Earth Hour 2011

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Earth Hour 2011 takes place tomorrow, March 26, 2011 ! People, businesses and iconic buildings around the world will switch off their lights for an hour at 8:30pm local time. The World Wild Life Fund hosts this event to help spread the word that people care about the Earth, and conserving the resources we have. You can sign-up and pledge to take part by clicking here ! And don’t forget to turn off your lights!

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ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public.

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By Julie • March 14, 2011 • 18 comments Tweet Share ACTION ALERT! Tomorrow, MARCH 15, 2011, is the deadline for public comment on a proposal to hunt sandhill cranes in Kentucky. March 14, 2011 Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Jon Gassett, Commissioner One Sportsman’s Lane Frankfort, Kentucky 40601 Dear Mr. Gassett, I am a writer, naturalist and artist with a special interest in human/bird interactions.

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Petfinder.com Adopt the Internet Day 2011

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In honor of Petfinder.com’s 15th birthday , they want everyone to spread the word about pet adoption on March 15, 2011. March 15th is “Adopt the Internet Day&# ! What is it and how do you help? We love this idea and will be participating! Hopefully you love it too, and Petfinder has some fun and easy ways to help you spread the word: What You Can Do. Add a badge to your Web site to show your support. Take the pledge that you will tell one person about pet adoption on March 15.

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World Sparrow Day 2011

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / World Sparrow Day 2011 World Sparrow Day 2011 By Corey • March 19, 2011 • 3 comments Tweet Share Though it may seem insane to American readers, as well as to any other people who view the House Sparrow as an invasive pest, in its home range Passer domesticus is on the wane. Coreys 2011 Year List - 228 Copyright © 2011 10,000 Birds.

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First Phoebe of 2011

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / First Phoebe of 2011 First Phoebe of 2011 By Corey • March 20, 2011 • 11 comments Tweet Share My first sighting of an Eastern Phoebe each year is, for me, when spring officially begins. I guess 2011 will be a standard year of birding for me. Audrey Mar 20th, 2011 at 1:17 pm and PS.

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Happy 2011!

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Celebrate safely, and we look forward to seeing you in 2011 Thank you dear readers for a wonderful 2010!! We are excited for the coming year, and hope to keep bringing you fun, animal related content. We especially hope to reach our goals of promoting animal rescue and adoption, all while having a lot of fun in the process. We truly couldn’t do it without your support! Thank you!! PurinaCare recently sent us an email with resolutions for pets and pet parents!

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Great Kestrel Count 2011

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If you do know what a kestrel is, particularly an American Kestrel , our buddy Robert Mortensen came up with a constructive way to finish your Labor Day weekend… The purpose of the Great Kestrel Count 2011 is to celebrate the the ABA Bird of the Year, introduce someone to birding, and have fun. Be sure to send pictures, stories, and video clips of your celebration of The Great Kestrel Count 2011 to Robert , who will post them at www.BirdingIsFun.com to share with the world.

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Backstory: Digiscoper of the Year 2011

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The results of the Swarovski Optik Digiscoper of the Year 2011 have just been published and once again, they show just what is possible with a telescope and everything from a cheap compact camera to a semi-pro DSLR. The winner this year was Tara Tanaka of the USA, with a stunning image of a Roseate Spoonbill ( Platalea ajaja ), showing action, movement, great lines, a bright colour palette, and a strong focal point - not to mention the great “wish I was there” feeling.

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Audubon Magazine Photography Awards 2011

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The deadline is September 5, 2011, so get to snapping! Audubon Magazine features some of the finest nature photography you’ll ever have the pleasure to behold. If your nature photography dazzles the eye and delights the imagination, you should consider entering this year’s award contest. If the phenomenal prizes don’t inspire you, the level of competition should! Asides Audubon photography

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Best Bird of the Year 2011

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2011 is about to become 2012 and birders the world over are taking a look at their year lists and reminiscing about the awesome sightings and devastating dips that they have experienced. We here at 10,000 Birds thought this would be a perfect time to look back and figure out what each of us considered our Best Bird of the Year, just like we did last year.

