Wildest Vagrants of 2021 with Amy Davis & Tom Johnson
February 3, 2022
We might be well into 2022, but it’s not too late to look back at the previous year in bird and birding phenomena. While the year started slowly, it built into an exceptional one for rare birds, with amazing individuals and stories that captivated birders across the ABA Area. To talk about it we’re joined by Amy Davis, associate editor of the ABA’s North American Birds journal and Tom Johnson of the ABA Checklist Committee.
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I enjoy every episode, but maybe this one especially. It’s always fun to dream about seeing these incredible vagrants, and although I didn’t see any of the birds you all mentioned, I’m still really happy with my personal top 5 for 2021: 5. Parakeet Auklet 4. White Wagtail 3. Red-necked Stint 2. Dusky Warbler 1. Lesser Sand-Plover. All seen in the Bay Area. All with good stories, but Lesser Sand-Plover beat out the rarer Dusky Warbler for the drama around my personal chase story and its untimely demise (hungry Merlin).
There’s a nice story this week about how birders from a small province got a giant multi-national company to change an ad. I think it might be something to add to an ABA podcast, or let others know what can be done. Here’s the link – https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/how-nova-scotia-birders-changed-major-car-commercial-1.6339593 and it’s worth listening to the interview rather than just reading he transcript. Kudos to both parties.
Thanks Richard. Just today Kia confirmed that the original ad, with images of a car giving chase to a Snowy Owl, has been replaced with the adjusted ad in all markets across Canada.
There was a Bohemian Waxwing in Young County, TEXAS as recently as mid-January 2019!
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