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Taxonomy update for 2014

Clapper Rail by Ryan Schain

For American birders, large rail splits are most likely to give Life Lists a boost in this revision. Be careful reporting Clapper Rail: it should only be used for East Coast and Gulf Coast birds now! Photo of Clapper Rail in Massachusetts by Ryan Schain. The taxonomic update for 2014 is now complete in eBird. […]

Collared Plover Update

The Collared Plover was relocated this morning (fide Mary Gustafson) and  the First Street Access is reopened. Please be very considerate of local farming operations and do not block access. Park on Lincoln and walk down First Street.

Collared Plover – Anticipation Builds for Texas Rarity

Collared Plover By Tiffany Kersten

Birders will have to wait another 48 hours to possibly see the Collared Plover, which has been sighted in Texas for only the second time in 22 years. The location is near Hargill, Texas, approximately 40 minutes northeast of McAllen, Texas. The bird was present as of 9:00 AM this morning, however adjacent cotton fields […]

New study uses eBird to understand role of urban and agricultural areas during migration

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A new study in the journal Global Ecology and Biogeography by Frank La Sorte, Morgan Tingley, and Allen Hurlbert uses eBird data to examine patterns of species richness and species composition within different land-use categories across the annual cycle in North America. The study contrasts how bird communities change from month-to-month within agricultural and urban […]

Request to report marked American White Pelicans

Birders are requested to report marked birds.

Starting in 2007, Wildlife Biologists in southern Idaho have been marking breeding and juvenile American White Pelicans to better understand their survivorship, migration, and wintering grounds. The hope is that observant birders and biologists to the south will notice the metal leg bands and colored wing markings, red for Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge and white […]

Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

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Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped feathers under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as “just another blackbird,” Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and remarkable notoriety: this species has endured a decline more severe than that of any other once-common landbird. In March of 2014, the International […]

Banded Smith’s Longspur Sightings Requested

Banded Smith's Longspurs in Alaska

Be on the Lookout. Smith’s Longspurs were banded in the Brooks Range of Alaska and resights of these birds are extremely valuable. Researchers are working to better understand the connectivity of their wintering and breeding ranges. If you find a banded Smith’s Longspur, please send as much detail as possible to Abby Powell at abby.powell […]

Texas eBird Editors Forum – Location, Location, Location!

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Using the right location can make your eBird reports more useful to birders and researchers.  You determine the eBird location for your data and locations can be precise or general.  General locations include city, county or state level checklists. Checklists associated with general locations are not included in as many analyses as precise locations. eBird […]

Texas Shorebird Survey Fills Data Gaps

Wilson's Plover by Richard Gibbons.

Texas beaches provide habitat for an impressive assortment of birds. Wintering Piping Plovers, migrating Red Knots, and breeding Least Terns take advantage of the productive Gulf marshes and beaches. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill brought these and many other near-coast species into sharp focus and reminded us how little we know about their populations and ecology.

Banding Lucifer Hummingbirds in West Texas

Male Lucifer Hummingbird (banded) at the Christmas Mountains Oasis. (c) Kelly Bryan

In August of 2008, an opportunity presented itself to conduct research on Lucifer Hummingbirds in the heart of its west Texas range.  Thanks to the generosity of Carolyn Ohl-Johnson at the Christmas Mountains Oasis (CMO), her location was added to several other banding sites to study the overall status and distribution of the hummingbirds of […]