Vive la France!

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Then… …on December 30th 2012, at Les-Baux-de-Provence in France, I finally nailed that little sucker. Famous for this one: The WALLCREEPER ! Vive la France! Birds dipping France wallcreepersA search of more than 20 years. For a fleeting glimpse. Just to be fooled again. And again. The famous south-facing cliff below the castle ruins.

France's Ugly Secret: Eating Endangered Songbird

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Now France can add another to its long list of gastronomic sins.eating ortolan, an endangered songbird. The hunting and selling of ortolans, which have suffered a Europe-wide decline of 40-50% in the last 40 years, has been illegal in France since 1999. Tags: poaching france endangered species From the Guardian. In a co-ordinated protest, members of the League for the Protection of Birds (LPO) destroyed hundreds of traps and set free the birds inside.

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“FedEx Panda Express” Brings Giant Pandas to France

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Two giant pandas made their way from China to ZooParc de Beauval in France today. The pandas, three year old female Huan Huan and three year old male panda Yuan Zi, will be the first giant pandas in more than 10 years to be in France. FedEx Express donated services to transport the giant pandas in a special plane named the “FedEx Panda Express”!

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Britain and France to Support Ban on Bluefish Tuna Sales

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This is a good thing. We've been overfishing the bluefish tuna to near-extinction along with many other species. I used to work for a seafood company and my current work still brings me in contact with the industry. Greedy, anti-government, and anti-regulation monstrosities.

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“The Lark Ascending” – Domaine de la Chanteleuserie: Cuvée Alouettes (2017)

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The song of the skylark is also heard across the Channel in France, where the bird is known as the alouette of children’s song fame. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze England Eurasian skylark France music Skylarks wine

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“Christmas in June” – Brasserie au Baron: Saint-Médard Cuvée de Noël

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In France, the proverb is “ Quand il pleut à la Saint-Médard, il pleut quarante jours plus tard ” which is more or less equivalent to the traditional English saying: St Swithin’s day, if thou dost rain, for forty days it will remain. Birding Food Reviews Belgium Birds and Booze eagles France

Domaines Paul Mas ‘Vignes de Nicole’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah (2018)

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According to legend, Vinus the heron frequented the clay and limestone hills of the Hérault Valley in the Languedoc region of France, where he preferred dining on grapes grown on the hillside to fish fetched from the river.

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Château de Colombe: Bordeaux Rosé (2017)

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This corner of southwest France is best known for its rich, dark reds, as well as Sauternes, the sweet, white wine produced from grapes affected by noble rot. The estate of Château de Colombe is in the village of Sainte-Colombe, a name it shares with many other places throughout France. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze doves France pigeons wineIf you haven’t noticed, there’s no shortage of articles about rosé wine this time of year.

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Quote of the Week

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"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." ~ Anatole France.

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The Bill of the Flamingo

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You can see the bill in action on the following images, taken in the Camargue, southern France, in January 2013. Make sure to check back all Pink Bird Weekend long as we delve into every possible pulchritudinous pink bird we can think of… Birds flamingos France Pink Bird Weekend The bill of the Greater Flamingo is a marvel of nature that would make any baleen whale turn pale with envy.

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The Flight of the Burning Pencils

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The comprehension – or rather revelation – came this January during a trip to southern France’s Camargue where Greater Flamingos can be considered a part of the landscape. Below, you can see a picture of a Greater flamingo in flight, taken at France’s Camargue this January. Make sure to check back all Pink Bird Weekend long as we delve into every possible pulchritudinous pink bird we can think of… Birds flamingos France Pink Bird Weekend

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A Bird Rehabber Goes Birding. Sort Of.

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Covering 120 hectares of France’s west coast, La Reserve Orthonologique sports 2 miles of boardwalk and twenty de luxe blinds. Birding Birds Destinations France La Reserve Ornithologique du Teich wildlife rehabilitation You see those white things at the edge of the marsh out there? They’re either Great White Egrets or White Storks. I don’t know which.

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The Thin Black Line

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Make sure to check back all Pink Bird Weekend long as we delve into every possible pulchritudinous pink bird we can think of… Birds courtship flamingos France Pink Bird Weekend If you are a birder reading this, you will probably like flamingos because they are pink. If you are a flamingo reading this, you will probably like flamingos because they are black.

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Interpol Makes Arrests in Tiger Smuggling

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The two-month operation involved national enforcement agencies in six tiger-range countries (China, India, Nepal, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam) and was coordinated by INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program at its headquarters in Lyon, France. From the PR Newswire. A coordinated international law enforcement operation has led to the arrest of 25 individuals suspected of taking part in the illicit trade of tigers, one of the world's most endangered species.

