October, 2021

Quality Lowland Caribbean Birding in Costa Rica at Centro Manu

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Birding in the Caribbean is about islands, beautiful beaches, extra special endemics, rum, and smiles. It could also be much more, maybe less, it all depends on how you want to rock an international birding trip.

Nancy Regan (1938-2021)

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It is with great sadness that I note the passing of Nancy Regan, co-founder of the Culture & Animals Foundation and lifelong animal advocate. I lost a dear friend, and the world lost a champion of compassion and animal rights. Nancy Regan (1938-2021

50 Top Birding Sites in Kenya review

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When it comes to tropical birding, field guides regularly deal with well over a 1000 birds and tend to be on the hefty side. Travel guides are mostly lighter, but this “where to watch birds guide” is truly lightweight and traveller friendly.

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Honey x3

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The islands and surrounding islets of Trinidad and Tobago boast an astounding list of almost 500 species of birds. For such a small place, birders are often spoiled for choice, there seems to be a representative of almost every neotropical family making their presence felt in some corner of habitat.

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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Costa Rica: A Field Guide–A Book Review

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The Uncommon Demise of a Wood Thrush in Costa Rica

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Migrant birds make an incredibly perilous journey, twice per year. How’s that for an understatement of the obvious? The equation seems incredible. On the breeding grounds of the north, a small bird flies into the night, takes a bearing for the south, gains altitude and flies onward.

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A Birder’s Guide to The Wilderness Act

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Birders who venture off the beaten path may run across a sign like the one above. But what is “wilderness” and how does it differ from any other federal land?

Birding around Chaka, Qinghai, China

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Chaka is a small town, with just about 2000 people. The main attraction here is a large salt lake at an altitude of more than 3000 meters that is claimed to attract 3 million visitors every year – and thus exactly the kind of place I try to avoid in my travels.

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A new bower in Cygnet Park-Broome

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The Great Bowerbird bowers around Broome don’t last forever despite their solid construction. We have extreme weather during our wet season with cyclonic winds and torrential rain.

Birding Dulan County, Qinghai

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Dulan County is a large county in east-central Qinghai, China. Sparsely populated and at an average altitude of 3200 meters, it has a bit of an end-of-the-world feel to it, particularly the ranger station at around 4000 meters, where we stayed for a few nights.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of October 2021)

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October is on the wane, but the birds just keep coming. Maybe they’re going. Either way, we just want to be where they are. Is that so much to ask?

Mammals of Madagascar (Lynx Edicions)

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When you bird afar and wander wide, you carry a field guide to the birds of the region you are exploring, a pair of binoculars, likely a camera, perhaps a spotting scope and a tripod too, plus clothing, medicines, toiletries, electronics, money and documents… Did you notice the missing item?

Back in the Saddle Again

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I’ll be honest: As much as I enjoy writing for 10,000 Birds, there is an element of anxiety to the commitment. I’m not the kind of birder who has a deep reserve of great stories and, especially, quality photos to share. Here’s looking jealously at you, Kai!)

Birding around Xining, Qinghai

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Early August is a bit of a dead time for birding in Shanghai unless you like your birds as little white spots at the far end of a telescope. So, I asked around and was told that Qinghai is the place to go to for birds in China in August.

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Patience in Birding

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The slate of birds available to the ardent birder in a particular place is a constant cycle of regulars, not-so-regulars, visitors, rarities, and vagrants. We’re always thoroughly entertained and occupied. For me, my personal ethos is simply to see what’s available. Yup, that’s it.

Death of the Downy Woodpecker, or, Dunlin at 10,000 Feet: The Eighth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit

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This past Saturday, 09 October 2021, was the Eighth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit. As regular readers of 10,000 Birds know, the Big Sit is my favorite birding event of the year, narrowly edging out the Christmas Bird Count.

Black-breasted Buzzards and their wing panels

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In October 2015 I shared some photos with you of a Black-breasted Buzzard drinking and bathing on a hot day. One of the distinguishing features of Black-breasted Buzzards are the pale wing panels in flight. Quite often the wing panels almost appear white and the wings are upturned in flight.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai, in September 2021

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Got to cover the home front occasionally, even though it gets harder and harder. Construction is still ongoing at Nanhui, there are constant rumors that key birding sites will be made inaccessible … you have to take every Nanhui visit as it is your last (yes, another clichee).


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An unfortunate Yellow-billed Spoonbill

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Yellow-billed Spoonbills are not common around Broome, but we do observe them every year or two at the ephemeral lakes during the dry months. All of the birds are taking advantage of the last remaining water and food at this time of year.

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Shorebirds amongst the tomato jellyfish

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Cable Beach is renowned for being a long sandy beach with a blue ocean and blue skies. It is also a great place for bird-watching and I have written many a post about the variety of birdlife along its length. Over the last couple of weeks the sandy beach has become invaded by tomato jellyfish.

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Salvias and the Hummers that Love Them

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During my time writing for 10,000 Birds, I have made no secret of my love for salvias — especially Michoacán’s native salvias.

Birding around Qinghai Lake, China

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Located about 2 hours from Xining by car, Qinghai Lake is China’s largest lake. It has some interesting characteristics – its high elevation at about 3200 meters, its salt content, and its alkalinity (as it does not have any outflows).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2021)

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Halloween weekend tends to be a distracting weekend at best for birding activity. Not only do parties and parades beckon, but finding a costume that doesn’t restrict scope viewing can be rough. Hope you didn’t get fake blood on your Swarovskis!

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2021)

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Mid-October delivers tons of birding excitement, even the kind that can be enjoyed from a sedentary position. Whether you experienced a Big Day, a Big Sit, or just a big weekend of birding, we’re inviting you to brag about what you saw.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2021)

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Last weekend hosted many of the international organized bird watching festivities, but every weekend offers the opportunity for avian observation excitement. What did you find?

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2021)

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October can be a fantastic birding season in the right places. With hope, you’ve found yourself in one of those places! My weekend was actually pretty slow from a wildlife appreciation angle, but the bare husks of coneflowers in my garden are still drawing curious American Goldfinches.

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The Beach is Back

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Disclaimer: Technically, Lake Cuitzeo is surrounded by mudflats, not beaches. But the return of my lake makes me a bit giddy, and I couldn’t resist using this title. Also, if you are offended by the implied word I used, please blame Sir Elton John.

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Collaborative List – Sept 2021

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The Chiffchaff and Blackcaps are no longer singing locally, the hirundines are concentrating their numbers and the nights are noticeably earlier. It must be September. Beats are getting restless too with a couple of them venturing further than of late.

Brown Quail around Broome

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We are lucky around Broome that we can quite easily observe Brown Quail. They like overgrown grassy areas and there are plenty of those areas around Broome. The environment at this time of year is mostly dry grass and the Brown Quail are busy digging up the grass seeds.

Hummingbird Heaven 2021

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In September 2021, I wrote for the first time here about one of the great birding spectacles in my region. As our summer rainy season ends, Michoacán erupts in a massive seasonal bloom, which attracts a feeding frenzy by resident and newly-arrived migratory hummingbirds.

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