January, 2022

What’s Up with the ABA?

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Jeff Gordon resigned as president of the American Birding Association, effective November 30, 2021. A week later, on December 7, 2021, the ABA got around to making an announcement on its website.

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Little Corellas in Broome

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There are large flocks of Little Corellas in Broome that relocate both morning and evening. They mostly fly over the native bush out the back of our property, but when the native trees are in seed they land. The Little Corellas crunch away at the seeds and continue on their journey.

Birds of Malaysia – Covering Peninsular Malaysia, Malaysian Borneo and Singapore

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When you think of the best birding in the south of Asia, it is Malaysia that comes to mind, although you are likely not to even think of the country as such: you are dreaming of the (Malaysian) province of Sabah, in the north of the island of Borneo.

What’s Up with the ABA?  Part II (Some Suggestions)

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I recently wrote about the ABA , particularly the lack of communication regarding the search for a new president, its financial condition, and its role in the birding community.

Test webinar 6/10 10am

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Trinidad’s Coastal Forest

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While the combination of the words “coast” and “forest” may conjure images of tidal mudflats and mangroves or even coconut trees, the northern coastline of Trinidad features tropical rainforest that plunges steeply into the bejeweled waters of the Caribbean Sea.

Pressing On

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One of the reasons that I usually start each year’s species list with a visit to the wetlands of Lake Cuitzeo is that the site offers so many species that I can find nowhere else.

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Ending 2021 with the Steller’s Sea Eagle

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Steller’s Sea Eagle photos through a scope by Gwenne Oberg. It was perhaps the most important text my Aunt Gwenne had ever sent me – a link to a Tweet.

Castellare di Castellina: Chianti Classico (2019)

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Despite being debased and reduced to a mere gastronomic buzzword by American chains of Italian-esque eateries, the offerings of dubious submarine sandwich shops, and bastardized and slapped onto corporate supermarket products labels, the word “Tuscan” can still denote genuine gastronomic excellence in a country of proud regional food traditions.

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Birding Inirida, Colombia: practicalities, part 3

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Technically, we were in the Orinoco River Basin of wider Amazonia. Yet, unlike the black shoe-sucking mud of Amazon further south, this is Amazonia of white, sandy beaches (!) and no mud at riverbanks.

Salon des Refusés (part 1)

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The Salon des Refusés was an art exhibition held in Paris in 1863 to show work that had been refused by the selection committee of the official Salon.

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What do Tennesee Warblers Do in Costa Rica?

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Tennessee Warblers? Costa Rica? Oh yes. If you are headed to Costa Rica for birding from now until March, you will probably see more than a few of these small, plainish, Palearctic Warblerish birdies.

First Bird of the Year in Costa Rica

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2022 is here, the future is now! I look at that date and as with many others who were born in or before the 70s, I wonder where the time has gone and realize we are living in times that were often illustrated with utopian visions of flying cars and world peace.

Birding the Trinity Hills

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It may seem like an unnecessarily recurring theme in my posts about birding within Trinidad & Tobago, but the more I write on the subject the more it becomes apparent that the number three must have some significance, somewhere.

My 10 Best Birds for 2021

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Last week, Corey opened the “Top Ten Birds for 2021” season here at 10,000 Birds.

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Birding Shanghai in December 2021

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Here in Shanghai, December is the month that a birder’s addiction cannot be satisfied by the increasingly meager assortment of species at Nanhui – we have to go to other places as well. Such as Tianmashan, where a steeply inclined pagoda still has not fallen down.

Collaborative list – December 2021

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A Happy New Year to you all. December in the UK has been the mildest on record with even Lady Helen venturing from the heated rooms to pop her nose outside the door.

New Year’s Eve early morning rain

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There is nothing better than waking up to the sound of rain, especially when it has been so many months without rainfall. At 1:30am on New Year’s Eve the overnight temperature suddenly dropped from 30c to 27c and the raindrops fell!

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The Warbler Brewery – Moon & Back Imperial Stout

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Last week we talked about the human “snowbird” migration, in which thousands of northerners flock south to the Sun Belt of the United States to escape the frozen wasteland their home states and provinces will turn into from about November through March or later.

Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

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Collective Arts Brewing: Jam Up Passion Fruit & Peach

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As we near the end of January, we enter the peak of the winter “snowbird” season. And just to be clear, we’re talking about the human snowbirds here.

And So It Begins

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I can’t resist loving my first week of birding each year. While I can’t convince myself to be excited about my First-Of-Year House Sparrows , almost anything else is exciting.

Hornbills of South Africa

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It is now almost exactly two years that I last was outside of China. At some point, my stock of memories of birds seen outside of China will be used up, I am afraid. But for now, I still have the hornbills I saw in South Africa a few years ago. “I’ll I’ll always have Paris”, I guess.

A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World’s Most Misunderstood Bird: A Book Review by a Pigeon Cynic

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The American Birding Association has declared that 2022 is the year of the Burrowing Owl, but if Rosemary Mosco has her way, it will also be the year of the Rock Pigeon.

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The Devil in the Details

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Working man that I still am, I can not yet spend every day of January trying to build my year list of species. So I pick each outing for maximum effect.

New Year’s Birding

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Comb crested Jacana. Happy New Year Since the new year the rain has been very generous on the Sunshine Coast such that birding has been undesirable. And so it was the fourth of January when the weather allowed, even encouraged a brief trip into the field.

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Weather and bird-watching at the Port of Broome

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It’s that time of year when we are always watching for build-up clouds in the afternoon that will hopefully eventuate into rain. A good place to watch the weather and birds at this time of year is the Port of Broome.

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New Year’s Day birding around Broome

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Whenever we can we go birding on Christmas Day and make a list of the birds that we see. We then follow up a week later on New Year’s Day with a new list to start the year. Every year is different even around our home due to the environmental changes.

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Australian White Ibis in Broome

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Australian White Ibis are one of three Ibis species that we observe here in Broome. They are regularly observed at the Poo Ponds and also along the coast and the local parks.

Collective Arts Brewing: Good Monster DIPA

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Now that we’re nearly a week into 2022, I’ve made a resolution for the new year to keep a more regular schedule posting here at Birds and Booze. 2021 was a busy, even tumultuous year for me, and while I always strive to stick my usual weekly posts, that wasn’t always possible.

SE QLD Birding Destination – The Bunya Mountains

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Sulphur crested Cockatoo taken with phone. The Bunya Mountains is an attractive destination but also a great birding location. Some 200 kilometres from the coast and an equal distance north-east from Brisbane it is an island of upland rainforest surrounded by plains dominated by farming.