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AUG 2013

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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ABA Birding Rally: San Diego, California October 12–16, 2013 • San Diego, CA Hosts: Gary Nunn, Jon Dunn, Forrest Rowland, Jennie Duberstein, George Armistead, Jeff & Liz Gordon, Bill Stewart, John Puschock, and more. Pelagic leaders include: Paul Lehman & Guy McCaskie. Cost: $1195 Extension: October 17-18 to the Salton Sea ($495) Townsend's Warbler At a nexus for migration, with a generous diversity of near endemics, birding Southern California in autumn is unparalleled. With the longest county lists in the ABA area all in southern California, many species and good numbers of them abound. Just over 500 species have been recorded in San Diego County, and new finds are being added to the list all the time. Migrants are plentiful in October and regional specialties include California Gnatcatcher, California Thrasher, Wrentit, Nuttall's Woodpecker, often Lawrence's Goldfinch and even Mountain Quail is a possibility. Offshore we'll search for alcids, jaegers, and "rafting" Black and Least StormPetrel, which may number several thousand strong. Join your fellow ABA birders in this unique birding hotspot to enjoy the diversity of its birds and the good company too. Allen's Hummingbird PHOTOS BY © STEVEN TUCKER Black Turnstone IFO • Winter Sparrows of the Southwest ABA Birding Rally: Plymouth, Massachusetts December 5–10, 2013 Sierra Vista, AZ January 31–February 3, 2014 Pymouth, MA Instructor: Homer Hansen Cost: $1395 Limit: 6 people PHOTO BY © MICHAEL RETTER Black-throated Sparrow When the Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth in 1620, what did they see? There must have been Razorbills, Black Guillemots, and probably murres, and even Great Auks working the coast. Things have changed a bit since Captain John Smith's days, but a lot is still the same too. The Clam Chowder has always been good, and the tough, plump Purple Sandpipers still work the tide-line along the rocks, while scoters and Common Eiders still drift offshore, just as they did in 1620. The Cape Cod area is a hotbed for rarities too. Join your ABA birding friends in legendary Plymouth! King Eider with Common Eiders PHOTO BY © JEREMIAH TRIMBLE Southeastern Arizona is home to many resident species of breeding sparrows and a favored location for migrants to overwinter. We will visit semi-desert grasslands and riparian woodlands to observe the behavior and habitat selection of over 20 species of sparrows, towhees, and longspurs. Hosts: Marshall Iliff, Jeff & Liz Gordon, Wayne Petersen, Mark Faherty, Eric Hynes, George Armistead, and more. Cost: TBA

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