There is a lot of recent birding news, and I thought I would post some. And also make it a weekly feature, if possible.
:: From a Citrine Wagtail in Vancouver to the Bramblings sightings in Victoria/Vancouver/BC interior, British Columbia is the place to be now for rare birds. The latest sighting is a Red-flanked Bluetail in southeast Vancouver. The Red-flanked Bluetail is an Old World Flycatcher, and if the sighting is accepted, it would be the first Bluetail record for Canada.
:: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio have co-ordinated to create the new Young Birders Network, to help young birders connect in person and through social media, to learn about birding opportunities, and help start young birders clubs around the country. There’s a Facebook page too which should become a great place for young birders to get and stay connected.
:: The oldest known Northern Shrike in North America has been spotted on her winter territory near Ashland, Wisconsin. She is believed to be at least eight-and-a-half years old, and was first banded on March 16, 2006.
:: The winners of the Great Backyard Bird Count photo contest have just been announced, and the first place photo is by Ben Thomas of Georgia. The beautiful photo is of a Cedar Waxwing and it’s a well-deserved first place; you can see the photo at the previous link.
:: More on the young birder front: the American Birding Association has announced its 2013 Young Birder Summer Camps. On a side note, I’m going to have a post up shortly at the ABA’s Eyrie blog on camp and workshop plans for young naturalists. I’ll post a link when it’s up.