Top ten birds for 2016

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White-breasted Dipper has to be my number one bird for 2016 and it is quite simply a beautiful little bird that we had never observed in the UK! So, that is my top ten for 2016 and I hope that you all had some great times birding this past year. Birding 2016 best bird Top 10Firstly I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas today if you are reading this first thing Sunday morning!

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My Top Ten Birds of 2016

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The year 2016 has been a pretty good year. Here’s hoping your 2016 was as full of great birds as mine was. Birding 2016 Top 10I opened the year in California and even though I flew out in the evening on New Year’s Day I did see some species out there that I would otherwise not have seen for the year. Winter birding around New York City was just so-so but I did add one species to my Queens list.

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Make a Pet Pledge for 2016

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Wrangler Honored as 2016 Guide Dog of the Year

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First Phoebe of 2016

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I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2016 on 18 March at Kissena Park, thus kicking off spring for myself two days early. As I have for the last several years, I will now ask the same question of midwesterners and northeasterners that I ask every year: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2016? Below are my first dates for the last ten years if you are really interested in such things… 2016 – 18 March.

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Combined Beat list for 2016

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Should the fancy take you, you could call up a 10,000 Birds life list (from 2016 onwards. 22 Jan 2016. 08 Jan 2016. 01 Jan 2016. 22 Jan 2016. 22 Jan 2016. 01 Jan 2016. 05 Mar 2016. 01 Jan 2016. 01 Jan 2016. 08 Jan 2016. 03 Jan 2016. 03 Jan 2016. 15 Jan 2016. 03 Jan 2016. 01 Jan 2016. 02 Jan 2016. 29 Jan 2016. 05 Jan 2016. 05 Jan 2016. 05 Mar 2016.

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Highlights from the 2016 Arenal, Costa Rica Christmas Count

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But enough of that, now for some highlights from the first count of the season in Costa Rica, the 2016 Arenal Christmas Count !: The Christmas Count season has begun! For us birders who partake, this is a big deal. You see, we don’t just go outside and randomly watch birds during a set day in December.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2016?

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Leaf peeping carries a special connotation for those of us more interested in what is flying amidst the foliage. But many parts of the northern temperate zones have attained the height of autumnal splendor just in time for the weekend. Whether you are focusing on leaves or birds, keep your peepers wide open! I’ll definitely be hiking around the Finger Lakes region for the best vantage point from which to drink in the vibrant colors of fall.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2016?

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At last, all around the world, people are noticing how interesting life is becoming. September has always been busy for students and their extended support networks, but running parallel to the course of school and activities is a gradual unfolding of one season into another. Here in the northwestern U.S., leaves are already beginning to turn as migrants filter towards greener lands. What do you see?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2016)

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At least one weekend a year, bats–particularly the vampiric kind–command more attention than birds, at least from most people. Nature lovers, on the other hand, find time for wildlife watching every weekend. Just be sure to choose a Halloween costume that doesn’t obscure your vision too much! I saw lots of different kinds of woodpeckers this weekend, but that big, honking Pileated always wins out over the others for Best Bird honors.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of October 2016?

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In every temperate zone comes a moment in spring and a similar one in fall when, all of a sudden, POOF… like magic, the migrants are gone. Maybe you live somewhere reliable for rarities, in which case that unfortunate time may not fall for some time yet. But other locales, closer to the poles and further from the coast, may see migration drying up already, perhaps even over entirely.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2016)

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We may not see as many 2016 species as Arjan Dwarshuis ( epic! ), but happiness is a journey, not a destination, right? This calendar year is slipping away, but we still have plenty of time before the ball drops on December 31 to add more birds to our respective lists. I suffered a deficit of happiness this weekend when my scheduled birding time became subsumed by a rare work emergency.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of 2016?

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Another memorable year pulls to a close with the new one bumping up behind it. Did you see enough birds this year? Do you see the ones you wanted to see, in the places you desired to visit, with the friends whose camaraderie you appreciate? Will there be more in 2017–more birds, more places, more friends? As you take stock of your last 365 days, consider what would have made that span richer, then resolve to have more of that this year.

