July, 2022

Dreaming of Congo rainforest: Gabon, Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic

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Hot summer days, often reaching 40C/104F, time to open another beer and dream of birding some cooler place, a place where deep shade of tall trees controls the heat… Perhaps the world’s second largest rainforest?

Common Hedgerow Birds of Costa Rica

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Hedgerows are living fences and windbreaks, lines of green space that bisect fields and pastures. They can’t provide the same ecosystem value as natural forest and woodland but in places intensely modifed by people, hedges are vital sanctuaries for birds and other wildlife.

Urban Birding in Costa Rica- Benefits of Brushy Fields and Coffee Farms

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Costa Rica is more than cloud forest with mega worthy quetzals, more than rainforest with fancy Keel-billed Toucans and luscious Green Honeycreepers. Those are certainly two of several birdy habitats in this bio-wonderland.

A Brief Return to Trinidad

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For those who have been following my posts here, some months ago I swapped islands and moved to Tobago. Having spent all my life in Trinidad, it was the first time I would be stationed away from the island of my birth.

Test webinar 6/10 10am

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Now You’re Just Showing Off

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I went absolutely crazy a couple of weeks ago. Since my botanist friend Nacho (Ignacio) was on vacation, I did back-to-back major birding outings with him. As it happens, I had not gone out at all the week before, so I gave myself special permission.

Woodpeckers and Woodcreepers of Tobago

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The exploration of triads within the avifauna of Trinidad and Tobago has taken me through various families and species groups on this blog. It’s taken a life of its own to be honest. While this post isn’t entirely following that trend, it loosely is.

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Baihualing – The Trequel

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I was looking for a title for this third part of a blog post on the birds of Baihualing, and thought that the made-up term “Trequel” would sound fitting.

A flock of Spoonbills

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In Broome, one of the most reliable places to observe Royal Spoonbills is from the Broome Poo Ponds Barndarlmada Hut. The Royal Spoonbills roost inside the fence when they are not feeding on the mudflats of Roebuck Bay.

Birding Chongming Island in summer

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Shanghai’s Chongming Island is a well-known destination for birders, and will probably become even more important given the continued destruction of Nanhui. Yet it is generally recommended to go there in winter. In this post, I want to show that going there in summer may also be worth it.

eBird Trip Reports

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eBird Trip Reports were introduced relatively recently, in December 2021.

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Broome’s Pied Oystercatchers are breeding again

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Well, it is that time of year again and shorebirds are breeding. Hopefully all of the migratory shorebirds that left Roebuck Bay earlier this year have been successful at breeding in the Northern Hemisphere and will soon be heading back to our shores.

Birding the Kruger Park (2): Bateleur area

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Bateleur is a very small camp in the Kruger Park – a bit remote, but worth visiting. The one bird I did not see here, however, was the Bateleur Eagle … One highlight in the area is the Saddle-billed Stork , likely to be the tallest species in the stork family.

Martin Mania

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As I have commented in previous posts here, I consider myself very fortunate to have a good (and still increasing) number of highly-qualified birders with whom I can consult and, sometimes, bird. All are Mexican.

Mistletoebirds nesting in Broome

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It really is starting to feel like Broome is going to break a few winter low temperature records this year. Since we moved here in 1999 we have never needed to wear socks for so many days in a row in the early hours.

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Binoculars Review: Swarovski NL Pure 10×32

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After testing both Swarovski NL Pure 10×42 and 12×42, I – a self-confessed lover of smallish full-size binoculars, felt the urge to try the latest 32 mm NLs.

Agave Honey

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As I mentioned last week, upon my return last month from California, where I had birded a couple of hours each day, I was ready for a bit of a break. Oh, no, I didn’t stop birding entirely. That would be absolutely crazy. But I did pick easier targets during the first two weeks.

Sacred Kingfishers

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Sacred Kingfishers are observed more easily around the townsite of Broome during our winter months and I have been observing them close to home for a few weeks now. We have been lucky enough to have one in our garden over the last few days and it carefully balanced on our pretend power line.

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Home Again, Home Again

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Well, it was a good run… I managed to write four weekly posts about the five days I spent in California last month. Which shows just how desperate I was to write about somewhere, anywhere, other than the area around my home, which I had not been able to leave for more than two years.

Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

Speaker: Aggregage

Collaborative List – Q2 2022

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During the second quarter of 2022 (April, May, and June), the Collaborative submitted 581 checklists from 7 countries ( China , Costa Rica , Mexico , Trinidad and Tobago , Saint Lucia , the United Kingdom , and the United States ). The 2022 year list is up to 1,124 species.

White-gaped Honeyeaters

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The White-gaped Honeyeater – Stomiopera unicolor is common around Broome, but you find them mostly alone and not with others of the same species. They are generally a vocal species, which aids in locating them, because they are not the brightest of the Honeyeater species.

Birding Fuzhou National Forest Park

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As you have probably realized by now, in my posts on 10,000 Birds, I generally scrupulously avoid giving any practical hints for birding at the specified location.

Birding Shanghai in June 2022

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To be precise, “Birding Shanghai from June 10 to June 30, 2022” – but that is even less of an exciting title than the one above.

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15 Australian Birds (Episode 4)

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“A reading of recent research shows that Australian birds are more likely than most to eat sweet foods, live in complex societies, lead long lives, attack other birds, and be intelligent and loud.” ” (Tim Low, “Where Song Began”).

15 Australian Birds (Episode 3)

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According to a bird guide published in 1911, “Competent authorities have proposed to divide the world, biologically, into two parts – Australia and the rest of the world, and they have considered Australia the more interesting part.”

Collective Brewing Project – American Sour Red

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When I got this bottle of American Sour Red from the Collective Brewing Project of Fort Worth, Texas as a gift a few months back, I knew the only time I’d be able to get away with reviewing a beer with such brash, jingoistic imagery was around the American Independence Day holiday on July 4 th.