My Birding Goals for 2018

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But 2018 is a whole new year and calls for all new goals. Will I be able to meet all of my goals for 2018? Do you have birding goals for 2018? Birding 2018 listingI had an amazing birding year in 2017 with tons of travel , lots of amazing birds , and some truly memorable experiences. My year list hasn’t even been started but when it does it will be as unattractive as the fledgling Yellow Warbler up above.

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Queens County Bird Club 2018 Big Sit Results

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… The post Queens County Bird Club 2018 Big Sit Results appeared first on 10,000 Birds. I had high hopes for the 5th Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit this past Saturday at Fort Tilden. We had persevered through four years at the top of Battery Harris Platform and could bring our experience to bear on the task of trying to record as many species as possible on a single day from that single spot.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2018?

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In terms of migration excitement, June feels like the party you arrived at just a little late. Everyone still seems to having a ball, but the merriment isn’t flowing quite as freely as it was before. Live it up, though, because, with a few weeks, the migration party may really be over! I’m prepping for a big birding bonanza in Honduras (!!!!) next week, which means this weekend will be devoted primarily to non-birding responsibilities.

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First Phoebe of 2018

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I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2018 this afternoon at Forest Park, thus kicking off spring for myself over a week after spring actually started. 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 2018? 2018 – 30 March.

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The 2018 Queens County Christmas Bird Count

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Eight days ago, on Sunday, 16 December, a whole big bunch of intrepid birders headed out across my fine home borough into abysmal conditions to conduct the 2018 Queens County Christmas Bird Count. The post The 2018 Queens County Christmas Bird Count appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2018)

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This past year may have felt like it lasted a grueling decade or more, but 2018 only spanned 52 weeks. Did you strive, learn, and enjoy in 2018? The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. As usual, we each had the same 52 weekends to make birding magic happen. Now that the last of our allotted weekends has passed, take stock of your birding year. How will next year’s birding compare to this one?

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of December 2018?

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Weather permitting, I’ll be rambling out in search of winter ducks or to see if I can fill in any last holes on a terrific 2018 year list. The post Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of December 2018? While most of the world’s avian interest turns to colly birds, French hens, and partridges in pear trees , some enlightened souls appreciate birds for more than strictly utilitarian reasons.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2018)

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If you want to hear something really scary, consider this: we only have two more months of 2018! The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. A lot of thrill seekers immerse themselves in mock terror the weekend before Halloween. Between work and rain, I saw nothing but mundane birds this weekend, and not even in good light. Mourning Dove was about as good as it got, so make of that what you will.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Autumn in New York blazes with abundant charms, but the flaming foliage and delicious fall harvest comes with some downsides, at least for those with evil seasonal allergies. How is a person supposed to enjoy fall migration when every trip outside triggers paroxysms of sneezing?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2018)

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Some may feel that 2018 is inching towards its close. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Others might fine the pace far more frenetic. Another weekend in the books means that this calendar year is almost over. Did you make the most of the second weekend of December? Car troubles keep shutting my birding plans down, but at least I got out with the family to cut down our Christmas tree.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2018?

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Corey can’t stop racking up 2018 birds and will continue his run somewhere in NYC this weekend. As we approach the end of the first month of the year, take a moment to consider how challenging January birding can be for many of us. Denizens of the temperate zones begin the calendar year in the depth of winter or height of summer, times when species diversity is sparse. The conditions under which those few available species can be found are often dreadfully hot or painfully cold.

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Semper K9 fundraiser update

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The fundraiser we were helping with is now over, and we are so excited to report the number! Thanks to the generosity of the vendors participating, and those who shopped and donated, we raised over $1700 USD for this wonderful … Continue reading →

