March, 2022

How much time do you devote to birding?

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How high is birding on your list of activities – is it the very first or merely one of? Are you happy with an occasional morning here and there or do you need more? And how much more?

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Birding Jianfengling, Hainan (A-H)

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Jianfengling National Forest Park is a park in the West of Hainan – the tourist websites claim that it is “the largest and best-preserved tropical original forest in China”, which – if true – is a rather sad statement given the wide inroads that commercial agriculture has made into the park.

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The Antics of Pewees in Costa Rica

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Bird names say much about human perception, they can also give us insight into the people who invented names for official bird descriptions.

Willie Wagtails in Broome

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The Willie Wagtail – Rhipidura leucophrys is one of Australia’s most widespread bird species, but it is not observed all year round close to our home in Broome. Willie Wagtails are present across much of the mainland and they are a large fantail.

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Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes

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Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes – Coracina novaehollandiae are a common bird species around our home in Broome, Western Australia. They are present throughout much of Australia and as their name would suggest they have a black face!

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Birding: Special Lockdown Edition

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In the great tradition of authors reporting on and from global hotspots (think Hemingway or Orwell during the Spanish Civil War), this post is written on day 9 of being locked down in my Shanghai apartment compound.

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Laughing at you, not with you

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While I am still not so sure about China’s sense of humor – though admittedly, the issue is mostly a mismatch between what I think is funny and what the average Chinese thinks is funny, an issue that I have had in other countries as well – the country sure has its fair share of Laughingthrushes.

Raptors of Nanhui, Shanghai

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Raptors are not really the main attraction of Nanhui for birders – and given how things develop here recently, soon there will be no attractions left anyway. Still, coming here often guarantees to see some of them eventually.

On the Lake with American White Pelicans

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I’ve made some new friends in 2022. For the past few years, they’ve been mere acquaintances, passing through North Florida on their way to who knows where. I’d spot them from the distance along the coast or swirling high overhead, their bright plumage glinting in the sunshine.

Flock to Marion

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Hannah Buschert was first exposed to birds and birding during a required ornithology course at Oregon State University and she quickly caught the birding bug.

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Summer Days

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The Best Ponds

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I don’t know what the experience is like in other parts of the world – so do let me know – but at least here in T&T, some of the absolute best waterbirding can be done at sewage ponds.

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Spectacled Petrel Surprise- New Species for Costa Rica!

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Despite what some outdated sources claim, the list of bird species reported for Costa Rica is much more than 860.

Collaborative list – February 2022

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In February 2022, the Collaborative submitted 127 checklists in 7 countries ( Costa Rica , United States , Mexico , Trinidad and Tobago , United Kingdom , and Serbia ). The 2022 year list stands at 888 and the life list is now at 4,112.

Birding Shanghai in February 2022

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Unfortunately, Nanhui – in the past, a great place for birdwatching in Shanghai – is continuing its decline. Last time I was there, it reminded me of a Franz Kafka story that I vaguely recalled and then looked up.

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Review Classic: The Warbler Guide

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With spring migration near (though for some nearer than others, looking at you birders in the south), I thought it was a good time to look back at one of my favorite identification guides.

When it Rains

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Some sayings are trite for a reason, most often because they are repeated innumerable times in speech and in the day to day unfolding of events.

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Definitely NOT beep-beep

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I f you’re on a highway and Road Runner goes beep beep. Just step aside or you might end up in a heap. Road Runner, Road Runner runs down the road all day. Even the coyote can’t make him change his ways. Road Runner, the coyote’s after you.

En-raptor-ed

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As I write weekly for 10,000 Birds, and it has now been two whole years since the pandemic has kept me from birding more than an hour away from home, it has become a challenge to come up with varied blog subjects. But every birding enthusiast knows that each year arrives full of possibilities.

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Thanks, Thrushes

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So here are some numbers: As I write this, on March 24th, my 2022 list includes 239 species, all from within the state of Michoacán.

Birding Dongfang and Dongzhai on Hainan

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Dongfang is a smallish coastal city on the west coast of Hainan – with one or two main roads, some massive and apparently empty apartment blocks right next to the beach – and some strange swampy area pretty close to the main road.

Those Springtime Blues

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Because there ain’t no cure for those springtime blues… You’ve probably heard of the winter blues, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. They refer to the depression some people experience with shorter hours of daylight, and they are not welcome.

Big Brother: A Falconer’s Journey and the Healing Power of Wildlife; by Rodney Stotts with Kate Pipkin

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I read Rodney Stotts’ Bird Brother in two days, as part of a National Audubon Society-wide collective of 250 staff members who received a copy of the book. From page one Stotts and collaborator Kate Pipkin illustrated how environmental work, especially with raptors, has the power to change the course of people’s lives.

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It is all a bit grey!

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Well, summer is over! However, that does not mean that our wet season is over! We can expect more rain over coming weeks and the past week has seen more rain fall around the regions. Tropical Cyclone Anika became a rain bearing depression over the past week.

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Further flooding across Roebuck Plains

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Last Sunday we checked the Travel Map to see if we would be able to drive across Roebuck Plains on the Great Northern Highway to the south of Broome.

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Recommended Reading: An Australian Birding Year

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I believe that writing is easy. Everyone can do it. So easy that I am writing, too, in my second language that I learned only in my 20s. Then, why am I so surprised when I encounter a good writer?? Bruce Richardson is a good writer.

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Reflections on Five Years of Blogging

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A while back, I wrote several guest posts for 10,000 Birds and Mike and Corey asked if I wanted a regular monthly space. After pondering whether I had enough time and ideas, I said yes. Somehow, that was five years ago.

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Reflections on Five Years of Blogging

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A while back, I wrote several guest posts for 10,000 Birds and Mike and Corey asked if I wanted a regular monthly space. After pondering whether I had enough time and ideas, I said yes. Somehow, that was five years ago.

St Peter’s Brewery – Cream Stout

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I know. I’m a day late and it’s the wrong saint ( forgive me, Father, for I have sinned ).