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Galveston FeatherFest 2011

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Galveston FeatherFest 2011 Galveston FeatherFest 2011 By Mike • March 16, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share Texas has been on my mind quite a bit lately, as has spring migration. Coreys 2011 Year List - 228 Copyright © 2011 10,000 Birds.

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Birds of Chicken Inferno 2011

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For 13 years now, friends and family have been gathering in an undisclosed corner of Potter County, Pennsylvania during the third weekend of July to create a glorious giant chicken of wood, straw, and gunpowder only to burn it. See why we keep the location undisclosed? The Chicken Inferno is always one of the highlights of my year, but bird watching rarely takes center stage at the event. This year, though, the birding was better than usual.

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Avian Quiz – May 20, 2011

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A most interesting question was posed to me by a birding friend. I could not guess the answer despite some pretty good tries on my part. I open the question up to you. The email, received on May 7 at 6:15AM, reads verbatim: “RE: NEW YARD BIRD ‘This morning – flying with three of another related species (those were interesting enough in themselves). It was still a little dark out there; I would have missed it had it not been for the three companions.

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Avian Quiz – Oct 7, 2011

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Hello all. This will be my last Avian Quiz. I am hanging up my computer? My binoculars? Hard to tell. I hope you’ve had as much fun with these quizzes as I have had. Here is this week’s quiz: I was fortunate to visit a college friend these last few days. I live in the US, in New York State. My friend also lives in the US, but in a different state. A state that I have never visited before. [Yes, Yes, that's a hint. It's not nearby.] Please do NOT guess the species.

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Avian Quiz – July 1, 2011

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Today’s quiz is all about birds. Every clue is about birds. Birds, birds, birds. The answer, however, is not about birds. I give clues to 4 words, a phrase. Your task is to figure out the next word in this sequence of words. 1 st two words: Birdsong I am hearing now, near the end of June, in the suburbs. I am in upstate NY and it’s pretty common hereabouts.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2011)

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The odd climate patterns lately have conspired with my already suspect grasp of phenology to completely baffle my sense of season. As I’m sure you’ve heard me mention once or twice, winter comes early– very early –to western New York. Yet we’ve barely seen a flake of frost so far. Even more peculiar, I think our foliage just hit peak last week. This seems at least a couple of weeks off what I expect. Has weather and seasonal activity been screwy where you live?

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Where Does Vegan Baby Sky Get Her Protein?

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I'm constantly asked about the details of Baby Sky's life. Where does she get her protein? How are her bones going to grow without cow's milk? You mean she's never eaten bacon? Are you a communist? At Baby Sky's 15 month checkup she landed at about the 75th percentile for height and weight. She comes from small stock, so I do see that decreasing a bit. It's already down from the 90th percentile. She was a gigantic baby!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of October 2011)

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In the United States, so much seems to be happening towards the end of October. Not only is baseball hitting the very apex of what excitement it arouses, but the storylines in the National Football League are just beginning to manifest in reality rather than in the empty space between commentators. Kids can’t help but work themselves into a multi-week Halloween frenzy. And we still get to enjoy fall migrants knowing well that the birds of winter aren’t far away. Good times!

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Avian Quiz – April 29, 2011

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This week’s quiz is all about what we don’t know. Or that the internet will allow anyone to post anything no matter whether it is correct or not. While researching this quiz on the internet, I have seen many numbers claiming to be the correct number. These numbers include 234, 204, 172, 225, 212, and 221. The snarky part of me is tempted to have judgments about all these people who post invalid numbers. Don’t they do their research?

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Killing Birds in Cyprus – Fall 2011 Version

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Summer is ending, and that means the birds are migrating again. In Cyprus it also means that the hunters and trappers are active again. It starts with the trappers, who’ve been at it for weeks now. BirdLife Cyprus started their Fall monitoring program weeks ago. The trapping is particularly bad in the Cape Pyla area. If you’re a tourist there, no problem, you can get some sand and sun only a walking distance from fields used for trapping.