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2018? While this time of year brings different temperatures and conditions across the world, we still all observe mid-December the same way: Christmas Bird Counts. Wherever you engage in this time-honored celebration of citizen science and avian diversity, dress for the weather and have a blast! Corey will be looking to break more records with this year’s Queens Christmas Bird Count. Wish him luck.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of September 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Now that fall has officially fallen over the Northern Hemisphere, we can finally embrace apple cider, football, and anything flavored with pumpkin spice. Even better, this time of year is exactly when fall migration occurs. Did your weekend feature any fall migrants? Without any real birding or outdoor activity during what was a gorgeous New York weekend, I still observed plenty of birds.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2018? Did you participate in last weekend’s Global Big Day ? According to eBird , more than 17,000 birders from 146 countries tallied 6,136 species of birds. Whether you were part of that international birding brigade or not, you can make this weekend big too. There are still a lot of birds that need to be seen out there! I’ll be kicking around Rochester trying to clean up my year list.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of November 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of November 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Some Mondays hit harder than others. Most Americans celebrated a long weekend filled with a lot (maybe too much) food, family, and shopping.

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Budget Friendly Tips for Your New Rescue

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If you have decided to give a dog a second chance by rescuing them from a dog shelter or rescue group, good for you! Not only can you feel great about the choice you made to save a life, your. dogs guest post

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Many birders have places they return to year after year, special pilgrimages promising scenes and species they see nowhere else. Enjoying these locations over time allows us to experience our beloved birding sites in all their multifaceted glory, even when those facets aren’t exactly glorious.

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New things coming!

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Sorry we have been a bit MIA from our blog the past few months. We have been taking some time off, thinking about how to make our site better, and the most exciting news of all is coming… a new … Continue reading →

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Anyone who lives in a state or country that observes Daylight Savings Time received the gift of an extra hour this weekend. The fact that this hour falls in the middle of the night means that most people sleep right through it, but I wonder what would happen if you observes a nocturnal bird like an owl during the hour that gets reset. Could you still count it?

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of October 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of October 2018? As October winds down, dark minds turn to bats and other creatures of the night. But don’t spend all weekend in the shadows. Birds are flying fast and far these days, and you don’t want to miss them. Somehow, I booked myself for another weekend of work, but I’m hopeful I can catch one of the last straggling shorebirds in these parts. Corey will be birding in and around Queens. How about you?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of December 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of December 2018? As sure as the sun rises in the east, cold temperatures and winter weather will afflict certain parts of the world before autumn even ends. What isn’t so sure is how we react to these conditions. To wit, I am freezing! Last year, I probably logged more winter birding days than during any other period of my life, routinely schlepping through snowy conditions for– obviously — Snowy Owls and the like.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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23 May 2018. 12 Jun 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 20 Jan 2018. 13 Apr 2018. 04 Apr 2018. 19 Jan 2018. 13 Mar 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 05 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 03 Apr 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 13 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 06 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 01 Jan 2018. 02 Jan 2018.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. December in the Northern Hemisphere starts slowly but picks up relentless speed as the month hurtles downhill towards a new year. Hope you enjoyed some quiet times this weekend in preparation for the hustle ahead. Car trouble shut down my big birding plans this weekend, but my local birds kept me entertained.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of October 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of October 2018? We in the United States are looking at another long weekend at a terrific time of year to get an extra day of leisure. Argue all you wish about the Great Age of Exploration and exploitation of indigenous peoples. I’ll refrain from getting political for once and just go look at birds! I’m heading down to rural Pennsylvania this weekend to see what migrants might be turning up on the old farm.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Can anyone deny that a perfect autumn weekend ranks as high as any span of days any other time of year? When summer’s rampant growth tips over into gaudy rot and all your old avian friends pass through on the way to points south, when nothing tastes better than a ripe apples after a fall hike, those are fine days.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of November 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of November 2018? You’d think that a long weekend launched by Turkey Day would prove popular for birding in the United States. On the contrary, the fourth weekend of the month usually features eating, traveling, football, more eating, shopping, and maybe–if the leftovers hold out–still more eating. Plus, birding is never all that popular in these parts.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2018? During the last weekend of September, birds are well and truly on the move all across the world. So why aren’t you birding right now? I will be out and about trying to catch migratory action in the Rochester area this weekend. Corey will be doing the same around Queens. 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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. While I rarely lie to our readers, this moment calls for complete candor: I cannot stand the arrival of winter. Rochester is already cold and snowy, chronic conditions which will last for another six months or so. I will, of course, get over my weather woes and find a way to enjoy the unappreciated pleasures of winter birding. For now, though, I’m still resisting!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. November may not exhibit the gaudy charms of some of our more festive (not to mention warmer) months in the Northern Hemisphere, but these days possess their own charms. For example, we’re entering that season where you have to decide if you’d rather be birding or be warm. Who won that battle this weekend?

