Yellow-billed Spoonbills breeding

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One bird species that we occasionally observe around Broome is the Yellow-billed Spoonbill, but we had not seen one for a few years until recently. We soon observed several bird species and then a Yellow-billed Spoonbill flew overhead. Adult breeding plumage in Yellow-billed Spoonbills.

Pied Oystercatcher breeding season is here again!

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There are numerous species of raptors around Broome including Black Kites and Whistling Kites. Meanwhile, the other pairs of Pied Oystercatchers along Cable Beach have begun to breed as well. The post Pied Oystercatcher breeding season is here again!

Whistling Kites breeding

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A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the Black Kites breeding around Broome. There have also been Whistling Kites breeding around Broome in recent weeks. The post Whistling Kites breeding appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Birding for One Species: American Goldfinch

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But for a week of mornings during a trip to Maine, none of that bothered me, because I was on the lookout for only one species: the American Goldfinch. The post Birding for One Species: American Goldfinch appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Spotting My Florida Birds on their Maine Breeding Grounds

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Surrounded by native plants and at the edge of the woods, her feeders were always hotspots for interesting migratory and wintering species. On this particular day, I wanted to see one species and one species only: the Purple Finch.

Woodland Park Zoo and its Controversial Elephant Breeding Efforts

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An article in today's Seattle Times about Woodland Park Zoo's attempts over the last 20 years to breed elephants. The zoo claims it's to preserve the species. seattle zoo woodland park zoo captive breeding elephantsVery controversial with organizations such as In Defense of Animals, PETA and the Northwest Animal Rights Network. They say it's cruel.

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Sandpiper Species Heading Towards Extinction

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In 2000, around 1,000 breeding pairs were known, but by 2009, the number had plummeted to just 120-220 pairs, a decline of 88%. During that time, adult survival appeared unchanged and breeding success was reasonable, but the recruitment of young birds back into the adult population was zero in all but one of the years studied. Tags: birds hunting endangered species Really sad.

Breeding Bird Count on Poas Volcano

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In Costa Rica, June is breeding bird count season. As one might expect with a breeding bird count, it also gives me an idea of which birds are where, and whether or not other species are still around (side benefits for guiding on that same route as well as future Big Days). On Sunday, I didn’t stay long enough to wait for quetzals but did hear a few species, and saw several hummingbirds before moving on to consecutive points along the route.

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Attempt to Recover Sumatran Rhino Species

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A breeding program in Malaysia will attempt to breed a rescued Borneo Sumatran rhino in order to save the endangered species. Tam, whose species is known for its solitary nature, has been resettled in a wildlife reserve in Malaysia's Sabah state, the last preserve of the Borneo Sumatran rhino _ a subspecies of the bristly, snub-nosed Sumatran rhino. Tags: captive breeding rhino asia malaysia

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Pied Oystercatcher breeding season 2018

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Thankfully due to the long life span of this bird species the population appears to be somewhat stable at the moment. It is not unusual for only one Pied Oystercatcher chick to survive throughout the whole breeding season despite in excess of sixty eggs being laid by sixteen pairs. It is for this reason that there was not an update last year on Pied Oystercatchers breeding success , because there was not any.

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Are Redpolls Just One Species?

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Furthermore, another redpoll species found in Europe—the Lesser Redpoll—also had extremely similar DNA sequences. In nature, one of the key differentiators among distinct species is assortative mating , that is, members of a group breeding with each other more often than they breed with members of another group. It sure looks like it!

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Magpie-lark breeding near Broome

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Whilst enjoying the Magpie Geese breeding around Broome recently we also noticed a Magpie-lark nest close to the highway in one of the very few trees beside the road. The Magpie-larks diet consists of mainly insects and there are currently numerous grasshopper species about after the recent rains and also a huge variety of dragonflies.

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Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania: A Review by an Atlas Novice

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A breeding bird atlas is a special kind of book. For the nature lovers and birders who participate in breeding bird surveys, the atlas represents hours, often hundreds of hours, of volunteer time spent within a community of citizen scientists doing what they love, observing birds. So, when Corey and Mike asked if I wanted to review the Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Pennsylvania , I jumped at the chance to write about this unique type of scientific reference book.

Magpie Geese breeding near Broome

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Early in the Wet Season we had noticed the arrival of unusually high numbers of Magpie Geese and they are a species that don’t always make it to the Broome area if it is not a wet year. It did seem highly probable that the Magpie Geese would breed in the area this year. It has been an excellent breeding season for Magpie Geese around the Broome area in recent weeks and hopefully for other bird species too!

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Africa’s endangered species

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More than 150 bird species are known to have become extinct over the past 500 years, and many more are estimated to have been driven to extinction before they became known to science. The bulk of the recent bird extinctions has been on islands, where species are more susceptible to extermination due to smaller ranges, lower population sizes and a lack of adaptation for coping with introduced predators.

