December, 2019

What Was Your First Bird of 2020?

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It’s 2020! What was your first bird of the year? Of the decade, even? Here’s hoping it was something good and it starts you off right on a whole year of wonderful birds! Happy New Year to you from the 10,000 Birds crew! The post What Was Your First Bird of 2020? appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding 2020 first bird of the year

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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters

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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters – Calygavis chrysops are found in the eastern and south eastern parts of Australia. They are not present in Western Australia or the Northern Territory, so not a bird species that we get to observe very often. The Brown Honeyeaters , Rufous-throated Honeyeaters , Red-headed Honeyeaters and Singing Honeyeaters in Broome have a much longer bill than the Yellow-faced Honeyeaters.

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Birds of Visselhövede in Winter

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This sounds like an exciting topic for a blog post, right? Birds of a specific place with an unpronounceable name that you have never heard of? Well, this post is more specific than that – it is about the birds of Fliederweg 7, 27374 Visselhövede, Germany. Which happens to be the exact address of my parents` home. For a birdwatcher, it is rather nice to be at a place where – unlike my 13th floor Shanghai apartment – there are birds right outside the house.

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Bird Counts and Cold Fronts in Costa Rica

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It doesn’t get cold in Costa Rica. At least that’s how I see it but then again, since I grew up in a place that goes Arctic for a few months of each year, my personal position on “cold” might not coincide with the one held by folks in the tropical zone. That’s where Costa Rica is situated of course and is partly why so many birds live here. It’s also why 60 degrees f. is considered “cold” by many locals and why 50 is downright frigid.

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The Final Days of the Danube backwaters in Belgrade: Chinese Belt and Road Initiative is coming to Serbia

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In mid-December, I was birding along the Beljarica levee (Beh-LYAH-ritza), my local patch north of Belgrade, when something other than birds attracted my attention: three wild boars , appearing all black because they had just swam through the swamp to reach the bottom of the levee. I think all were males, at last two huge ones certainly were. And here in Europe, they are the real deal, an indigenous species and not domesticated animals gone wild.

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Finding a Country First: Pectoral Sandpiper in Uganda

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After our two-week-long familiarity trip across Uganda, we ten visiting birders were tired. But Friday, 6 December, was the first day of the African Birding Expo and we knew that sleeping in wasn’t an option because the afternoon would be spent doing expo events and we wanted to get some time to go birding. So we made our way to the grounds of the Uganda Wildlife Education Center , a former zoo that now rehabilitates injured animals.

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12 countries with the greatest bird species density

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The Species per Square Mile Approach. While Colombia may have almost 2000 bird species, it is a huge country with, still, complicated long-distance travel logistics. On the other hand, small countries with relatively long bird lists offer higher species densities per square mile. And small country often equals short distances and easy traveling.

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How to Bird the Colibri Cafe at Cinchona, Costa Rica

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Watching birds, birding, is inexorably tied to autonomous motivation. Maybe that’s why birders just might be obsessive about it or at least, very much into the hobby, the birding way of life. No one is forcing us to get up in the cold eye-tired dawn to drive to the sewage ponds, to scope a stormy sea, to stretch the limits of alert behavior during 20 solid hours of Big Day ridiculousness.

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The Royal Mile: Birding Fit For a King

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In birding circles, certain stretches of road or trail attain mythical status, eliciting knowing smiles and satisfied grins when mentioned. Aficionados of American birding know all too well the wonders of Panama’s Pipeline Road. If you are into amazing avian-dense trail experiences, you either want to bird Pipeline Road or want to bird it again. But this type of singular experience can be enjoyed in the Old World as well.

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How to Bird Murchison Falls

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An expanse of habitat as vast as Murchison Falls NP in Uganda, as excessively generous in beauty and biodiversity, permits endless ways to experience both its birds and animals. The route Corey and I took in advance of the 2019 African Birding Expo may not be the only optimal way to go, but this approach yielded an absolute bounty of wildlife excitement in just 48 action-packed hours. What makes this destination so magnificent?

