Fish Creek to Buffalo

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This week I will introduce you to the section from Fish Creek to Buffalo. My journey this week was a return trip from Fish Creek to Buffalo. I continued on to the old Buffalo railway station and there are toilet and picnic facilities available and a playground for children.

Soda Lake Shorbs

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In fact, a herd of Cape Buffalo spotted us on the shore here and began gradually moving closer. Shorebirds – or “shorbs” for the cuteness factor (as if that needed any enhancement) – remain one of the most fascinating families of birds for me.


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Buffalo meat is all the rage. See here

The Do-G-Bag, your new best friend!

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The fabric is hand selected and each bag is hand made in Buffalo, New York! Let’s talk about poop for a second. We all know that we need to scoop the poop, but what then? What if there isn’t a trash bin nearby? What do you do with the poop bag? This was exactly the problem that Nancey Herrmann set out to solve when she created the Do-G-Bag ! No more keeping that poop in your hand, just put it in the handy bag until you can dispose of it properly.

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On Objections to Slaughterhouses Not Sandwich Shops

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The inaugural winner would be John Carbonaro, who found an article called " Slaughterhouse in Buffalo Wins Zoning Approval." Briefly: Zoning board in Buffalo unanimously approved plans for a slaughterhouse (as in, a place where chickens, goats, lambs and calves will be killed and chopped up). I think I'm going to start a contest for the most absurd/ironic/bizarre sentence to come out of the mouth of a human each week.

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Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

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Buffalo. Today is the launch of. I'm excited to be a blogger for Animal Rights Zone because its target market is people who don't usually subscribe to blogs. Also, it has the added bonus of organizing my content better than I have. The goal is to provide blogospheric content that is easy to find, and from a variety of sources. On the left, you'll see this: Concepts. Project Treadstone. Responsible Policies. Rabbits. More >> Animals. Goats. Horses. Mammals. More >> Category.

Big Cat Week!

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An entire lion pride battles a large buffalo to down the beast. Big Cat Week starts tonight on Nat Geo WILD! Are you ready? The seven-night television event features visually stunning and powerfully resonant stories of nature’s fiercest felines! Tonight’s premiere episode, Big Cat Odyssey , follows lions and leopards through Africa’s harshest climatic extremes.

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New Book Shows Mark Twain an Early Advocate Against Animal Cruelty

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Twain wrote a searing account of an English earl’s behavior on a buffalo hunt (in “Man’s Place in the Animal World”) and wrote an impassioned anti-bullfighting novella (A Horse’s Tale). A new book by author and Stanford professor Shelly Fisher Fishkin reveals that Mark Twain was an early advocate against animal cruelty. Called Mark Twain's Book of Animals , the book contains a number of his writing about animals.

From the Niagara Frontier: A Book Review of “Birder’s Break”

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and the Buffalo native Fred Szatkowki. Rising himself is a retired mathematics professor at the University of Buffalo, and most of his essays are centered on the avifauna of the “Niagara Frontier.” It is vexing to see (even more, to hear) three crows, common as dirt, chasing a red-tailed hawk out of the tree in which he had been placidly sitting, doing no one any harm — at least not yet.

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Africa’s Big Five and Little Five

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They are not necessarily the biggest African animals, but represented those that were considered a real hunter’s worthy prey or “game” – the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Rhinoceros, Leopard and king of the jungle, the Lion (which of course doesn’t inhabit jungle but savanna!). Image taken in Uganda’s Budongo Forest by Adam Riley Buffalo The big – to anyone familiar with the wilds of Africa, the Cape or African Buffalo is the most fearsome of all animals.

On Honoring Living "Things"

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The same is true for cows, pigs, fishes, turkeys, chickens, buffaloes, sheeps, goats, and many other nonhuman animals whom we call "food." William Horden's, " The Sacred Space of the Shared Heart " is exactly the type of piece I am talking about when I express frustration over "spiritual" people who kill nonhuman animals or who have them killed for a meal. "My

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Saving the Drowning Cormorant, or the Kerkini Lake, Greece

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Asian water buffaloes were brought to Greece by Ottoman Turks centuries ago and by now, they have developed into a separate race, the Greek buffalo, which is protected as an old domestic breed. Out of some 4000 buffaloes still being kept in Greece, about 3000 are at this lake. Then, there was a herd of buffaloes. Yet, since I wasn’t moving, one buffalo decided that my car would make an ideal scratching post, even opted to clean its horns against me.

