Birding Serbia in the 2020

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Birdwise, I am lagging some 10 to 15 species behind my usual tallies, considering everything – not too bad at all. The post Birding Serbia in the 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding 2020 Serbia

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Consolation species

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I was soooo excited about getting to know the Middle East, as well as some of its exotic species. The Streak-backed Oriole shown at the head of this post is far from an uncommon species in Paso Ancho. This female Rose-throated Becard also gave me my best photo so far of its species. The post Consolation species appeared first on 10,000 Birds. I should have been on my way to Istanbul by the time this post came out.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2020)

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2020 is almost over… finally. Rather than belabor the obvious, I’ll just point out that the global pandemic may have spawned a new wave of birders, but collectively we’ve seen far fewer species of birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2020)

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Over twenty species of wood-warbler, a variety of shorebirds, and host of birds in general will make for some fun fall birding. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2020)

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I was shocked to still find a number of shorebird species up at Braddock Bay, perhaps because of how much productive mud the dropping lake levels have exposed. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2020)

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Keep looking… November 2020 appears full of surprises. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Collaborative List – July 2020

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The 83 checklists submitted during July contained 459 species. The post Collaborative List – July 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Have you noticed that “pishing” is far less efective when one is wearing a mask?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2020)

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Corey had an excellent weekend’s birding, adding three species to his year list for Queens, Eared Grebe , Tundra Swan , and Red-shouldered Hawk. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2020)

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The finch didn’t show up except for American Goldfinch , so he chose this common species as his Best Bird of the Weekend, as at least they showed up. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

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They help me start the day, make a beautiful new beginning to each morning and even if many are the same species as the previous day, I am thankful for their presence. The post A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Our Best Birds of 2020

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2020 will be remembered as a year that we’d like to forget. are up next, with a wonderful Australian species: It is very hard to choose a Best Bird of the Year any year. Since three times is a charm, I nominate the Sparkling-tailed hummingbird for my 2020 BBOTY.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2020)

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But of the species they saw he most appreciated the Eastern Phoebe because it was the last of the “never-missed” species to be spotted. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of October 2020)

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A distant American White Pelican on the East Pond was Corey’s 264th species in Queens this year, which tops his previous best by three species. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of October 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2020)

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Corey had an easy time picking his Best Bird of the Weekend: either of the two Whimbrel that flew over him on Rockaway Beach on Sunday morning, his first of that species in Queens this year! The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Windjana Gorge in 2020

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As we all well know there is something very different about 2020. Following on from our first camping trip for 2020 we took another camping trip a bit further afield. We soon added Sandstone Shrike-thrush to our 2020 bird list and it is a great place to find them without too much walking. Green-backed Gerygones were calling and it is a species we always seek out when we visit. The post Windjana Gorge in 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2020)

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I was thrilled to find more species than expected along the lake this weekend, especially a pair of foraging Hudsonian Godwits willing to be added to my county list. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2020)

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I finally chased down what has been a nemesis species for me at Webster Park, which seems to be one of Rochester’s most reliable winter finch hotspots. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2020)

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The last weekend lived up to my meager expectations of delivering only common species, but I did enjoy the Carolina Wrens in my yard chattering away, undoubtedly in delight that their aggressive House cousins were occupied elsewhere.

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Collaborative List – September 2020

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They noted 719 species between them. The post Collaborative List – September 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Redgannet has dropped off the radar.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2020)

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A weekend that included well north of a hundred species is a difficult weekend for which to decide what is the Best Bird of the Weekend and Corey had that enviable task this weekend. Somehow, despite seeing both species of cuckoo that show up in New York, two dozen species of wood-warbler, and host of other birds, he managed to narrow it down. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Birding a Kimberley Quarry in 2020

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The main bird species around the quarry were Zebra Finch , Painted Finch , Spinifex Pigeons , Crested Pigeons , Peaceful Doves and Diamond Doves. The post Birding a Kimberley Quarry in 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2020)

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Corey enjoyed a morning walk on Saturday with three friends at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, where they spotted over fifty species between mosquitoes and biting flies. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2020)

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A Saturday morning seawatch netted Corey a Cory’s Shearwater , a nice year bird, but he couldn’t get good enough looks at the two Great Shearwaters that went past for him to count them as a new species for his Queens list. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Another weekend is in the books. With hope, this was a memorable one for you, even if the birds weren’t particularly rare.

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Collaborative List ? May 2020

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This was the month we (in the northern hemisphere) had all been waiting for, but what a strange month May 2020 has been. 149 checklists were submitted, accounting for 465 species. The post Collaborative List – May 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Normally it is the month of migrants and summer visitors, but who has been out to greet them or wave them on their way?

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Collaborative list – April 2020

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Between them they shared 63 checklists, spanning 5 countries and noted 231 species of birds. The post Collaborative list – April 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. As the rest of the world hides behind the curtains, our beats have thrown theirs open to record the avian life that passes outside their windows. Other sightings have been included from legitimate outings for work and exercise (at all times maintaining a respectable distance). 7 beats contributed this month.

