessarily mean that such an assumption is true for the entire flock.

  • Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include both Bahama Mockingbird (ABA Code 4) and LaSagra's Flycatcher (4) in Florida, right on time for what have been, in the past, long-staying Caribbean rarities. The Common Shelduck (5) is still being seen in Pennsylvania, though I have no idea what that means for read more >>

ABA Travel

When you travel with the ABA, you help build a better future for birds and birding. The ABA offers a carefully designed program of birding travel experiences that not only let experience and thrill of seeing great birds and traveling with friendly, interesting people, they give you the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting local on-the-ground conservation efforts as well as the ABA’s ongoing work to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds.
Below is a sample of what we’ve got going. Click here to view all of our tours >>

  • October 15 - 19, 2023

    Experience the heart of fall migration in Cape May on a tour fully built around raptor, songbird, seabird, and monarch migration, with field trips and workshops on each!
  • Honduras birding tour

    February 21 - March 6, 2023

    Honduras may still be a little known birding destination, but thanks to its position on the Central American isthmus and its interesting geography, it has all the trumps to become the next big ecotourism destination.
  •  Podcast

    Birding magazine editor and all-around bird-knower Ted Floyd is back for another bout of Random Birds. He joins host Nate Swick, a big bird list, and a random number generator to create podcast magic. This session includes a number of holarctic species, a pair of warblers and one of Ted’s 10 read more >>

  • Even when everything goes smoothly, airport layovers are an “exercise” in sedentariness. Which isn’t to say birdlessness. On the contrary, airport layovers sometimes result in life birds; that’s happened to me more than once. For those of us on eBird consecutive days streaks, airport layovers . . .

  • Like any great story, the scene is set early in the book. Marina Richie first spots the pair of Belted Kingfishers she grows to love while im-mersing the reader in her experience at Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana. “To visualize the watershed,” she writes, “cup two hands together. Rattlesnake Creek...

  • October 15 - 19, 2023

    Experience the heart of fall migration in Cape May on a tour fully built around raptor, songbird, seabird, and monarch migration, with field trips and workshops on each!
  • The ABA Area hosts an impressive set of rarities continuing into this week, with the highlight remaining the ABA Area's 3rd record of Eurasian Blackbird (ABA Code 5) in Labrador. California continues to host a Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and a Little Stint (4), and the Common Shelduck (5) is still being seen read more >>

  •  Podcast

    Much of North America is gripped in the depths of winter. It’s cold. It’s snowy. It’s frequently unpleasant. But for those that push through, the birding can be oh so rewarding. This is especially true in places where the winter hits hardest. Diehard Minnesota birder Erik Bruhnke is guide for Victor read more >>

  • by BILL PRANTY Bayonet Point, Florida On p. 72 of the Dec. 2022 issue of Birding, there appears a photograph, taken by Reinhard Geisler, of five terns standing or floating in shallow water at Stump Pass Beach State Park, Florida, on May 22, 2022. This photograph is a teaser read more >>

  • Continuing rarities in the ABA Area include the Common Shelduck (ABA Code 5) in Pennsylvania, a Northern Lapwing (4) in Massachusetts, and the Social Flycatcher (5), now in its third calendar year, in Texas 2023 starts off with a bang in Florida with the release of photos showing an apparent Gundlach's read more >>

  • In 2023, the ABA honors the Belted Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon, as its Bird of the Year! Bold, resolute, and recognizable along much of the ABA Area’s shorelines, look for Belted Kingfisher content throughout the year in all the ABA’s media.

  •  Current

    About the American Birding Association The American Birding Association (ABA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with the mission to inspire all people to enjoy and protect wild birds. The ABA supports the North American birding community through publications, field trips and travel, educational programs, young birder programs, rare bird alerts, and up read more >>

  • Even when everything goes smoothly, airport layovers are an “exercise” in sedentariness. Which isn’t to say birdlessness. On the contrary, airport layovers sometimes result in life birds; that’s happened to me more than once. For those of us on eBird consecutive days streaks, airport layovers . . .

  • Like any great story, the scene is set early in the book. Marina Richie first spots the pair of Belted Kingfishers she grows to love while im-mersing the reader in her experience at Rattlesnake Creek in Missoula, Montana. “To visualize the watershed,” she writes, “cup two hands together. Rattlesnake Creek...

  • The ABA Area hosts an impressive set of rarities continuing into this week, with the highlight remaining the ABA Area's 3rd record of Eurasian Blackbird (ABA Code 5) in Labrador. California continues to host a Red-flanked Bluetail (4) and a Little Stint (4), and the Common Shelduck (5) is still being seen read more >>

  • When I first hefted Bird: Exploring the Winged World, all 11 square inches and six pounds of it, I deemed it a coffee table book and braced myself for the kind of tome that is gorgeously illustrated but whose covers are rarely cracked. I was wrong. Bird is many things...

  •  Current

    Closer to Owls, but in the Right Ways.
    Snowy Owls are one of the most recognized and beloved birds in the world. To protect them, it’s essential that birders enjoy these birds ethically.