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Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher — a review

10,000 Birds

isn’t “behavior” synonymous with “life” itself; isn’t the title of David Allen Sibley’s 2001 tome (also encyclopedic, also delightful), The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior, redundant? Other than purely physical things (e.g., feathers, nictating membranes, muscular cloacae, etc.), Maybe, maybe not. One or the other.

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A review of the birdcentric novel “Accidentals” (the title of which is in the plural for a reason)

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In Gaines’ first novel Carbon Dreams (2001) the science (there, geology) tended to overwhelm the story, but in Accidentals, she incorporates ornithology and microbiology skillfully into a well-woven whole. Her narrator is Gabriel, 23, raised in Northern California by an American father and a Uruguayan mother.

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Oldest Yellow Warbler Ever Recorded

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First banded in June of 2001 at Five Rivers Environmental Education Center (where I saw my trigger bird ) she is at least 11 years old! The oldest Yellow Warbler ever documented was recaptured in June (link is very slow to load).

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The Regal Western Kingbird Can Be Very Aggressive

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He or she doesn’t look very excited about being photographed… I’m not sure if it’s me or the rain… or maybe the bird is simply curious as to what I am doing? This final shot shows the white edges on the Western Kingbird’s black tail. References: 1 Sibley, D.A. The Sibley Guide to Bird Life & Behavior.

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The Crocodile Safari (Botswana)

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It was January, 2001, and here in the southern hemisphere January is the hottest of summer months. Date: January 24th, 2001 (08:30-11:00h). Like a ritualized dance, it unfolds its wings, takes a peek, folds them and moves a few steps, then unfolds again…. I would not have minded having some shade myself.

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Birdwatching the Okavango Delta

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In 2001 I was offered the chance to joint-lead safaris with my good friend Brian Gibson, owner of Capture Africa Safaris , a long established and well-respected Botswana based safari company. I am a wildlife artist based in the UK, I have never had a real job!

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We remember.

4 The Love Of Animals

A gorgeous tribute to the search and rescue dogs, people, and victims of the attacks on 9/11/2001. We remember. originally appeared on 4 The Love of Animals on September 11, 2010.

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