October, 2020

Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in September

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You may remember – though I am pretty sure you do not, because who would – that my second-to-last blog post ended on a slightly disappointed note.

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The ABA Area and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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The third anniversary of Hurricane Maria barreling its way through Puerto Rico was a few weeks ago. In the aftermath of Maria, I had wondered why both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were not part of the ABA Area. After all, both are U.S. territories and their residents are U.S. citizens.

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What Flies Over Costa Rica in the Night?

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On the northern birding calendar, October is a time for sparrows, cool weather, and tired fall leaves. It’s when Orange-crowned Warblers share the Goldenrod with lisping and chirping sparrows, when hardy Yellow-rumped Warblers dominate the Parulid scene.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of October 2020)

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Any time of year that features skies filled with birds pretty much all day demands attention pretty much all day. If your neck is sore from being on a swivel this weekend, may I suggest swiveling with your hips to get through the rest of the month?

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Sniping: The Final Frontier?

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For those of us who have been bestowed with the good fortune of seeing a snipe, we understand the gravity of the blessing. Any snipe is a good snipe, they say. Out of the approximately 26 species of snipes worldwide, two have been recorded on Trinidad. Only one has been seen on Tobago.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of October 2020?

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In a normal year, we’d enter the final weekend of October thinking of trivialities like tricks, treats, and maybe costume parties. Instead, a cloud of dread hangs over most of the world. Be strong!

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America & Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America: A Field Guide Review

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A bird of prey showed up in the tiny park across the boulevard from me yesterday, setting himself down on a park bench and ignoring a crowd of socially-distanced smart phone wielding photographers. He became the social media hit of the day: “A Peregrine Falcon in Forest Hills!”

Food

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I am probably one of the least qualified people to write a post with this title, as my interest in food is quite limited, as long as I do not go hungry.

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A Selection of Kenyan LBJ’s

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Last night in the moments before sleep took over, I felt an urge to shine some light on some LBJ’s (Little Brown Jobs) or LBB’s (Little Brown Birds). What better selection than the various birds of the Kenyan highlands, right?

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Birds of Chile – A Photo Guide

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If you want to write a bird guide, you should have guided people yourself.

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The Devil Made Me Do It

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Since I am an evangelical pastor down here in Mexico, I always feel a bit odd when I give visiting birders their first encounter with Lucifer. Of course, in my defense, this is not the actual Prince of Darkness I am talking about, but the Lucifer Hummingbird.

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A Good Walk Well Spoiled

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Golf is a good walk spoiled. — Mark Twain. Once, and only once, a while after I became a bit crazy about birding, my long-suffering wife decided to go along with me and see what it was all about. Now, my wife is extremely conscientious about exercise.

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Mammals of South Asia (Lynx Edicions)

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I was lucky to visit India several times, but as a keen birder I carried along only a bird book, and even upgraded it to a new edition between the trips.

Fully fledged Pied Oystercatcher chick

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This is a post that I always hoped I could write! We were cautiously optimistic that the Pied Oystercatcher chick would survive once it had made it to forty days since hatching. However, we have learned over the years that until a bird can fly it is not completely safe from predators.

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Dollarbirds are back in Broome

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In a year when there’s not a lot that is normal some things happen like clock-work. Nature continues its routine regardless of everything else that is going on in the world. We are lucky in Western Australia that we can move around our own state.

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Queens County Bird Club Seventh Annual Big Sit

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This past Saturday, 10 October, was my favorite birding event of the year. Yes, it was the Queens County Bird Club Big Sit, our seventh iteration of the sedentary birding classic. What is a Big Sit?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2020)

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With so many sports leagues competing for attention this month, missing out on October’s avian bounty in favor of following your favorite teams is understandable. Unforgiveable too, but still understandable.

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¡Cuerporruín!

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The best laid plans… Last week, I had hoped to get permission to get onto the campus of one or Morelia’s many universities, to look for a family of Wood Ducks that apparently have arrived to spend the winter in its unusual habitat of marshy forest.

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Z. Alexander Brown: Uncaged – Cabernet Sauvignon (2017)

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Just yesterday I learned that the Barn Owl ( Tyto alba ) is the only breeding bird found in New York that has been documented nesting in every month of the year.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of October 2020)

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October is when rumors of the next season become harder to deny. Where I live, the full splendor of fall foliage coupled with initial fingers of frost refutes the notion that summer will return. Fortunately, nature assures that, as one suite of birds leaves, another takes its place.

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Curlew Sandpiper feeding

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One of the more common shorebirds along Broome’s beaches is the Curlew Sandpiper- Calidris ferruginea. They are often found in large mixed flocks and many have recently arrived from the Northern Hemisphere.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai in October

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What an exciting title, isn`t it? I was thinking of something along the lines of “Sex and drugs and birds” first – probably a good way to increase readership … But it really is just the usual bunch of photos and irrelevant comments. Novelty is overrated. So, about birds. Good to see Siberian Rubythroat again after the summer break.

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Getting Good Bird Video with a Phone Skope Adaptor

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Two weekends ago I was scheduled to take part in a live birding video, one of twenty birders from across North and South America who were out and about looking for good birds to share with the world through Swarovski Optik Birding’s Facebook page.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2020)

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The first weekend of the tenth month of the year usually delivers in terms of birds, but you’ve got to meet them halfway. Did you find time to catch any avian action?

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You Can Go Your Own Way

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Last week I wrote about my first experience with a new site that a friend thought looked promising when he saw it on Google Maps. My friend was right. I had such a good time there that I went back the very next week, to see what I could find by walking a bit higher into the woods.

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Birding a Kimberley Quarry in 2020

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Some of you may well remember the quarry that I wrote about in October 2016. The remaining amount of water was really quite disastrous for the local bird-life. Each year is different and the last visit a few weeks ago there was substantially more water.

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Collaborative List – September 2020

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Redgannet has dropped off the radar.

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Highlights from Costa Rica, Global Bird Weekend, 2020

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If the birding world had an official holiday, it would have to be Global Big Day (GBD). No other date captures the attention of so many birders, no other day is dedicated to the celebration of birds and birding in so many places and at the same time.

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Ken Wright Cellars: Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley (2017)

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One of the highlights of autumn for many birders in eastern North America is the annual release of the Winter Finch Forecast.

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