Avian Quiz – March 11, 2011

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Avian Quiz – March 11, 2011 Avian Quiz – March 11, 2011 By Jory • March 11, 2011 • 7 comments Tweet Share As I’ve mentioned before, clues for these quizzes are taken from bird guides and other resources. North America Mike McCloy Mar 11th, 2011 at 12:59 pm Southern Appalachian Mountains (usually about 4000-5000 ft.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2011)

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Happy Halloween! See how I assume you celebrate Halloween no matter where in the world you live? Must be the way you’re dressed… The best bird of my weekend was Tufted Titmouse , which has become more prominent here as we approach winter. I forgot how much bigger these birds are than the other species like chickadees they pal around with. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend ™ was one of the many American Pipits that were moving along the coast.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2011)

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It was a gusty weekend in New York City and environs, with fall finally feeling like fall is supposed to feel. Sparrows have almost completely taken over for wood-warblers and temperatures are finally waning as is only proper. How was your weekend? Mike was in Costa Rica this weekend after what felt like an interminable delay at the airport in Atlanta where he had to change planes. He lost nearly a day off of his trip but I am sure that he managed to see some birds once he arrived.

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Huge Ivory Seizure in Malaysia

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December 2011. Possibly the largest ever. full story here in Wildlife Extra News. Malaysian authorities have seized a staggering 15 tonnes of elephant ivory in Port Klang, just west of Kuala Lumpur; the sixth and by far the largest major seizure involving Malaysia in recent months, quite possibly the largest ever. ivory wildlife trafficking smuggling elephants malaysia

Avian Quiz – April 15, 2011

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This week’s quiz is geographically GLOBAL in nature. It is not limited to North America, as many of my other quizzes are. Your objective is to determine the correct country and then answer the questions shown at the bottom of the quiz. Good luck! Here are the clues: 1. Some references indicate that this country has nearly 900 different species of birds. 2. It is at the top of my list of countries to visit specifically for birding. No plans yet, sigh.

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Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds Cats Are Still Public Enemy Number One, For Birds By Corey • March 21, 2011 • No comments yet Tweet Share The New York Times and Tweety have it absolutely correct. Coreys 2011 Year List - 228 Copyright © 2011 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2011)

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Last week, I mentioned how odd the weather has been around here. By odd, of course, I mean absolutely lovely. I know these patterns are atypical for western New York. I’m still curious about what my fellow naturalists have noticed: has the weather been odd by you? How so? Enough phenology… let’s get down to some field ornithology! My Best Bird of the Weekend™ had to be White-breasted Nuthatch.

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Avian Quiz Answer – Oct 7, 2011

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The final answer. Thank you all for your good wishes on this last quiz. And great appreciation for all the guesses and answers, right and wrong, throughout these years. For me, writing good quizzes has meant working long hard hours, researching, emailing, reading field guides, conferring with master birders around the world. After a few months, I hired three full time staff members to assist in this task.

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The 2011 Cyprus Bird Race

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This just in… Dan Rhoads, weary to the bone with eyes nearly burnt out from competitive bird watching, just completed his report of the Second Annual Cyprus Bird Race , transmitted it to the 10,000 Birds home office through secret back channels, and then collapsed. We expect he’ll recover in time, but don’t let his struggles be in vain.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011)

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) By Mike • March 7, 2011 • 12 comments Tweet Share We’re already a week into March, but I’m still shoveling snow. Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2011?

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2011 Queens County Christmas Bird Count

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Our late autumn has been absurdly warm in the northeastern United States and though winter is only days away it seems no one has notified the weather. That is, no one had notified the weather until this past Sunday, the day of the Queens County Christmas Bird Count. While it wasn’t unreasonably cold it was the coldest day that we had experienced since February. I guess that is only fair – after all this is the Christmas Bird Count that we all do, not the 4th of July Bird Count!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2011)

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Don’t you just love sharing your best bird of the weekend with people that actually appreciate exciting sightings? Precious few are fortunate enough to work in an office where avian observations are swapped around the water cooler. For those of us who are not in that chosen.0001% (Occupy ABA , anyone?),

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2011)

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Sometimes a person should keep his fool mouth shut. Before the weekend began, I opined about how October felt like a real fall month as compared to the capricious climate swings of September. Then the freezing rain began! So much for my weekend… Unless you like House Sparrows more than I do, you won’t be impressed by my best bird of the weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of October 2011?

