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Wood-Wrens

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When it comes to wrens, central Mexico has it pretty good. We share seven resident species with different parts of the United States: the Rock , Canyon , Cactus , (Brown-throated) House , Marsh , Sedge , and Bewick’s Wren can all be seen within a half hour of Morelia. (I

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For Wildlife Emergencies, Contact Animal Help Now

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Help is not just on the way, it’s here. If you’ve had an encounter with a wild animal – a bird stunned by hitting a window, a fox hit by a car, or a family of raccoons unexpectedly found residing in your attic – you know how hard it can be to find help.

Power Companies and Springtime Tree Removal

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It’s a beautiful Spring morning… humming insects, calling birds. But then you hear the rev of a chainsaw, followed by the ripping sound of a falling tree.

Birding northern Serbia, or a sudden bird tour

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It was an unexpected bird tour, without too much planning and aimed at a few target species, of which we saw most, but the main one eluded us… Early morning, leaving the last houses behind… and a Little Owl awaits us on a traffic sign.

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Lesser Known Places for Birding in Costa Rica- Mi Cafecito

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Birding in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without a fine cup of coffee (or two). Smooth, tasty, and rejuvenating, the beans grown in the volcanic soils of Costa Rica make some wonderful boost juice.

Springtime Tree Cutting and Wildlife

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Here’s a can-you-top this tale of cutting down trees in the springtime. The Philadelphia Metro Wildlife Center in Norristown covers four Pennsylvania counties (including Philadelphia) and takes in over 3000 animals a year.

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Urban Nature Persists in San Joaquin, Heredia, Costa Rica, May 4th, 2021

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In birding circles, Costa Rica is better known for protected areas, quetzal tours, and glittering displays of hummingbirds than the things that fly in urban spots. That makes sense. I mean, who comes to Costa Rica to bird on city streets? In remnant riparian zones?

Shanghai birds in April

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In April, many birds come to Shanghai, stay for a day or two and decide to move on. As all my cats are indoor animals, I do not feel particularly responsible or guilty for this. Still, it makes you wonder whether staying in Shanghai all year really is the best decision.

Keeping Cool in Tierra Caliente, part 2

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It isn’t often that a single outing of mine yields enough photos for two weeks’ posts. But last Wednesday at 1 a.m., only 5 hours before my deadline, I finally accepted that there was no way I was going to get all my Hot Country beauties from Paso Ancho into a single post.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2021)

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May is a time for birding. We have the slow weeks and months for reading, writing, and dreaming about the birds we’d rather be seeing. Right now, though, we can watch and listen and enjoy.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2021)

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I have it on good authority that many of you have already ridden the roller coaster of this season’s migration madness and are now recovering from strained eyes, sore necks, and bloated lists.

The Warbler Brewery – Dissimulation India Pale Ale

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I realize this is the third time since March that we’ve highlighted a beer from Delmar, New York’s The Warbler Brewery. But can you blame me?

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Changing Bird Names (Again)

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On April 16, 2021, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Ornithological Society (AOS), had a “ Community Congress on English Bird Names ” to discuss whether certain bird names should be changed and, if so, how quickly.

Uncharacteristically Wet

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I know many of us seek birds as an escape from dreary, depressing news that seems to permeate almost everything of late. Endless notifications about 3% of intact forest remaining here, another species falling into the endangered species category – it all can get overwhelming sometimes.

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“They fly and fly until there’s no more ocean to fly over” — a review of the book “Shearwater”

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In six or seven months, the “best books of the year” features will come out in the important print and web publications. They will list ten or twenty or fifty titles, and will include, inevitably, Hunter Biden’s autobiography, and Volume 12 of Barack Obama’s, and other such works.

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Keeping Cool in Tierra Caliente

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I have often sung the praises of the beautiful birds I can see by driving 3,000 feet / 62 km / one hour down to the little town of Paso Ancho, on the edge of what Mexicans call Tierra Caliente (the Hot Country).

Beljarica Backwaters: Some good news announced (but not yet official)

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I am not used to good news, and am suspicious of them. What could be the big picture here, my suspicious mind keeps asking? But let me go back – you do not know the news! My readers are already familiar with Beljarica Backwaters, as described in half a dozen posts here at 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2021)

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Happy belated Father’s Day to all our birding patriarchs out there. The irony of a free day to do whatever you might want when migration excitement has already petered out has not been lost on us. Once again, dad takes it for the team!

March Madness 4.0

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Juvenile Varied Sittellas

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The header photo above is of our local Varied Sittella. Varied Sittellas are endemic to Australia and widespread across the mainland. However, their plumage is quite different depending on your location. Our local bird is called the White-winged Varied Sittella and has distinct white wings in flight.

Casa Ferreirinha ‘Papa Figos’ Vinho Tinto (2017)

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Whether they hail from the New World or the Old, orioles are undoubtedly fond of fruit.

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National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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Audubon guides to birds have been around since 1946. The first guide bearing the National Audubon Society imprint was Audubon Bird Guide; Eastern Land Birds , written by Richard Hooper Pough, and illustrated by Don Eckelberry.

Participating in My First “Normal” Birdathon

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Note: Erika is the Communications Director for Audubon Florida. A flash of orange streaked across my field of vision, landing at the top of a nearby tree. I whipped my binoculars out, then threw them down in favor of a camera with a long lens. Click click click.

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For the Love of Trogons

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2021 is turning out to be a good year for trogons. So far, one third of my weekly outings have involved trogon sightings, with their distinctive calls being heard on a few other trips. Those are good numbers. They also remind me why I love birding in Michoacán.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2021)

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June is the breeding month, when New Yorkers mostly give up on migrant birds and look for birds where they nest. June is also the month that the bugs come out to play in earnest. This can be good (butterflies, dragonflies) or bad (mosquitoes, biting flies).

The Gas Station Bird

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Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar. The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly. The bird below is also waiting, but not to fly. He is simply waiting for someone to move him from the filthy plastic bucket where he is tethered next to a gas pump.

The popstars of Shanghai

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In Shanghai, May is the month with a chance to see the regional popstars of the birding world – male Japanese and Amur Paradise Flycatchers.

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Another Trio

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In my last post here , I spoke of a rather odd trend permeating the birdlife here in Trinidad & Tobago. Many species seemed to come in threes, and today I shall continue my examination of these. Three species of antshrikes are resident in T&T.

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Flights of Passage: a book review

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Last year there was a spate of books specifically about bird “behavior” – though one might well say that every book about birds, from field guides on up, is about behavior in some way or another. It’s the behavior that makes them fascinating to us.

How Many Birders are There, Really? (Addendum)

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I have previously written about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s estimates regarding the number of birders in the United States.

A Quick Visit to a Mud Puddle

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Oh my goodness! I’m writing a blog post! I know, I know, it’s been a long time.

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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.