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Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

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You are certain to see Greater One-horned Rhinoceros , Water Buffalo and Hog Deer , and with a bit of luck Smooth-coated Otters. You may have read my recent piece on Birding the Okavango Delta in Botswana here on 10,000 Birds.

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Jumping out of my “Beat” today

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In addition to the Grizzly Bears , I was able to photograph Woodland Buffalo , squirrels, deer, Red Fox , and even a herd of Yaks. While I was actually photographing a herd of buffalo, this Merlin buzzed my head several times. Let me start off with being quite clear, there are no grizzly Bears on the Baja! I am actually jumping out of my assigned beat area, to share some photos from my trip to Kodiak Island Alaska.

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What Makes You Stare So, Bufflehead?

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Bufflehead comes from the now archaic word buffle , meaning ‘buffalo.’ ’ Bufflehead is the condensed version of ‘Buffalo Head’, the name these ducks were originally given. I suppose the densely feathered, black and white head of the drake does slightly resemble a buffalo’s head. November visits upon New York dank, leaden chill and multitudes of ducks.

CBC Shenanigans

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Access is restricted, and the livestock referred to are highly temperamental water buffalo. As I gather the relevant documentation for our upcoming CBC this Sunday I caught myself daydreaming of CBCs past.

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Joy for Orphan Elephants

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She’s reared abandoned baby buffalo, dik-diks, impalas, zebras, warthogs, and black rhinos, among others, but no creature has beguiled her more than elephants. Dedicated keepers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi Elephant Nursery in Kenya protect baby Shukuru from the cold and rain, and the risk of pneumonia, with a custom-made raincoat.

African Skimmers at the Kazinga Channel

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Some African Skimmers pass by some African Buffalo. It’s a month to I go traveling in Africa again, but between that date and now I have a massive project to deliver, which has reached the ‘invading my dreams’ level of panic. Consequently my usual pre-travel excitement is a lot lower than usual, and I’m spending much less time than I’d like unproductively daydreaming about the birds I’ll see.

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Whooping Crane Ancestry

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In 1938, they were reduced to only 18 birds in the Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock and only 11 remaining in the non-migratory Louisiana flock. The Aransas-Wood Buffalo flock’s numbers hovered on the edge of collapse until the 1960s, never numbering more than 34 birds in total. Secondly, its interesting to highlight that all of the ancestors of both birds come from Wood Buffalo National Park.

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The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One

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Cows and water buffaloes grazing the dried up lakebed under the imposing shadow of Mt. Scattered Pied Avocets , Spotted Redshanks in good numbers, cows and water buffaloes grazing, two Black Storks , bare mudbar and… a perched eagle! I dipped a bird recently – possibly a lifer. While crossing Gramos Mountain in northern Greece, a Dendrocopos woodpecker flew over the road and landed in a pine tree.


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Bubalornis – the black Buffalo Weavers A male Red-billed Buffalo Weaver photographed in Tanzania by Adam Riley The two species of black buffalo weavers are large, noisy birds of drier areas of East and southern Africa. A typical arid zone weaver colony, the large messy stick nests of Red-billed Buffalo Weaver, together with the smaller cylindrical nests of Southern Masked Weaver.

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Rip Van Winkle’s Crow Killing Contest

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On the website he reminisces fondly about his “best hunt,” where he killed 3,125 crows in 9 days, bringing to mind the days when people slaughtered seemingly endless flocks of passenger pigeons and herds of buffalo. Read your own headline, take a look at the buffalo skulls pictured at right, and wake up, Rip Van Winkle. I am not anti-hunting. I won’t pick a fight with hunters, as long as they eat what they shoot and don’t use lead ammunition.

