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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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That’s because this fascinating part-Caribbean, part-south American country holds well over 800 species of avifauna making it without doubt one of my top three countries in all of the continent to visit. Giant anteaters are just one of the wildlife highlights of the Rupununi.

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15 expat-friendly countries for a birder to move to

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I live in the southeast of Europe, for a while lived in the south of Africa and also have extensively birded western and central India. I am thinking of a relatively stable/prosperous bird-paradise where one may be able to find a job in ecotourism or wildlife research… or, to begin with, as a resident environmental scientist / nature blogger in some wildlife lodge? South Africa (755 / 842). Trips Africa Asia I Am Birder South America world birdwatch

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Shorebirds and Gulls of Florida’s Treasure Coast: Where the Tropics Begin

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Alfredo, an experienced birder in Peru and well-rounded naturalist, founded a birding and nature eco-travel company , known as Surbound Expeditions (Sur=Spanish for south). Florida’s coast is not within their regular wintering ground, but this year apparently Tropical Storm Sandy disrupted the normal ocean current pattern in the weeks leading to the winter, resulting in unexpected changes in food availability, which forced these birds further south in desperation.

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Manky Muscovy Ducks

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Birds / Manky Muscovy Ducks Manky Muscovy Ducks By Mike • March 2, 2011 • 6 comments Tweet Share The Muscovy Duck ( Cairina moschata ) attracts more attention than most ducks, at least in North America. When this native of Mesoamerica and South America is spied in the wild, usually in some corner of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, it elicits admiring oohs and ahs.

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Roseate Spoonbills at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Platalea ajaja is a marvelous bird and I was delighted to make its acquaintance - for only the second time in my life – at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge’s Black Point Drive when I was attending the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival in January. And there were several birds, often feeding close to shore, much different from my first encounter with the species along another fabled wildlife drive, the one at Brigantine in New Jersey.

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Baby Fur Seal Lament – Digital Nomad

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National Geographic’s “Digital Nomad”, Andrew Evans, is on a trans-Atlantic journey from South America’s Cape Horn to Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. Andrew is hanging with some adorable baby Antarctic fur seals in South Geogria, and has posted a video of his encounter. wildlifeBaby Fur Seal Lament – Digital Nomad.

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Untamed Americas

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Untamed Americas ” is a high-definition miniseries event narrated by Academy Award-nominated actor Josh Brolin. In it we get to see some of the amazing places in the wild areas of North America, Central America and South America. Untamed Americas: Mountains. Untamed Americas: Deserts. Untamed Americas: Coasts. Untamed Americas: Forests. A journey through the forests of the Americas is one of extremes—flood, freeze, and fire.

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How To Get A Bird Back Up The Chimney

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They are among the most difficult birds for wildlife rehabilitators to raise, so if any fall down your chimney their best chance of survival is to put them back up there again. It’s always better to be in contact with a wildlife rehabilitator during this process, as they can answer any questions that come up. These fabulous birds fly all the way to South America for the winter, then return in the spring.

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My Favorite Release

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So I asked seven wildlife rehabilitators, “Tell me your favorite (or one of your favorites) release story – the kind that makes you keep going, in spite of everything.”. “A August arrived and I was releasing birds knowing they’d need time to adapt prior to making that long flight across the Gulf of Mexico, headed to South America. Birds bird releases wildlife rehabilitators

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Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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–especially when reviewing books like A Field Guide to the Wildlife of South Georgia or Far from Land: The Mysterious Lives of Seabirds. The travel information for South America, other than the Galapagos, is briefer and more limited than for the other areas.

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A Few of my Favorite Things

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Even though some say good wildlife photography should not contain manmade elements, I like everything about this photo. The Rufous-collared Sparrow is apparently a common bird in Central and South America, but in Mexico it only occurs in the southernmost state of Chiapas.

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Watch for Shorebirds with Colored Flags!

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As I write this note, probably hundreds if not thousands of shorebirds are heading south to the wintering grounds. Some make stopovers along Florida’s coast, others fly straight from stopovers in the northern states to the coast of South America. I am familiar with the shorebird banding program in Peru, as the programs is run by CORBIDI, a small non-government organization (NGO) dedicated to the study and conservation of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats.

