Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2019?

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Corey will be enjoying sunshine and hopefully the one endemic species to be found on Barbados as he enjoys a short vacation with his family. Easter weekend carries deep spiritual significance for many around the world, but Sunday also symbolizes the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. With blossoms blooming and birds zooming, Easter has something to offer for everyone.

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Machi the Whimbrel Gunned Down by Hunters

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Guadeloupe, Martinique and Barbados continue to operate “shooting swamps” some of which are artificial wetlands created to attract migrant shorebirds for sport shooting during fall migration. Barbados, once a British colony is now an independent state and also not party to the Treaty. The last Eskimo Curlew known to science was shot on Barbados in 1963.

My Ten Best Birds of 2019

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I also spent a week in northwestern Costa Rica on a family vacation, a long weekend in Barbados, a week in Georgia, and two week-plus-long trips to visit relatives in southern California. Number 7 – Barbados Bullfinch.

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Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle & Sharpe

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Or How a Serbian Suave Playboy Promoted Birding the Caribbean. Oh, the joys of slipping through the pages of a new book that has just arrived, the Birds of the West Indies by Kirwan, Levesque, Oberle and Sharpe. I am checking the References and one name, expectedly, stands out: Bond, J. Is it even possible to bird the Caribbean without the feeling that James Bond birds over your shoulder, telling you: That may be an incorrect ID, recheck that one?

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Birding Lodges – Part 1 – Paradise in Portugal

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Anderson River Park Never Disappoints Barbados The Other Antigua About the Author James A life-long birder and native of South Africa, James Currie has many years experience in the birding and wildlife tourism arenas.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2019)

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Corey is loving the sun and sand and rum and birds in Barbados. But his best of the weekend was easily a bird that he was amazed he could see in Barbados, the long-staying Eurasian Spoonbill that he spotted in its usual hangout, a private impoundment on Congo Road.

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Collaborative list – April 2019

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April was a busy time for the beats with 10 of them contributing 164 lists to accumulate 744 species from 7 countries; Costa Rica, USA, Australia, Serbia, UK, Brazil and Barbados. It’s official. It’s spring. By all measures, meteorological, astronomical and anatomical, spring is sprung. The meteorological date is from March 1st, the Vernal Equinox was passed on March 20th which accounts for the astronomical marker when the sun crosses the equator on its northwards ramble.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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35 countries were visited during 2019 , 7 of them ( Belgium , France , Germany , Italy , Thailand , Indonesia and Barbados ) bringing new blood to the Country/Territory/Emirate/Republic/Pricipality/Kingdom/Special Administrative Region list which now stands at 55. They came home exhausted.

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