2022

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Dreaming of Congo rainforest: Gabon, Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic

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Hot summer days, often reaching 40C/104F, time to open another beer and dream of birding some cooler place, a place where deep shade of tall trees controls the heat… Perhaps the world’s second largest rainforest?

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I’ll fly tonight to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica

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Tonight I’m going to fly to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica, to reset and restart at Rancho Naturalista. This lodge has the longest checklist among the eBird hotspots of Costa Rica – over 55 % of the nation’s total, including about 40 hummingbirds.

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eBird Weather: RainCrow Q&A

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I routinely review recent eBird checklists for several of my local patches and recently noticed a few with weather information ( e.g. , temperature, wind, cloud cover, humidity, etc.) from something called RainCrow.

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Looking for Lost Warblers at Parque Rio Loro, Costa Rica

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In the world of birding, we have our stars, the birds that lift our spirits and provoke oohs, aahs, and admiration. These are the birds that make us race to the nearest park, scan refuge headquarter trees with anxious eyes, and turn some of us into temporary paparazzi.

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Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

Speaker: Aggregage

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Factors to consider when selecting a robin

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Picking the right robin that fits your needs can be confusing and stressful. The task is not made easier by some birds that are robins in name only, such as the American Robin, a typical RINO (robin in name only). A RINO.

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Grey-tailed Tattlers return to Cable Beach

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This week we have had very big tides and the migratory shorebirds that have returned to Broome from the Northern hemisphere have struggled to find any beach left to roost on at high tide.

Turtles 93

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Casa Tangara dowii, Costa Rica: to claim our feathery gold

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Continued from over the misty mountains cold. Off to lunch in the Savegre River Valley we go, known for Flame-coloured Tanager , Long-tailed Silky-flycatcher , Wren Thrush , Volcano Junco , Volcano and Fiery-throated Hummingbirds.

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The Fallen Yellowlegs

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Yesterday morning was simply one of those incredibly eventful birding sessions, about which I may expound upon in parts within the coming weeks.

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Torresian Crows in Australia

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Torresian Crows Corvus orru are the most common of the Crow family in the northern part of Australia and are the most likely of the Crow species that you will encounter. In Broome it is the only Crow species and we do not have Ravens , so it makes identification easy.

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Highlights from the 2022 Arenal Christmas Count in Costa Rica

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December is not the ideal month for bird counts, at least not in Costa Rica. Yes, we do have warm, tropical weather and a fancy assortment of resident and wintering species.

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Summer Days

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October Global Big Day in Costa Rica- an eBird Trip Report

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Global Big Day has become an annual collective event in May that encourages thousands of people to watch birds on the same date. As far as promoting birding goes, the only thing better might be October Gobal Big Day !

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What’s Up with the ABA?

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Jeff Gordon resigned as president of the American Birding Association, effective November 30, 2021. A week later, on December 7, 2021, the ABA got around to making an announcement on its website.

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CBC in Paradise

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It is undoubtedly the most wonderful time of year – when we don our binoculars and boots and head off on a tradition spanning more than a hundred years – that of the Christmas Bird Count!

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Not Where I Expected Them

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After two and a half years of being unable to bird anywhere other than Michoacán, Mexico, I was really looking forward to our current Old World tour. Surely a change of continents was just what my 10,000 Birds writing “career” needed. Lots of new sites, in new countries!

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Test webinar 6/9/22 3pm

Speaker: Aggregage

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Casa Tangara dowii, Costa Rica, or over the Misty Mountains cold

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It is 6.40 and I am taking my observation-sofa position next to a glass wall, overlooking bird feeders in the misty cloudforests of the Cordillera de Talamanca. My friend and host, Serge Arias, brings me a mug of a slowly, drop by drop, prepared specialty Tarrazú coffee.

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Birding Shanghai in October 2022

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Somebody highly knowledgeable in the area of SEO (search engine optimization) strongly recommended that I should write more posts including Japanese T**s. I don’t think I will stoop that low.

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A few more birds and streetlights

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After last Sunday’s post featuring a few of the birds that use the streetlights around Broome I thought I really should show you a few more! We had a surprise early morning storm on Good Friday, so that brought some clouds for a change and a welcome 10mm of rain.

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Beljarica Backwaters are finally protected!!

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“To the sea their hearts they vow. They will not come again. And even if they came, would you recognise them now? The ocean masks a man. If they return a while, we know not if they smile or weep beneath their tan.”.

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Attend third

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Another Look

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After countless drives in the dead of night, scouring powerlines and treetops in the darkness for any sight of one of Tobago’s best kept secrets, we were finally rewarded a few weeks ago. It wasn’t an expected sighting by any means, due in no small part to a history of disappointment.

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Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or in the Land of Coffee and Chocolate

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On that glorious day, I observed ten critically endangered birds, representing 8% of their Costa Rican, or 2% of their global population!! But, let’s start at the beginning. In my previous post , I dealt with Rancho Naturalista Lodge itself and birding within their private reserve.

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Our Favorite Bird Books (and one pair of Binoculars) of 2022

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This, 2022, has been a curious year for books about birds and birding. Despite the absence of two major publishers—Lynx and HMH–from the new title publishing scene (hopefully not permanently), we were happily surprised to read and peruse many excellent books.

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How much time do you devote to birding?

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How high is birding on your list of activities – is it the very first or merely one of? Are you happy with an occasional morning here and there or do you need more? And how much more?

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May Flowers

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Common Hedgerow Birds of Costa Rica

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Hedgerows are living fences and windbreaks, lines of green space that bisect fields and pastures. They can’t provide the same ecosystem value as natural forest and woodland but in places intensely modifed by people, hedges are vital sanctuaries for birds and other wildlife.

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Rancho Naturalista Lodge, Costa Rica, or When Harry Met Mercedes

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After a heavy pre-dawn rain, the morning was all misty and mysterious.

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Birding: Special Lockdown Edition

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In the great tradition of authors reporting on and from global hotspots (think Hemingway or Orwell during the Spanish Civil War), this post is written on day 9 of being locked down in my Shanghai apartment compound.

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Urban Birding in Costa Rica- Benefits of Brushy Fields and Coffee Farms

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Costa Rica is more than cloud forest with mega worthy quetzals, more than rainforest with fancy Keel-billed Toucans and luscious Green Honeycreepers. Those are certainly two of several birdy habitats in this bio-wonderland.

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Animals in Space 3

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A Brief Return to Trinidad

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For those who have been following my posts here, some months ago I swapped islands and moved to Tobago. Having spent all my life in Trinidad, it was the first time I would be stationed away from the island of my birth.

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Critically Endangered Birds in Costa Rica- How to See Them, How to Help Them

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Sadly, horribly, we live in an era of mass extinction. Go for a walk in a local park in near the capital of the USA and the statement seems far-fetched, absurd even. Most of the usual birds seem present, a frog or two call from a small wetland, and a few other expected animals are there too.

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Birds in Ruins

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Our 9-day trip to Turkey in September was short, and it was not about birding. Even so, our short stay did allow me contact with a good number of habitats. The historic center of Istanbu l offered urban and coastal birds. The wetlands of Izmir’s bay were full of flamingos and other shorebirds.

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Costa Rica on a relaxed birding pace

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As some of you know, I almost made it to the Birdwatching Bliss 2021 fam trip to Costa Rica, but got sick a day or two ahead of the trip and had to cancel my participation. Yet, the organisers, Futuropa and ProImagen Costa Rica, kindly kept my ticket valid and this October I revisited Costa Rica.

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Test Webinar 6/6/22

Speaker: Steve Romanco

Short and sweet