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of November 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of November 2018? As I watch the season’s first snowfall (flurries, thankfully) accumulate on my lawn, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss. Most, if not all, of our southbound migrants have moved on. On the other hand, we can also look forward to the imminent arrival of literal rafts of seaducks and winter specialties. Does the dwindling of daylight hours trigger despair or delight in your birder’s heart?

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2018? We’re in it now, and by “it” I don’t mean another academic year, although the recent rash of school open houses means were in that too. For birders, “it” is another season of migration, another extended influx of passing birds en route to their next layover. Enjoy it! During such a time, one needn’t travel far for fun times (unless a hurricane is barreling through your yard).

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of November 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of November 2018? Welcome to the first weekend of November. If you identify as a birdwatcher, birder, or general nature buff, you’ve earned another weekend to get out there and chase birds during a beautiful time of year. If you don’t consider yourself a birder or nature lover, my first question is simply, “When are you going to start?” ” Next, I have to ask, “Why are you reading this blog?”

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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27 Oct 2018. 27 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 25 Oct 2018. 22 Oct 2018. 21 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 18 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 17 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018. 16 Oct 2018.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of September 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of September 2018? We’re in the shoulder season now, perfectly poised to enjoy the fruits of the passing season and the one that lies ahead. Whatever the wind blows your way this weekend, be ready! I’m headed down to the Chincoteague area for my annual pilgrimage, hoping to find a bevy of birds that have eluded me so far this year.

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Pied Oystercatcher breeding season 2018

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This year is the eighteenth year since we discovered our first Pied Oystercatcher nest on Cable Beach in Broome and it didn’t take us long to realise that they are not at all successful at raising young due to egg and chick predation. Thankfully due to the long life span of this bird species the population appears to be somewhat stable at the moment. The Northern area of Cable Beach fares even worse than the area closer to habitation despite there being more pairs of Pied Oystercatchers.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2018? We’re at that point where the season to come seems more present than the one just passing. Case in point, many of us in Upstate New York just experienced our first frost, mild yet chilling in its implications. Days on the northern half of the globe are becoming visibly shorter, while the southern half is getting more light and warmth. This far from both summer and winter, we should expect flashes of both.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Migratory months are made for Big Days, Big Sits, and generally Big birding hauls. How Big was your weekend? Corey had an amazing day on Saturday at Fort Tilden doing his Big Sit. (He’ll He’ll be posting all about it later today.)

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. September has drawn to a close, but the birding excitement may just be getting started, depending on where you live. Migratory season can last a while, so pace yourselves! I finally made it to one of my favorite patches, but all I found were swarms of agitated chipmunks. They must have chased the birds away!

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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29 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 28 Sep 2018. 27 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 25 Sep 2018. 24 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 23 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 22 Sep 2018. 20 Sep 2018. 20 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018. 19 Sep 2018.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of September 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of September 2018? Towns across New York state are celebrating Homecoming this weekend, which seems appropriate from the perspective of cooling temps and the urge to nest ahead of winter’s bite. As birders, however, we focus more on those restless creatures struck with the sudden, irresistible urge to leave. Birds all across the world are leaving last season’s homes for next season’s breeding or wintering grounds.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of August 2018?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of August 2018? Mid-August in the Northern Hemisphere demands attention. Most of us have not yet returned to our regular routines and still live on an erratic, often enjoyable summer schedule. I find this season to be least amenable to regular birding, both for its mundane crop of resident species and my unpredictable schedule. The imminent arrival of September should fix all that, but for now, I’m soaking in summer fun.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2018)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2018) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Most of us have heard the phrase, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,” while imagining such infirmity only befalls lesser souls. Every once in a while, though, even the most indomitable birder has to sit on the sidelines due to illness or injury, no matter how rare or plentiful the action is.

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