August, 2020

Breed Information — Gardner Lane Puppies

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Cavapoos, Whoodles, and AKC Moyen sized Poodles for your family

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Bird Families of the World by Winkler, Billerman and Lovette

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There is a thing parents know very well – how important it is to choose the right name for a child. E.g. one Croat birder I know, Vedran – I never met a guy so well described by his own name, which loosely translated as “joyful”. Or Fleming – he has chosen “Bond”.

Therapy Dog Recognition

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Registered Piper and Co.'s s Therapy Dogs

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The Trials and Triumphs of an Odyssey for a Nemesis Bird

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Most birders know what a nemesis bird is and, most of all, what that truly means.

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A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference – Part II

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Last week, I “attended” the virtual North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC). Because NAOC is so large, it is more accurate to say I sampled small parts of the enormous event.

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Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica

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In the era of digital cameras and social media, images of birds are easy to come by. Even photos of the rarest of birds can be found, even heart-wrenching images of bird species that are no longer with us.

A Few Kingfishers

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In a way, kingfishers may be the poor man`s pittas – almost as colorful and exciting, but much easier to observe. Here are some that I have seen in the past few years. African Pygmy Kingfisher (Mkuze, South Africa, Nov 2018). Belted Kingfisher (Reno, USA, Jan 2015).

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A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

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These are times of unfamiliar circumstances and in more ways than one. As the tide of climate disaster keeps rising, protests continue, and economies fall into recession, we move through time and space in a limbo of anxiety and uncertainty.

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Hawking for Nighthawks

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Just under a fortnight ago, I saw a report on the local bird alert of a sighting of a group of approximately 20 Nacunda Nighthawks at a wetland not more than 20 minutes from where I live.

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This pervasive pandemic we’re currently experiencing has squashed everyone’s travel plans – humans that is. Migration (in particular bird migration) is well underway, however. And when I say bird migration I’m referring to a specific group of birds – shorebirds.

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Birding at a Historic Sporting Estate

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I didn’t expect to see any birds. It was over 90 degrees F on a Georgia afternoon, the humidity adding an extra dose of discomfort.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2020)

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As we speed towards the end of an utterly odd August, dangerous weather conditions and flame threaten to engulf various swathes of our world. No matter where you find yourself, heed the imperative of 2020: live to see better days!

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Herons and Egrets of Nanhui, Shanghai

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A few days ago, I saw a Yellow Bittern trapped in a fishing device. The bird got very nervous when I approached, trying to strike me with its beak through the net. Now, I am sure there is one Shanghai fisherman cursing the evil person who cut a hole in his net.

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Third Cable Beach Pied Oystercatcher nest to hatch

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Since last week another Pied Oystercatcher nest on Cable Beach has produced two chicks. The header photo above shows where the family rested shortly after the two chicks left the nest on Tuesday. We had been patiently awaiting the arrival of the two chicks since the eggs were laid a month ago.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of August 2020)

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Sliding into mid-August in New York feels like the easing into a Jacuzzi: the heat may be intense to start, but the good times are just getting started. Many of the most infrequent shorebird visitors to the greater Rochester area prefer to hide out on an island in the mouth of Braddock Bay.

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Pied Oystercatcher chick-cautiously optimistic

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The one surviving Pied Oystercatcher chick that I introduced you to four weeks ago continues to thrive. Although it is stood alone in the header photo it has its parents very close by. They will warn it of any dangers both vocally and flying at any threat.

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The many poses of a Striated Heron

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Striated Herons are fairly easy to observe around Broome even if they are rather sneaky around the port area. At Gantheaume Point they are reliably found throughout the year.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2020)

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August weekends don’t always promise birding excitement, but the tantalizing prospect of a singular sighting always exists. Don’t ever think that the best birds can’t appear at the most unexpected times.

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Not just for the birds

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If you read my last post, you will know that my last three weekly outings were not overly productive, as far as birds are concerned. I blame, in chronological order, an unexpectedly dry lake, an unexplained lack of avian activity, and lots of drizzle.

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Leapin’ Grassquits, Sandy!

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Back when I started birding during my youth in California, it didn’t take long for me to notice and appreciate how Northern Mockingbirds would sometimes do backflips in the air while singing.

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A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference

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The North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC) is held every four years. It seems that pretty much everyone who is anyone in ornithology in the Western Hemisphere attends, making NAOC is one of the largest ornithological conferences in the world.

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A Red-capped Plover nest

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Although I have introduced you to the Red-capped Plover in the past I thought I should show you a nest that we found recently. The Red-capped Plovers along the coast near Broome tend to nest on the sand above the high tide mark.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2020?

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Every month of 2020 has felt like a year, yet the imminent end of summer still feels too soon. If the end of August blues are getting you down, allow me to prescribe a certain cure: go birding.

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Hot Country Cool

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Last week, I shared with you some photos of Blue-black Grassquits , doing their jump-song routine. Those photos were from a trip to Paso Ancho, my nearest site fully within Mexico’s Tierra Caliente (“Hot Country”).

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Long-tailed Finches like dripping taps

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When you live somewhere that lacks rainfall for the majority of the year then a dripping tap brings in the birds. If ever you need an excuse to not fix dripping taps then encouraging birds has to be a good excuse! Even a dripping sprinkler head will attract birds.

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Collaborative List – July 2020

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Have you noticed that “pishing” is far less efective when one is wearing a mask? Do you think that the pish is muted, dispersed or in some other way deprived of its urgency? Anyone got a mask tanline yet?

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More Favorite Things

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared some of my favorite photos from my several years of birding. They are certainly not good enough to get me close to the world of professional wildlife photographers, but each is special to me in its own way.

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!: Tamarindo Gose

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Birders are quite possibly the only hobbyists who get really excited about oncoming hurricanes , except maybe for the small number of severe weather enthusiasts – or “storm chasers” – who follow tropical cyclones rather than the usual tornadoes.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of August 2020)

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Another month, another movement of the world’s birds from one point to the next.

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