Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2020)

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2020 is almost over… finally. Responsible social distancing has savaged the travel and tourism industries, which means that all of our favorite birding lodges, vendors, and guides have suffered and continue to struggle as we enter 2021.

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My first eLearning Blog Article

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of May 2020?

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Get out there and greet them… as far as we know, birds don’t spread or suffer from COVID-19! 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. No matter where on this big, beautiful planet you live, you probably anticipate the passage of new species over the next thirty-one days.

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The Birds are All Right

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But here in 2020, the eastern half is also suffering the effects of drought — leaving it shallow enough to keep a fair number of Teals, Pintails, and Shovelers happy. Kind of shows how we have all felt in 2020, doesn’t it?

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A Good Walk Well Spoiled

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Once, and only once, a while after I became a bit crazy about birding, my long-suffering wife decided to go along with me and see what it was all about. Golf is a good walk spoiled. — Mark Twain.

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The Cutting Edge II: Hummingbird Feeders

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This latter style suffers from the problem that it must be refilled very often, because the level of food is constantly being reduced by the feeding. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that Americans spend nearly $1 billion annually on bird houses, feeders, nest boxes, and baths.

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Farewell to 2020 – Marin Brewing Company: Albion Amber Ale

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As uncertain as the future may be, I’m sure we’re all ready to bid farewell to the year 2020. The post Farewell to 2020 – Marin Brewing Company: Albion Amber Ale appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Parrots in My Costa Rican Neighborhood

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Since these are the same neighbors who illegally cut down several other trees (habitat that was used by wintering warblers), it appears that they also suffer from the all too prevalent affliction of environmental disconnect that has been steadily bringing our Planet to the edge of biome collapse. Costa Rica is a country situated well south of the Tropic of Cancer and like most places without a winter, parrots are an essential part of the local avifauna.

Back to Tierra Caliente

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The day started out with some typical monsoon-season cloudiness, so my first photos suffered a bit from low lighting. What with lockdown and all, it had been a while since I had made the one-hour drive down to Paso Ancho, my closest option for birding a full-blown tropical thorn forest habitat. At 3,300 feet (1,000 m), this is the edge of what Mexicans call Tierra Caliente, the Hot Country.

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Oban Distillery: 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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But no matter where you find them, the search for gulls is often accompanied by its own brand of self-inflicted suffering, for which whisky is the perfect remedy. 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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