Bird Therapy

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Among other things… I go birding. Yes, birding can be a wonderful tool for maintaining mental health. Why is birding such an effective mental health tool? Green is good in birds, too… like this Berylline Hummingbird. Birding works great for me!

Patience in Birding

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The slate of birds available to the ardent birder in a particular place is a constant cycle of regulars, not-so-regulars, visitors, rarities, and vagrants. I chased birds for a few years when I first got started, but my laziness eventually took over. Birding

Birding around Qinghai Lake, China

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Still, again with the help of the guides from Alpinebirding , we managed to get to the right places to see birds. It seems Common Mergansers are similarly lazy birds – according to a study quoted in the HBW, wintering individuals in New Mexico spent 58.6% The bird was not amused.

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Birds and Trash

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In some places, birds have to live with large amounts of trash in their environment. In order to deter real estate speculation, residential birds deliberately use ugly materials as part of their nests in order to prevent a local real estate boom. Birding Trash

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Animal Rights: A Small Bird

Birding with a Botanist

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I am guessing that no birder practices this passion exclusively for the birds. I couldn’t even begin to do justice to this massive tree with my long birding lens. Of course, even when you bird with a botanist, some of the excitement must actually be bird-related.

The Gas Station Bird

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The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly. The bird below is also waiting, but not to fly. One might assume this is a falconry bird, but it’s not. Anyone with even a passing knowledge of birds knows the efficiency and delicacy of their respiratory systems.

Birding Wolongshan, Sichuan, China

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With travel restrictions still in place, going on a birding trip outside of China is still not a practical option. Fortunately, China itself has a large number of bird species and habitats. The first stop was Wolongshan, a place known more for its giant pandas than its birds.

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Changing Bird Names (Again)

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On April 16, 2021, the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the American Ornithological Society (AOS), had a “ Community Congress on English Bird Names ” to discuss whether certain bird names should be changed and, if so, how quickly. Some apply to common birds and others do not.

Wet Birds

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Recently, many people have been telling me that they are very tired of photos of dry birds. So, here’s a collection of wet birds. Even though this bird is definitely wet, it still feels a bit like cheating to include it in this post. Birding Wet

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Birding Mengbishan, Sichuan, China

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On the other hand, a tunnel is built under the Mengbishan pass, which may mean that eventually a nice high-altitude stretch of the road may be bypassed by through traffic, giving some more peace to the birds (and birders). Still, birds such as the spectacular Blood Pheasant make it worthwhile.

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Birding Ruoergai, Sichuan, China

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The poster bird of this area is the near-threatened Black-necked Crane. Not sure how I (or the bird itself) feel about the bird being named after a bird collector, though. If you get the perfect shot of a Horned Lark , the bird looks very much like a cartoon devil.

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Colorful birds (premium version)

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Birds can be wonderfully colorful. A Blue-throated Barbet – the blue looks even better due to the contrast with the red on the top of the bird’s head. The post Colorful birds (premium version) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding color

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The Thorn Birds

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The reason that La Mesa is my new favorite local birding destination is not just that it is so close to home; it is the great mix of habitats that it offers. But, the birds! Protection, for birds, can be a very different thing than it is for us.

Two Birds

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Here`s another entry in the category “Rejected topics for bird-related coffee table books”, following my recent “Blue Birds” post. With remarkable accuracy, each of the photos below shows exactly two birds. Almost abstract bird patterns. Birding Birds two

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2021)

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Mid-October delivers tons of birding excitement, even the kind that can be enjoyed from a sedentary position. Whether you experienced a Big Day, a Big Sit, or just a big weekend of birding, we’re inviting you to brag about what you saw. What was your best bird of the weekend?

Birding Nanhui, Shanghai, in September 2021

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Construction is still ongoing at Nanhui, there are constant rumors that key birding sites will be made inaccessible … you have to take every Nanhui visit as it is your last (yes, another clichee). Still, there were a few birds there this September.

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Bird Uganda with Bird Uganda Safaris

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Birding Fengxian, Shanghai in summer

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With my favorite Shanghai birding place at Nanhui getting gradually destroyed under the watchful eyes of the local government favoring Tesla over terns, I have been searching for some alternative Shanghai locations with less ongoing construction, fewer people, and hopefully more birds.

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Birding the humid subtropical Europe

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And the birds will be hiding in some shade. For the majority of species – unless they have a second brood or live higher up in the mountains – by the end of June the breeding season is over and very few birds still sing or bother to defend a territory.

Birding without a phone

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If you are old enough, you will remember birding without a phone? Later I carried it because of a stash of bird songs I compiled in it. And now I carry it for the same reason, only now they are a part of the bird ID app. Birding

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Birding Baxi Forest, Sichuan, China

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Of course, it is hard to justify such an obsession in a blog post ostensibly all about birds. But now I do, courtesy of Phoebe Bridgers: “ Nothing else matters “ I have not figured out a link to birding yet). Birding Baxi Forest China Sichuan

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Wrapping Up Birding Tourism February

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We here at 10,000 Birds dedicated the month of February to highlighting a variety of birding tourism companies, destinations, and guides. After all, there are a lot more birding tourism operators who we haven’t posted about yet! Birding Experiences.