Pied Oystercatchers breeding in Broome

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This year we have continued to monitor the breeding of several pairs of Pied Oystercatchers along the coast in Broome from Gantheaume Point to Willie Creek on the south side. This species are long living and so the population appears to be sustainable at this stage despite the predation. The first eggs were laid in the first week of July, which is the case each year.

The most important book about European birds in this century

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The adventure of the second European Breeding Bird Atlas, or EBBA2, was the topic of one of my first posts here at 10,000 Birds: In a warm Catalonian March, Barcelona is filled with sunlight and full of Rose-ringed and Monk Parakeets. Some species are shown in one, but many more in two pages.

Breeding plumage in Bar-tailed Godwits in February

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It does not seem that long since the shorebirds all returned from their northerly migration and already we are starting to see the change in their breeding plumage. The shorebirds will start to leave Broome next month to breed high up in the Arctic and will mostly fly non-stop to the Yellow Sea in China. We are very privileged to have so many of this particular shorebird species right here in Broome. Many of the shorebirds are starting to get their breeding plumage now.

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Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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More than 50 years ago, the Hawaiian Goose (Nene) was one of the first birds listed under the Endangered Species Act, part of the inaugural “ Class of 1967 ”. Under the Endangered Species Act, any listing, uplisting, downlisting, or removal from a list requires a formal “rulemaking” process. It provided a summary of the basis for downlisting and analyzed the criteria used to determine whether a species ought to be downlisted.

Masked Lapwings breeding at Derby airport

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Over the past few months there have been a lot of birds breeding around Broome with the excellent rain events that we have been having and the vegetation is at long last revived. The grass is green, the wildflowers are spectacular and now we have numerous species of dragonfly to enjoy as the season starts to change. Masked Lapwings have been busy breeding for some months now and some may well be on their second clutch of eggs.

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Savannah Sparrows on Breeding Territory

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My recent outing with Seth and Mary when we found probable breeding Bobolinks in Queens was no exception, with a couple of pairs of very confiding Savannah Sparrows singing, foraging, and generally posing for the digiscoping rig. Savannah Sparrows breed across the northern United States and most of Canada and Alaska and winter as far south as northern Central America and Cuba.

Heat in the Tropics

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As the boreal migrants head north, breeding season for the residents and austral migrants is beginning to pick up. There are other austral migrants breeding here, however – I’ve found two separate nesting sites of the incredulous looking Swallow Tanager thus far.

Bar-tailed Godwits and breeding plumage

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There are flights heading north each evening and these birds will leave our shores to breed in the northern hemisphere. Currently the shorebirds are all heading into breeding plumage and the degree of colour varies significantly as you can see in the header photo. Bar-tailed Godwits in different stages of breeding plumage. They are also getting their breeding plumage before they head north and the photograph below shows one walking across to the left.

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Ringing in the new breeding season

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But another race of Red Knot make the High Arctic their home, the species that winters in the United Kingdom and coast of France, ssp islandica. Conventionally this race is thought to breed in Greenland and the High Arctic Archipelago, which lies still further north of me. The rest of their story, and their breeding success, would be fascinating to know.

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Grallards: New Zealand’s Next Extinction or Newest Species?

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The obvious choice was the Mallard , that plucky familiar northern hemisphere species that is the father of the even more familiar domesticated duck. In fact, as the species was quickly identified as as creating hybrids with Grey Ducks, the opinion was by the 1920s that the species shouldn’t be released further. Using ministerial connections he obtained 100 mallard eggs from the US and began to breed and distribute them.

How to Help Cerulean Warblers, Other Migrant Species, and Resident Birds in Costa Rica

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With birds bedecked in their breeding best and filling the air with song, this is migration at its loveliest. A wonderful variety of bird species are waiting to be seen and among them are many a birder’s favorite avian group, the wood-warblers. Among the most desired bird species during May migration, brightly colored, beautiful and boldly patterned, how can a birder not get hooked on spring warblers? In the birding world, May is the beautiful time.

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The Lesser Goldfinch: A Common California Species

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Unlike the more common American Goldfinch, the Lesser Goldfinch’s ( Spinus psaltria ) plumage does not change color during breeding season. The female Lesser Goldfinch can sometimes be confused with the female American Goldfinch in breeding plumage. This is the female Lesser Goldfinch … and these are American Goldfinches in breeding plumage. Both of these species show gregarious flocking behavior except when nesting.

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Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

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Instead of going on about zip lines and other modern, adventure tourism attractions, the birding crowd talks about taking photos of Resplendent Quetzals , seeing dozens of hummingbird species, and the seemingly odd absence of raptors in Costa Rica but nope, we don’t really talk about extinction. Searches haven’t turned up any suspect Alfaro’s either but maybe we just need to look more, or compare its DNA with other, known hummingbird species. Species.

