Big Years in 2013

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What records will fall in 2013? Periodically throughout 2013 we will check in with the folks we find doing big years to see how they are doing. Anyway, without further ado, here are the 2013 Big Year birders! Check out EPIC Big Year 2013. You can keep up with Matt at Canada Big Year 2013. Laura Erickson is doing a “Conservation Big Year” seeking to see, photograph, and highlight conservation stories around the United States in 2013.

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2013 Big Year Update

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Now seems like a good time to look in on the birding big years happening in 2013 to see how folks are doing as they tear around their county or region or state or province or country trying to see as many birds as possible before 1 January 2014. Since the initial post on 2013 big years I have learned of several more people attempting big years this year. You can follow along at Birding for Conservation , where I learned that David has already reached 270 species for 2013.

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Birding in Ecuador 2013

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If you are planning a birding trip to 2013 maybe you should consider Ecuador, my home country! Thanks to Lonely Planet we hope to see a small boost in tourism this year since Ecuador has made it to Top 10 Countries to travel in 2013. Happy Birding in 2013! Destinations Ecuador 2013Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve. Even if you are not a birder, you will find Ecuador to be a top notch destination for all sorts of people.

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My 2013 Birding Year in Review (With My Top Ten Birding Moments!)

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In 2013 I birded in two countries, submitted eBird checklists for seven U.S. At the beginning of the year I said the following about my goals for the year’s birding: I start 2013 with 297 birds on my Queens Life List , 500 birds on my ABA Life List , and 1,096 birds on my World Life List. I would like to end 2013 with 303, 512, and 1,150 birds on those lists. But what were my top ten birding moments of 2013? What were your top birding moments of 2013?

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First Phoebe of 2013

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I finally saw my first Eastern Phoebe of 2013 yesterday at Hempstead Lake State Park on Long Island. So, like last year, I thought I would ask the question,which is only really relevant to folks in the midwest and northeast of the United States and in eastern Canada: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2013? In fact, I saw three!

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Duck Hunt 2013

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So as many of my loyal readers know, I have a very mixed relationship with vagrants and the chasing thereof. Nevertheless, when a Baikal Teal was reported by the illustrious Radd Icenoggle just outside Missoula, I couldn’t very well ignore the siren call. Especially once the bird made the front page of the Missoulian and my friends started asking me about it. My quest began on Tuesday, two days after the first sighting and mere hours after the second set of x-rays on my wrist. (It’s

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2013 ABA Bird of the Year!

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The 2013 ABA Bird of the Year has been announced. It’s well worth clicking over to the ABA Blog and checking out the video announcing the 2013 selection. Congratulations to the Common Nighthawk ! It’s a nice bird, though no Green Heron. Seriously. Asides ABA

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2013 AOU North American checklist proposals

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The first batch of proposals for the 2013 American Ornithologists’ Union North American checklist supplement has hit the ‘tubes. Let’s take a look at some of what lurks inside: Pygmy-owl split. Proposal 2013-A-2 would split the “Guatemalan Pygmy-Owl” ( Glaucidium cobanense ) of southern Mexico and northern Central America from the widespread Northern Pygmy-Owl ( G. gnoma ) on the basis of vocal differences and a discrete range. Sandwich Tern split.

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#LightForPets Remember Me Thursday

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Light a virtual candle on September 26, 2013, for a pet on-line. This Thursday, you can be a light for pets waiting in shelters. The message of Remember Me Thursday is to remember the millions of orphan pets who lost their lives over the last year. By uniting animal lovers across the world on one very special day, we can help raise awareness about animal adoption, and hopefully save the lives of more pets. If you are active on social media, please help spread the message.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of December 2013)

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As the year 2013 accelerates towards its imminent endpoint, I find myself deluged with end-of-year tasks both mundane and inspired. Instead of easing into the last days of December and out of 2013, you might consider redoubling your efforts to end this year on a triumphant note. We may all perceive time differently, but in the modern world we are all subject to the same calendar.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2013?

