Message in a bottle

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The next day I found out that about 750 km / 470 mi north from here, in Prague, capital city of the Czech Republic, Ivan Miksik, one of the most active Czech ringers sent this message in January, two years ago. Did you ever get a message in a bottle? Completely meaningless gibberish from an entirely unknown guy (from my experience, it’s always a guy, looking like a lumberjack and that’s okay) that, strangely enough, makes you insanely excited? If not, you must try gulling.

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Yellowhammer Dialect Project

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A similar citizen science project in the Czech Republic was a huge success. Pavel Pipek is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology at Charles University in Prague whose current focus is invasion ecology. Pavel and his colleagues have launched some really interesting research exploring the intersection of birdsong dialects and invasion ecology.

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Douze points

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This is the Czech Republic entry for 2009; [link]. Tonight, Malmo hosts the high camp drama that is the Eurovision Song Contest. It is a celebration of trite, ridiculous and frankly disturbing pop music. Titles of previous winning songs have included; “Ding-a Dong”, “Boom Bang-a-bang”, “La La La”, “Diggi-Loo Diggy-Lay”. More recently, the Israeli entry, having done their homework, came to the competition with “Ping Pong”. v=3uNfhj66GOo.

My Year in Birding 2012

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We had a wonderful family vacation in Germany and the Czech Republic during which I managed to do a bit of birding. Two-thousand-twelve was a pretty darn good year for me birding-wise and otherwise. Seeing 525 species was nice, as was the fact that I birded in four countries, nine of the fifty states in the United States, and fifty-one counties. I had some goals for this year as well, goals which I laid out in the introduction to my 2012 year list. This year my goals are simple.

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