Big Cat Week 2012 Starts Sunday!

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9, 2012, at 8 p.m. Nat Geo Wild presents the third annual Big Cat Week starting Sunday, Dec 9th. The week features shows that highlight the kings and queens of the jungle! From Cougars, tigers, cheetahs, jaguars, and snow leopards and more, it’s a great time to learn more about these amazing cats! A few facts that might surprise you: · Africa’s lion population has declined by more than 90 percent in the last 50 years. There are now more tigers living in captivity than in the wild.

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Bird’s Eye View: BlogPaws 2012

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Hi, Birdie here! I have a complaint. The human beans left me a few weeks ago to go to BlogPaws. I don’t know what that is, but it meant that instead of being on MamaBean’s knee, I was stuck with Grandma and Grandpa bean instead. I can’t believe they didn’t take me with them! I even heard that pets got to go! In fact, I even saw evidence that there were pets at BlogPaws in MamaBean’s photos. She thinks I don’t notice what’s on the computer, but I do.

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First Phoebe of 2012

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Have you seen your first Eastern Phoebe of 2012? my first decently photographed Eastern Phoebe of 2012 at Bayonne Park on 4 April 2012 This year I had several first phoebes. Though this question is probably only relevant to birders in the midwest and northeast of the United States I feel compelled, like last year , to ask it. Was it earlier or later than usual for you?

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Your Best Birds of the Year for 2012

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On this final day of 2012 it is time, just like it was on the final days of 2010 and 2011 , to share your Best Birds of the Year. Here, without further ado, are your Best Birds of 2012, in no particular order. I think my official Best Bird of 2012, though, was (finally, finally seeing) the Burrowing Owl. I added 38 lifers in 2012, including Wilson’s Snipe. 2012 was one of my best years for birding in Costa Rica. Birding 2012 best bird best bird of the year

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World Sparrow Day 2012

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We’ll be celebrating World Sparrow Day 2012 by running some of our favorite House Sparrow posts. Residents of the Americas may find this hard to believe, but the ubiquitous, adaptable House Sparrow ( Passer domesticus ) is declining in its native lands. We should all be concerned about this, if not out of love for this prosaic passerine then because the sparrow may very well be a signal species for more encompassing environmental threats.

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2012 Birding Resolutions

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Like some of the other beat writers around here I’ve been roped into keeping a year list this year , and inspired by the other lists I looked at I thought about what I wanted to achieve this year in birding. As opposed to my usual position of seeing whatever I see. It is a scary line of thought, let me assure you. I began by playing down expectations; on my list I state that I would be very happy to reach 300 birds for the year.

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Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover Premiere Jan 7, 2012

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Dog Whisperer and Philly Undercover have their season premieres tomorrow, January 7, 2012 on NatGeo Wild! Premieres Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Once again, Cesar Millan works with dogs and their owners to help dogs suffering from phobias and obsessions! This season Cesar will visit to Fort Hood, Texas, where he takes a handful of four-legged army brats back to boot camp.

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My Year in Birding 2012

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I had some goals for this year as well, goals which I laid out in the introduction to my 2012 year list. I came up just short of reaching 1,100 Birds on my overall World Life List , clocking in at 1,096, not a bad increase of 48 from the beginning of 2012 when I started at 1,048. Finally, my 2012 Year List easily exceeded the 500 species I had hoped to see. January 2012 started off with a bang. November is the month for rarities and 2012 was no different.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2012?

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The Jackson Pollack-inspired effigy of the Chicken Inferno 2012! July is ending, which prompts me to inquire whether you are making the most of your months. Summer months mean a lot to me, which must explain why I’m always on the run these days. Have you been watching the sun set in strange skies? You should. This weekend, I’m heading out to Michigan for a week of sand and sun.

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Tales of the 2012 Superbowl of Birding

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Though no one from 10,000 Birds participated in this year’s Superbowl of Birding IX and the Bloggerhead Kingbirds did not field a team that doesn’t mean that you can’t read about what happened this year. You can read about it in The Eyrie , Birding North Central Massachusetts…and beyond , and the Maine Outdoor Journal. Will the Bloggerhead Kingbirds ride again in 2013? Only time will tell… a. Asides super bowl of birding

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of 2012?

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The last weekend of December 2012 is the last weekend of the entire year. Since I didn’t keep a year list in 2012, I feel no pressure to beat the bushes for final ticks. How many of you plan, before turning the page on this eventful year, to try to pad your year list? How will you do it? I may just sit back and contemplate how fortunate I’ve been this year to see amazing birds in amazing places with amazing people. Isn’t that what birding is all about?

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of April 2012?