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The shadow of Halloween is falling over the United States as we speak, foreboding haunted hijinks for celebrants, especially the junior set. Have you ever seen anyone birding in costume or even done it yourself? Wearing camo while busting the ghosts of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers doesn’t count, but otherwise we’d all love to hear stories and see pictures! I’ll be shuttling my little goblins to an assortment of Halloween-themed diversions this weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of November 2011?

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How highly do you value a three-day weekend? For me, time of year exerts a significant impact on the worth of extra days off. Plus I work all the time, so I don’t really get a weekend! But this is about you, right? Does a three-day weekend in late fall mean as much to you as one in late spring? Obviously, my question is prompted by the extended weekend triggered for many by Veterans Day in the U.S.

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Avian Quiz – March 25, 2011

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To call this quiz “An Avian Quiz&# is a bit of a stretch. All disparaging comments should be forwarded to Corey or Mike. All kudos should be sent to me! This week I mangle and analyze words. Your job is to make some sense of it all. On this quiz, you might want to work backwards.

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Hal Herzog's "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat"

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Hal Herzog’s “ Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat ” (Harper 2011), though fascinating, is ultimately depressing for vegans and animal rights activists. Over at Animal Rights and AntiOppression , we’ve been discussing tactics and sharing our thoughts and experiences about what works and doesn’t work when it comes to advocacy.

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Avian Quiz Answer – July 1, 2011

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Ah yes, the answer to this week’s quiz. Here is what I remember about the quiz: the clues are all about birds, but the answer is not. OK, got it. Clues=birds. Answer=not birds. I gave clues to the first four words in a sequence of words, your job was to get the next word in sequence. Here are the clues, and their answers: 1 st two words … I’m listening to a local birdsong right now, eastern US north to Canada, common, suburban … Tufted Titmouse … “Peter, Peter”.

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2011

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On this final day of 2011 it is time, just like it was on the final day of 2010 , to share your Best Birds of the Year. Here, without further ado, are your Best Birds of 2011, in no particular order. The bird I picked as my Best Bird of the Year 2011 is the Yellow-rumped Warbler. Susan Kailholz-Williams had raptors as her BBOTY: My best and thrilling bird of 2011: First confirmed nest of Mississippi Kites right here in Ohio.

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Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting

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I was going to change Animal Person to Vegan Atheist 40+ Parenting and come back to blogging. Doesn't have a ring to it at all, but a young man at Whole Foods yesterday called himself an "animal person" while ordering a roast beef wrap and I thought: Note to self-must change blog name if going to resume blogging. Hal Herzog writes about how many people who say they are vegetarians will also say they ate meat within the last 24 hours.

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Avian Quiz Answer – March 11, 2011

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Avian Quiz Answer – March 11, 2011 Avian Quiz Answer – March 11, 2011 By Jory • March 14, 2011 • 1 comment Tweet Share First off, congratulations to all who tried the quiz, and to Mike and Jason who got it right. Share Your Thoughts « Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2011) Sandhill Crane Hunt in Kentucky?!

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of November 2011?

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We’re heading into the third weekend of November, which every year (so far) is followed by the fourth weekend of November. If you live in the United States, the fourth weekend of November is the only time of year your relatives might be interested in your ornithological information about Meleagris gallopavo , so be sure to trot out these turkey facts around the Thanksgiving table. I’m sharing them now to give you a full week to study.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011?

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birding / Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011? Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011? By Mike • March 17, 2011 • 24 comments Tweet Share Happy St. Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2011) Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of March 2011? Liz Mar 17th, 2011 at 3:04 pm Cool capture!

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