Consolation species

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That trip was to take my wife and I to Turkey, Jordan, and southern Spain, with stopovers near Paris. I was soooo excited about getting to know the Middle East, as well as some of its exotic species. This female Rose-throated Becard also gave me my best photo so far of its species.

A Few Jordanian Birds

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My wife and I had the privilege of visiting Mexican friends in Jordan in early October. Even upon our departure from Jordan, I was informed that my ever-so-dangerous binoculars could not go in my carry-on bag. So, would I go back to Jordan just to bird?

California Peregrines Victims of Their Own Success?

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This Peregrine close-up courtesy of Larry Jordan. And they point out that sometimes, endangered species rebound so strongly that they endanger other species (such as Golden Eagles which decimated the population of Island Foxes in California’s Channel Islands). News California Conservation endangered species Peregrine Falcon

Not Where I Expected Them

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So many new species! First, this trip — to southern Spain, which I had already birded, and Turkey and Jordan, which I most certainly had not — is a work trip.

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I and the Bird: What is a Swallow?

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Many species build nests of sticks or mud or spit on human-made structures , or in houses we’ve constructed specifically for their use. The family is global in its distribution, with 83 species of around 19 genera. Those African species, including some flashy birds like Red-rumped Swallow and Lesser Striped Swallow , are mostly non-migratory, oddly enough. Bank-Swallows Digging Burrows and Building Nests – Larry Jordan, The Birder’s Report.

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Spotted Thick-knee

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Spotted Thick-knee Spotted Thick-knee By Redgannet • March 19, 2011 • 14 comments Tweet Share The Burhinidae family of Thick-knees (also known as Stone-curlews or Dikkops) consists of 9 species in 2 genera, Burhinus and Esacus. In southern Africa, there are two species. I too am fascinated by the name of this species.

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Mexico Beat BBOTY

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If we hadn’t we might be there still — stuck, perhaps, in Turkey or Jordan. The Indigo was even on its way to becoming my default species for any indescript female LBJ. But, until 2020, I almost never saw it, which is frustrating with such a loud species.

What are the Costs of Changing Bird Names?

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An op-ed in the Washington Post by Gabriel Foley and Jordan Rutter is a fine summary of the arguments, and there is a good background article at Birdwatching magazine. The species was named after John P.

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“Birds of Cyprus” field guide review

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BOC has 95 colour plates illustrating more than 400 species (three country endemics, Cyprus Wheatear , Cyprus Scops Owl and Cyprus Warbler , among them), with text and distribution maps on facing pages. Following the IOC taxonomy (Gill and Donsker 2018), Birds of Cyprus deals with 405 species.

Lark Sparrows Foraging at Lema Ranch

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Lark Sparrow ( Chondestes grammacus ) photos by Larry Jordan Nearly two years ago I wrote my second post as the West Coast Beat Writer on Lema Ranch, a Northern California birding hot spot.

The Unique Black-necked Stilt

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Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) photos by Larry Jordan Click on photos for full sized images. The male of the species has the upper portion of the head, back of neck, back and wings all glossy black. This female Black-necked Stilt ( Himantopus mexicanus ) is distinguished from the male by her paler brownish back and scapulars. He also has longer legs than the female.

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I and the Bird: What is a Vulture?

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The smellier the better, particularly as, unusually for birds, many species can boast a robust sense of smell. In any case, our hang-ups with vultures clearly stem from our own issues rather than any inherently bizarre trait of the species themselves. I’m focusing on Turkey Vultures here because they are undoubtedly the species most birders in North America (the home of 10kB) are most familiar with, but the name vulture applies to birds found around the globe.

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A Remembrance of Birds Past: The Lost Bird Project

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The smooth mass of bronze (photographed at right by Jordan Mann) was a stylized version of a Great Auk —a bird that no longer exists. These vestiges of forgotten species, some solitary, others joined in sad little troupes, are the work of sculptor Todd McGrain. “After reading his captivating story of the Labrador Duck ,” McGrain tells 10,000 Birds , “I returned to the studio with the ambition to direct that work toward the the memory of that lost species.”

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Swampcrawler

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One of the more exciting birds this summer in this little corner of North Carolina is undoubtedly the King Rail s that have been regularly reported in a still-water back-arm of Jordan Lake in Chatham County, just south of where I live. I’ve heard the species a handful of times in Florida, but I’ve never actually put eyes to one. The two species I’ve heard but never seen. The White Oak Creek flows into Jordan Lake on the southeast corner of the reservoir.

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The Western Screech-Owl Nests in Tree Cavities

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Western Screech-Owl ( Megascops kennicottii ) photos by Larry Jordan It’s been an interesting winter in my neck of the woods. Birders in Northern California have been treated to rare sightings of several species, sending avid twitchers from all over the west in our direction. One of the cool things about this species is that they are year round residents in their territory.

