December, 2021

Birding Inirida, Colombia, a forest so young that birds still have no names, part 1

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Have you ever birded a place so young that birds still have no names? Ten days ago, I was sitting in a boat in the Colombian Amazonia, listening to the chatter of numerous Large-billed Terns along a vast sandbank in the Rio Guaviare.

Birding Inirida, Colombia, or river dolphins and hoatzins, part 2

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Have you ever birded a place so young that birds still have no names ? … – part 2 – Once I finish this writing, with a strange mix of emotions I will put the Lynx field guide Birds of Colombia to the bookshelf for the first time, more than half a year after I received it.

Low-effort Warbling

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This time of year the canopies of the Neotropics are alive with countless warblers escaping the cold grip of the northern winter.

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Trinidad’s Toughest Triad

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Continuing here with the series on threes within the avian landscape of Trinidad and Tobago (in case you missed it, T&T has three each of trogons , antshrikes , spinetails , manakins , hermits , honeycreepers , and resident warblers ) we arrive at one of the more difficult species triads to encounter.

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Birding the Drakensberg, South Africa

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Given the strict covid prevention measures here in China, I have not left the country in almost 2 years now. Fortunately, China still has lots of interesting birding locations left for me. But of course, it is also nice to remember past birding trips.

Collins Birds of the World by Norman Arlott

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Collins Birds of the World is “ a must for the travelling birder ,” as the BBC Wildlife Magazine reviewer has put it. And I cannot agree more.

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A Few Highlights from the Annual Bird Count at Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

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It takes a detour to reach Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge in Costa Rica but oh how the trip is worth it. The mix of lowland rainforest, second growth and extensive wetlands makes it a very birdy place to bring some binos.

White-faced Herons in Australia

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White-faced Herons – Egrettta novaehollandiae are a very versatile heron species that we often observe around Broome. They can be found in a variety of habitats during the year.

The Wintering Wood-Warblers of Costa Rica

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Winter birding can be fun, especially when you do it in a place with palms, parrots, and weather for wearing shorts. This is where the summer birds go, where those fall warblers went sometime after October.

Birding Danba, Western Sichuan

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Getting to Danba is a bit of an ordeal. It seems it is customary in Western Sichuan for large parts of the roads to be destroyed by summer rains, only to be rebuilt gradually afterward.

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What Was Your First Bird of 2022?

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What was your first bird of the year this year, 2022? Here’s hoping it was something memorable, awesome, exciting, or some other positive adjective. At least I hope it wasn’t a pigeon!

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Where the Sparrows Are

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Like many birders, I regularly submit short lists of birds seen at my place of employment. But I also sometimes go there, specifically to bird, for hours.

Ringed Plover in Broome

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Although the official paperwork has not been completed with the Rarities Committee it appears that we have the honour of a Ringed Plover in Broome at the moment!

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Collaborative list November – 2021

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I have been humming the Dwarves’ theme from Sleeping Beauty all month. Can’t think why. …we bird, bird, bird, bird, bird, bird, bird in the marsh the whole day thru.

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I Get Back

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… to where I once belonged. My first experience birding was as a teenager back in the 70s, when birding meant a pair of binoculars, a couple of bird feeders, and a smallish field guide (book).

10,000 Birds goes eBirding – Part II

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As devoted readers of 10,000 Birds know , the writers contribute checklists to a joint eBird account called the “ 10,000 Birds Collaborative.”. Every month, Redgannet summarizes the checklists, providing an updated life list, year list, and country list.

Birding Balangshan, Sichuan, China (part 3)

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My last trip to Balangshan was in July 2021 – now I was back, three months later. Yes, I know you are not interested in boring semi-autobiographical descriptions of individual birding trips. But you may be interested in some of the most recent photos.

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One More Reason for Gratitude

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I moved to Mexico in 1983 (and really should update my bio below). Angie, now my wife, moved here in 1985, and we married here two years later. So our now-adult children have never lived in the U.S. But they have embraced some American customs, and one of their favorites is Thanksgiving.

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Pheasant Coucal-the sound of summer!

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It is now summer here in Australia and there is hope of rain in the next few weeks here in Broome. It has been more than eight months now since we had rain and the land is desperate for rainfall. We are all desperate for a change, because you can actually get a bit bored of constant blue skies!

Friends in High Places

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It was some seven years ago that I had the idea (brilliant, if I may say so myself) to use Google Maps “terrain” function to find the highest- and lowest-altitude places within one hour from my home.

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Last remaining water before the rain

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It is that time of year when we patiently wait for the wet season rain. It is hot and the heat haze is bad not long after sunrise, so not ideal for photography, but great for observing large numbers of birds. As the ephemeral lakes dry out the birds all have to congregate at what water remains.

Peterson Field Guide to North American Bird Nests: A Field Guide Review

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Once upon a time, bird field guides included nests.

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Alto del Carmen Pisco Reservado

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Last week’s excellent 10,000 Birds holiday gift guide compiled by Mark made me realize that we’ve gone through nearly all of 2021 without reviewing a single distilled spirit here at Birds and Booze. We’ve had plenty of beer and wine this year, but no liquor.

Birds Worth The Trip

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As this holiday week advanced and my Wednesday deadline approached, I was torn between two post themes. One was to piggyback on Patrick O’Donnell’s interesting article about winter warblers in Costa Rica, since his list is quite different from my list for central Mexico. (I

Best* Bird Books, Binoculars, Bottles** of Booze, and Backpacks of the Bygone Year

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The holidays started early this year, with the first night of Hannukah coming right at the end of Thanksgiving weekend!

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2021)

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December is a month of flux. Not only do we see dramatic changes in both light and weather during the last weeks of the year, but our schedules also experience substantial imbalances of work, play, and rest.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2021)

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December is a special month occupied almost entirely for most people by holiday preparation, shopping, and celebration.

My Ten Best Birds of 2021

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As sad as I am to say it, I must: 2021 was one of my worst years for birding since I started looking at feathered creatures with intent in 2006. COVID kept me from traveling internationally, and my only major domestic trip of the year was to California where I have birded quite a bit already.