December, 2022

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eBird Weather: RainCrow Q&A

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I routinely review recent eBird checklists for several of my local patches and recently noticed a few with weather information ( e.g. , temperature, wind, cloud cover, humidity, etc.) from something called RainCrow.

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Factors to consider when selecting a robin

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Picking the right robin that fits your needs can be confusing and stressful. The task is not made easier by some birds that are robins in name only, such as the American Robin, a typical RINO (robin in name only). A RINO.

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Casa Tangara dowii, Costa Rica: to claim our feathery gold

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Continued from over the misty mountains cold. Off to lunch in the Savegre River Valley we go, known for Flame-coloured Tanager , Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher , Wren Thrush , Volcano Junco , Volcano and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds.

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Highlights from the 2022 Arenal Christmas Count in Costa Rica

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December is not the ideal month for bird counts, at least not in Costa Rica. Yes, we do have warm, tropical weather and a fancy assortment of resident and wintering species.

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Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

Speaker: Aggregage

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CBC in Paradise

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It is undoubtedly the most wonderful time of year – when we don our binoculars and boots and head off on a tradition spanning more than a hundred years – that of the Christmas Bird Count!

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Casa Tangara dowii, Costa Rica, or over the Misty Mountains cold

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It is 6.40 and I am taking my observation-sofa position next to a glass wall, overlooking bird feeders in the misty cloudforests of the Cordillera de Talamanca. My friend and host, Serge Arias, brings me a mug of a slowly, drop by drop, prepared specialty Tarrazú coffee.

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Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or in the Land of Coffee and Chocolate

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On that glorious day, I observed ten critically endangered birds, representing 8% of their Costa Rican, or 2% of their global population!! But, let’s start at the beginning. In my previous post , I dealt with Rancho Naturalista Lodge itself and birding within their private reserve.

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The Wonderfulness of Local Field Guides: Reviews of ABA Field Guide to Birds of Maine & Birding Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area

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At the end of 2022, let us celebrate the local field guide, a sub-genre that many of us feared would die, the victim of technology, development, and globalization, but which still shines bright, fewer in number but brilliant in quality, thanks to birders and birding organizations that believe in knowing your patch and your state.

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Birding Shanghai in December 2022

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This year, it seems I wrote one post on birding in Shanghai each month – and I am still not even sure anyone is interested in these. Maybe the topic is too bureaucratic or irrelevant? Comments are welcome.

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How Many Hummers?

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Our relatively-recent trip to Spain and the Middle East was, as expected, a great opportunity to see new birds. In the end, it gave me 44 lifers: 10 from Turkey and 8 from Jordan, which I had not visited before, and 26 from Spain, which I had visited previously, but in which we spent much more time.

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Summer Days

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Birding the Ndumo area, South Africa

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Ndumo Game Reserve lies in the Easternmost part of South Africa, close to the border of Mozambique and Eswatini. It is not particularly big but has a reported 430 bird species including migrants, though during my short stay it seems I missed most of the key attractions among them.

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Audubon’s Footsteps

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Denis Clavreul, artist, biologist, and Frenchman, got it into his head to follow the same paths blazed, in the first part of the nineteenth century, by John James Audubon, also an artist and also a Frenchman (born in Haiti) — though not much of a biologist or naturalist.

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Broome’s Poinciana trees

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Poinciana trees are not native to Australia, but they grow very well in the north and are often found in local parks. Most people are familiar with their bright red colours and their long seed pods, but what is worth noting is that birds like them too!

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Year Birding in Costa Rica- Coming Into the 2022 Home Stretch

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December birding in Costa Rica is a time of transition. Finally, the rains seem to have gone, at least on the Pacific slope and around the urban asphalt ways of the Central Valley.

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Test webinar 6/9/22 3pm

Speaker: Aggregage

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Entrance Point, Broome

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Last Sunday, 27th November, we went to the Port of Broome to see what birds were about after a few days of teasing weather. There has been very little rain in Broome itself so far, but plenty of rain has fallen out of town and especially to the north.

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Birding Shanghai in November 2022

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November in Shanghai means the large-scale return of buntings, such as the smallest of them, the appropriately named Little Bunting. However, the most common bunting at Nanhui in winter is the Pallas’s Reed Bunting.

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Australian Magpies breeding in Broome

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Australian Magpies are not a common sight in Broome. There appears to be a pair that reside between the Broome Senior High School and the Boulevarde Shopping Centre and we have observed them in that area since we moved here in 1999.

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Where could you go birding in Australia in 2023?

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With the end of the year approaching you could consider where you would like to go birding in Australia in 2023. As you well know we are a huge continent with many outlying islands and a huge variety of bird-life.

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Speaker: Hannah Flynn

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