Birding In Low Places

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This Snail Kite, photographed from my treacherous 1999 Honda Accord, was right outside Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, FL. This bird perenially winters on Lake Merritt, in the middle of Oakland, CA. Just because a place isn’t pretty doesn’t make it worthless to wildlife, so why not check it out? The water this Northern Pintail is in has human poo in it, which completely ruins the experience of seeing this bird. Oh wait, it doesn’t.

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Birding California: A Regional Primer

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One or two Tufted Ducks show up at Lake Merritt in Oakland every year, with this drake in particular often lending itself for soul-satisfying views. Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA. Modoc National Wildlife Refuge, CA. Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers a fine show of raptors and waterfowl, Modoc National Wildlife Refuge has reliable Trumpeter Swans in winter, and the Warner Mountains are home to Cordilleran Flycatcher in spring and summer.

Queens Big Day (Kind of)

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I started at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge pre-dawn to pick up American Woodcock and then headed to the coast to see if there was any flight happening. A quick stop at the beach netted me some beach-nesting birds and then I did a quick tour of some woodland parks, Alley Pond Park and Oakland Lake. ” They were all over the North Gardens at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

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If We Can Rock Together, We Can Flock Together

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Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA. Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. 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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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2011?

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On Sunday I’ll have a big day and try to bird all of Alley Pond Park (Queens, NYC), from APEC to Oakland Lake, the Oaks section, the kettle ponds and end at the walking trails in the southwest section of the park. Jochen the swallows have arrived at NYC at Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge too. Fish & Wildlife comes in response to a lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Collaborative list – January 2020

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Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve. Curu Wildlife Reserve.

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Collaborative List – March 2017

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Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary–Flamingo Hide. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017.

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Collaborative List 2017 – February

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Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary–Flamingo Hide. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017.

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Collaborative List – April 2017

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Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary–Flamingo Hide. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017.

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Collaborative List – August 2017

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Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary–Flamingo Hide. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Ra’s al-Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Merritt Island NWR–Black Point Wildlife Dr. 08 Jan 2017.

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Collaborative list – February 2020

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Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). Alley Pond Park–Oakland Lake. Salineño Wildlife Preserve (LTC 080). The beats are on the move, exploring new places.

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