Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2020)

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Of the four new year birds for him the best was one of several Nelson’s Sparrows at Big Egg Marsh, always a great bird to see, and Corey saw several very well as the high tide forced them out of the marsh.

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Echidna-egg laying mammal-500th post!

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When I realised that this weekend would be my 500th post for this website I thought I could broaden the “birding” topic to “egg-laying” topic. In Australia we have two egg-laying mammals. The post Echidna-egg laying mammal-500th post!

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The first Pied Oystercatcher chick of 2020

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Our first Pied Oystercatcher eggs for this year’s breeding season were laid early and were due to hatch last weekend. This pair of Pied Oystercatchers never seems to have a problem with incubating their eggs. The remaining egg still needed to be incubated.

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Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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Penguins are shown individually in groups, in dense colonies, within habitat (ice, rainforest, beach), swimming in the ocean, and doing things–nose to nose with an albatross, feeding a child, placing an egg on its foot, sliding down ice. Netherlands: Oliver Plantema, 2020.

Pied Oystercatchers are breeding early again!

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We normally encounter our first Pied Oystercatcher nest with eggs in it around the first week of July. In 2016 one pair of Pied Oystercatchers laid an egg early on June 11th. This year one pair of Pied Oystercatchers had their first egg on June 12th. The first egg laid.

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Third Cable Beach Pied Oystercatcher nest to hatch

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We had been patiently awaiting the arrival of the two chicks since the eggs were laid a month ago. I took a few photos of the chick that had hatched out and the remaining egg. The egg had a clear hole in the upper right where the egg tooth was breaking through the shell.

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Fully fledged Pied Oystercatcher chick

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There are still newly laid clutches of Pied Oystercatcher eggs on the northern section of Cable Beach , so there is hope still of more survivals. We are very pleased that at least one Pied Oystercatcher chick has survived this year when there has not been much good news for 2020.

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Dollarbirds are back in Broome

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These were Torresian Crows that realised that the Channel-billed Cuckoos were likely to try and lay eggs in their nest, so they could raise their young for them. In a year when there’s not a lot that is normal some things happen like clock-work.

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Comb-crested Jacanas breeding

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In the header photo and below you can see the adult is shading three eggs. Comb-crested Jacana shading three eggs. There was an egg that had floated off and it was not clear if it could be saved. The egg is to the left of the adult bird just above one of the fringe lilies.

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Not just for the birds

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If I had known that these Amanita caesareas smell pleasantly of eggs, I would have taken a sniff. If you read my last post, you will know that my last three weekly outings were not overly productive, as far as birds are concerned.

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The Bird Way: A Book Review

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Superb Lyrebird by John Burgoyne ©2020 . One good thing about birding during a pandemic–the forced restrictions on place and time translate into more time to observe what birds do.

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The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

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It didn’t occur to me till I started reading The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird that there was also a possible threat to the eagle herself: poachers, who steal raptor eggs and chicks. Simon & Schuster, February 2020, 336 pages.

How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

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Egg-laying starts in late March to early April and they remain in the vicinity till early June.

Cable Beach Pied Oystercatchers continue to hatch

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Following on from the sad loss of our first Pied Oystercatcher chick of 2020 the other eggs are now also hatching. Somehow the twenty eight days passed without the eggs being run over.

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Pied Oystercatcher chick at 40 days

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There are more Pied Oystercatcher nests with eggs in them now, so the breeding season is not over yet. We always hope for a good outcome, but over the years we have had to accept that the Pied Oystercatchers are not usually successful due to predation of either their eggs or chicks.

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Whistling Kites breeding

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We don’t know how many eggs were originally laid due to the height of the nest. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the Black Kites breeding around Broome. There have also been Whistling Kites breeding around Broome in recent weeks.

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A Red-capped Plover nest

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The female Red-capped Plover immediately returned to the nest to incubate her eggs. The male Red-capped Plover was nearby and they generally incubate the eggs at night. Once the eggs hatch out there will be two very small Red-capped Plover chicks that will venture onto the beach.

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Pied Oystercatcher chick-cautiously optimistic

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They prefer to walk away from you to lead you away from eggs, chicks or their territory. The one surviving Pied Oystercatcher chick that I introduced you to four weeks ago continues to thrive. Although it is stood alone in the header photo it has its parents very close by.

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Springtime in Canada Geese Country

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The adults have been paired off for months, building nests in the grassy edges of the lake (except one pair, who nested in a wooden pail at the end of someone’s dock) and finally the adorable babies emerged from their cream-colored eggs.

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Birding Shanghai in May

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Understandably, after all the trouble of incubating the eggs. Don`t worry – after having written about birding Shanghai in April a few weeks ago, I will not continue this theme for longer – not that much to write about in June and July.

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Hooded Plovers on Squeaky Beach

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I soon noticed the shallow nest scrape, but there were not any eggs in it yet. Hopefully they will soon lay eggs and raise young on Squeaky Beach. During the recent months we spent in Victoria we were lucky enough to observe a pair of Hooded Plovers.

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Black Kites breeding

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The adult Pied Oystercatcher that is sitting on the eggs will lay as flat as possible to protect the eggs. Black Kites are very common around Broome and they are often observed in very large flocks.

