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Birding - Vol 47 No 3 - June 2015

Does Birding desire ideas in any respect? That's the mildly provocative query that ABA President Jeffrey A. Gordon poses in "Birding Together" within the June factor. absolute confidence approximately it, birding has its "rules"--and birders are inclined to have specifically robust emotions approximately ideas that have an effect on what birds you could, and can't, count number to your lifestyles lists. working example: "heard only" birds. in case you be allowed to count number them? The legitimate solution is sure, yet many birders proceed to withstand that ruling, and Steve Howell wonders why in an essay within the June Birding. Then there's the problem of counting birds of arguable provenance. for instance: the Hooded Crane or Hooded Cranes that wandered the ABA zone past this decade. The ABA record Committee has declined so as to add the Hooded Crane to the ABA list, yet John Kendall and coauthors, in a remark within the June Birding, wonder whether that judgment was once in blunders.

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Trapp, J. Wheeler, and K. Wohl. 2002. Waterbird Conservation for the Americas: The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan, v. 1. Waterbird Conservation for the Americas, Washington. Sauer, J. , J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, D. J. Ziolkowski, and W. A. Link. 2012. The North American Breeding Bird Survey: Results and Analysis, 1966–2010, v. 2011. USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel. org/birding 43 Join the ABA and Rockjumper for the 2016 ABA safari to northern India! Perhaps the world’s richest cultural landscape, India boasts a staggering geographical diversity, from deserts and forests to tropical, palm-lined shores to the snow-capped peaks of the impossibly high Himalayas.

The beak is straight and not especially long as heron beaks go, but it provides well for food procurement. It is usually black above and yellowish below, although it becomes all black during the breeding season. ” Fused glass by © William Saslow–2015. In the city that never sleeps, a Green Heron shades its nestlings. Upper Lobe, Central Park, New York, New York; July 2006. Photo by © Deborah Allen. 34 and studies have suggested that such muted tones serve the species very well in making it relatively cryptic, harder for prey species to discern and harder for potential predators to detect.

Photo by © Jackie Bowman. with Butorides virescens that I watch on almost a daily basis. The thrill of discovery, of seeing a new bird species, comes but once per species but the real value rests not in the check mark on the life list but in immense satisfaction that follows when, from repeated observation, you actually come to understand something of the bird. The bird becomes a friend of sorts, albeit a one-way friendship in which you consider the bird species, wherever you fnd it, to be an old friend and it doesn’t give a damn about you.

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