June, 2021

Beljarica Backwaters: Some good news announced (but not yet official)

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I am not used to good news, and am suspicious of them. What could be the big picture here, my suspicious mind keeps asking? But let me go back – you do not know the news! My readers are already familiar with Beljarica Backwaters, as described in half a dozen posts here at 10,000 Birds.

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National Audubon Society Birds of North America: A Guide Review

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Audubon guides to birds have been around since 1946. The first guide bearing the National Audubon Society imprint was Audubon Bird Guide; Eastern Land Birds , written by Richard Hooper Pough, and illustrated by Don Eckelberry.

Stilts on Parade

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Or perhaps, “A Parade on Stilts”? “Stilts on Stilts”, even? After 38 years of life in Mexico, I rarely have the sort of stomach trouble tourists supposedly get here. Truth to be told, I didn’t have much of that trouble even in my first years.

For Wildlife Emergencies, Contact Animal Help Now

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Help is not just on the way, it’s here. If you’ve had an encounter with a wild animal – a bird stunned by hitting a window, a fox hit by a car, or a family of raccoons unexpectedly found residing in your attic – you know how hard it can be to find help.

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The Gas Station Bird

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Above is a gorgeous photo of a Cooper’s Hawk by Ingrid Taylar. The bird is just chilling out, waiting for the urge to fly. The bird below is also waiting, but not to fly. He is simply waiting for someone to move him from the filthy plastic bucket where he is tethered next to a gas pump.

The Hummingbirds Out Back

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Hummingbirds are natural attention getters. Small as a bug, decorated with iridescent lights, and always in the mood for a fight, how can these real life fairies not take center stage? In Costa Rica, with around 50 hummingbird species on the list, we have our fair share of minute feathered stars.

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The Reva Situation

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Reva Pond was my favourite local patch until, a few years back, construction works started there. Not just mine, but all the most active birders of Belgrade, Serbia, were visiting this site at least 2-3 times a month: it is so conveniently close to the city, and even reachable by the city bus 108.

A Quick Visit to a Mud Puddle

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Oh my goodness! I’m writing a blog post! I know, I know, it’s been a long time.

The Top 5 Avian Ambassadors of Costa Rica

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If the avian realm had self-conscious, talking ambassadors, “spokebirds”, which species would partake in birding conferences? Which would travel to tourism conventions, give fun presentations and hand out cultural knick-knacks?

Yellow-billed Spoonbills breeding

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One bird species that we occasionally observe around Broome is the Yellow-billed Spoonbill, but we had not seen one for a few years until recently. There are Royal Spoonbills that frequent the Broome Poo Ponds and the shores of Roebuck Bay, but not the Yellow-billed Spoonbill.

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“Christmas in June” – Brasserie au Baron: Saint-Médard Cuvée de Noël

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True, it’s not even yet midsummer and we’re still more than half a year away from Christmas. But I do have a perfectly valid reason for celebrating Christmas in June with this week’s featured beer, Saint-Médard Cuvée de Noël from the French brewery Brasserie au Baron.

How Many Birders are There, Really? (Addendum)

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I have previously written about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s estimates regarding the number of birders in the United States.

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2021)

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June can be a hit-or-miss month for birding. You may, if fortune favors you, hit good weather or birds. On the other hand, if fate turns fickle, you’ll miss the good stuff entirely. In that sense, June is no different than any other month, right?

Another Trio

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In my last post here , I spoke of a rather odd trend permeating the birdlife here in Trinidad & Tobago. Many species seemed to come in threes, and today I shall continue my examination of these. Three species of antshrikes are resident in T&T.

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Birding Tiaozini again – sponsored by the local government …

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While Mike and Corey – fitting for being real celebrities in birding cycles – get invited to far-flung places such as Uganda, minor local birders sometimes at least get invited to places nearby.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2021)

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June is the breeding month, when New Yorkers mostly give up on migrant birds and look for birds where they nest. June is also the month that the bugs come out to play in earnest. This can be good (butterflies, dragonflies) or bad (mosquitoes, biting flies).

Flights of Passage: a book review

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Last year there was a spate of books specifically about bird “behavior” – though one might well say that every book about birds, from field guides on up, is about behavior in some way or another. It’s the behavior that makes them fascinating to us.

Casa Ferreirinha ‘Papa Figos’ Vinho Tinto (2017)

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Whether they hail from the New World or the Old, orioles are undoubtedly fond of fruit.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of June 2021)

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Happy belated Father’s Day to all our birding patriarchs out there. The irony of a free day to do whatever you might want when migration excitement has already petered out has not been lost on us. Once again, dad takes it for the team!

For the Love of Trogons

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2021 is turning out to be a good year for trogons. So far, one third of my weekly outings have involved trogon sightings, with their distinctive calls being heard on a few other trips. Those are good numbers. They also remind me why I love birding in Michoacán.

Wood-Wrens

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When it comes to wrens, central Mexico has it pretty good. We share seven resident species with different parts of the United States: the Rock , Canyon , Cactus , (Brown-throated) House , Marsh , Sedge , and Bewick’s Wren can all be seen within a half hour of Morelia. (I

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Who’s watching whom?

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May 29th was my 63rd birthday, and I got the best birthday present possible. It rained! And it wasn’t a passing shower; no, it was the kind of rain that suggested that our summer monsoon season might be starting. Then it rained on the 30th, 31st, 1st of June, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th.

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Participating in My First “Normal” Birdathon

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Note: Erika is the Communications Director for Audubon Florida. A flash of orange streaked across my field of vision, landing at the top of a nearby tree. I whipped my binoculars out, then threw them down in favor of a camera with a long lens. Click click click.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2021)

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In the U.S., the end of June feels like the official beginning of the summer birds have already committed to months ago. We’re heading into some slow birding, so start coming up with good ideas for the absence of many good birds.

The popstars of Shanghai

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In Shanghai, May is the month with a chance to see the regional popstars of the birding world – male Japanese and Amur Paradise Flycatchers.

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Why I write for 10,000 Birds

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It’s all about the avocados. Sometime back in 2018, I started sharing some of my photos by e-mail with my sister and aunt. But I felt that photos of Mexican species wouldn’t make much sense to west-coast Americans, so I added some descriptions of the birds and how I saw them.

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Birdlife at the Shaw River

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Due to the fact that we live near the coast in Broome we often choose to head inland to a river or an ephemeral wetland whenever we can to go birdwatching and or camping. There are plenty of rivers to choose from in the north of Western Australia, but for much of the year they can almost run dry.

Birdlife at the Fortescue River

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Last week I told you about our lucky find at the Fortescue River between Nullagine and Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It was our first encounter of Yellow-billed Spoonbills breeding and they had found the perfect environment.

Collaborative list – May 2021

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OK, hands up, I confess! Events overtook me again and the month, nay the season changed before my clicking finger retrieved the list for May. But all is not lost. Most… , but not all.

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Hiding in plain sight

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We went bush-walking down a dirt road near the Fortescue River last month to see what bird-life was about. It was windy and cool, so we wrapped up and walked down the road for a couple of hours. There were plenty of small family groups of White-winged Fairywrens and Purple-backed Fairywrens.

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