314 U.S. Bird Species Threatened — Many with Extinction — by Global Warming

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Like any birder visiting a new place, I had a target species list I was hoping to seek out during the one day I had available between business commitments. It shows that of 588 species assessed, 314 species in the continental United States and Canada will lose half or more of their current ranges by 2080 if global warming continues at its current pace (which is approximately 8 degrees F of warming by the end of the century). Most species go extinct. Species.

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In Search of New York’s Breeding Birds

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The next hour plus netted me a host of other species, including my two other targets, Virginia Rail and Common Gallinule. After Gumear Falls Road I crossed Route 209 to the Linear Park and tracked down an Alder Flycatcher that is always present there, my eighth flycatcher species of the morning. Who likes a declining species of shorebird that eschews the shore and has as its most impressive vocalization a wolf-whistle? Could I go six-for-six on my target species?

Clapper and King rails may represent four or five species

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So, Maley suggests recognizing four species, instead of the two currently recognized. These are brightly colored birds that breed in freshwater environments. Maley has a forthcoming paper in The Condor ( Mitochondrial and Next-Generation Sequence Data Used To Infer Phylogenetic Relationships and Species Limits in the Clapper/King Rail Complex ) that should provide the published evidence needed for taxonomic bodies to act, or at least open the discussion.

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Arrowood Farm Brewery: Starling Brett Farmhouse Ale

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Starlings, they’ll dutifully explain, are ruthless invasives that have been responsible for the serious declines of several beloved native species, like the Red-headed Woodpecker ( Melanerpes erythrocephalus ) and the Eastern Bluebird ( Sialia sialis ).

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Australasian Grebe breeding around Broome

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The most common member of the Grebe species around Broome is the Australasian Grebe- Tachybaptus novaehollandiae and it has taken advantage of our exceptionally good Wet Season early this year and has been breeding very successfully. During breeding season the Australasian Grebe has a very distinct pale yellow patch at the base of the bill. This is a bird species that much prefers to dive instead of fly, so taking photographs can be problematic.

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Australian Hobby breeding in Broome

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It was nice to have a bird species that we knew for certain that we could find on New Year’s Day and add to our 2021 year list! The post Australian Hobby breeding in Broome appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

Glossy Ibis breeding around Broome

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The Broome area has been an excellent area for birds to come to this year after significant rains during our wet season and we have seen increased numbers of some species we rarely see in dry years. Not only have we seen increased numbers of many species, but they have also come and bred here.

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The man who saved species

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It worked, and the translocated birds were soon breeding. Today the species is secure on a large number of islands and reserves. This belief that it was possible to save even the rarest species, and the knowledge that it required more than just monitoring, when coupled with a steely determination to do so, is shown in the work with two species most associated with Don Merton, the Black Robin and the Kakapo.

Red-kneed Dotterels breeding around Broome

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You only have to look back over the past few months of my posts this year to realise that we have been inundated with birds breeding in the Broome area after substantial wet season rains early in the year! Hardly a week has gone by without us encountering more birds breeding in the Broome area and it continues along our coast now with our resident shorebirds.

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Computer-modelled Range Maps

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During the final stages of the Pan-European bird-atlassing work last year, computer models of Serbian ranges for some 150 bird species were produced for the first time ever. Now, sensing the spring in the air (two weeks ago we were snowbound while it’s 20oC and sunny now), I am checking those maps for rarer species in closer areas (up to 100 miles from Belgrade). New target species for the next spring field trip.

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The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

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Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the “Rufa” population of Red Knot ( Calidris canutus rufa ) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). One of the two sub-species of Red Knot occurring in North America, the Rufa subspecies breeds in the Canadian Artic Region and migrates along the east or Atlantic coast of the United States. This means the species is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future throughout its range. The U.S.

Australia’s extinct and threatened bird species

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The lack of people does not mean we have any less extinct or threatened bird species than other countries. European settlement in Australia has been the cause of the decline of a variety of bird species and if not directly, then indirectly by the introduction of other species that have been the cause of their decline. Since European settlement there has been the loss of at least 23 species and sub-species of birds. Most species go extinct. Species.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

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It’s a bang-up breeding year for super-endangered birds! The species, which migrates from the Russian Arctic to Southeast Asia, is down to about 200 breeding pairs in the wild, due to habitat loss and poaching. For the past several years, getting the birds to breed has been an exercise in futility. News breeding Phoebe Snetsinger Spoon-billed sandpipers Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

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A Strategic Arms Race Among Birds

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The vast majority of the 10,000+ living species of birds are passerines, and the vast majority of those have a similar system of breeding: Mom and dad bird make a nest and share parental responsibilities roughly equally, if not identically. In the former, a female lays her fertilized egg in the nest of another species, in the hopes that her offspring will be raised by the unwitting hosts. …because cooperative breeding facilitates defense against brood parasites.

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Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds Meet Suliformes, one of the newest orders of birds By David • March 12, 2011 • 8 comments Tweet Share There I was (I’ve been reading Thurber) on board a boat off Baja California, reveling in cormorants (three species!),

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