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ABA Rally — Aloha! Hawaii

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When: September 10-18, 2018
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ABA Birding Rally — South Florida & Dry Tortugas and Keys Extension

Photos by Mark Hedden

Birding in South Florida in the spring is a bit like playing a slot machine rigged in your favor. You don’t know exactly how it’s going to work out, but odds are something good will happen.

Between the Everglades, the surrounding agricultural areas, the Florida Bay ecosystem, the upper Keys, and various parks and neighborhoods in Miami, it is hard to not see great birds.

The most reliable birds in South Florida are the resident species, such as Wood Stork, White-crowned Pigeon, Roseate Spoonbill, Purple Gallinule, Swallow-tailed Kites and Black-bellied Whistling Duck. But there are a number of resident species that give you a sense of jackpot when you find them – American Flamingo, Snail Kite, Mangrove Cuckoo, Cable Sable Seaside Sparrow, Short-tailed Hawk, Shiny Cowbird and Smooth-billed Ani among them.

Miami’s urban areas are the home to large populations of escaped exotic birds, many of which are ABA countable, including Spot-breasted Oriole, Common Myna, Nanday Parakeet, Green Parakeet, and Red-whiskered Bulbul.

Late April is also the northbound migration. Many neotropical migrants come up from the Caribbean or fly across the Gulf of Mexico and South Florida is crucial stopover habitat for them. Dozens of species of songbirds pass through the area – warblers, thrush, buntings and grosbeaks, as well as a handful of raptors.

And then there are the Caribbean strays. Almost every spring something shows up. La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Western Spindalis, Key West Quail-dove, Cuban Vireo, Loggerhead Kingbird or, well, pretty much anything.

We will spend time birding in the Everglades

No matter what, birding in South Florida is always an adventure.

When: April 26-30, 2018

Where: We will base ourselves in Homestead, central to Everglades National Park, Miami, and the Upper Keys.

How much: $1195 per person, double occupancy. Single Supplement $250.

Keys & Dry Tortugas Extension

Key West and Dry Tortugas extension

Keep on Birding with us in the Upper Keys, stopping at sites in Islamorada and Marathon to seek out migrants and local specialties, such as Mangrove Cuckoo, White-crowned Pigeons and Roseate Tern. two well-known Key West migrant traps.  Then then we will venture off to the Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. The park is home to the massive Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, as well as the only North American breeding colonies of Masked Booby, Magnificent Frigatebird, Sooty Tern, and Brown Noddy. The fort is also often a major stopover for migrants and rarities, with sightings in recent years of such species as Loggerhead Kingbird, Black Noddy, Red-billed Tropicbird, and the Caribbean subspecies of Short-eared Owl. You won’t want to miss it!

When: April 30 to May 2, 2018

How Much: $900 per person double occupancy $150 single supplement

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Are you looking for a tropical adventure with friends this year?

Join the ABA in Honduras as we enjoy this nearby birding paradise!

Having recently participated in the Honduras Birding for Conservation Tour, we knew we had to share this experience with our members – without the pressure of a bird race!

We’ve worked with our friends in Honduras to arrange a weeklong tour designed to visit the key birding sites at a relaxed but productive pace. We will seek the endemic Honduran Emerald in addition to a great assortment of neotropical birds on the grounds of our two lodges as well as on our day trips.

For two nights our hosts at Finca Las Glorias will share the charms of Lake Yojoa birding with us. We will transfer to the Lodge at Pico Bonito and will be treated to ecolodge luxury on the doorstep of the majestic Pico Bonito National Park.

Meet birders who are making a positive difference for the birds and people of Honduras and enjoy the satisfaction of supporting and participating in their efforts.

Birding with local guides and Birders’ Exchange recipients and ABA staff.

All lodging, meals, transfers, tips and gratuities included. 