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Do Birds Have Penises?

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For example, the Red-billed Buffalo Weaver has a pseudo-penis, not quite a cloaca, not quite a penis. Cassowaries give the Buffalo Weaver a run for his money as both sexes have a penis and clitoris. Warning, if you can’t tell by the title of the post, it’s going to get a little blue in this post. Most of us have heard the song, “Birds Do It, Bees Do It” but have you every really thought about how a bird fist tab A into slot B?

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Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

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So now there are lots of lions, and they like buffalo, so now there are less buffalo. And since the lions like the big buffalo and not the smaller Nyala, the Nyala have increased in numbers. Hi there. I can’t help noticing that you’ve just posted an angry story about Cecil the Lion on your timeline.

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Cooper’s Hawk Eating a Road-Killed Canada Goose

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On the same day that I journeyed out to eastern Long Island to enjoy birding Shinnecock Inlet in the fog I also explored the fields of Riverhead, where large flocks of geese congregate and where a Yellow-headed Blackbird had been reported recently amid a large flock of icterids at a Buffalo farm.

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New Place in Costa Rica, New Yard List

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Although it was nothing like going from New York to California or even Buffalo, New York to North Carolina, a change of location, however slight, can bring new birds especially in Costa Rica. Recently, I moved to a new place in Costa Rica. As is usual for a birder moving to a new place, I couldn’t wait to see what the new yard would bring.

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Dreaming of Africa

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” Add to this picture local cultures of Batwa, Bakiga and Bafumbira ethnic groups; then mammals like Mountain Gorillas (recent DNA tests indicate that Bwindi and Mgahinga population may consist of two different Mountain Gorilla subspecies – both Critically Endangered), Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys , both Forest and Savanna Elephants , both Red and Savanna Buffalos , etc.;

The Altruistic Pigeons

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This is beyond a parent bird trying to lure a predator away from the nest, or a group of buffalos driving off a pack of lions from a calf. I’ve just seen something that was a) exciting for the birder in me to watch and that b) completely stumped the zoologist in me: The ultimate altruistic birds. Looking out of my office window I spotted a flock of around 35 Domestic Pigeons high up in the sky in a dense formation dashing from one side to the other.

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Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve: the Gaur Morning

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Bigger than the African Buffalo or the American Bison, it is the largest land animal after the Elephant, Rhino, the Hippopotamus and the Giraffe. February 2013. In front of us, in the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve one wild Grey Junglefowl runs across the road. It is one of the ancestors of domestic fowl. Traveling the rural Maharashtra on previous days, every village had its share of small, slim and long-legged domestic chickens crossing in front of us, not unlike this wild cousin at all.

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Week 17: Kruger NP, Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie

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Crocodiles, Cape Buffalo and Hippos are plentiful. By the time you see this in the United States, I will have had a full week to explore this amazing area, and the wildlife that calls this home. The schedule is a bit daunting, as we are up before 5 AM to get to the gate for the 6AM opening. We are on the go until usually around 1:30 give or take a herd of zebras blocking the road.

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Birding Eastern Zimbabwe

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He had mistakenly walked into a nice clump of buffalo bean whilst chasing a Singing Cisticola. Buffalo bean will make grown men cry and literally drives you insane for hours. Just make sure to carry extra fuel and watch out for buffalo bean! Zimbabwe is last in the alphabetical atlas of countries of the world.

Week 16: South Africa and Kruger National Park

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In the first full day, we have seen dozens each of giraffes, zebra, warthogs, elephants, 12 rhinos, 30 hippos, 3 Cape Buffalo, crocodiles, jackals, monkeys, baboons, literally a thousand impala, and at least 10 different antelope type animals. After a very long day of 7 hours of driving, 11 hours flying and then 9 hours more driving, we have arrived at our temporary home here in South Africa. This will act as our base for the next 20 days.

