First Post-COVID-19 Birding Trip: Wisconsin and Horicon NWR

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In late June, I flew into O’Hare and drove north to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Once I was fully vaccinated and air travel became an option, I looked for a location for my first birding trip since 2019. I have a running list of trips to do, but many are best in spring, fall, or winter, not summer.

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.

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If We Can Rock Together, We Can Flock Together

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Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota. Weird flocks are fun. One does not typically find a Black-crowned Night-Heron mixed in with Rock Pigeons and American Coots. I think the night-heron knows it too. Thanks for stopping in again birders. Today’s post is as simple as it can be. FLOCKS. You know them and you love them…except when your car gets smeared in gull or grackle feces.

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Car Birding: A Birder Litmus Test

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This is one of many Black Terns flying low over a bridge at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota. A Dusky Grouse scurries across the road in Grand Teton National Park, WY. I was reading Carrie’s post last month and got to thinking about car birding in general. Personally, I am a big fan of car birding, despite the necessary fossil fuel burning that is involved. That not-insignificant-caveat aside, I think it has a lot to offer.

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Shedding Tears For Shorebirds

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Photographed at Des Lacs National Wildlife Refuge, ND. Upland Sandpipers are one of the coolest and most awkward-looking of our continent’s birds. See, it’s not so scary! Photographed at Medicine Lake National Wildlife Refuge, MT. Birders are a timid bunch. They are scared of all sorts of things. The thought of identifying certain groups of birds can incapacitate them. They are fearful of flycatchers. Galled at gulls. They wince at warblers. Wail at waterfowl.

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Waterfowl of North America, Europe & Asia: An Identification Guide

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And, it is a guide based on scholarship as well as field work (author Reeber has monitored the birds of the Lac of Grand-Lieu, France, for the National Society for Nature Protection (SNPN) since 1994).