A Reliable Birding Proverb

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“Sit under a fruiting tree and birding shall be fruitful.” ” After spending the last couple months chasing migratory shorebirds, I was aching for some forest birding. The first cooperative birds of the morning were Streaked Flycatchers.

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Birding Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China

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That means it also has many tropical birds that a foreigner living in China can see without risking to leave the country (which would mean 2 weeks of quarantine on reentry at best and complete exclusion at worst, depending on the ever-changing regulations). Birds, maybe?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2021)

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As August comes rushing to a close, the doldrums of the last few weeks have already started to give way to a new mass movement of birds. Corey is loving the California birds but his Best Bird of the Weekend was a bird that doesn’t really belong in southern California.

Mangrove Birds of Costa Rica

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The trees that occur, that thrive in such places are various species of mangroves and as is typical of so many other tropical microhabitats, mangrove forests have their own suite of birds. This Myiarchus is a bird of mangrove forests, at least in Costa Rica.

Birding Ruoergai, Sichuan, China – The Raptor Edition

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Fortunately for birdwatchers, many of these birds like to sit on the power and other lines, of which sometimes curiously three or four run in parallel. I am not sure what the birds were congregating for where I took these photos.

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Birding Mkuze

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Mkuze Game Reserve is in the Eastern part of South Africa, about 5 hours away from Johannesburg, and one of the best places I have ever been to for bird photography. ” The Red-billed Quelea is regarded as the most numerous undomesticated bird on earth.

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Birding for One Species: American Goldfinch

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Taking a sip of coffee, I knew I had none of my usual birding accoutrements with me – no binoculars, no bird list, no field guide. The post Birding for One Species: American Goldfinch appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding American Goldfinch Maine

Birding Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

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This is a bit of a dilemma for local authorities – on the one hand, they would presumably like to protect the birds, on the other hand, they also want to draw as many tourists to the place as possible. Black-tailed Godwit: Somehow, this bird always looks a bit out of focus on my shots.

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Birding Balangshan, Sichuan, China (part 2)

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And it is a great place for birding. In fact, indeed one or two of the Japanese-language bird books I own have this species on their cover. Somewhat predictably, the female rarely makes it on the cover of bird books. Birding Balangshan China Sichuan

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More Encouragement to Bird at Home

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After a lifetime of lockdown measures we’re all surely chomping at the bit to get back out and slip back into that birding groove. I shall not get into those, as we may never get to the birds! I only saw the bird’s head, and made a poor photograph through the bramble.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of September 2021)

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I finally tracked down Black-bellied Plover , a shorebird species that had been eluding me for the county for years, plus a bonus bird in the form of a very infrequent Forster’s Tern hobnobbing with the usual Caspians. Corey got out looking for birds a whole bunch this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2021)

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October can be a fantastic birding season in the right places. Corey spent his weekend upstate visiting his folks, picking apples, and, of course, looking for birds. But, of them all, his Best Bird of the Weekend was a new one for him for Ulster County, a Lincoln’s Sparrow.

GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters” but it could just as easily mean “land of many birds”. Before I delve into some of these avian treasures let me give you a few non-birding reasons to visit this gem of South America. appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2021)

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Fortunately, we have birds to look at, so let’s focus on them right now. Fortunately, we have an expansive view of weekends here at 10,000 Birds so I can choose one of the birds I saw in California on Friday before I flew out as my Best Bird of the Weekend.

Come to Puembo Birding Garden

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Birding Gonggangling and Dujiangyan, Sichuan, China

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” When starting a birding tour, which words by your tour guide can have a similarly terrifying effect? What to do when faced with this question, if the urge to start the birding trip is stronger than the initial reflex to run away? Birding China Dujiangyan Gonggangling Sichuan

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Packing for a birding trip

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When was the last time you travelled for birding? It offers the richest pickings in Belgrade, especially with the incoming spring, but I must admit, the thing I miss the most is travelling and birding overseas. And with these few items, birding equipment is mostly covered.

Birding Balangshan, Sichuan, China (part 1)

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And it is a great place for birding. This makes these sections ideal for birding, with a much-reduced risk of being killed by a passing truck. (We Still, not a bird that merits flying 2000 km from your hometown. Among my favorite birds at Balangshan are Giant Laughingthrushes.

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Rainy Day? New Hometown Birding Spot!

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I hope to return early in the morning to really see how many birds utilize the site! New Hometown Birding Spot! appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Florida ParkIt was a rainy Sunday.

Birding Beljarica in August

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Last month, I birded my favourite local patch, Beljarica – the best eBird hotspot in Belgrade city and the 3rd best in Serbia – four times. One consequence of being near the city is the widespread feeding of birds with what is junk-food for them – bread.

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