The Dove Who Came In From the Cold

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It is responsible for some of the happiest moments of my childhood, the trips to the Buffalo Museum of Science that kindled my passion for nature; and yet, the quest for specimens ushered some of my favorite species of birds out of the world. Not in any espionage sense.

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The Emotional Lives of Animals

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Donna Fernandes, president of the Buffalo Zoo, witnessed a wake for a female gorilla, Babs, who had died of cancer at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience. by Marc Bekoff. Scientific research shows that many animals are very intelligent and have sensory and motor abilities that dwarf ours. Dogs are able to detect diseases such as cancer and diabetes and warn humans of impending heart attacks and strokes.

Vultures, Human Evolution, Global Warming, and Windmills

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He interpreted the bones, also at Klasies but other sites in South Africa as well, to indicate that human ancestors hunted only Eland until they became fully modern very recently, then they started hunting the much more dangerous and harder to hunt Buffalo. Any buffalo bones from prior to that transition were obviously scavenged. Buffalo, even the big giant extinct ones that previously roamed Africa, are in some ways easier, though with drawbacks.

Animals of Kruger National Park: A Book Review

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The Big Five–Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, African Elephant and Rhinoceros–were historically the main mammal attraction of Kruger. I’ll never forget my introduction to the mammals of Kruger National Park, South Africa. We –participants of the ABA South Africa Safari—were on a small plane when one Lori Conrad looked out the window and screamed, “There are elephants down there!” and everyone ran to Lori’s side of the plane.

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I and the Bird: What is a Booby?

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MEGA: Buffalo Brown Booby – Steve Brenner, Nemesis Bird. Let’s address, up front, the funny name. We get it. If those 16th Century Spanish sailors knew the kind of grief with which they’d be saddling this remarkable group of birds for all time, perhaps they would have had something resembling empathy for those who will be forced to live with the ramifications of their irreverence.

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Little Big Year Week 33: Yellowstone

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Where else but in Wyoming will you find Peacocks and a Buffalo together? Last week we were in the Teton Valley, getting ready to head over to Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. Things were getting much colder, and the threat of snowfall was looming. Snow is not something I want to deal with when pulling a 30 foot 5th wheel, so we were planning to make like our many feathered friends, and migrate south to much warmer climes!

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A Great Day’s Birding in Suffolk County, New York

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Back to Riverhead we went, where we failed to find anything other than the Greater White-fronted Goose Derek had found earlier, though we did spend quite a bit of time at the buffalo farm at the corner of Reeves and Roanoke hoping to pick a good blackbird out of the huge flock there. This past Saturday, 8 March, was perhaps the nicest day of 2014 so far in New York.

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Aslin Beer Company/Two Roads Brewing Company: Under the Wire

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The “Electric Wire Panic” of 1889, which saw the horrific deaths of several electrical linemen in Buffalo and New York City, did little to quell public fears about the overhead tangles of wires proliferating in the rapidly electrifying metropolises of the late 19 th century – but it did help settle the “War of the Currents” and usher in a new age of much-needed regulation.

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The Poems of the Brown-headed Cowbird

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………… Lament for a Lost Way of Life We used to follow the buffalo across the endless plains Laying eggs in grassland nests and listening to the cranes. Brown-headed Cowbirds evoke strong feelings in many birders, some of whom can’t abide a bird that lays its eggs in other birds’ nests, often to the detriment of the nest owners’ offspring. But there is much to like about cowbirds.

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Nature’s Ambassador: The Legacy of Thornton W. Burgess, by Christie Palmer Lowrance

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When I was a preschooler, I wasn’t allowed to watch much television, but I did get a double-dose of public programming — the PBS station out of Buffalo and the CBC beaming across the border from Ontario both showed a lot of material that met with my mother’s approval and my own.

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2013 Big Year Update

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Willie D’Anna is doing a big year in the region covered by the Buffalo Ornithological Society (essentially western New York State and the Niagara peninsula). European Starlings count as much as any other bird on a big year. Now seems like a good time to look in on the birding big years happening in 2013 to see how folks are doing as they tear around their county or region or state or province or country trying to see as many birds as possible before 1 January 2014.

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