First Post-COVID-19 Birding Trip: Wisconsin and Horicon NWR

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In late June, I flew into O’Hare and drove north to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Once I was fully vaccinated and air travel became an option, I looked for a location for my first birding trip since 2019. I have a running list of trips to do, but many are best in spring, fall, or winter, not summer.

Birding Nanhui, Shanghai, in September 2021

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Breeding in Northern Japan and wintering in the Phillippines, some seem to take a migratory rest stop (and slight deviation) at the Shanghai coast. For example, the main article states that “At Lac de Grand Lieu, W France, birds commute 2–38 km between colony and feeding territories.”

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If We Can Rock Together, We Can Flock Together

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Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota. Some birds breed in flocks, at least in part to avoid predation. Weird flocks are fun. One does not typically find a Black-crowned Night-Heron mixed in with Rock Pigeons and American Coots. I think the night-heron knows it too. Thanks for stopping in again birders. Today’s post is as simple as it can be. FLOCKS. You know them and you love them…except when your car gets smeared in gull or grackle feces.

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Shedding Tears For Shorebirds

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Photographed at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, ND. You may also have noticed that birds in high breeding plumage, like the female Wilson’s Phalarope in front here, can be quite fancy-looking compared to other plumages of the same species…if you find yourself locked in fear while looking at a mixed flock of shorebirds, focus on the brightest birds first…their identities may be a bit easier to figure out, and may help in getting a grip in the drabber birds.

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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And, it is a guide based on scholarship as well as field work (author Reeber has monitored the birds of the Lac of Grand-Lieu, France, for the National Society for Nature Protection (SNPN) since 1994). This section also includes range maps, indicating range by breeding season, wintering season, and residence year-round.