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What will you do this weekend to improve your 2013 year list? Keep your eyes to the skies. Snow is in the air! This penultimate weekend of the year inspires last-minute panic: how are you going to get everything you need before time is up? Some folks will go to extraordinary lengths to cross off everything on their sizable lists. How about you? You knew that’s what I was talking about, right?).

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Jamaica Birding Trip 2013 Part 1

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One of the perks about living in Miami is that plane tickets to the bird-rich Caribbean, Central, and South America are often cheaper than going to places like Arizona, Colorado, or California.

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First C-Section Performed on a Shark!

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August 6, 2013) – For the first time in SeaWorld’s history, a Cesarean section has been performed on a shark. A team of shark experts and veterinarians performed the groundbreaking procedure on a whitetip reef shark at Discovery Cove, SeaWorld’s sister park, in Orlando on July 18, 2013. Orlando, Fla. Six months into the shark’s gestation, the park’s animal team noticed a complication with her pregnancy and determined an emergency C-section was necessary.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2013)

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With simply a couple of days remaining before we consign this year’s calendars to the compost pile, our 2013 lists (deeds, birds, etc.) are pretty much set. Most people can live with that, content in the knowledge that much of the year was spent in pursuit of worthy goals and satisfied to glide towards year’s end. Some, though, see immense opportunity in the next 48 hours to strive and perhaps succeed in adding to their year lists.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2013?

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After all, this is National Moth Week 2013! When the birds of summer grow stale, a birder’s fancy turns to leps and odes. If you don’t know what those terms mean, think about the most colorful and fascinating flying creatures that aren’t birds. Summer is sweet for dragonflies, butterflies, and moths, the last of which deserve your attention over the next seven or so days.

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The Bolo Project, A Puppy Shower for Bolo

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27, 2013 at the Waterfront Hilton Resort in Huntington Beach, Calif. 1, 2013. Dog is Good, one of our personal favorites for gifts and apparel for dog lovers, will host The BOLO Project Puppy Shower to benefit Leader Dogs for the Blind from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct.

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Jamaica Birding Trip 2013 Part II

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Heading out of Ecclesdown Road on the second day of my trip, I had nailed all of my targets save four species ( Caribbean Dove , Yellow-billed Parrot , Jamaican Owl , and Stolid Flycatcher ). I had a reservation to stay at Hardwar Gap for the night, previously thinking that I would need the extra full day to look for Jamaican Blackbird and Crested Quail-Dove, which I decided to honor.

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50 Years. 50 Shelters.

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From May 13 to June 14, 2013, cat people will be able to vote (limit one vote perperson per day) at www.catchow.com/50shelters to help their state’s shelter earn up to an additional $1,000. For every vote cast on [link] for a specific shelter from May 13 to June 14, 2013 , Purina Cat Chow will donate $1, up to $1,000 per shelter, to be provided via a cash donation (limit one vote per person per day for all voting channels combined). Purina Cat Chow just launched “ 50 Years.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2013)

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Were there any birds about this weekend? The only ones that concerned me were Ravens, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Eagles. Welcome back, NFL football! Of course I still kept my eyes out for other types of birds. This time of year is perfect for finding juvenile Eastern Bluebirds , which I was happy to do. Corey’s BBOTW was a Blackburnian Warbler on Saturday in Alley Pond Park in Queens. Fall migration is in full swing! How about you? What was your best bird of the weekend?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of January 2013

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How many of you are already used to writing 2013 for the year? I usually need until the end of February to feel certain about the date. I may also need until then to come up with a clever intro to this post, but we can’t wait that long… I’ll be kicking off my weekend with some early Friday birding with Corey followed by a train back to Rochester for my weekend proper. Corey will follow birding with me by heading upstate to see his folks.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2013)

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Oh to be in Texas admiring the celebrity bird du jour , an incredibly unexpected Amazon Kingfisher ! Amazing encounters occur when amazing birders visit amazing places, but serendipitous sightings increase exponentially when so many amazing birders gather for an amazing birding festival.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2013)

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Even the solo birders out there have to appreciate that birding together is often better than birding alone. Corey and I don’t get out in the field together much, since we’ve determined that the ongoing security of 10,000 Birds requires the two of us to live in separate cities. Blog security is serious business! But when I do get to go birding with him or any of my other friends and colleagues in the natural history space, I remember what about this hobby I enjoy so much.