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What Will My Next Five Queens Birds Be?

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318 – Burrowing Owl , 16 May 2019: An unbelievable find and a thrilling chase, this bird at Big Egg Marsh was as as astonishing as it was unpredicted.

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The Dracula Bird

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Instead, they lay their eggs in other species’ nests, and let those nest-making birds (often significantly smaller than the cowbirds) raise their young. I hope you will forgive my rather lurid title. No, I am not going to tell you about some blood-sucking bird with hypnotic powers.

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Collective Arts: Stranger than Fiction

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I can’t imagine what life must be like during the current viral pandemic for those unlucky souls who don’t bird.

A review of the birdcentric novel “Accidentals” (the title of which is in the plural for a reason)

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And the nandu, a South American rhea, has an intriguing chick-survival strategy: a week before hatching, the male (who does the incubating) pushes one egg out of the nest.

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Best Birds of my First Year with 10,000 Birds

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But the Kentish Plover was sheltering its young under its body, and the Little Ringed Plover was incubating an egg — right in the middle of downtown Madrid! When it comes to one’s most exciting bird sightings, of course, it all comes down to context.

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Little Friarbirds nesting in Broome

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There are eggs in the nests, so it won’t be long and there will be young and no doubt it will become even more dangerous to walk through the park. Our daily walks to our two local parks with our neighbour’s dog are currently quite a dangerous affair.

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Bernd Heinrich’s new book “White Feathers” — a review

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But Heinrich uses the term to mean (probably) that a strange female has laid her egg in a nest she did not make – a la the cowbird or cuckoo. 27 / February 18, 2020 / ISBN 978132860441-5 (hardcover) / ISBN 9781328603517 (ebook).

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Cable Beach Pied Oystercatchers

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We have to hope that vehicles stop driving beyond the high tide mark and that the eggs hatch out in twenty eight days’ time. The nest site has been used in previous years and if it fails they will lay a second clutch of eggs.

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Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (12-Year)

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A European Robin ( Erithacus rubescens ) from British Birds and their Eggs by John Maclair Boraston (1909). Whiskey Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskeys all month long.

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And So It Begins

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In spite of our proximity, it spent a good while positioned as if it had eggs there. That number was a bit better than my first-day total from 2019, though a bit worse than 2020’s total. I can’t resist loving my first week of birding each year.

National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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It does seem like the order is concurrent with the 61st Supplement, which came out in 2020, but Northwestern Crow is included as a full species. Audubon guides to birds have been around since 1946.

How Birds Evolve: What Science Reveals about Their Origin, Lives, and Diversity: A Book Review by a Non-Science Person

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The “Owls and Albatrosses” chapter, for example, begins with Doug’s personal experiences observing of the nesting strategies of Malleefowl and a Moluccan Megapode, Australasian “chickens who lay their eggs in unusual ways and do not parent.

Bird Talk: An Exploration of Avian Communication–A Book Review

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I’m thinking here of books like Wenfei Tong’s Understanding Bird Behavior (PUP, 2020) and John Kricher’s superlative Peterson Guide to Bird Behavior (HMH, 2020). There was a time when I thought each bird species had its own individual song.

Camping by the Fitzroy River

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If you look at this header photo and then the header photo of our first camping trip in 2020 you will notice it is somewhat similar. We moved in slowly and soon observed that there was a well camouflaged nest with one egg in it. Black-fronted Dotterel nest with one egg.

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Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests: A Field Guide Review

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This may have been partly a leftover from the Victorian fascination with egg collecting (the infamous passion known as oology), but probably more from people’s burgeoning interest in the nests and eggs found in their gardens and fields, gateway artifacts to a newer hobby called birdwatching.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1). Redgannet continues his quest to bring colour to the profile map (one pixel at a time), by visiting The Seychelles (this time, on purpose!).

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Collaborative list – December 2018

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Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. So what do you want first? The numbers? The accolades? The lifers? December’s collaborative results also summarises the year’s efforts, so this is December 2018 and the rest of 2018 all rolled into one sentence.

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Collaborative List – November 2018

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Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. A big thank you goes out to Tristan, who demonstrated that at least one person reads this drivel. He pointed out that Illinois had been sadly neglected up to this point, so Redgannet made a special visit to Chicago to redress this oversight. Tom and Pat were toe to toe in Costa Rica , so the numbers from there outshone anything else on the list for November, with over 60% of the month’s total shared between them.

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Collaborative List – October 2018

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Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. In a month that contained the eBird Big Day , we can naturally expect that the beats have been racing about providing much fodder for the collaborative list. The two most prolific contributors, Pat and Tom, have been sharing their birding space in Costa Rica. Tom’s own list continues apace Those of us who have tried to do a big year know how tough it gets on the homeward stretch and will be rooting for him.

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Collaborative list – September 2018

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Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. Jamaica Bay, Big Egg Marsh. The nights are drawing in and the mornings are cooler and noticeably damper. It’s September and time for birds to start their southerly journeys. The beats have been out to line their route and cheer them along, wishing them bon voyage and a safe return next spring. At the far ends of the world, our southern beats are poised to welcome them back.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h. Redgannet missed an opportunity to contribute when he was completely washed out at Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria. Electric storms closed the new walkway there and he amassed a total list of just 3 birds!

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