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A Greater Yellowlegs Bathing at Arcata Marsh

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Greater Yellowlegs ( Tringa melanoleuca ) photos by Larry Jordan Shorebirds. Take a look at these range maps for the two species. ” Once you hear the calls of these two species, you will have no problem telling them apart. Why are they seemingly so difficult to identify? One obvious reason is that most have plumage variations between their breeding plumage and non-breeding plumage. Plus many sandpipers plumages are very similar.

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What Makes You Stare So, Bufflehead?

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I vastly prefer the latter, particularly those species that don’t frequent this area during the warmer months. There are all kinds of interesting facts about this species, and yet, a mere listing of its many estimable traits will naturally fail to address the question which is doubtless on everybody’s lips: What’s with that name? Female Bufflehead by Larry Jordan (Have you ever seen a Bufflehead search for a nesting cavity?

I and the Bird: What is an Ibis?

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The group has a worldwide distribution; 28 species living and two additional extinct. Both extinct species were island-dwelling and flightless, suggesting a propensity of the group to disperse over long distances , a characteristic that any birder in late summer is familiar with. While in the New World our ibises appear mostly feathered throughout, there are several ibis species in the Old World with bizarre bald heads that make them seem almost vulturine in appearance.

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Golden Swamp Warbler

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It’s better that the species name, citrea , obviously refers to the French car-manufacturer Citroën, whose automobiles are known to be lemons*. But it certainly appeared that this tree stump just off the trail on a far arm of Jordan Lake would do. Now back to all the transient species that I can’t bear missing. Birders up north are no doubt gearing up for the peak of spring migration across the eastern half of the continent.

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I and the Bird: What is a Wren?

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But for those of us in the Americas, the cup runs over with species of Troglodytes. Particularly in the Neotropics where wrens reach their biodiverse zenith with species of varying shades and patterns of brown, gray, and cream , and all with impressive, elaborate, voices and varying attitudes about revealing themselves for desired looks. Which is perhaps why the name wren is applied to several unrelated species in the old World.

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White-faced Ibis at Colusa National Wildlife Refuge

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Pochards: Last Lifer of the Trip About the Author Larry Larry Jordan was introduced to birding after moving to northern California where he was overwhelmed by the local wildlife, forcing him to buy his first field guide just to be able to identify all the species visiting his yard. Larry Jordan Mar 3rd, 2011 at 2:49 am @Robert it was definitely fortuitous and thanks for the comment @Corey thanks!

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Tree Swallows Return, It Must Be Spring

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Here is another photo of this beautiful species. About the Author Larry Larry Jordan was introduced to birding after moving to northern California where he was overwhelmed by the local wildlife, forcing him to buy his first field guide just to be able to identify all the species visiting his yard. Andy Mar 16th, 2011 at 5:33 pm Great shots Larry Jordan Mar 17th, 2011 at 12:05 am @Dan, Nick and Andy … thanks you guys for the comments.

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A Red-naped Sapsucker and a Townsend’s Warbler

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In trying to find further evidence of the warbler’s behaviour and the sapsucker’s lifestyle, I found numerous mentions of Rufous Hummingbirds and “other species” coming to feed from sap wells. Our very own Larry Jordan weighed in with Anna’s Hummingbird in a Birder’s Report post and another mentions a Ruby-throated Hummingbird at a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker well.

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A Comparison of Birding in Costa Rica and Eilat, Israel

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Hit the coast these days and you will see that river of birds but there won’t be as many species as Eilat, nor as many chances at vagrants, and especially, not as many raptor species. Note- the featured image shows Glossy Ibis with the flag of Jordan in the background. I have been back from Eilat, Israel for more than a week but still find myself dreaming about birding in the desert.

Cavity Nesting Birds of North America and Their Babies!

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Bufflehead ( Bucephala albeola ) Female at Cavity Entrance photos by Larry Jordan “Some 85 species of North American birds excavate nesting holes, use cavities resulting from decay (natural cavities), or use holes created by other species in dead or deteriorating trees. Wood Duck ( Aix sponsa ) Female Incubating Eggs in a Nest Box “Many species of cavity-nesting birds have declined because of habitat reduction.

In defense of county listing

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The first, the much caricatured hard-nosed lister who stops at nothing to get just one more bird, and the second, the deep-patch birder who just wants to hang around the common species. My latest, and ongoing, project, akin in some ways to a Big Year, is the Carolina Century Project , in which I try to accumulate at least 100 species in as many of North and South Carolina’s combined 146 counties as I can. That regular common species are ignored? My name is Nate.

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Northern Pintails at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Northern Pintails ( Anas acuta ) photos by Larry Jordan (click on images for full size) It was a dark and stormy night … OK, it was a dark and stormy morning when I got to the photo blind (also known as a hide) an hour before dawn, as is required by the refuge rules. An alternative income stream for our National Wildlife Refuges would not only help our dabbling ducks but all the non-game species that get lost by the wayside.

