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Winter Birding in Maastricht

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While I have visited a few birding sites around the Netherlands during the course of my Bachelor studies, I did not go birding a lot around the city where I lived, Maastricht. On the bird recording site Waarneming, I saw that a Great Northern Diver ( Common Loon ) was found on a lake just south of the city.

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Don’t Ignore the Barnacles – they’re Real Birds

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Serious birders may have an obsessive interest in birds, but one thing they universally don’t like are birds which, they believe, aren’t properly wild. This individual was photographed in India There’s one problem with this approach, as it can lead to birds being ignored.

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Birding Tengchong, Yunnan (again)

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According to his Wikipedia entry, he was a strong but unsuccessful supporter of women attending the university, so he is one of the better people to name a bird species after. As I saw both of them at the same spot in Tengchong, I wonder whether the bird below is a result of a pairing of the two morphs. A bad one, admittedly.

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My Favorite 2023 Birds

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Well, 2023 has ended, so it’s time to look back at the past year’s birding. The pleasures of birding are many and varied, so this kind of post always involves a list. I will also return to several birds which have already appeared here. The post My Favorite 2023 Birds first appeared on 10,000 Birds.

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Animal Rights: A Small Bird

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Birding Heligoland in Late September

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The first half of September (covered in my previous post ) was very productive, but the second half delivered some even better birding. These birds were omnipresent on the bushes and fence posts on the upper land of the island during the first weeks of my stay. We did see Eurasian Skylark , in addition to Horned Lark , as well though.

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Birding Kabul, Afghanistan

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I did not actually go to Afghanistan for birding. So, birds in Kabul. I am only including them in this post to give you my real-life Kabul experience … Four species are the most easily seen in the few urban parks (into which women are not actually allowed to enter – I am not sure about female birds).