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Murder Most Wildfowl: A Review of “A Dance of Cranes” by Steve Burrows

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Since the last notice of him on this blogsite (in June 2018), Steve Burrows has published two more novels in his terrific “Birder Murder” series, the fifth and sixth – respectively, A Tiding of Magpies and, now the latest, A Dance of Cranes. This is good news, and especially so for birders. It is true that not every reader has a fondness for murder mysteries (and there is, admittedly, a certain amount of dreck in the genre, much of that authored, curiously enough, by lawyers).

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Weird Geese

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Here at 10,000Birds.com , we love to share. We share our love of birds and birding. We share our experiences, good and bad. We share our passion for conservation and our concerns for the natural world in all its splendour and its vulnerability. We also share our problems, as the saying goes, “a problem shared, is a friend lost.” ” With so many problems to choose from, this is the one that is taking up most of my time this week. What kind of a weird goose is this?

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of 2019?

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This is it. All those dreams you had for your 2019 year list will be, come New Year’s Day, accomplishments you’ll savor for decades or failures that will dog you all of your days. Not keeping a year list? Smart, but you should still make the most of the final weekend of the year. I’m headed down to NYC for some entirely unbirdy family festivities. My usual city birding pal Corey is padding his year list handsomely in Southern California. How about you?

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Reflecting on a Year of Less Birding

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2018 proved to be one of my best birding years ever. In addition to spotting exciting new species in Florida, including the rare Snail Kite, travel across the country brought me into contact with birds in Oregon, California, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alabama, and more. Daily birding in my own hometown added to the joy of seeing common species in uncommon circumstances, like a Bald Eagle perched on a Destin sand dune. Not so much.

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My eBird 10th Anniversary

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According to eBird , I have been an eBirder since December 23, 2009, so today is my 10th eBird anniversary. During the decade, I submitted 1,219 checklists and observed 555 bird species, all in the U.S. and Canada. I started eBirding about the same time I started birding, and I made an early executive decision (a very good one) that any pre-eBird observations simply did not count. In other words, eBird is effectively a complete history of my birding experiences.

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Standing and staring.

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“What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.” ” William Henry Davies (1871-1940) commented in his poem, “Leisure” (from “Songs of Joy and Others”, 1911), that things have come to a pretty pass when the stresses of everyday life prevent us from taking a few moments to just stop and look. There are lots of quotes beseaching us to be still and appreciate the small things that we might otherwise miss in our busy lives.

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Bathing Eastern Rosellas

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On a recent trip to Geelong in Victoria I had the pleasure of observing a pair of Eastern Rosellas bathing. We had not been to Geelong since April 2015 and once again Grant was at work and I got to explore the bird-life around the city. I visited all of the places that I had in 2015 and despite being a different time of year the bird-life was very similar.

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Gang-gang Cockatoos-a Christmas wish!

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We have observed some beautiful birds in Victoria during our visit including the Spotted Pardalote and Rufous Fantail. There are numerous bird species that we only observe when we are many miles from home and some bird species we have rarely observed. We have only observed Gang-gang Cockatoos twice before and once was a pair in New South Wales several years ago and ten years ago another pair in Victoria near Portland.

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New Birds, New Reasons to Be Late to Work

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I recently moved to Tallahassee, a city known for its robust network of lakes and ponds. From natural formations to impoundments, reservoirs to golf-course carve-outs, there is a lot of water in Tallahassee. My new house sits adjacent to one such lake, which probably used to fill up naturally during rainy times but has been artificially impounded for decades now. Long and thin, the lake’s shoreline grows thick with grasses and lily pads, a haven for a whole slew of bird species.

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My favorite trash birds

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One of the many things I love about Mexico is the quality of its “trash birds” You may have heard that phrase among birders; it refers to whatever species is so common at a given site that you become tired of seeing them. If you are deeply unlucky, or need to improve your list of birding sites, your trash birds may even be too-common invasive species, like House Sparrows , Common Starlings , or Eurasian Collared Doves.

