Sat.Dec 05, 2020 - Fri.Dec 11, 2020

One Blustery Morning on a Desert Island

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As birders, we’re all well aware of our brain whipping our body awake at some ungodly hour, no matter how tightly wrapped in the sheets we may be. Last year, I was on transit via Curaçao – twice on a single round trip.

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Nanhui, Shanghai in late autumn

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November and early December can be a frustrating time here at Nanhui – on the one hand, there are fewer and fewer birds as migration slows down.

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Splitsville

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I suspect that most non-birders don’t particularly like the word “split”, since the first thing that it brings to mind is perhaps a bad end to a romance, or in the worst case, a divorce.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of December 2020)

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The winds of December blow in a dramatic shakeup of birding conditions in most parts of the world, especially the ones with fair odds of a white Christmas.

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PPT 11/19/20

Collaborative list – November 2020

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Who remembers birding parties? This virus just won’t give up. With some of the beats locked down still, or again, the birding has been patchy.

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De Grey River rest area

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The De Grey River rest area is a good place to take a break if you are travelling the long journey between the two towns of Broome and Port Hedland in Western Australia. After over 500 kms most people need to at least stretch their legs before they get to Port Hedland.

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Companhia das Lezírias ‘Tyto alba’ Vinhas Protegidas Tinto (2013)

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I originally reserved this week’s featured wine for a Hallowe’en review that I never got around to writing. The 2013 ‘Tyto alba’ from Companhia das Lezírias is a red wine from Portugal’s Tejo region, and – as you may have guessed from its name – there is in fact a Barn Owl ( Tyto alba ) on the label.

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