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We are Just Money Grubbers

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There are 29 species listed as Extinct in 2016 for which the year of extinction is estimated as 1940 or later. Conservation 2016 best bird Red List Threatened Species Top 10Out of just under 200 bird species I observed this year in SE Europe, there are 6 threatened species.

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Finding Shelter

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of November 2016?

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Enjoy this last weekend before Election Day 2016… who knows where any of us will be birding next weekend! Here in the United States, we’ve emerged unscathed (well, most of us anyway) from one season of horror , only to find ourselves facing even greater terror, a portentous sense of dread that smothers even the faintest joy or optimism.

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Tennile + SPOT have given Trevor a new meaning to “lifesaving”

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2016)

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Around this time of year (or much, much earlier) we start hearing those beloved carols everywhere we go. But I don’t need reminding that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Unlike most of you, I live in what is currently the second snowiest city in the United States. I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas either… I’m dreading it. But we have splendid birds in Western NY all year long.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of November 2016)

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As the long Thanksgiving weekend ends (at least around here) and an excess of conspicuous consumerism ensues, we’ll all do well in the coming weeks and months to consider how best to close out this calendar year. What are your values? More important, are you living them? For those of us who love nature, these questions matter a lot. My core values demand that I get outside often enough to experience the real world, rather than what I see while watching football.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of October 2016)

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Another weekend, another opportunity to regret not spending enough time outdoors. Anyone out there know how that feels? Between work and weather, I didn’t see much this weekend, but my kids and I spotted a mesmerizing flock of European Starlings wheeling about in intricate formations. Appreciation of invasive species may be somewhat heretical in some naturalist circles, but watching these huge winter flocks always entertains.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of December 2016?

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So you still have time to add species you missed at the beginning of the year to your 2016 list. Mid-December is an interesting time for birding, insofar as winter (or summer, in the Southern Hemisphere) species precede the official arrival of the season. Just keep in mind that Santa sightings are growing more likely than reports of rarities in most areas. Corey and I will be enjoying local birds in our respective localities. How about you?

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of October 2016?

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Without pointing to specifics, it is safe to say that the world seems pretty scary right now, particularly for those of us concerned with protecting nature and endangered animals and ecosystems. Good thing Halloween has arrived to replace real fears with pretend ones. Enjoy this festive weekend, but be ready, if and when your time comes, to allay our collective fears by supporting wise environmental stewardship. This Halloween weekend, Corey will be scaring up birds (see what I did there?)

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2016)

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This time of year seems full of surprises, often good ones. I was surprised the weather was gorgeous in my area, notorious for early freezes. I was surprised lots of birds that might have left weeks ago were still hanging around. Most of all, I was surprised my consistently underperforming football team actually transcended its limitations and played big. I love a weekend of good surprises.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2016)

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One downside to birding in autumn– certainly not the only one –is how almost everything you see heading south is something you caught earlier in the year heading north. Another downside is how drab many of these migrants are relative to their spring appearances. However, one major upside, assuming you take advantage of what October has to offer, is a cup of something pumpkin-spice flavored to warm you up after a cold day in the field.

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Tenet Wines: The Pundit Syrah (2016)

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2016)

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Around here, October feels a lot like March in reverse. The month eases you in, docile as a lamb, but promises to bite you on the back end. Hope you took advantage of one of the more gentle weekends this month has to offer. I enjoyed autumnal splendor down in rural Pennsylvania at that perfect moment when lush green foliage begins to mix with brilliant red, orange, and gold.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of October 2016?

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As we move into October, we can see beautiful weather and skies streaming with birds on the horizon. But don’t look too far ahead if you live in the Northern Hemisphere… the dead of winter looms in the distance. Look up instead; you may just see lots of raptors. I’ll be heading down to rural Pennsylvania to try to spot some southbound migrants. Corey will likely be doing the same in the NYC area. How about you? Where will you be this weekend and will you be birding?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2016)

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For those who track avian migration, each new week may bring a fresh arrival or herald a new departure. Of course, birds only represent a sliver of the near-infinite flora and fauna that, collectively, grows, blooms, dies back, and lapses into dormancy over the course of a year. I’m only musing on seasonal changes because one of my many environmental allergies flared up today. The coming of autumn is bittersweet indeed.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2016?

