In fall 2023, an amazing total of ten vagrant Ancient Murrelets turned up well inland in the ABA Area, from the Snake River in Oregon to Chickamauga Lake in Tennessee. This remarkable incursion followed months of record-high ocean surface temperatures in the species’s North Pacific range, as well as a bomb cyclone and an ice-free Northwest Passage through the Arctic.
If there’s one thing that 2020 taught birders, its how to appreciate your immediate surroundings. The cancellation of festivals, international trips, and even many local bird walks and meetings encouraged us to be more present and local. It’s something that Vermont naturalist Bridget Butler has been pushing for a long time as part of her “Slow Birding” initiative.
March 22-31, 2024