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Puppies Predict the World Series

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Jimmy Fallon welcomes back his panel of puppies to predict the winner of the 2013 World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals. Calling all baseball fans! The puppies predict the world series in this adorable video. That’s right! The post Puppies Predict the World Series appeared first on 4 The Love of Animals. cute of the day cute video dogs

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2013)

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To all you hardy naturalists who have already logged Christmas Bird Count hours in service to citizen science, I salute you! Winter has come early and often to Western NY. In the face of endless snow, all I want to do is seek shelter, warmth, and booze. Those of you willing to eschew creature comforts to tally birds across your ice-rimed count circles are my heroes. Share your CBC stories here!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2013)

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One question every self-described birder must grapple with is to twitch or not to twitch. Some of us love to chase down preposterous vagrants, while others eschew bird chasing for contemplation of standard local fare and seasonal specialties. I raise this perennial issue because I found myself twitching a rare ABA bird this weekend. Did you? My ill-advised twitch was a run for the Long Island Ruffs recently spotted on the south shore.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of November 2013?

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Imagine waking up to this sunrise and then encountering a megararity… that’s how Sharon rolls in the Rio Grande Valley. When frost is on the vine and days grow short, some of us dream of sun-kissed beaches, sultry rainforests, and exotic avifauna. The rest of you can have winter finches and intermediate gulls: give me trogons, toucans, and turacos (but not all at once!) Winter may not have arrived in earnest yet, but I’m already planning an escape. Who’s with me?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2013)

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Another weekend, another opportunity to add to your knowledge and enjoyment of the natural world around you. How did that work out for you this weekend? A Carolina Wren hopped cheerfully around my front lawn this weekend, establishing that species’ half-hardy credentials. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend wasn’t one bird, or even one species, but the hordes of ducks he saw at Baisley Pond Park in Queens.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2013)

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Here in the United States, April 15 is Tax Day, which means that countless Americans have toiled through the last 48 hours to prepare their taxes. Some are surely at it still. What a way to ruin a weekend! With the foresight to get my taxes taken care of early, I was free to enjoy the cold spring weather and lingering winter species around here. It’s nice to see that Red-breasted Nuthatches still haunt my home turf. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a total surprise.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of December 2013?

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Even in winter, a sunrise is warm. Ah, December, such a deceptively cheerful month! December offers us many reasons to celebrate, one of which I never considered until I heard the words of American author Oliver Herford. Herford (1863-1935) gave the world such wry epigrams as “Many are called but few get up,” and “Only the young die good,” but his most sincere and touching contribution was surely this poem, I Heard a Bird Sing : I heard a bird sing. In the dark of December. A magical thing.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2013)

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When citizens of the United States tout the superiority of our country, we tend to focus on debatable issues of culture, economy, and government. However, if we’re being fair, one of the irrefutable elements that makes America great is our proliferation of Northern Cardinals. In fact, we lead the world in these ubiquitous red birds, a fact that undoubtedly chafes terrorists and freedom haters everywhere.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2013)

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Halloween weekend has passed, but the big day is yet to come. Has anyone seen any noteworthy bird costumes recently? The best bird I saw this weekend was a lone Yellow-rumped Warbler , though it was not the bird that briefly appeared on the field during the World Series! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a Clay-colored Sparrow at Jacob Riis Park in coastal Queens, the only really noteworthy find among the hordes of sparrows that were around on Saturday morning. How about you?

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of December 2013?