Cinnamon Teal at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge

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Cinnamon Teal ( Anas cyanoptera ) pair by Larry Jordan (click on photos for full sized images) Winter is the time to visit the National Wildlife Refuges in California. These wildlife refuges are literally essential for the survival of many migratory species of the Pacific Flyway.

The Many Faces of the Pine Warbler

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Because depending on the angle and the light Pine Warblers have the rather unusual distinction of appearing to look like nearly every single other species of migratory passerine in eastern North America. All of the following photos were taken at Ebenezer Point on Jordan Lake in Chatham County in about an hour. There’s really no more quintessentially southeastern bird than the Pine Warbler.

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Lewis’s Woodpeckers Are Back

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Lewis’s Woodpecker ( Melanerpes lewis ) In Flight, photos by Larry Jordan Driving home from work last week I finally saw my first Lewis’s Woodpecker ( Melanerpes lewis ) of the fall. Lewis’s Woodpeckers are a cavity nesting species, excavating the trunks or large branches of dead or decaying trees.

Bubble-gum Pink Legs

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Larry Jordan wrote a profile of The Unique Black-Necked Stilt for 10,000 Birds in 2011; he points out that they have the second longest legs in proportion to their bodies of any bird, exceeded only by the Flamingo (another Pink Bird). BNA says that both species share a passion for brine flies, and tend to share habitat. Bubble-gum pink legs.

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Duck Numbers And Duck Stamp Sales No Longer Correlate

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Although not covered in the paper in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, the authors have suggested elsewhere (at conferences) that a different species of duck stamp be developed, with different price levels. If you want to contribute to that effort, I know that Larry Jordan, Ingrid Taylar and Hugh Grew are asking for help, including guest bloggers who can write about wildlife refuges. The number of people who hunt waterfowl in the US has declined since the mid 1990s.

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The Nonessential Whooping Crane

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It may be as sick as deliberately targeting an endangered species for death. Birders know that the light’s not always perfect or even particularly good when you’re trying to tell one species from another. But when we start talking about the nitty gritty of ecology – deer overpopulation, invasive species, the value of a whooping crane – the “harvesters&# break camp with the “observers&# rather abruptly.

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Duck Migration

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Mostly the ducks were Red-breasted Merganser and Greater Scaup , the two most prevalent species on the pond, but there were a few other birds mixed in as well. Larry Jordan Mar 17th, 2011 at 12:13 am Wow Corey, that must have been some sight to behold, and sound too!

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Leucistic Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

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I briefly entertained the idea that I had found a rare species never before seen in New York but quickly came to my senses and realized that I was dealing with a leucistic individual. Corey Mar 11th, 2011 at 12:03 am Well, it did swim pretty much directly in front of me, which made it easy… Larry Jordan Mar 13th, 2011 at 10:29 am Great find Corey!

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Best Bird of the Year 2011

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juvenile Parasitic Jaeger by Larry Jordan Jochen enjoyed a plover : My Best Bird of the Year is a White-tailed Lapwing I “twitched” in Germany in June. It is my best bird because it is just such an incredible species, and looking at it made me realize that I had temporarily stopped to fully appreciate birds during the stressful last few years.

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Best Bird of the Year 2013

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My best bird of the year is based on the sighting rather than the species. Obviously my best bird of the year is going to come during this trip, what with several species of endemic pitta and broadbill possible, not to mention 8 species of hornbill and numerous babblers, storks, kingfishers, trogons and even the endemic Bornean Bristlehead. Only trouble is, which of the seven species I saw this year do I pick? Northern Spotted Owl by Larry Jordan.

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Best Bird of the Year 2012

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This bird represented only the second documented record of this species in Florida. 2012 has certainly been a bumper year for me with an estimated year list of around 3,000 species after extensive travels to South Africa, Ethiopia, South Korea, Indonesia, the Russian Far East, United Kingdom, Peru, Guatemala and Panama. This may sound mundane, but my Best Bird of the Year is a species we all know quite well in one form or another.

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Most Well-endowed Birds

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And it’s no wonder, considering how millions of years of evolution have bred species with the capacity to command a room well before they enter it, if you know what I mean! Long-billed Curlew by Larry Jordan But once we whip them all out and start measuring, only one bird can reign supreme as the bird with the world’s longest bill. Life is a lottery, and some folks are born with more substantial… attributes than others.

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A holiday in Egypt

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From my poolside viewpoint I can encompass four countries: Egypt where I am and, over the sea, Israel to the far left (there’s a birding mecca of Eilat), Jordan in the middle and finally the endless deserts of Saudi Arabia to the right. The hotel garden is fringed by acacias where an endemic species of the east Mediterranean, the Palestine Sunbird , can be found, here at the very south of its range. East Sinai – Bay of Aqaba, Taba Resort. Morning.

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