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Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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Now is when we can venture into the closest park and see birds of the deep woods, species that breed far from town. It’s a living festival and for the birds, 2020 is no different. For birders, spring migration 2020 is of course very different. I hope and wait for spring migrants in 2020 by watching the green space from the back balcony, usually between 6 and 7 in the morning. The post Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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My Best Bird of the Year 2020… so far

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For several years, I had seen photos of this species posted by my friend Julio Álvarez, from the state of Jalisco, just to the west of my state of Michoacán. And yet, on the first Monday of 2020, a female Woodstar turned up at El Temascal, a site that never seems to fail to bring me some surprise. Oddly enough, El Temascal is also a site where I may see the Bumblebee Hummingbird , a species with many similarities. I have yet to take a decent photo of the species.

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Collaborative list – October 2020

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They submitted 124 checklists for 671 species of bird. In particular 272 species were noted from 14 checklists submitted on October 17th, eBird’s October Big Day. The post Collaborative list – October 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Fall is well and truly underway and the shoreline is filling with waders and wildfowl. October has seen the return of closer to normal activity for the beats and collaboration has been as high as it has been since February.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2020)

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Of the 132 species he spotted he decided photographing a Common Nighthawk in Queens for the first time entitled the nighthawk to be his Best Bird of the Weekend. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. This past weekend was both Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day, and yet I had to deal with snow and freezing cold. Isn’t that against the rules?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2020)

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Ivy and I couldn’t shake an owl out of Owl Woods but we walked away with all kinds of FOY species such as the unexpected Yellow-bellied Sapsucker calling high in a tree. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. The checklist for a basic birding outing has become more complex during the COVID-19 crisis. Along with the usual optics and gear, you have to consider packing masks and antiseptic hand wash.

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Collaborative list – August 2020

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“Birding Over Time” compares the number of species recorded over a month with that month from previous years. The post Collaborative list – August 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of January 2020?

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That is the state of our 2020 year lists and general birding experience. Some of us have already enjoyed some New Year’s day bio-blitzing, but the first weekend of the year offers so much potential to become reacquainted with the species you haven’t seen since 2019. The post Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of January 2020? Is there nothing more inviting than a fresh canvas, an unbroken expanse fraught with possibilities just waiting to be filled?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2020)

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Corey did get out for some socially distant birding this weekend and his Best Bird of the Weekend was a Yellow-throated Warbler at Cunningham Park, only his fifth record of the species in Queens. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. April weekends always promise but only sometimes deliver.

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Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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The prospect of identifying a certain number of species in a given amount of time pushes us to pay more attention to birds no matter what the circumstances (although I suggest keeping the exclamations about species identifications to yourself during such solemn situations as funerals, graduations, and watching episodes of The Sopranos). This is my year list for 2020, the list of the bird species identified from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2020)

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His Best Bird of the Weekend was an Acadian Flycatcher in Forest Park on Sunday both because it’s a good bird for his home borough and because it was the final of the five Empidonax species that occur in Queens that he saw this year. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. If May represents the apex of avian observation opportunities in most areas, June signals the slide down the slope towards a truly tedious valley.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of May 2020?

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No matter where on this big, beautiful planet you live, you probably anticipate the passage of new species over the next thirty-one days. The post Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of May 2020? Despite this ongoing period of historic uncertainty and sacrifice, we can find comfort in at least one certainty: May means birds and plenty of them.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of April 2020?

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Keep your eyes open, because new species may be showing up right outside your window. The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of April 2020? If you haven’t noticed, an epic drama has been playing out over the last two months in community after community in virtually every country on Earth. We hope you and yours have been able to weather this crisis with your health and sanity intact.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2020)

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Factors like temperature, weather, and availability of food sources drive avian distribution, but the single most influential factor regarding how many species you might see this month is YOU. My business trip to Florida to host the Tests and the Rest Winter Conference 2020 was more than just a professional success. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2020?

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This is not to say that you won’t find great birds where you are, but only that they will likely be the resident breeders or wintering species you’ve already grown accustomed to. The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2020? Welcome to the doldrums. As we ascend to the height of the season, we become more likely to encounter extreme weather coupled with extremely mundane birding.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

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But the pandemic and an adjustment to Corey’s schedule to take advantage of off-peak commute times meant he was home and on his balcony on Friday afternoon when a Black Vulture went over, his first sighting of the species in Queens! The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2020)

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There’s something about the simple black, red, and white coloration of the species that makes it stand out as Best Bird of the Weekend. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. The first month of the current year is all but over. Happy with your year list to date? Don’t worry… we’ve got 11 months to go! The birds we encountered up on the lake this weekend could only be described as mundane.

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Collaborative list – January 2020

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This shows the top birders, by species or checklists submitted. For 2020, the list will only contain the relevant month’s sightings to avoid huge, bulky posts as the year progresses. These are the opening stats for 2020. 17 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 28 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 10 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020. 25 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020. 18 Jan 2020. 01 Jan 2020.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2020)

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One of the things Corey most enjoys about a new year is the way it resets your year list, giving you an excuse to pay a little more attention to the common species as you check them off your year list. Like Corey and so many others, I took the time to really appreciate the everyday species we jaded bird chasers typically take for granted. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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