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Spotted Pardalotes through a glass window!

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Spotted Pardalotes are extremely small birds that can be found at the top of the tree canopy in eastern and southern Australia. The problem with this is that they are often heard quite easily, but not observed at close range. Around Broome we are familiar with Striated Pardalotes and Red-browed Pardalotes. These two species are often easier to observe or even photograph if you are lucky. While staying in Foster, Victoria , we had a pair of Spotted Pardalote that visited us daily.

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My Ten Best Birds of 2019

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This last year of the twenty-teens was a monumental birding year for me. I saw 863 species of birds, bringing my life list to 1,820. I birded Uganda, which was my first time on the continent of Africa. I also spent a week in northwestern Costa Rica on a family vacation, a long weekend in Barbados, a week in Georgia, and two week-plus-long trips to visit relatives in southern California. Such travel brings a lot of birds and the 863 species I saw this year is the most species I have ever seen.

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Special ID problems in Mexico

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Between our many residents and migratory species, birding in central Mexico is a joy. But it can also be a challenge. Some things that can be simple for our northern neighbors, can be made more complicated by our abundance. For example, I have commented before on how common names in English may make sense up north, but do not down south. One symptom of this problem is that the use of the words Eastern and Western may not apply here.

A rush of blood to the head

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I suppose that every birder knows the impossibility of explaining to non-birders that our hobby can actually be exciting. You hear a call you do not recognize, and your heart starts to race. Could it be? Where is it? Can I find it? I can!! A Red-breasted Chat !!! And yet, the non-birder’s eyes started glazing over at the mere mention of the bird’s call. Still, in spite of the thrill we share with each lifer, that is not the rush of blood to the head to which I refer in my title.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of 2019)

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That’s a wrap! With the end of the final weekend of the year comes the growing realization that your year list is more or less locked in place forever more. With hope, your memories of birding in 2019 will evoke wonder, excitement, and satisfaction for years and decades to come. This week offers the ideal opportunity to look back at your most recent wildlife watching adventures; next weekend, the game begins anew.

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Stolpman Vineyards: Para Maria de los Tecolotes (2017)

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Owling on Christmas Bird Counts is a peculiar business. Some counters are unfailingly resolute in their dedication to this thankless graveyard shift of the birding world, marching headlong year after year into the bleak winter landscape in search of their heard-only, nocturnal quarry. Other birders are – quite understandably – less keen about the whole ordeal.

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Rufous Fantail and other forest surprises

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It can be challenging birding in new environments, especially when it involves tall trees! At home in Broome we don’t have many tall trees and so whilst we are visiting Victoria we have had to adapt. We are having to adapt to cold weather too, because it has mostly been very cold despite it being summer! Grey Fantails are incredibly common around Gippsland and probably the most common bird around Foster.

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Hagerman NWR: Birding Amidst Oil Wells

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Last year, I compiled a subjective list of the Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding. Based on comments from other birders, I added ten “Honorable Mention” sites for a total of 35 locations. Since then, I’ve had a long-term goal of visiting the ones I have never visited. (I I have been to 22 of 35.) I recently traveled to Texas and made a trip to Hagerman NWR (an “Honorable Mention”), which is north of Dallas. Hagerman NWR is an “ overlay refuge ” meaning that the U.S.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2019)

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Nobody enjoys the end of a birding adventure. No matter how exhausted, sunburned, frostbitten, or penniless your exertions have left you, the hope of one more blissful bird sighting still beckons. How do you cope with the momentary feelings of deflation that set in once the trip is over? The Ugandan adventure Corey and I embarked on in November has finally come to an end.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2019)

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This time of year may deliver different temperatures and conditions across the world, but we birders all observe mid-December the same way: Christmas Bird Counts. Wherever you engage in this time-honored celebration of citizen science and avian diversity, dress for the weather and have a blast! My daughter has signed up for her first Young Birders CBC, so we’ll be scouring a potentially mundane corner of Rochester for our contribution to the count.

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