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!

Birding Nonggang, Guangxi, China

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Perhaps the star bird here is the Nonggang Babbler , which was first observed by professional ornithologists only in 2005. The birds are not closely related. Another highlight of the Nonggang bird population is the Indochinese Green Magpi e. Birding“Mother died today.

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Birding the Trinity Hills

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It may seem like an unnecessarily recurring theme in my posts about birding within Trinidad & Tobago, but the more I write on the subject the more it becomes apparent that the number three must have some significance, somewhere. Its inaccessibility has led to it not being birded often.

Birding Dulan County, Qinghai

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Being a mammal myself, I am understandably much less fond of this animal class than I am of birds. But I have to admit that seeing some of the wolves, foxes, asses, and sheep of Dulan county is nice, at least as long as they do not stand in front of some exciting birds.

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Animal Rights: A Small Bird

December birding in Belgrade

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In Belgrade, Serbia, winter months offer surprisingly good birding possibilities. Also, to warm yourself after birding, there are two restaurants at the top. And so, there the birds are, in the middle of the city.

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Birding Danba, Western Sichuan

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The continuous fog when birding the next morning did not help either. The severe drawback of course being that the birds were covered in heavy fog too. Maybe this bird has some secret vices that nobody has ever heard about? Nor was I, after a day of chasing birds in the fog.

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Birding the Drakensberg, South Africa

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Fortunately, China still has lots of interesting birding locations left for me. But of course, it is also nice to remember past birding trips. For some reason (mainly laziness), the birds below are ordered alphabetically. The bird looks a bit more interesting than that.

Birding around Xining, Qinghai

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Early August is a bit of a dead time for birding in Shanghai unless you like your birds as little white spots at the far end of a telescope. So, I asked around and was told that Qinghai is the place to go to for birds in China in August. Birding China Qinghai Xining

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

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 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.

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.

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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My 10 Best Birds for 2021

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Last week, Corey opened the “Top Ten Birds for 2021” season here at 10,000 Birds. Still, birding in unpopulated places is an excellent form of exercise during a pandemic (not to mention a source of mental health). Birding Birding Mexico Birding Michoacán

Birding Longcanggou, Sichuan

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It is a well-known birding hotspot, though access to some of its parts may be tricky without a local guide. Like many of the largest species within bird families, the Great Parrotbill looks somewhat plain, at least in the weather I encountered it.

Birding around Chaka, Qinghai, China

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Fortunately, I share this preference with birds, which we found away from the lake, mostly in some semi-desert areas. “ Not the bird’s fault, I guess. Apparently, this is another bird species that feels not so certain about flying (many humans have similar feelings).

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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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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 Inirida, Colombia: practicalities, part 3

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The late November to early December was the beginning of a dry season and no one wore rubber boots, all birding was done in lightweight hiking shoes. In Inírida – on older maps Puerto Inírida, there is no need for cages, you can hear birds all the time!

What Was Your First Bird of 2022?

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What was your first bird of the year this year, 2022? Please… Happy New Year to all of our wonderful 10,000 Birds readers! Let us know your first bird of the year in the comments! Birding 2022 first bird of the year

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New Year’s Birding

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Happy New Year Since the new year the rain has been very generous on the Sunshine Coast such that birding has been undesirable. A site with poor access but occasionally interesting birds. Birding Australia Australian birdsComb crested Jacana.

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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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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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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.

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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Bird Uganda with Bird Uganda Safaris

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic. Destinations Africa Birding Tourism Uganda

Birding Inirida, Colombia, a forest so young that birds still have no names, part 1

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Have you ever birded a place so young that birds still have no names? Discovered only in 2007 and photographed by Pablo Florez in 2016, in the latest field guide, the Lynx guide, this bird is literally called the “Unnamed Antshrike” (cover photo, a female by Dustin Chen). .

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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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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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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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.

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 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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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 Nanhui, Shanghai in November 2021

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The latter is possible, as the undisturbed areas of Nanhui keep shrinking, leaving less and less space for birds. Bramblings at Nanhui enjoy staring vacantly into space … … and accusing bird watchers of not paying enough attention to them. Somehow, for this bird it is ok.

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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 a monastery: Zhaga, Western Sichuan

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But it seems the birds like this habitat, probably as this is a rare more open area on these otherwise mostly heavily forested hills. The monastery is quite large compared to a bird guide (Bella from Alpinebirding on the left-hand side). And compared to birds, for that matter.

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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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RECENT BIRDING AT COORAN, SUNSHINE COAST

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Popple] One of the great things about birding is its continuing ability to surprise. Birding encourages exploration and it is very satisfying to find a new location close to home that presents an unexpected bird diversity. BirdingScarlet Honeyeater male [S.

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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