When:  Dec 1 – 7, 2017
Where: The Lodge at Pico Bonito, Lake Yojoa
How Much: $1995. (per person, double occupancy) single supp $500.00

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ABA Tanzania: Birds and Big Game Safari

Eastern Bearded Wildebeest, Serengeti Tanzania Photo by: Adam Riley

Grey-crowned Crane,Tanzania Photo by: Markus Lilj

Tanzania is without doubt one of the most exciting trips a birder can make, with hundreds of species of birds, many of them large, tame, and colorful. Add to that the iconic mammals, scenery, and culture and you have a experience that will rank as among the most memorable of a lifetime. Our itinerary includes the Serengeti, meaning “Endless Plain” in Maasai, which is famous for its extravagant megafauna, but also home to star birds like Gray-crested Helmetshrike, Red-throated Tit, and Steel-blue Whydah. Our tour is timed with hopes to see the magnificent migration of wildebeest, zebra and antelope. We will also visit Ngorongoro crater, Earth’s largest intact volcanic caldera, which also harbors dense populations of large mammals, as well as forest brimming with birds such as Hildebrandt’s Francolin, Schalow’s Turaco, and dazzling Tacazze Sunbirds, among others. For superb birding, masses of iconic animals, and photo ops galore, join the ABA and Rockjumper for an incredible adventure into the heart of Africa. 

When:  March 31-April 10, 2018
Where: Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park
How Much: $4250 per person sharing — single supplement $495.
Registration Limit: 120 people (small field groups of 12 people)

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For the Complete Itinerary click this link

ABA Tanzania Apr 2018 to download the PDF. 

Join us for a fabulous safari where we’ll see everything from the smallest birds to the largest mammals. This trip is not to be missed!

Questions: events@aba.org  or  info@rockjumperbirding.com










Green-winged Pytilia, African Elephant, Lilac-breasted Roller, and African Lion a fine sample of the wildlife we will see on this safari. Register Today!

ABA Birding Rally – Delaware Bayshore Shorebird Spectacle

Experience one of North America’s great birding and wildlife spectacles as thousands of breeding-plumaged shorebirds gorge on the eggs of Horseshoe Crabs, one of the oddest. and oldest, creatures on Earth. Nearby wetlands and forests are bursting with breeding birds and migrants, making for a wonderful long birding weekend!

Shorebirds galore along the Delaware Bay shoreline.

  May 17 – 21, 2017

Where:  We’ll stay at the comfortable Virden Conference Center on the edge of the quaint seaside town of Lewes, Delaware. We’ll have easy access from there to a wealth of birding hot spots.

How Much:  $895.00, (+$200.00 for single supplement)

Registration:  SOLD OUT!

Contact: Email events@aba.org with any questions you may have about this rally.

The month of May along the Delaware Bayshore brings enormous numbers of horseshoe crabs along the beach to lay their millions of eggs, and it is also the time for hundreds of thousands of migrating shorebirds to feast upon those eggs as they refuel prior to their last 3000 mile non-stop flight to their breeding grounds.  This evolutionary spectacle has to be seen to be believed!

Migrating shorebirds  feast upon a bountiful supply of Horseshoe Crab eggs, willingly fattening themselves up for the breeding season.

The Delaware Bayshore is the critical stopover habitat for northbound shorebirds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway. They stop here to feed on abundant and protein-rich Horseshoe Crab eggs, in one of the more unusual and wonderful natural spectacles anywhere. We’ll enjoy great, close studies of thousands of shorebirds of 20 or so species, most wearing their gorgeous breeding colors. And while shorebirds along the beach are the star attraction, they are just the beginning.  Within a short driving distance of two acclaimed National Wildlife Refuges, Bombay Hook and Prime Hook, and thousands of acres of mixed hardwood and pine forests, participants will experience the rich diversity of bird species found during May in this unique birding bonanza. There is a distinct southern element to the avifauna here, with species like Summer and Scarlet tanagers, Worm-eating, Kentucky, Prothonotary, and Yellow-throated warblers, and Brown-headed Nuthatch. Bird photography opportunities are excellent throughout.


The ABA is headquartered nearby, and we are always excited to welcome birders to our home area at its birding peak. Expect a warm welcome, exciting birding, and an opportunity to see behind the scenes of this natural phenomenon in a way that few visitors do. See you in May!

When the tides and the weather conditions are right male Horseshoe Crabs follow the females to the shore where she lays her eggs.

The Horseshoe crab eggs provide a veritable smorgasbord for all the creatures along the shoreline.



IFO: Winter Sparrows of the Southwest

Winter Sparrows of the Southwest – IFO

When: January 18-23, 2018
Where: Sierra Vista, Arizona
How Much: $1550.
Limit: 6 people
Instructor: Homer Hansen

For  INFO on registration: email us at: events@aba.org, or call at (800) 850-2473
For INFO on the event:

email Homer at: aplomado@aplomado.com or  call: (520) 400-6716

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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. More Info »