The Unsung Hero of Denver Birding!

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Then there is Denver. Venues for birding are on the short list, but where the immediate Denver locale comes short in numbers of sites, we make up for in quality of birding. Southeast Denver and Aurora host Cherry Creek State Park. He moved from Delaware to Colorado and then like a week later this bird shows up in Denver. So, while Denver gets the reputation of being another big city we can certainly hold our own with cool birds.

Bird Strike Damages Plane In Denver

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A 737 headed in to land in Denver was struck by a bird , which caused significant damage to the nose of the plane. The 737 was still 25 miles away from the airport when it was struck, but the pilots managed to land safely. Asides

What is a Goosinator?

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Asides DenverClick this link if you dare. And if you are a goose you should run or fly away as fast as you can!).

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Taking It to the Streets

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Peaceful Prairie Sanctuary has put up a billboard in downtown Denver. See here

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A Mile High Isn’t High Enough

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Denver Broncos fans are learning this difficult truth at what is currently called Sports Authority Field. …if pigeons can still roost above you! See how these befouled football fans cope with the distasteful downpour. Hat tip to Meredith, our unofficial Midwest correspondent.). Asides football pigeons

Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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Denver, Colorado. Voters across the country support environmentally conscious ballot initiatives. Voters in several states had the opportunity to express their support (or condemnation) of various environmental (or anti-environmental) issues respectively in the recent election cycle. Results from November 2018 ballots indicate a large and dedicated block of voters who are concerned about the health of ecosystems, as well as the preservation of complex wilderness areas.

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1,200+ Canines Don Tiaras & ‘Tails’ This Week for Doggy Proms

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Doggy proms will be held throughout the week at Best Friends Pet Care centers in the Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, San Diego and Houston metro areas, across Connecticut and New Jersey, and in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Charlotte and at Best Friends Pet Care center at Walt Disney World in Florida. It’s prom season for teens everywhere — and that includes the canine kind!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2016)

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Corey’s Best Bird of the Weekend was easy to decide: his lifer Black-billed Magpie just outside of Denver. Summer weekends might not offer as many birds as other times of year, but they certainly offer the best conditions for enjoying whatever might be found. Nothing beats cracking open a cold one on a hot day and watching waves of fledgling yard birds suck our feeders dry. Sara and I were thrilled to find that an Eastern Screech-Owl visited us late at night.

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A Dog’s Purpose

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Bruce Cameron, the book was inspired in part by his daughter’s work with Nikeno’s Second Chances in Denver, an animal charity that rescues and rehabilitates the most difficult to place animals. I got the chance recently to read A Dog’s Purpose , a book that is told from the perspective of a dog! I started reading the book and could not put it back down!

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Montana is Owl Country

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This year, that award was presented to Denver Holt , a Montana scientist and bird guide and thus, if I may be presumptuious, my homeboy. Perhaps, in the future, someone like Denver Holt. Things you may not know, but should: 1.) There is an International Festival of Owls. They give out a “Champion of Owls” award. I like to imagine his expression was something like this upon receiving the award.

A Merganser Trifecta!

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These Common Mergansers were digiscoped with a Nikon 85mm VR EDG Fieldscope this week across from my house at the largest lake the city of Denver has to offer called Sloan’s Lake. Birds Colorado Denver mergansersIt goes without saying that our three breeding species of mergansers in the United States are amongst the most brilliantly colored birds we have. Common , Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers all breed here, but Red-breasted is the more northerly of the group.

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eBird Profile Pages and the Power of Suggestion

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And Colorado showed a similar shortcoming, despite the fact that I have made countless business trips to Denver. According to eBird , I have been entering checklists since December 23, 2009, and I find it an incredibly useful way to maintain my lists, plan birding travel, and keep up on my favorite hotspots. eBird automatically organizes my observations by country, state, and county, and keeps running totals for my life and year lists.

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Star-Powered Auction for Animals!

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Autographed Poster by John Denver. Pet lovers will be seeing stars November 5 – 15 at the Celebrity Experience and Entertainment Memorabilia Auction , launched online to support Precious Paws , a non-profit animal rescue organization based in Encino, Calif. The ten-day auction will be held exclusively on the Precious Paws eBay store , and features star-powered items for fans and Hollywood followers of all ages.

Who Says Digiscoping Isn’t Legit?