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Believe it or not, a Snowy Owl is in this photo! The first weekend of December is a good time to review your lists: year lists, shopping lists, naughty or nice lists, etc. How do these lists need to change for you to be satisfied with your year? More importantly, what are you going to do about it? Corey will be conducting some pre-CBC scouting throughout Queens this weekend. I’ll be mostly indoors for work events but will keep my eyes to the skies whenever possible. How about you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2013)

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The weekend that just passed holds the singular distinction of being the longest of the year. If your proverbial neck of the woods observes Daylight Savings Time, you fell back to gain an extra hour. Did you make the most of it? The best bird of my weekend was a ratty American Goldfinch scavenging the last of my coneflowers just before we cut the husks down for the season.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of August 2013)

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So was that really summer? I know that we in the Northern Hemisphere technically have almost another month of summer, but as August ends, so too does so much we associate with this hot and happy season. I’m still wondering what happened to the heat! I though that the bird below was going to be the best bird of my weekend. Luckily, as I enjoyed this beer and several others with friends, I spied a Chimney Swift fluttering aloft.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2013?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for flying pink birds like these Roseate Spoonbills , which are really ibises with big flat bills ! Excited about the equinox? One half of our global population will be surrendering minutes and then hours of daylight for darkness while the other half enjoys the inverse transaction. Those dark days of December are still far off, however, and migrants fill our skies in light and darkness. This threshold weekend holds promise everywhere in the world, so enjoy it!

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of September 2013?

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Sunrise over Witless Bay, where the alcid observation is easy. Back to routine, right? For those of us for whom summer represents a break from the usual schedule, this is about the time when order creeps into the calendar. Of course, as more and more commitments crowd each day, chaos will become ascendant again. For those of you who have achieved some semblance of order, enjoy it! Birds are on the wing!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2013)

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I’m wondering if Best Bird of the Weekend is too restrictive a way to consider the avians we encounter from Friday to Sunday. Of course we should seek reasons to celebrate every bird species we share our weekends with, but is the species that delights us most always the most memorable?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2013)

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Winter may not technically begin for another couple of weeks, but frigid temperatures and wicked snow are assailing various parts of North America. The weather outside is frightful, but winter birds are so delightful… guess that’s as good a reason as any to brave the cold. Alas, I had no time outdoors this weekend, which leaves House Sparrows sheltering a giant wreath as my Best Bird of the Weekend. Jealous?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of November 2013)

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can ease up on the turkey talk. I do regret that I saw no Wild Turkeys this weekend, only subdued, succulently prepared ones. How about you? Corey had way too many birds to choose from for his Best Bird of the Weekend, with exactly 100 species for the four-day weeekend. Nonetheless, he had to choose one, so he went with Boreal Chickadee , of which he saw two in the Adirondacks on Friday.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2013)

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The long Columbus Day weekend still sails on here in the United States, so if you haven’t found a worthy bird to report for the weekend yet, you may still have time… This weekend also marks the point in the year where I stop taking Turkey Vultures for granted, which made me enjoy the many spotted soaring overhead. Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was a surprising Sora in a very unlikely location – Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of November 2013)

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Did you find your weekend restful? Hope so, because the rest of the year tends to race to the finish line. We’ve all got a lot of eating, shopping, giving, receiving, traveling, celebrating, and giving thanks ahead of us. Hope you’re ready! Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was an incredibly cooperative Northern Fulmar photographed from the back of the boat during the pelagic trip he enjoyed on Saturday.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2013?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for birds flying in formation. If you see contrails , you and Redgannet probably visit the same pharmacist! . For those of us in temperate climes, fall migration seems a slippery thing. Frankly, I’m never really sure what phase of fall migration we’re in until kinglets pop up. Of course, by then, migration is mostly over. I hope I don’t see too many kinglets this weekend. Corey and I will each be observing our respective corners of the Empire State.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of July 2013?

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Niagara Falls… where water blends into sky. Summer weekends cry out for adventure. Are you seizing the day or shrinking from the moment? I’m embarking on a new adventure this weekend, one that I approach with equal amounts of trepidation and despair. I’ve willingly chosen to bring three kids to an open air Big Time Rush concert. May the gods have mercy on my soul! Corey will shrewdly eschew such trials this weekend in favor of birding locally in Queens. How about you?

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