May, 2022

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One Good Turn

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(No, this is not a reference to my personal worst birder joke ever, that One good tern deserves another. Although that joke does apply to Faraaz Abdool’s latest post.). I consider myself exceedingly fortunate to have several birder friends who are biologists. Most are ornithologists, although one is a botanist. One of those ornithologists is Jonathan Vargas, with whom I went birding on the first Monday of this month of May.

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Lights out, Chicago! Millions of birds expected to migrate over city in next two days

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Gull for a Godwit in Costa Rica

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Godwits and curlews are shorebird royalty. The macaws of the sandpiper clan, these long-billed, long-legged, loud calling birds are large and in charge. Unlike peeps and other smallish sandpipers, identification of godwits and curlews doesn’t even require the use of a scope. Better magnification is always preferred but there’s no need to investigate tiny toe palmations or miniscule feathered details on these magnificant mud probers.

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Out Birding to Help an Endemic Sparrow in Costa Rica

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I won’t be answering any messages this morning, won’t be available. Won’t be taking any phone calls either but I’ve got a good excuse. Today, along with teams in a few other parts of Costa Rica and elsewhere, I will be birding for a cause, watching birds to help one that only lives in Costa Rica, the Cabanis’s Ground-Sparrow.

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Accessibility Matters II:  Birdability Q&A

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For those plugged into birding social media, it has been hard to miss the non-profit Birdability. The mission of Birdability is to “share the joys of birding with people who have disabilities, and to ensure that birding is accessible to everybody.”. Birdability was founded by Virginia Rose and she is thePresident. Freya McGregor is the Director of Programs and Outreach.

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Birding Singapore

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Writing this post, I have been in lockdown in my Shanghai compound for 60 days. The only bird-related activity I can think of is looking at bird photos I took in Singapore in 2015, and adding some irrelevant comments to them. Presumably, birds living in Singapore do not understand German. This is a big advantage when they listen to Tocotronic’s “Crash” – enjoying the song sounding sort of how I would imagine The Smiths to sound today, in a good way – while not havin

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“The Hawk’s Way” — a book review

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Maybe author Sy Montgomery is right when she says that “birdwatchers often look down on falconry,” and maybe not. (Some, according to her, consider it a form of slavery; a 1982 book in my library, The Birdwatcher’s Companion cites “the sentimentalist element of the wildlife protection movement” as deeming falconry to be comparable to cockfighting.).

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Outer Range Brewing Company: Pluck Pluck Pluck Rice Lager

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The temperature soared to 85 degrees yesterday here in Albany. That’s not entirely unheard of around here in May, but it was an unexpected foretaste of summer considering we haven’t even hit the peak of spring migration yet. And as much as I’d love to feature once again some colorful spring migrants this week at Birds and Booze, the fact is I haven’t had much luck locating any – well, on cans and bottles of booze, that is.

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What to Do at High Island When the Winds are South

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High Island in April requires Weather, so I was told. A very specific type of weather–north winds, a cold front, rain. It stops those thousands of migrating birds flying across the Gulf of Mexico and directs them right onto the trees, fields, sanctuaries, beaches along the Bolivar Peninsula, where they hopefully find food and fresh water. And us, the birders who travel here from March to May to worship the birds as they seek to survive.

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My Global Big (half-)Day, May 2022

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In the previous period I wrote mostly book reviews (but of some really great books ), yet I cannot remember when the last time was that I wrote of birding itself? Perhaps in my December posts on birding Colombian Amazonia ? I hardly did any birding this year, from getting (mild) Covid in January to my elderly car developing some symptoms and the car repair shop trying to treat the consequences first, instead of going straight for the cause… Also, a mild case of depression too, nothing that canno

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Weird Towhees

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Towhees are large, ground-hugging sparrows that occur only in North America. They belong to either the Pipilo or Melozone genera, or perhaps both, as their taxonomy is still a point of contention. (Just to complicate things more, four members of the Melozone genus are called Ground-Sparrows rather than Towhees.). Down here in central Mexico, the Canyon Towhee is a constant presence in open areas, including in my garden and around our church.

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Black-necked Storks at Myalls Bore near Derby

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Whenever we make a trip to Derby we pull over seven kilometres before we get to town at Myalls Bore and the 120 metre long cattle trough. We have seen the cattle trough enough times to know there is not a lot of bird-life using it, because it is easier for the birds to use the water that overflows from the bore to make a wetland. Most people drive straight by and visit the Boab Prison Tree and don’t notice the bird-life, but it is a bit hard to ignore the magnificent Black-necked Storks wh

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Human elements

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There is an association of wildlife photographers down here, much maligned among my Mexican birder friends for a variety of reasons, which has proposed a rule that governs which photos they will accept: No wildlife photography should contain any human elements. In other words, no fenceposts, buildings, or telephone wires are allowed. When I had a wonderfully close encounter last week with a Lesser Roadrunner , it made me wonder about this rule.

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We Go Way Back

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I’ve been through a few rather complicated weeks lately, so my last couple of outings haven’t been very ambitious. The second week of May, I went to the road beyond San Miguel del Monte, a route with the advantage of being only a few miles from my home. It doesn’t always offer the most interesting set of birds, but it is nearby. Fortunately, the first call I heard when I opened my car door belonged to an old, dear friend.

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Varied Sittellas at Langi Crossing

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Last week I wrote about our camping trip to Langi Crossing for Grant’s birthday. We are very lucky that it is a reliable place to observe Varied Sittellas and they are often observed on the drive in on the gravel road. They are very distinct in flight due to their white wings being clearly visible and size wise there is no other bird similar. When you are walking through the bush or sat in camp it is the sound of the Varied Sittellas that you hear – or not as the case may be.

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Birding Shanghai in April 2022

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This post is a bit of a joke as I have been under lockdown in Shanghai for the whole month. Still, as we did not have any covid cases in our compound for the last third of the month, the government graciously let us outside for the occasional walk within our compound. I, desperate for some birds, used that to take a few photos, even though it meant attracting a lot of attention from the other residents, as I am the only foreigner in this compound and also the only person owning an 800 mm telepho

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Salon des Refusés (part 2)

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At some point in my life, when I was about 25 and a university student, I thought of myself as a writer. The best thing I ever wrote – in my opinion – was this very short piece: Life is exhausting and depressing – sometimes one would prefer to just sit somewhere on the floor. But every now and then, one has to get up, go to the fridge and get a new one.

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Hakeas and Honeyeaters

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At the moment around Broome we have Hakea macrocarpa flowering profusely. The trees will be flowering for a few months now and they are currently attracting a lot of birds and insects to their flowers. We have two of these trees in our own garden, but they are not flowering quite as profusely as one of the trees in Cygnet Park. Hakea macrocarpa is endemic to Australia and will quite happily grow in very poor soil.

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The clouded leopard has the longest canine teeth of any cat relative to its size

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Animals come out to play after a rain storm.

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Urban horse stable Halifax Lancers lacking ethics, says PETA

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Little kittens.

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Anyone know what’s this bug called? I don’t find it anywhere online! (Description, slide)

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The Waiting Mother.

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