2013 81
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Arivaca Lake- The last stop before Mexico

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For most avian migrants heading south towards Mexico, Central and South America, crossing thru the Arizona desert areas can provide very few water, food and resting areas. This 90 acre lake, managed by Arizona Fish and Wildlife is about a 45 mile drive from Tucson, and 9 miles from Mexico, as the Chihuahuan Raven flies. Virtually every species of duck from North America has been seen here at one time or another.

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Birding crème de la crème: Africa – Ngorongoro Crater to Queen Elizabeth II National Park

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Finally, South Africa has three 400+ hotspots, namely 1 Mkhuze Game Reserve 458 sp. The greatest wildlife spectacles in the world! The best season is December to February and July to September, when it is dry in the south. Next time, see you in South America.

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“Peacocks and Picathartes: Reflections on Africa’s Birdlife”

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I did that with Peacocks & Picathartes – Reflections on Africa’s birdlife (published by Penguin Random House South Africa ). This book is essentially about those birds that breed on the continent south of the Sahara, a topic few birders are familiar with.

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Good news for the Wood Stork

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Fish and Wildlife Service is down-listing the wood stork from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The wood stork occurs and breeds in Central and South America. Fish and Wildlife Service, I was involved in various aspects of the species habitat protection largely on the regulatory arena. As Secretary Jewell put it, it did not take just the Fish and Wildlife Service to get the stork to breed and produce more young.

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Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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The gray hawks weren’t the only north-south sister species that meet in Costa Rica. They may look nearly identical but the birds in the Central Valley and north of Parrita are now known as Cabanis’s Wren , the birds to the south are Isthmian Wrens (try saying that five times fast after a drink or two), and the birds of the Caribbean slope, the cool sounding Canebrake Wren. Once upon a time, it was lumped with the Masked Yellowthroat of South America.

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Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review

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But in the fall (with plumage as in the photo on the left, above) they take an entirely different, and heroic, route, first to Massachusetts and then, after a rest, south over the Atlantic Ocean. The blackpoll, “a bird with a body just a little larger than your thumb,” doesn’t stop until South America. How blessed can one guy be? Not only is Kenn Kaufman a world-class birder and all-around naturalist who makes his living doing what he loves.

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Birding crème de la crème: Asia – Corbett to Taman Negara

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So I lowered my threshold to 500 and that worked well… for Costa Rica and South America, that is (especially Peru). In this first part, I’ll focus on continental Asia, its south and south-east (Oriental region). Other wildlife includes Asian Elephant , Tiger , Leopard.

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Purple Gallinule Photo Gallery

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Purple Gallinules live in marshes in the southeastern United States, Central America, northern South America, and the Caribbean. Most of them are year-round residents though much of the population in the United States – with the exception of south Florida birds – migrate south for the winter. 10,000 Birds is a Scrub Jay-level sponsor of the 15th Annual Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival. Purple Gallinules are awesome.

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Birding Florida Caverns State Park

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This tiny species breeds north of Florida but returns to spend the winter here as well as in Central and South America. Birds weren’t the only wildlife on the trail. Florida Caverns State Park is known for one, quite obvious thing: the caverns. It’s not surprising – they’re amazing and the park staff have done a fabulous job facilitating tours – but the park is also known for birding opportunities.

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The Parakeet of City Streets, the Monk Parakeet

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The question is why these natives of rural areas in southern South America (east of the Andes) have been so spectacularly successful in establishing their colonies. This echoes their behavior in their native South America, where they are known as agricultural pests who will eat and destroy crops. A South American Bird is found thriving here.

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Driving The Denali Highway

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The wildlife was what we expected. The birds were not as plentiful because we were there during the tail end of the summer when most species had already flown south. We are told the scenic beauty of Alaska is only rivaled by that of the Patagonian and Antartic region in extreme South America. May be in the future I will get to write about king and Emperor Penguins , and South Polar Skuas. My wife and I had the chance to visit Alaska!

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Introducing the African Birding Beat

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Approximately 2,300 bird species inhabit Africa, however as impressive as that sounds, much smaller South America boasts nearly 1,000 species more. I cannot but admit that South America is the “bird continent” but as Peter Kaestner, one of the world’s top listers, so eloquently put it, Africa is nevertheless the “birding continent”. Friends, birders, and globe-trotters, lend me your ears.

