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One More Reason for Gratitude

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I moved to Mexico in 1983 (and really should update my bio below). Angie, now my wife, moved here in 1985, and we married here two years later. So our now-adult children have never lived in the U.S. But they have embraced some American customs, and one of their favorites is Thanksgiving.

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Byproducts of Seeking Seedeaters

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It can easily come across as laziness, but I like to call it efficiency. Some of my continental friends may not think twice of having to drive for four hours to see a single bird.

Nancy Regan (1938-2021)

Animal Ethics

It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Nancy Regan, co-founder of the Culture & Animals Foundation and lifelong animal advocate. I lost a dear friend, and the world lost a champion of compassion and animal rights. Nancy Regan (1938-2021

Where Worlds Collide

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A week ago Monday, I drove half an hour to get to the area between the little towns of La Escalera, El Palmar, y Arúmbaro. As I was very surprised to discover recently, this area is at the same elevation as my home in Morelia.

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The Usual Suspects

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I went to the rural park of Kilómetro 23 last Monday, so-called because of its distance from downtown Morelia. It is not one of my favorite sites, but it is worth visiting a couple of times each year.

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December birding in Belgrade

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In Belgrade, Serbia, winter months offer surprisingly good birding possibilities. Winter is a season of extremes – opt for the very top and the very bottom of the city.

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A perfect birding rucksack: Swarovski BP Backpack 30

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In my early birding years, rucksacks were of no importance and any could do. I would be leaving it behind anyway, in my kayak club, to continue birding with a paddle in my hands. Yet, as I started doing more land birding, I needed something a bit larger and sturdier.

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Cockatoo Creek

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When you travel north along the highway from Broome towards Willare and Derby you come to a wide bridge with a sign that says “Cockatoo Creek” I would highly recommend that you pull up on the right after you have crossed the bridge and park where the plaque is for the official opening of it.

700 Year Birds in Costa Rica?- Coming Into the Home Stretch for 2021

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It’s getting to be that time of year. That time when if you were keeping track of the bird species you had identified, and wanted to reach a certain number, you better come up with some strict birding strategies.

A Quick Drive

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Last weekend we headed into the mountains of northern Trinidad – the concept of mountains is surely a relative one, although it is the highest conglomeration of hills in the country (and the northernmost outcrop of the Andes) the Northern Range never crosses 1,000m above sea level.

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The Uncommon Demise of a Wood Thrush in Costa Rica

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Migrant birds make an incredibly perilous journey, twice per year. How’s that for an understatement of the obvious? The equation seems incredible. On the breeding grounds of the north, a small bird flies into the night, takes a bearing for the south, gains altitude and flies onward.

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The islands and surrounding islets of Trinidad and Tobago boast an astounding list of almost 500 species of birds. For such a small place, birders are often spoiled for choice, there seems to be a representative of almost every neotropical family making their presence felt in some corner of habitat.

50 Top Birding Sites in Kenya review

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When it comes to tropical birding, field guides regularly deal with well over a 1000 birds and tend to be on the hefty side. Travel guides are mostly lighter, but this “where to watch birds guide” is truly lightweight and traveller friendly.

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A Birder’s Guide to The Wilderness Act

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Birders who venture off the beaten path may run across a sign like the one above. But what is “wilderness” and how does it differ from any other federal land?

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New 2020 Wading Bird Report Shows Mixed Nesting Success in the Greater Everglades Region

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Note: Erika works for Audubon Florida. The data are in: the nesting season proved successful for some species of Florida’s wading birds and… less so for others.

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Birding around Chaka, Qinghai, China

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Chaka is a small town, with just about 2000 people. The main attraction here is a large salt lake at an altitude of more than 3000 meters that is claimed to attract 3 million visitors every year – and thus exactly the kind of place I try to avoid in my travels.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Costa Rica: A Field Guide–A Book Review

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Quality Lowland Caribbean Birding in Costa Rica at Centro Manu

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Birding in the Caribbean is about islands, beautiful beaches, extra special endemics, rum, and smiles. It could also be much more, maybe less, it all depends on how you want to rock an international birding trip.

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What I Learned in Costa Rica from October Global Big Day, 2021

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Another October Big Day has come and gone and thus made its way into the sacred birding archives. Similar to 2020, more than 32,000 people participated, 78,000 checklists were submitted, and more than 7,200 bird species were identified.

Birding Dulan County, Qinghai

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Dulan County is a large county in east-central Qinghai, China. Sparsely populated and at an average altitude of 3200 meters, it has a bit of an end-of-the-world feel to it, particularly the ranger station at around 4000 meters, where we stayed for a few nights.

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A solitary Chestnut-breasted Mannikin

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As I have mentioned in the past we often place branches out for birds. The birds can then access water much more easily and we get the enjoyment of watching them all come in for a drink and bathe. At this time of year around the north of Australia the ephemeral lakes are drying out fast.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of October 2021)

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October is on the wane, but the birds just keep coming. Maybe they’re going. Either way, we just want to be where they are. Is that so much to ask?

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A new bower in Cygnet Park-Broome

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The Great Bowerbird bowers around Broome don’t last forever despite their solid construction. We have extreme weather during our wet season with cyclonic winds and torrential rain.

Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in October 2021

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Oriental Scops Owls are quite possibly my favorite bird at Nanhui. Bird-shaped cuteness. Of course, this would probably get me a telling off from Mark J. Estren, a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Buffalo.


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Scarlet Honeyeater male [S. Popple] One of the great things about birding is its continuing ability to surprise.

Collaborative list – October 2021

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As things appear to be returning to normal, The UK suffered its worst ever week for Covid infections. Wherever you might be birding, please stay safe and keep those around you safe too.

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Mammals of Madagascar (Lynx Edicions)

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When you bird afar and wander wide, you carry a field guide to the birds of the region you are exploring, a pair of binoculars, likely a camera, perhaps a spotting scope and a tripod too, plus clothing, medicines, toiletries, electronics, money and documents… Did you notice the missing item?

Patience in Birding

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The slate of birds available to the ardent birder in a particular place is a constant cycle of regulars, not-so-regulars, visitors, rarities, and vagrants. We’re always thoroughly entertained and occupied. For me, my personal ethos is simply to see what’s available. Yup, that’s it.

Birding around Xining, Qinghai

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Early August is a bit of a dead time for birding in Shanghai unless you like your birds as little white spots at the far end of a telescope. So, I asked around and was told that Qinghai is the place to go to for birds in China in August.

Shorebirds amongst the tomato jellyfish

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Cable Beach is renowned for being a long sandy beach with a blue ocean and blue skies. It is also a great place for bird-watching and I have written many a post about the variety of birdlife along its length. Over the last couple of weeks the sandy beach has become invaded by tomato jellyfish.

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Accept this

Businesses are laying off workers, shutting their doors (some permanently), and struggling to react to the radical destruction that coronavirus (COVID-19) is doing to our society and communities. Most have already sustained massive damage, and we still have yet to see the scope of this global pandemic.