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It happened this morning, Wednesday, July 10th, 2013, at 8:48 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time, the earliest it's ever happened for me. It was at Greenlee Preserve, Boulder County, Colorado, my local patch. I was (literally) running a quick errand, and I heard it: seen? Then again, louder: seen? Then one more time: seen? And then it was over. But it has happened. Next thing you know, the Snow Geese will be flying south for the winter, and the juncos, and building snow forts, and sledding, and Christmas counts and all.
Toggle Commented Jul 11, 2013 on Return of the Sparrow at ABA Blog
Think for just a moment about a typical birding festival. Well, alright, each bird festival is special in its own way, proving once again that the brilliant and diabolical opening sentence of Anna Karenina is the greatest lie of all time. Nevertheless, there are a few points of commonality among... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2013 at ABA Blog
The May/June Birding photo quiz focuses on those classic birds of summer, Redpolls. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2013 at ABA Blog
How well do you know your birds that call for beer? In this piece of supplemental content from the May/June issue of Birding, Diana Doyle has created a little quiz. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2013 at ABA Blog
We at Birding are quickly wrapping up production of the May/June 2013 issue, and we hope to have it in the mail to you shortly. There's one item, though, that we'd like to get in your hands immediately, and that's Amy Davis's "Sightings" column, with details on recent ABA Area... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2013 at ABA Blog
Certain topics inevitably arouse the passions of ABA members. Should Hawaii be admitted to the ABA Area? Should heard-only birds count? Outdoor cats, anyone? And, as the latest issue of Birding once again attests (James Hill, “Details, Details,” p. 16), we birders sure get fired up about the proper care... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at ABA Blog
We noted yesterday that we at Birding delight in running articles with surprising content. Case in point: Paul Hess’s “News and Notes” in the current, January/February 2013 issue. Hess starts the coverage with an item on the recent falcons-aren't-related-to-other-raptors news that has surprised so many of us. But it’s Hess’s... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at ABA Blog
What are some of the factors that determine content for Birding magazine? For starters, Birding aims to give voice to the great diversity of real-life birders in North America and beyond. We’re always on the lookout for new contributors, and we’re especially keen on getting input from young birders. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2013 at ABA Blog
Part 3 of the Jan/Feb photo quiz is here! Can you identify this bird? Join the discussion at the ABA Blog. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2013 at ABA Blog
Much has been written of late about the decline of “joiners.” The problem is especially acute, it is said, with young people. To be sure, many commentators have remarked on the near absence of today’s young people from bird clubs, state ornithological societies, and bird conservation organizations. Is that true?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at ABA Blog
Given this response, should we revisit the duck quiz?
In Part 1 of the Jan./Feb. 2013 Birding Photo Quiz, we had to contend with twelve different ducks. This time it's a whole lot easier. Just a single photo. Here: The photo is from Granger, Williamson County, Texas, in mid-February. Have at it! P.s. And when you're done with Parts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at ABA Blog
Andrew Guttenberg, a junior at Montana State University, created the official artwork for the 2013 ABA Bird of the Year, which graces the cover of the January/February 2013 issue of Birding magazine. Here Guttenberg tells us about some experiences that have inspired his nighthawk art. About the Cover: January/February 2013... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at ABA Blog
Hello, everybody! In keeping with recent tradition, we're going to try to work out together some provisional answers to the Photo Quiz in the current (January/February 2013) issue of Birding magazine. The "official" answers, provided by QuizMaster Tom Johnson, will appear in the forthcoming March/April 2013 Birding. But there's no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2013 at ABA Blog
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