Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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16 Birder's Guide to Travel | January 2019 20 Best Birds in the ABA Area 12 | Northern Pygmy-Owl Glaucidium californicum False eyes on the back of its head, a long tail, and a diurnal lifestyle distin- guish this small owl from our other owls. Irritated passerines commonly mob this fierce-looking little predator, as small birds and mammals are their main prey. This largely sedentary owl can be found from lowlands to high elevations. Nonetheless, it is highly sought-after by birders who have difficulty locating them. With more study, the southerly "Mountain Pygmy-Owl" that calls with a double toot instead of a single one may prove to be separate species, what I like to refer to as being "in escrow". 13 | Saltmarsh Sparrow Ammospiza caudacuta Saltmarsh Sparrow wins the award for the most precarious lifestyle. Once considered conspecific with the inland Nelson's Sparrow, Saltmarsh Sparrow has an extremely narrow breeding range by comparison, nesting only in the Atlantic salt marshes from Maine to Virginia. Raising a brood of chicks between high tides leaves no room for error. It takes up to 26 days for eggs to hatch and # 11 # 12 # 13 Photo © Darren Clark Photo © Ian Davies Photo © Rob English

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