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Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys

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Here is a New York Times story about a vegetarian restaurant in (of all places) France

Animal Rights Activists Jailed in Europe

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Some employees from firms in Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland had "puppy killer" and "scum" daubed on their houses. They are members of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC). I support their cause, but am uncomfortable with their tactics. From Reuters. The group had targeted about 40 firms as part of an international conspiracy to force the closure of Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), an animal research laboratory based near Cambridge.

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Duckhorn Vineyards: Paraduxx Proprietary Red Blend (2018)

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The 2018 Paraduxx is made mostly from Cabernet Sauvignon, with smaller contributions from Zinfandel, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc.

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WWII Pigeons Spread Disinformation

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The plot in 1943 to drop the birds into German-occupied France is revealed in newly declassified MI5 files released by the National Archives. Interesting story out of the BBC. British spy chiefs drew up secret plans to use pigeons to spread false rumours about the impending D-Day landings. Germany had been intercepting pigeons carrying Allied notes, the files say, so MI5 moved to drop false information

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Once upon a time in Bojcinska Forest

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King Alexander I of Yugoslavia was known for his hunting forays into this forest, only months prior to his assassination during a 1934 state visit to France.

Congo Rebels Claim They Are Protecting the Gorillas

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France began circulating a draft resolution on Monday that would temporarily authorize an additional 3,085 troops and police officers for the peacekeeping mission in the Congo to protect civilians in the eastern part of the country. This New York Times article doesn't have much new to report. I did notice this though. Officials with Virunga National Park are urging the rebels and government troops to allow them to return to work. The rebels insist the gorillas are safe. “We

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Outer Range Brewing Company: Pluck Pluck Pluck Rice Lager

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But we do give the tough, barnyard fowl its due on occasion, most notably in these past posts discussing the chicken as a national symbol of France and its appearance on weathervanes. The temperature soared to 85 degrees yesterday here in Albany.

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Marlowe Artisanal Ales: Eager to Share American Pale Ale

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Everything is fair game to gulls, as shown in this vintage advertisement for Paillette, a brewery in Normandy, France. I have to admit that, at first, I found the name of this week’s featured beer rather confusing.

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La Vieille Ferme: Rouge (2016)

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In that spirit, if the calendar’s providential alignment of French patriotism and athletic pride this weekend doesn’t provide the perfect opportunity for an inaugural wine review, I have no idea what would: tomorrow is Bastille Day, followed France’s World Cup showdown with Croatia on Sunday. But is there a bird more emblematic of France than the humble – yet decidedly exotic – farmyard chicken? and was undoubtedly found in what would become France by the Roman period.

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Casa Santos Lima: Valcatrina – Vinho Regional Alentejano (2015)

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Though its origins aren’t known with great certainty, it likely comes from France, having been long documented in the Rhône valley. For much of its history, Portugal has sat secluded at what was long considered the very end of the known world — at least from a Western point of view.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2018?

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Corey will remain local, birding in Queens and rooting for France. Summer weekends often mean summer road trips, mixed blessings at best. Of course, we love to visit new places and enjoy cool breezes at the shore, in the woods, or atop mountains. But travel often involves traffic, which–at least in my case–raises stress rather than lowers it. So, if you’re on the road this weekend, stay calm, have fun, and don’t drive like an idiot!

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Come See Birds and…Everything

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Little Fanaticos Soccer Dog Jerseys

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They carry USA, Germany, Brazil, England, France, Italy and more. Love soccer? Does your dog love it too? If so, then Little Fanaticos is the site for you! Just look at how adorable the soccer jersey for dogs looks on Baby the Maltese! This is such a fun item, very unique and something that looks great as well. It is very well made, and fit her perfectly. It’s sometimes hard to find clothes for dogs that fit just right, but the soccer dog jersey could not have fit better.

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Birding Inner Mongolia

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Second note: Inner Mongolia has a land area larger than that of France and Germany combined, and I only spent one week there. (Note: this post refers to a trip I took a long time ago, in 2015.

Angry Birds, What’s Black and White and Hungry All Over, and a Little Something for the Ladies: This Week in Bird News

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If there’s one common theme to this week’s bird news items, it’s their collective bizarreness: The eagle has landed—on the drone, as France trains birds to take out drones that stray into restricted airspace. It’s a feeding frenzy in southern Argentina, as one million-plus Magellanic Penguins descend on Punta Tombo’s beaches due to an unusual glut of sardines and anchovies. The smart-looking example in the photo above is by Michael Catanzariti, through Wikimedia Commons.).

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Miracle Babies; Pandas and Leopards

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At the London Zoo, three female gorillas gussy up for a visit from a handsome male gorilla brought in from nearby France. A wonderful new series on Nat Geo WILD this Tuesday, September 13th and Wednesday, September 14. Nat Geo WILD takes viewers around the world to follow dedicated people working to save Nature’s Miracle Babies – often the last hope for critically vulnerable species.

