April, 2021

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers! Normally I rant about environmental dangers and describe heartwarming/mind-boggling/headscratching wild bird rescues.

Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea 2nd edition – A Field Guide Review

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“Birds of the Indonesian Archipelago: Greater Sundas and Wallacea” by James A. Eaton, Bas van Balen, Nick W. Brickle and Frank E. Rheindt is a big book. Or should I say a great book? Or both? Its dimensions are 16 × 23 cm / 6.3 x 9.1

Shearwater Chase in Costa Rica

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“That bird! Get it! That bird, chase it! Chase it!” ” In a flash, our small deep sea fishing boat went from casually bobbing on gentle waves to flying over the waters of the Pacific.

A Survey of U.S. Birders

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Comprehensive surveys of U.S. birders are rare, so the recent release of a “ National Survey of Birdwatchers: Nationwide and Flyway Comparisons ” is notable. Although the results are largely unsurprising, empirical confirmation of impressions or anecdotes is always useful.

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Into the Clouds

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Trinidad’s cloud forests typically aren’t birded much. After all, the habitat is restricted to the highest and mostly inaccessible reaches of the mountain range across the north of the island.

Birds from Britannia by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

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With the sad passing of Prince Philip this week I thought I should share with you a book that we own that he wrote. This book was gifted by my father, Philip, to his father, Harry, for his birthday on 4th October 1962.

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Heat in the Tropics

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As the boreal migrants head north, breeding season for the residents and austral migrants is beginning to pick up. A friend of mine has been begging me to come over to document a nesting pair of Plumbeous Kites in her property but life has gotten in the way thus far.

More Birds Than Bullets: a book review

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A cheeky lad, Geoffrey McMullan was regularly subjected to brutal discipline at his English boarding school. He found some solace when, at age eleven, he became entranced with birds – specifically, with a Green Woodpecker — and that sighting, he says, “took me to another, safer world.” .

Japanese Night Heron in Shanghai

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Last Sunday, it was raining hard, but I went out to Chongming Island, a part of Shanghai, anyway. Mostly I went because some farmers there keep a lovely dog in a cage, and I have started taking him for long walks around the fields.

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Paradise Regained

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Among all the birding locations I have found, Pino Real was my first love. I was just getting back into birding, and had only gone to some urban sites, during 2012 and 2013. I had tried out Lake Cuitzeo, and Laurelito, a wonderful town outside of Morelia that another birder had recommended.

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Time to head north….

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It is that time of year again when we start to see the shorebirds around Broome change into their beautiful breeding plumage. We then witness their departures each evening over several weeks. The header above is of several species of shorebirds on Reddell Beach.

No Place Like Home

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Birds can be wonderfully colorful. Here are some prime examples. Two Black-rumped Flamebacks with their distinct red crown and crest. A Blue-throated Barbet – the blue looks even better due to the contrast with the red on the top of the bird’s head.

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Roebuck Bay is emptying out

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Migration is in full swing here in Broome and Roebuck Bay is starting to empty out. Each evening the shorebirds head off on their migration to breed in the Northern hemisphere.

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Birding Led Me to Wildflowers

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In many ways, birding has led me straight to my new interest in wildflowers. Looking for birds naturally makes you more aware of your surroundings, from an urban park, to a suburban greenway, to a rural wilderness.

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What Happened This Winter

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Here it is, the end of April, and things are slowing down in the south. As I mention each year at this time, the beginning of the birding year, up north, is the end of Mexico’s peak birding season.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2021)

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Weekends like these tend to fill those of us closer to the poles with envy for our birding friends even the slightest bit closer to the equator. Where is the justice when so many American birders are enjoying fancy warblers when I’m finally spotting Ruby-crowned Kinglets ?

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2021)

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April tends to be one of those months that contain multitudes, at once as temperate as any spring or fall but then turning quickly to extremes. What is moderate in mid-April, though, is migration, at least around here.

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Birds can be wonderfully colorful. Here are some prime examples. Two Black-rumped Flamebacks with their distinct red crown and crest. A Blue-throated Barbet – the blue looks even better due to the contrast with the red on the top of the bird’s head.

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A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of New Zealand

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Photographic nature guides have been with us for a long time, but have reached their adulthood only recently. There are some magnificent photos of birds from the early 20th century, magnificent even by today’s standards.

Collaborative list – March 2021

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It is slightly weird that when I first saw the name of the virus, I misread it as Corvid-19. Is that just a birder thing do you think? A year on I still have to think carefully. There is no escaping the fact that as soon as restrictions are relaxed, infection rates rise again.

Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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Birds are arriving in North America, flying from places far to the south. Many come from Central America, a good number fly much further.

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The Warbler Brewery – Parula Pilsner

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I picked out this week’s Parula Pilsner from The Warbler Brewer of Delmar, New York solely because it’s the very end of April, right around the time I generally see my first Northern Parula ( Setophaga americana ) of the year.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2021)

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The beginning of April feels like the real beginning of spring, at least up in the northern latitudes. The plot may unfold painfully slowly, but subtle clues are starting to add up to a massive migration many weeks away. For now, we can find entertainment in the earliest chapters of the season.

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Sneak Attack

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My state of Michoacán has a wide variety of nectarivorous birds. Nectarivorous: that’s my new word for this week!) Most, of course, are hummingbirds. A few are orioles. Hummingbirds use a kind of direct attack to access nectar, stabbing flowers frontally with their long beaks.

Domaines Paul Mas ‘Vignes de Nicole’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah (2018)

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When I picked up a bottle of this week’s featured wine last March at a shop in southern Quebec (on my last trip out of the United States before the pandemic), I assumed the European heron on the label of the 2018 Domaines Paul Mas ‘Vignes de Nicole’ Cabernet – Syrah blend was a Gray Heron ( Ardea cinerea ).

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Maine Jumpstarted My 2021 Birding

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Like so many, the majority of my birding since the Covid-19 pandemic began has centered on my own backyard and local walking excursions. But as we kicked off 2021, I found myself far from my current home in North Florida, surrounded by a plethora of Maine birds!

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Quinta do Vale da Perdiz Cistus Reserva Douro (2016)

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Even though it’s late April, it was below freezing here in Albany, New York today as I stood in my backyard drinking my morning coffee. And while it warmed up slightly later, we also saw several waves of lake-effect snow throughout the day.

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I am not crazy about alliterations. They seem a poor device, suitable for children’s books but not for refined literature.

A nature lover’s highway

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The highway heading south from Broome continues to offer great birdwatching opportunities. The landscape remains flooded, so you can only just go to the edge of the bitumen. The traffic has started to increase recently as the weather cools to the south.

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