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Our outing on January 7th was based around chasing this winter adult male Long-tailed Duck at City Lake in the middle of Denver, CO. The ponds around the Denver Natural History Museum are visitor and birding friendly. I am always intrigued by the multitude of opinions out there on various birding subjects, but lately none more than digiscoping. With all of the birding shows involved in my schedule I have the opportunity to hear many of these opinions.

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Back from the West!

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We started our trip in Colorado where we spent the night and half a day exploring Denver before heading to Breckenridge where my aunt and uncle have a house they were kind enough to let us use for a few days. After sixteen days touring the interior west and west coast of the United States with my family I am back in New York City.

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Birds and Bibles in History by Tian Hattingh

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Also, the aside about John Denver is frankly mystifying, and perhaps best typifies the book’s ‘labor of love’ quality – the author frequently rambles off the garden path, gathering flowers that may or may not make a harmonious arrangement with the rest of his material, and his tone is relentlessly earnest, if not slightly awkward, at all times.

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The Case for Adding the U.S. Territories in the Caribbean to the ABA Area

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For comparison: Atlanta to Denver is 1,200 miles, Atlanta to San Francisco is 2,100 miles, and Atlanta to Honolulu is 4,500 miles. I recently asked whether Puerto Rico should be part of the American Birding Association’s ABA Area. That post led to a spirited discussion on the ABA Facebook page. I will suggest an answer to the question: this post makes the argument that both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands should be added to the ABA Area. # # #.

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Combined Beat list for 2016

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It is a dream, nay, a mission statement of 10,000 Birds to see as many of the World’s birds as possible. A Strickerian task for an individual, but the combined eyes and optics of beat writers around the globe might be able to make a fair fist of it. Thus, a combined list of current beat writers will be compiled to see how many birds, weird and wonderful, common or unusual we can find between us.

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Pet-Related Charities Receive Early Holiday Present

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In addition to New York City, Purina ONE® beyOnd™ street teams took to three other cities – Denver, New Orleans and Miami – asking randomly selected people to help spread goodness by selecting a charity to receive $5,000. Joining the local street teams to help spread goodness were: snowboarder Chris Klug – Denver; former New Orleans Saints footballer Deuce McAllister – New Orleans; and Chef Michelle Bernstein – Miami.

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Combined Beats’ List – September

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Duncan has been in Africa, sweeping all before him like a brush fire. Through Botswana during the first week of September, then into Ethiopia with a late flourish, he has carried the list to 2191 as at September 30t h. Redgannet missed an opportunity to contribute when he was completely washed out at Lekki Conservation Centre in Nigeria. Electric storms closed the new walkway there and he amassed a total list of just 3 birds!

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Combined Beats’ List – August

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Big up for Corey. Our very own “Mr July” piled on the pelagics during August. In so doing, he has helped to push us through the 1900 milestone. But our pin-up for August and worthy of a double-page-spread, is Duncan who is currently sharing from South Africa. Duncan has contributed to break through the unspoken target of 2000 birds for 10,000 Birds and on to a running total of 2011 as at August 31st.

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Combined Beats’ list

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April was a good month for the list with a couple of our big–hitters weighing in to boost the numbers and The Management engaged in a beat recruitment drive in a cynical attempt to swell the catalogue. During last month, beat lists have been shared from Mexico, Australia, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Russia, UK, Canada and USA. As at May 7th, the total stands at 1661 with the main thrust of the migration still to come.

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Combined Beats’ List – July 2016

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The list was in danger of diminishing during July as an input error threatened to cut the Beats’ hard-won sightings. Luckily, Redgannet managed to redeem himself with a well-placed trip to Brazil in time to see the Olympic torch stumble through Ubatuba. The glowing red hotspot of Sitio Folha Seca and especially Jonas d’Abronzo’s house, brought a swarm of hummingbirds and tanagers, including Redgannet’s special target, Festive Cocquette.

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Combined Beats List – June 2016

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The law of diminishing returns brings the inevitability of repeat sightings and has checked the momentum of the combined beats’ list for June. Despite recording 370 species during the month, the list total has advanced by just 45. As at June 30 th , it stands at 1796. Just to confuse things a little, only 14 new species were recorded since June 1 st. A late submission from May boosted last month’s total after publication and life is just too short to issue a correction.

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Combined Beats’ List, May 2016

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This is an update for the combined yearlist compiled by the beat writers at 10,000Birds. The list is becoming big and cumbersome and difficult to fit onto one page. So this month, we have just noted the new sightings while we find a way to update the original without blacking out a city block. Sightings through May 31 st bring the total for the beats’ combined list to 1744.

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