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The Wonderfulness of Local Field Guides: Reviews of ABA Field Guide to Birds of Maine & Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area

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At the end of 2022, let us celebrate the local field guide, a sub-genre that many of us feared would die, the victim of technology, development, and globalization, but which still shines bright, fewer in number but brilliant in quality, thanks to birders and birding organizations that believe in knowing your patch and your state.

Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or in the Land of Coffee and Chocolate

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On that glorious day, I observed ten critically endangered birds, representing 8% of their Costa Rican, or 2% of their global population!! But, let’s start at the beginning. In my previous post , I dealt with Rancho Naturalista Lodge itself and birding within their private reserve.

Recently Received

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Several seasonal specialties have been arriving in the last remaining patches of wetland at the southwest end of the cigar-shaped island of Tobago here in the southern Caribbean.

Our Favorite Bird Books (and one pair of Binoculars) of 2022

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This, 2022, has been a curious year for books about birds and birding. Despite the absence of two major publishers—Lynx and HMH–from the new title publishing scene (hopefully not permanently), we were happily surprised to read and peruse many excellent books.

Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

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I’ll fly tonight to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica

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Tonight I’m going to fly to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica, to reset and restart at Rancho Naturalista. This lodge has the longest checklist among the eBird hotspots of Costa Rica – over 55 % of the nation’s total, including about 40 hummingbirds.

Looking for Lost Warblers at Parque Rio Loro, Costa Rica

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In the world of birding, we have our stars, the birds that lift our spirits and provoke oohs, aahs, and admiration. These are the birds that make us race to the nearest park, scan refuge headquarter trees with anxious eyes, and turn some of us into temporary paparazzi.

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Torresian Crows in Australia

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Torresian Crows Corvus orru are the most common of the Crow family in the northern part of Australia and are the most likely of the Crow species that you will encounter. In Broome it is the only Crow species and we do not have Ravens , so it makes identification easy.

Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or When Harry Met Mercedes

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After a heavy pre-dawn rain, the morning was all misty and mysterious.

The Fallen Yellowlegs

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Yesterday morning was simply one of those incredibly eventful birding sessions, about which I may expound upon in parts within the coming weeks.

Birding Shanghai in October 2022

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Somebody highly knowledgeable in the area of SEO (search engine optimization) strongly recommended that I should write more posts including Japanese T**s. I don’t think I will stoop that low.

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October Global Big Day in Costa Rica- an eBird Trip Report

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Global Big Day has become an annual collective event in May that encourages thousands of people to watch birds on the same date. As far as promoting birding goes, the only thing better might be October Gobal Big Day !

Birds in Ruins

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Our 9-day trip to Turkey in September was short, and it was not about birding. Even so, our short stay did allow me contact with a good number of habitats. The historic center of Istanbu l offered urban and coastal birds. The wetlands of Izmir’s bay were full of flamingos and other shorebirds.

Not Where I Expected Them

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After two and a half years of being unable to bird anywhere other than Michoacán, Mexico, I was really looking forward to our current Old World tour. Surely a change of continents was just what my 10,000 Birds writing “career” needed. Lots of new sites, in new countries!

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Costa Rica on a relaxed birding pace

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As some of you know, I almost made it to the Birdwatching Bliss 2021 fam trip to Costa Rica, but got sick a day or two ahead of the trip and had to cancel my participation. Yet, the organisers, Futuropa and ProImagen Costa Rica, kindly kept my ticket valid and this October I revisited Costa Rica.

Test webinar 6/9/22 3pm

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Learning the Birds: A Book Review

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In July 2011 a Henslow’s Sparrow was found in Ames, N.Y., a rural area in the eastern-central part of the state.

Birding Hluhluwe, South Africa

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Hluhluwe–Imfolozi Park is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa – it was established in 1895. It is thus much older than the Hold Steady song “ Heavy Covenant “, which was only released in 2021. The quality is similar though (on a highly abstract level).

Welcome Back, Shorbies!

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If you know me, then you are well aware of how much I love shorebirds. Even when writing my book with all ardent efforts to remain unbiased; the section on Sandpipers & Allies was by far the longest – surpassing mega-families like Thraupidae and Tyrannidae.

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The World Before – Lake Karla, Greece

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I was tired, as if it were my shoulders that held the sky suspended… So much so that I made no birding plans for this vacation.

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Beljarica Backwaters are finally protected!!

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“To the sea their hearts they vow. They will not come again. And even if they came, would you recognise them now? The ocean masks a man. If they return a while, we know not if they smile or weep beneath their tan.”.

It’s 11 O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Red-eyed Vireos Are?

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I haven’t watched nightly news in a while, actually, never really watched it as a kid either. However, I remember it, even if not for any of the news items. As a kid, I had more important things to think about than local happenings being divulged by someone in a suit.

Purple-crowned Fairy-wrens at Geikie Gorge

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We try to make a trip to Geikie Gorge each year to go bush-walking and birdwatching, but the area is only open for a few months each year. Typically the area is open from around April to October, but this can vary a lot due to flooding rains or bushfires.

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The Sun Chaser

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The Latin name of the Long-billed Starthroat , Heliomaster longirostris roughly translates to ‘long-billed sun chaser’ Truly, it is a bird that has captivated my interest from the moment I laid eyes on it roughly a decade ago.

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Another Bird Surprise for Costa Rica- Buff-collared Nightjar!

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As far as countries go, Costa Rica is at the smaller end of the spectrum. A bit larger than the Netherlands but with less land than Latvia and Ireland, in terms of territory, we rank 126.

Little Terns breeding near Broome

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In Australia there are three populations of Little Tern. There are Little Terns that breed across the north of Australia, Little Terns that breed on the coast of eastern and south-eastern Australia and another population that visit at this time of year from Asia.

Collaborative List – Q3 2022

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During the third quarter of 2022 (July, August, and September), the Collaborative submitted 212 checklists from 3 countries ( Australia , Costa Rica , Mexico , and the United States ). July: 81 checklists and 318 species. August: 54 checklists and 195 species. September: 82 checklists and 259 species. The 2022 year list is up to 1,188 species. The life list rises by 2 , to 4,126 species : 4,125: Townsend’s Storm-Petrel (California, US). 4,126: Cook’s Petrel (California, US).

Tawny Frogmouths breeding again

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We are very lucky that here in Broome we have Tawny Frogmouths right in town. There are a pair at the local supermarket and also Cygnet Park and no doubt others nearby. At the shopping centre the pair of Tawny Frogmouths often perch under the eaves at the entrance to the shops during the day.

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What’s Next at the Juan Santamaria Aiport in Costa Rica? A Pipit? A Wagtail?

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White-tailed Kite in action- a classic airport species in Costa Rica. Odd habitats attract odd birds. Or rather, I should say that out of place habitats attract lost birds. The good old sewage ponds bring in waders and wandering waterbirds that have nowhere else to go.

Birding Wuyuan, China

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In retrospect, this weekend at Wuyuan was not exactly my finest hour as a bird photographer – hopefully, I could do better now, and perhaps one day I will, should normal traveling ever be possible again in China. Wuyuan is in Jiangxi province.

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Back to Spain

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After travelling to the Middle East, our work required us to spend one more week in Algeciras, Spain. This time, I had the benefit of a lighter schedule — that, and another benefit we had already had there, on our previous stay.

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An Embarrassment of Riches

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I am embarrassed. In fact, I was already embarrassed two months ago, when the pandemic and at-home duties had forced me to write about the same michoacano birds for a couple of years running. (It’s It’s a good thing that I can access some 300+ michoacano birds! But, still.).

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Test Webinar 6/6/22

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