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Keep your eyes to the skies for raptors in migration. Fall has, at last, fallen, pretty hard in my part of the world. Fortunately, this season brings more than just pumpkin spice atrocities. Birds have been filtering through even while temperatures were high. As the leaves around here turn, they’ll still be coming. Enjoy! I’ll be trying to adjust to long pants this weekend while kicking around Rochester.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2016)

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Another gorgeous weekend is, as they say, in the books. Start your week on the right foot by sharing what made the last two days special for you, at least from a nature-loving perspective. I scoured certain areas of the Lake Ontario shoreline for the places migrants are being seen. No luck there, but I did get into a bunch of nice birds, including what I mistakenly thought was my first Brown Thrasher of the year.

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Top 5 Tips on How To Take Care of Your Dog

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of January 2016

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I’ll be racking up fresh 2016 species on the road from NYC to Rochester. The first weekend of a New Year feels like Christmas all over again for birders all around the world eager to begin new year lists. Even the first bird of a new year feels fun. What was yours? Corey is coming back to NYC to make that Queens list pop. 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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Wrapping up a very good 2016

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In an effort to look back on the year, I have added, and deleted, written and scratched off, a list of birds that would represent my “Best Ten Birds” of 2016. Much like David Letterman’s Late Show Top Ten List, I will count these down from number 10 to the number one bird of 2016. #10 7 Ridgway’s Rail – Rallus obsoleteus beldingi When I first discovered this bird here in the La Paz, Mexico, early in 2016, it was still called the Clapper Rail.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2016?

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The 14th day of February marks a moment when we dare not acknowledge the love we should harbor every other day of the year. Forewarned, as they say, is forearmed, so don’t forget to let your Valentine know how much you care. Those birds that you love, on the other hand, don’t need chocolates or roses… just get out there and spend quality time with them! I will be birding in a brand new place this weekend: Israel !

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Giveaway: a perfect stocking stuffer for pet owners!

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A Brief Guide to Birding Costa Rica in 2016

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The owners have been faithfully feeding the birds and welcoming birders for years, and it’s only going to get better in 2016. Are you headed to Costa Rica this year? I hope so because the birding and biodiversity are fantastic, and the flight time from most places in the USA is less than six hours. In other words, it’s easier to bird than most might think.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of January 2016)

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Since 2016 has been pretty birdless for me so far, I’ll go with my first bird of the year, American Crow. Happy New Year! Did you realize that your Best Bird of the Weekend is, at least for now, your best bird of the whole year? Don’t worry… you have 51 more weeks to improve on your current best. Corey had a host of birds to choose from as his Best Bird of the Weekend as he spent Friday morning birding at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Orange County, California.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of August 2016?

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How do you do it? How do you beat the birding doldrums, knowing that new species will arrive soon but are still tied up completing last season’s business? Share your best tips on making the most of the quiet times. And while you’re at it, of course, tell us where you’ll be this weekend and if you’ll be birding. Share your plans in the comments below.

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The Million Dollar Duck (2016) – A Film Review

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As a birder, this 72 minute documentary film about the Duck Stamp Contest didn’t accomplish what I was hoping it might – get people excited about the Duck Stamp, or at least wildlife conservation. It did neither. The film began with a very brief history of the stamp, which is probably not well know by most casual observers.

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Football Foods Pets Should Stay Away From

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Pat’s Year List, it’s 2016!

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Another year, another list. That’s January for birding. Coming from Niagara Falls, New York, it also means freezing, bitter cold, watching for imaginary Polar Bears while pretending to walk through an Arctic landscape, and looking for owls.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2016)

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The year 2016 has just surrendered its first month to the abyss of time, leaving lingering memories of January warmth in its wake. Thus, your birding year is one-twelfth over; happy with your year list so far? I’m happier now that I’ve added Short-eared Owl , never an easy sighting for me. As you can see from the feature pic, my lousy owl luck precluded me from getting too close to one of these crepuscular hunters.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2016)

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Many of us have finally and perhaps painfully figured out that online communication mostly occurs in an echo chamber. Our presence on the web can be expressed as a series of Venn diagrams, where each circle–representing worldview, geography, interests, and relationships–overlaps countless others, sometimes a little and sometimes a lot. This thought came to mind as I wondered how many of the people whose circles overlap mine put up their Christmas trees this weekend like we did.

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