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Herdade do Esporão Bico Amarelo Vinho Verde (2019)

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Now that it’s officially summer (in the Northern Hemisphere, at least), it’s time to cool off with some lighter, more refreshing wines. As with our last Birds and Booze post , we’re in Portugal yet again, this time revisiting what is perhaps the world’s most quenching style of wine: vinho verde.

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Birding the humid subtropical Europe

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Here along the banks of the Danube, with Central Europe at one and the Balkans at the other bank, mid-summer is a tricky part of the year if you are a birder. The sun rises a few minutes before 5 a.m. and the crack of dawn starts by 4:15 a.m. already, so I am waking up at 3:30 a.m.

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.

“Getting Closer” — a book review

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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 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?

A Brief Coastal Visit to Oz

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Gidday and welcome to my home area of the Sunshine Coast, south east Queensland. As my opening word suggests; the Sunshine Coast is located in Australia as the attached Google map illustrates.