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Perhaps I’ll even see my First Phoebe of 2012. Most weeks, we tend to focus on the movements and migrations of birds. However, with upcoming Easter and Passover festivities and America’s all-important Spring Break, now is a good time to focus on the peregrinations of people. Where are you going this weekend? Will you see birds there? Share your plans in the comments below!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2012)

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You are undoubtedly reviewing the best and worst of everything you experienced in 2012 as we prepare to ring in the New Year. Time to put another year in the books! But for now, let’s focus on some specific highlights from just this past weekend… My Best Bird of the Weekend was Red-breasted Nuthatch , many of which were emboldened to visit my feeder in the midst of mountains of snow.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2012)

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September, as you’ve no doubt heard time and time again, is a season of flux. No matter where you are in the world, chances are that an array of organisms are responding to climatic signals by, among other things, growing, dying, blooming, fruiting, fattening, nesting, or migrating. Believe it or not, the usual birds on the brain are not what calls this frenzy of activity to mind. Instead, I’m thinking of whatever plant is currently agitating my allergies!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2012)

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Hot enough for you? If you’re suffering through a sweltering patch of record summer heat, you may feel much as Ralph Waldo Emerson did when he penned this line: “When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn.” ” But is it ever too hot or too cold to get out and look at some birds?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2012)

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In principle, weekends should generally improve upon what the everyday work week has to offer. In practice, though, some weekends are just more awesome than others. The third weekend of July always ranks among the best of my year and this one was no exception.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of August 2012)

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You’ve probably heard me observe once or twice how hot this summer has been in the U.S. But like so many things, evaluations of temperature can be relative. I just spent some time experiencing real heat, the kind of 100+ degree blast that hits like a blowtorch no matter how dry it is. I found the experience of authentically aggressive heat rather refreshing, but much prefer my moderate New York summers!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2012)

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September slips away and October is afoot. What fresh fascinations does this month have in store? My best bird this weekend was a spry little Red-breasted Nuthatch consorting with its larger White-breasted kin. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was his only year bird that crossed his path, a nice Clay-colored Sparrow at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2012?

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Summertime is still hanging on in the Northern Hemisphere, even in some of our uppermost latitudes. Birds are on the move, filtering through green, leafy trees. Get out there and see them! I’m considering my options for this weekend, as I don’t want to waste such a special time of year. Corey, as is his wont, will be ON A BOAT (cue the SNL classic ) on Sunday. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding? Share your plans in the comments below.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of Octber 2012?

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October in the Northern Hemisphere is a glorious time of transformation. Not only do devoted leaf peepers fully come into their own this month, wildlife watchers have no dearth of diversions. The only way to enjoy October is to immerse yourself in it, especially during its warmer weekends. Following my own advice, I’m hoping to get in a autumn hike somewhere the birds are flying. Shouldn’t be too hard, considering how active many migrants are right now.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2012?

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Tomorrow is the first day of June, yet the complaints have already started. Have you heard them yet? “Now that migration is over, all I can do is look for local breeders.” ” “I guess I’ll go to the beach… maybe I’ll see a shearwater or something.” ” “Summer (birding) sucks!” ” Wah wah wah. Summer happens to be one of my favorite seasons, except for the whining.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2012)

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Anyone attuned to the roving of raptors and peregrinations of passerines is probably sporting a big smile this morning thinking about the weekend’s sightings. I’m looking forward to hearing about some astounding avifauna on the move. I, of course, was focused mainly on Eagles, Falcons, and Seahawks this weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of September 2012?

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Like it or not, fall is falling all over the Northern Hemisphere and spring is sprung to the south. But what’s not to like about either season? These magical months of transition feature flora and fauna in flux, which can lead to your year’s best bird watching. So embrace change and get out there! I’ll be hanging around Rochester waiting for Red Crossbills to fly overhead. Corey plans to canvas the Albany area for oddities, avian and otherwise. How about you?

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2012?

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September has been flush with weekends this year, but all good months must come to an end. But worry not… regardless of weather conditions, this month goes out like a lion when it comes to birds on the move! This weekend, I’ll continue searching for local fall migrants, hopefully not in vain. Corey told me where he’d be birding this weekend, but I already forgot; apparently, his plans aren’t that exciting. How about you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2012)

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Phenology is a funny thing (a funny word too, which is neither here nor there.) Every wildlife watcher, no matter how specialized, becomes attuned over time to the ebb and flow of each local plant and animal’s life cycle. With enough observation and experience, we notice slight variations and how those aberrations sometimes ripple throughout ecosystems. Some phenological oddities, however, are blatant enough to catch everyone’s attention.

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The Last Diabolical Wood-Warbler Quiz of 2012

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Catherine Hamilton has been the first to get all three species correct in the last two diabolical wood-warbler quizzes. If she gets three in a row it will show she is the best birder in the world and Felonious Jive will suffer the sad misfortune of dropping to second place. This quiz is a diabolical to the extreme and if anyone manages all three I will be surprised.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2012)

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Sports lovers enjoyed a veritable smorgasbord of superior athletic entertainment this weekend, at least in the United States. Then again, birding culture offered a surprising slate of events as well. From The Big Sit to Focus on Diversity II to the general madness of fall migration, the last few days had something for everyone. I must not be getting out enough, because I was thrilled to find a flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers : usually butter-butts are distractions, not attractions.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of September 2012?

