ABA Flight Calls #94

Enjoy Birding Online and In Print

What do the following birds have in common?—Clapper Rail, Vaux’s Swift, Island Scrub-Jay, Gray Falcon, Warbling x Red-eyed Vireo hybrid, Boreal Chickadee, Citrine Wagtail, Abert’s Towhee, Red-flanked Bluetail, and Elegant Tern. Answer: They and many others are highlighted in one way or another in the September/October 2013 issue of Birding.

“Species limits” (where one species ends and other begins) in the Clapper Rail-King Rail complex have long been uncertain. In this photo, from Maryland in June, a male Clapper Rail (left) is mated with a female King Rail (right). Photo by Robert Ostrowski Learn more at the ABA Blog!

We hope you’ve learned a bit (and, in the case of the Clapper Rail and Vaux’s Swift, a whole lot!) from Birding magazine about these birds. But we also recognize that, as birders, you’re always asking questions and looking for more info.

If you were an ABA member back in the 1980s and 1990s, you probably remember how each issue of Birding magazine triggered inevitable conversation at bird club meetings and of course out in the field. Remember conversations that started like this: “What are your thoughts on the photo quiz?” And: “Are you going to buy that book?” And of course: “Yeah, but can I count it?”

At left, Young birder Clara Kirk-Pilger ponders the Clapper Rail coverage in the September/October 2013 Birding.

Fast forward to 2013. We birders are still having the same sorts of conversations. We’re chattering and debating as much as ever—more than ever, in fact, thanks to the advent of online social media. We’re delighted that so many of you have found your way to the ABA’s diverse online venues for discussing and sharing our mutual fascination with all things avian.

Each issue of Birding magazine is now accompanied by substantial online content, the bulk of it geared toward conversation and other forms of interactivity. Do you have speculations about the weird warbler in the new photo quiz (p. 64)? Do you have a question about how to identify swifts (pp. 48–52)? Do you have an opinion about the pros and cons of “twitching” (pp. 40–46)? You can discuss all those matters, and more, at our Birding Online website.

Naturally, many of you have questions about the online expansion of Birding magazine. On that note, we especially encourage you to check out the online discussion about e-content in Birding magazine. The conversation is a continuation of the point/counterpoint between Nick Whelan and Paul Hurtado (pp. 10–13) in the print version of the September/October Birding. You can get there via Birding Online, or just go straight to the conversation itself.

At right, what IS this bird? Join the conversation online. This and many other conversations are in progress right now at Birding Online

Please note that some online content is available only to ABA members. Member-only content in the September/October 2013 Birding includes Amy Davis’s “Sightings” columns and Sean Dooley’s “Dream Itinerary for Birders Visiting Australia.” If you do not yet have an ABA password, get started at this user-friendly and easily navigated webpage.

Thanks for your continuing interest in and support of Birding magazine and all the programs and initiatives of the ABA. Please contact Editor Ted Floyd <tfloyd@aba.org> with any questions or comments about current and future trajectories for Birding.

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