November, 2020

Hornbills of Yunnan

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China is not that well-known for its hornbills, but in Yunnan province, on the border to Myanmar, some species can be found.

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Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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Penguins! Penguins here! <pause> <pause> Do I have your attention now? There are few bird names that will elicit great big smiles and Penguin is one of them.

Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, 5th edition

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For several years I lived and birded in the south of Africa , and still have my battered second edition (1997) of the Sasol Birds of Southern Africa, the most trusted local field guide.

Costa Rica Opens! What About the Birding?

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Back in March, back when the world realized that a pandemic was happening and that it was spreading with tenacious unconscious determination, Costa Rica closed its borders.

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The Things We Do For Birds

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Late Sunday afternoon I was relaxing at home trying to recover from my early awakening due to having turned back the clock one hour for daylight saving time. Well, that and over imbibing on Halloween candy, if I’m being honest.

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Forest Bathing

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I’m writing this post primarily because I am currently dreaming of the subject. Having been penned in our house for the last month (and more), the last time we have been out birding seems like a distant memory.

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The Merlin Out Back

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I live in the Central Valley, the most populated part of Costa Rica. For most of its history, this intermontane valley was a melange of wetlands and moist forest watered by rains that drench the adjacent mountains.

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A Japanese in China

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The Avibase China birdlist counts 7 species of minivets for China – one of which is the Ashy Minivet.

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Puddleglum, or Puddleglee?

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In C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia , one of the many fantastic characters is a rather human-like frog creature named Puddleglum. Puddleglum is an endlessly pessimistic, though kind-hearted, ally to the story’s several heroes.

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Ospreys in the Desert

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Adam Cairns is a photographer, writer and poet. He is returning to the UK after a four year spell in Qatar, in the Middle East. He posts photos and descriptions of the birds he finds on his blog, Birderlife. This is Adam’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of October 2020)

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The final weekend of October carries a particularly macabre yet playful resonance in most years. The horrors of this particular year seem to have stolen most of the joy of Halloween, if the meager stream of trick or treaters we saw this weekend were any evidence.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of November 2020)

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During a season when many of us have constricted our travel radius from several countries or continents from home to several blocks, the forced focus on local patches seems to be turning up some real jewels in different areas. Nothing unusual in your backyard yet?

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Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher — a review

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This year has been bountiful in books about bird behavior (reference and otherwise) from the likes of David Allen Sibley , Helen Macdonald, Jennifer Ackerman , Wenfei Tong, and others. The latest is the encyclopedic and delightful Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior , by John Kricher.

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The Cutting Edge II: Hummingbird Feeders

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The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that Americans spend nearly $1 billion annually on bird houses, feeders, nest boxes, and baths. A billion dollar market means competition and manufacturers have long sought patents for innovative feeder designs.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2020)

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Most birders I know across the United States–and well beyond–seemed happier than usual this weekend, even ecstatic. Is a winter finch irruption really that exciting? I didn’t catch up with any crossbills this weekend, but my travels took me from Rochester to NYC and back.

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My Championship Hummingbird Season

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Those of us who were raised in the four-season north (here in Michoacán one could define, at the most, three seasons) tend to think of avian migration in terms of seasonal temperatures.

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Two James Spirits: Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum

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In the midst of a global pandemic, medical professionals have been heralded as heroes, with some even rising to the status of pop culture icons – even as some supposedly advanced nations have been plummeting into the depths of anti-science superstition lately.

My Birding Buddies

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I finally had to get a new laptop last week. While almost everything is up and running beautifully, I haven’t managed to figure out how to use the updated photo editor program I downloaded, or to transfer my old program to the new computer.

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Eighty Mile Beach Pied Oystercatchers

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Eighty Mile Beach is located between Broome and Port Hedland and is a remote coastline. It is the longest uninterrupted beach in Western Australia and is 220 kilometres long. The distance from Broome to Port Hedland is over 600 kilometres and is our closest town to the south.

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Predicting My Next Five Queens Birds

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I am shocked to be writing this post already, and doubly shocked that I’ve seen six new species for Queens since I guessed what my next five Queens birds would be just eight months ago, back in March. It’s been a good year for birding in Queens!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2020)

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November doesn’t fit any of the conventional narratives of birding seasons. This month doesn’t really resemble the migratory months or the more staid and settled spans of summer and winter. Nonetheless, November can really cook when the birding conditions are just right.

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Northern Rosella

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One of the birds that I failed to mention last week at Mary Pool rest area is the Northern Rosella. Northern Rosella are resident in the north of Australia, but not in large flocks. We rarely encounter more than one pair at any location. They are a species that can be well camouflaged despite their bright colours. If they are high up in foliage then you could easily miss out on observing them. Thankfully at Mary Pool rest area we encountered a pair on the ground feeding.

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Domaine de l’Hortus: “Le Loup y es-tu?” Blanc (2018)

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Usually when I think of unseasonably mild autumn weather, I picture a last gasp of summer manifesting itself with an early fall heat wave in September, or maybe a stretch of warmer weather in October before Hallowe’en. But here in eastern upstate New York, as we near the end of the first week of November, we’re a few days into a nearly balmy spell of clement temperatures that’s forecasted to last into early next week. The highs for the next few days are supposed to be in the upper 60s.

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Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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I bought a new rucksack yesterday and the first thing I checked when I brought it home was, how easily my spotting scope with a mounted window clamp fits in – test passed with flying colours. What purpose rucksack did I choose?

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Birds of the United States (and Provinces) of (North) America

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We birders have a different perspective of the world from most other people. To us, borders seem much more porous, and somewhat less real. Most of us don’t like walls, because they might keep living things from moving as freely as they should. The word migration brings us joy and expectation.

Mary Pool rest area

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Western Australia is a very large state and often there are vast distances between towns. The closest town to Broome if we head south towards Perth is around 600kms. Derby lies around 200kms to the north. The capital city, Perth, is over 2000kms away.

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A Pilbara pool

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If you happen to be driving the highway from the North-west coastal highway towards Marble Bar there are a few obvious places to pull over to bird. There are a few river crossings that are dry for most of the year along the highway, but there are always small pools of water.

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Collaborative list – October 2020

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Fall is well and truly underway and the shoreline is filling with waders and wildfowl. October has seen the return of closer to normal activity for the beats and collaboration has been as high as it has been since February. Included in the numbers are 2 new life-listers; a Long-tailed Koel from Duncan and a White-throated Rock-Thrush from Kai. This brings our all-time total to 4040. 7 countries (Costa Rica, China, USA, UK, Mexico, New Zealand and Serbia) were birded by 11 beats during October.

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Little Friarbirds nesting in Broome

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Our daily walks to our two local parks with our neighbour’s dog are currently quite a dangerous affair. The Little Friarbirds are nesting and they are not happy as we approach the trees. With a dog you have to approach the trees for obvious reasons.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of November 2020)

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I hope all of our American friends had a splendid Thanksgiving and extended weekend. Isn’t it funny how we call this holiday Turkey Day even though most barnyard poultry probably hate it? If gobblers could vote, they’d likely promote Tofurkey Day instead.

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