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Fish Creek to Buffalo

10,000 Birds

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.

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A Year of Birding in Costa Rica- Highlights and a Few Birds Missed

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Luckily, in one of the most unforgettable birding experiences of my life, at Curi-Cancha, I shared wonderful scoped looks of a male bellbird with old and new friends and birding mentors from Buffalo, NY. Another year of birding in Costa Rica has come to an end, another one begins.

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Dreaming of Congo rainforest: Gabon, Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic

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Mammals include Western Lowland Gorilla, Forest Elephant and Forest Buffalo, and eleven diurnal primates. The Sangha Baï, a large mineral-rich forest clearing, offers Forest Elephants, Forest Buffalo, Red River Hog, Bongo and even Lowland Gorilla.

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Bison

Animal Ethics

Buffalo meat is all the rage. See here

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

4 The Love Of Animals

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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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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On Objections to Slaughterhouses Not Sandwich Shops

Animal Person

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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Birding Dongfang and Dongzhai on Hainan

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Here, nervous Cattle Egrets trying to quit smoking pace restlessly on buffalos.

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It’s 11 O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Red-eyed Vireos Are?

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What I do remember is Irv Weinstein, Buffalo’s favorite news guy. I haven’t watched nightly news in a while, actually, never really watched it as a kid either. However, I remember it, even if not for any of the news items.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of November 2014?

10,000 Birds

As someone who lives close enough to Buffalo to feel both tremendous fear and relief regarding the 7 feet of snow that engulfed that part of Western NY, I can assure you: November weather is WILD. No snow here! If this weekend affords you a window to get outdoors, you should take it… who knows when a snownami or similar calamity will blow your way. I’m thinking of heading to Lake Ontario to see if any smart birds fled east.

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Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or When Harry Met Mercedes

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Did you know that Annie Oakley, an American sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, outgunned a professional sharpshooter – and then married him? After a heavy pre-dawn rain, the morning was all misty and mysterious.

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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.

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Animal Rights Zone Launches Today

Animal Person

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.

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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.

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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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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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Joy for Orphan Elephants

4 The Love Of Animals

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.

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On Honoring Living "Things"

Animal Person

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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Come to India With Babita Wildlife Tours!

10,000 Birds

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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What Makes You Stare So, Bufflehead?

10,000 Birds

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.

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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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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in October 2021

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in psychology from the University of Buffalo. Oriental Scops Owls are quite possibly my favorite bird at Nanhui. Bird-shaped cuteness. Of course, this would probably get me a telling off from Mark J. Estren, a Ph.D.

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CBC Shenanigans

10,000 Birds

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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Birding the Ndumo area, South Africa

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Ndumo Game Reserve lies in the Easternmost part of South Africa, close to the border of Mozambique and Eswatini. It is not particularly big but has a reported 430 bird species including migrants, though during my short stay it seems I missed most of the key attractions among them.

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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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Return of the Waders

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While grazing cattle and buffalo may look idyllic to us, the Oriental Pratincole has a very different view. Around this time of the year, the first few waders are back in Shanghai from their breeding grounds far further up north.

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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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Weavers

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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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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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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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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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Can we talk about Cecil the Lion?

10,000 Birds

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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New Place in Costa Rica, New Yard List

10,000 Birds

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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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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Dreaming of Africa

10,000 Birds

” 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.;

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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