On Flow and Water

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We needed to use them only one year (2004, when Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne came a-calling), but also discovered that we should keep more than a dozen. I watched Flow last night and though I did know about the evils of water privatization in other countries, I had no idea that communities (Michigan is featured) right here in the US are fighting huge multi-nationals for their own water.

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Domaine de la Mordorée “La Dame Rousse” Tavel (2018)

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Luckily, Domaine de la Mordorée, the extraordinary estate in the famed Southern Rhône Valley of France responsible for this week’s feature makes an entire range of well-regarded wines. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze France wine woodcocksIt’s the eve of a holiday weekend here in New York, with the long Labor Day weekend traditionally marking the end of summer for most Americans.

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Birding Nanhui, Shanghai, in September 2021

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For example, the main article states that “At Lac de Grand Lieu, W France, birds commute 2–38 km between colony and feeding territories.” Got to cover the home front occasionally, even though it gets harder and harder.


Docu-series Offers Bird’s-Eye View of, Well, Birds

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Below, Common Cranes soar over Chateau Chenonceau in France. Did you ever wonder what the world looks like through a bird’s eyes? Now is your chance to find out. Beginning on Sep. 4, and for six consecutive Wednesdays, PBS will air a special Nature miniseries called “Earthflight.” ” (Check your local listings for exact times. Not in the U.S.? After each episode airs, you’ll be able to stream it at

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On Project Treadstone and Welfare, OED-Style

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1917 New Witness 28 June 202/1 It is continually stated that Maternity Clinics and Infant Welfare Centres have met with the greatest success in France. Project Treadstone If anyone in Palm Beach County wants to get involved in the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) of feral cats, now is the time, as the county's Spay Shuttle is back in business (but for a whopping $40/cat rather than the original $15), and Pahokee ($25/cat) is open as well.

Old World waterfowl… and other waterfowl in the Old World

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Visiting the continent after the end of most of the autumn migration meant that the number of bird species I could see in northern France, Switzerland, southern Germany, and Austria was much reduced. As I mentioned last week, my wife, son, and daughter-in-law spent much of the month of October in Europe.

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Jochen’s 2014 Year List

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In a funny twist of fate, it seems that 2014 will be much the same as 2012 and 2013 have been, with family trips to somewhere in France and business trips to Indonesia and Kazakhstan. The year 2014 started out as 2013 did, with a family holiday in southern France, where I was able to spot a few species I am very unlikely to see anywhere else this year. Mute Swan Cygnus olor : Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Provence, France, 1 Jan. domestica : Fournes, Provence, France, 1 Jan.

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A Corn Crake in New York State!

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… Have I seen a Corn Crake… maybe in France? No, I’d remember that, I didn’t see that many birds in France. No one expected a Corn Crake. But, then, no one expected a Common Greenshanks in New Jersey. And, the message on the NYSbirds listserv this morning was clear: A Corn Crake (this is no joke) is currently feeding on the north shoulder of the Ocean Parkway east of the Cedar Beach marina … Ken & Sue Feustel.

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe: Duchesse de Bourgogne

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Mary, as the duke’s only child, was named heir and worked quickly to arrange a marriage aligning her imperiled realm with the powerful House of Habsburg in August of that year, a union that denied Burgundian inheritance to the infuriated Valois monarchy of France and ensured centuries of enmity between France and the Habsburgs.

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How Birds Evolve: What Science Reveals about Their Origin, Lives, and Diversity: A Book Review by a Non-Science Person

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What does it mean that a hummingbird fossil was found in southeastern France? Doug Futuyma believes in science and in the scientific basis of evolution. This shouldn’t have to be stated, especially in a book on bird evolution by an evolutionary biologist with a Ph.D.

Canada’s Naughtiest Dog contest

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Bark Busters has grown into the largest and most trusted dog training company in the world with trained therapists helping dogs in Australia, the United States, New Zealand, France, Belgium, the UK, Japan, Israel, Taiwan and Canada. Readers in Canada, this is for you! Do you have the naughtiest dog? Bark Busters , the world’s largest dog training company, announced today its search for Canada’s Naughtiest Dog.

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Juniper, plagues, and waxwings – Arrowood Farm-Brewery: Waxwing Juniper Farmhouse Ale

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The invention of the famous plague doctor costume is attributed to Charles de L’Orme, the chief physician to Louis XIII of France, in 1630.

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Champagne and Birds

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The estate of Jean de la Fontaine in Hauts-de-France produces a brut Champagne named L’Eloquente with a very Gallic chicken silhouette on the label, and South Australia’s Bird in Hand winery makes sparkling wines as well. A year ago, we presented a barleywine, a very strong beer, as a stand-in for the traditional Champagne in our New Year’s Eve edition of Birds and Booze.

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