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Do you love this time of year as much as I do? You may have to be a football-loving, bird-chasing father of schoolchildren to truly understand the attractions of early September in New York, but the season has something exciting for everyone. What do you love best about September? I plan to explore rumors about the early, diminished local apple crop and expect to encounter countless American Goldfinches (even more than are flocking to my feeder) at the orchards.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2012)

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The first weekend of September is a volatile time. A season of stasis gives way to months of movement and flux. What fun! My Best Bird of the Weekend was a Peregrine Falcon gracing an enjoyable Rochester barbecue; good food, good company, and good birds make a powerful combination. But my extended weekend may hold even better birds once I hit Montezuma NWR. Corey’s BBOTW was a Barred Owl that was flushed by a murder of American Crows near his parents’ house in Saugerties, NY.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2012)

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The month of June has passed, giving way to the first full month of summer in the northern hemisphere. Summer can be boring from a birding standpoint or it can be very, very interesting. How has yours been so far? Since Corey fled NYC this weekend, I took over his Atlantic coast shore patrol. While I saw a number of tasty shore species, I most appreciated the behemoth Great Black-backed Gulls , which I’ve missed since I’ve moved upstate.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2012)

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The first weekend of October offers much to the sports fan, with momentous matchups taking place all over the world. As thrilling as this time is in the United States for fans of both America’s Pasttime and America’s favorite sport (football, obviously), this month matters even more to sports fans fond of birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2012)

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Let me be honest… I have no idea what my best bird of the weekend was. I mean, of course now that the weekend is over, I have a firm grasp of which birds tickled me most over the past few days. But I’m writing this very early in the weekend, while at the airport waiting to jet off to somewhere I may or may not have even shared with readers yet. Do you follow?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of June 2012)

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An interesting–or perhaps enervating–aspect of this time of year is how birding tends to run feast or famine. That is to say that, at least in the temperate regions, those of us who aren’t traveling somewhere special have to make do with the same old same old. Corey and I both pondered birds that are extremely ordinary for us. I enjoyed chattering Chimney Swifts while taking in tremendous bands at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2012)

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Happy belated Father’s Day to everyone who observed it this weekend. Just to keep that sweet paternal vibe going, I’m going to award double points to anyone whose best bird of the weekend was seen in the company of a dad or by a dad with his child. Oh, you didn’t know we were keeping score?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of March 2012)

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Now that late winter has eased into early spring, it seems owls are in the air. I’m hearing all kinds of owl howls, from Saw-whets at (where else?) Owl Woods and Short-eared Owls from New York to the Galapagos Islands. One birder known to many of us even had her life Barn Owl turn up in her backyard! If owls have traditionally eluded you, get back in the game… your luck may be turning. I should have chased owls this weekend, but chose to work on my landscaping instead.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2012?

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Ambrose Bierce, one of my literary heroes, crafted a supremely cynical lexicon called The Devil’s Dictionary. Though it’s over 100 years old, the work still has teeth and is worth a read. I’ve been considering a similar work called The Birder’s Dictionary. The first entry I have in mind is the definition of the word doldrums … July!

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2012?

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Summer in the Northern Hemisphere seems to be leaving few areas unscathed. Whether you’re getting too much rain or not enough, you’re probably spending at least a few moments of each day thinking about unprecedented weather patterns and climate change. Global warming seems a boon in my part of the world, but one has to wonder how these dramatic, unpredictable swings are affecting the local flora and fauna in the short and long terms. Is this too heady for a lazy July?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of March 2012)

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Some weekends are sublime and others mundane. Obviously, we cannot survive one transcendent weekend after another, but this stretch of late winter seems to require more than the usual routine. I found little inspiration in the usual birds, so I turned to the great Herman Melville for some grand avian allegory: And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2012?

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You may have noticed that we’ve had a rough week here at 10,000 Birds. Our webhost moved the site to a new server without alerting us to the steps we should take to make the transition smooth. As a consequence, the site bifurcated, bumbled, and momentarily broke, devouring content in its wake. But the storm seems to have passed. We may have endured a tough week, but another one is on its way. I mention this tale of temporary woe because we are on the cusp of another weekend.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2012?

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Weekends carry more emotional heft in most of our personal planners, probably because we save all of our fun for Friday through Sunday. Also, many see their weekdays governed almost exclusively by their business calendars. But then again, many of us use all seven days in a week for both work and recreation. Right now, I’m working 24-7 to keep hackers from tearing down this blog! Does that count as work or play? And does your weekend cover different days than Saturday and Sunday?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2012)

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I have a feeling that this summer is going to be weird. How else to interpret the sudden arrival of April showers (and temperatures) in June after already enjoying summer weather? If you’re experiencing the same wacky weather patterns, don’t fret… maybe this means we’ll get another migration! My best birds of the weekend were all part of a huge swarm of Chimney Swifts circling around what I surmise was their chimney dwelling.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2012)

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Early April is a special time for most, especially those of us in the Northern Hemisphere that love each emerging sign of spring. The month and this particular period is all the more auspicious for me and mine, as so many friends and families celebrate spring birthdays. Today happens to be mine, so send some cheer my way!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2012)

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It is May! For those in the northern hemisphere migration fever is upon us and employers who employ birders are wondering where everybody is. Have the birds really started moving where you live? Both Mike and I were on the road this weekend.

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