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Lesbian Parakeets? Nanday Parakeets in Florida

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On my first day in Florida for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival I landed at Orlando International Airport at about 9 AM, deplaned, waited for my luggage, got my rental car, and drove west. Observant readers who are familiar both with the geography of Florida and the location of the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival know that the festival is in Titusville, which is east of Orlando.

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The “Rufa” Red Knot is now protected under the Endangered Species Act

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Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the “Rufa” population of Red Knot ( Calidris canutus rufa ) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). One of the two sub-species of Red Knot occurring in North America, the Rufa subspecies breeds in the Canadian Artic Region and migrates along the east or Atlantic coast of the United States. migration corridors from Argentina in the Southern tip of South America to Canada. The U.S.

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Sanetti Plateau…The World’s Best Commute?

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High above the great Rift Valley, endless treeless plains stretch out as far as you can see, holding birding (and other wildlife treasures). Happily, everyone involved was interested in wildlife, photography and generally chilling, so the trips were never fast and stopped to take in the sights. As you climb you can stop to see facinating species like the Blue-winged Goose , a strange species whose closest relatives are in South America.

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The Urban Birds of Austin, Texas

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Because of this, areas around the city that were once sleepy are now “urban,” with humans and wildlife struggling to keep up. It’s a strange experience looking up from a city street to gaze at birds native to South America; even more ironic considering humans drove the only native parrot/parakeet species, the Carolina Parakeet , to extinction.

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Mysteries of the Mitred Parakeets

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from South America. JFK Airport was a major hub for the importation of wildlife for the pet trade, and it is likely that birds escaped from quarantine during this period. Mitred Parakeets are native to southwestern South America. Seth Ausubel is one of the best birders in Queens, New York, and Corey is ever-so-thankful that Seth does not use eBird because that way Corey can pretend that he is the top lister in the borough.

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“The Birder’s Guide to Africa” by Michael Mills

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Starting in the mid-1990s, there was a “where to watch birds in…” series of five site guides written by Nigel Wheatley and covering South America (1994), Africa (1995), Asia (1996), Europe & Russia (2000) and Central America & the Caribbean (2001). Leventis is a businessman from London involved in wildlife conservation in Africa, including the establishment of an avian research institute in Nigeria and an amateur photographer.

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Yellow-crowned Night Heron

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Patience was a quality I did not need in my encounter with this Yellow-crowned Night Heron as upon my entry to the blind at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s Big John’s Pond the heron was up close and personal, hunting from the bare branches that overhang the pond directly in front of the blind. The Yellow-crowned Night Heron is a bird of the Americas, ranging from South America to Canada.

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Cliff Swallows and Pest Management

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Cliff Swallows migrate to North America from their wintering grounds in South America to nest in large colonies, sometimes numbering in the thousands. Fish and Wildlife Service. Gorenzel, Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology, UC Davis Produced by IPM Education and Publications, University of California Statewide IPM Program 2 Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 a. Some people consider Cliff Swallows ( Petrochelidon pyrrhonota ) pests!

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Birding in Honduras, Part II: Pico Bonito Lodge

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The Lodge at Pico Bonito is an inviting, idyllic place for relaxation as well as for enjoying wildlife. Cuery y Salado Preserve protects a coastal mangrove system full of wildlife from monkeys to trogons. We first visited Cuero y Salado Wildlife Refuge. Tody Motmot is perhaps one of the most charismatic bird species in all of Central America, and Honduras is perhaps one of the best places to see it. Trips Central America cotinga Honduras Pico Bonito

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The Swallow-tailed Kites in Florida Are Now Heading South…

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A friend of mine told me, she has been seeing small groups of Swallow-tailed Kites ( Elanoides furficatus ) in the general area; in south Florida. As days progress, more and more kites join the roost until they reach a critical mass and then, as they built up the numbers, they begin to head south to their wintering grounds. Interestingly though, the purpose of getting together before migrating south is unclear. Then, they keep flying south overland to western Colombia.

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An Englishman’s home……

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The wildlife steward boasts 8 pairs of Common Kingfishers along this stretch as the stream diverts through small wildfowl ponds. A Ringed Teal (more likely to be seen in South America than Kent) caused a stir when it followed the river downstream and showed up in Mote Park. It was a delightful afternoon. A weak winter sun lit the battlements and a slight breeze ruffled the surface of the water in the moat. Shall we take a turn arind the grinds Dear?”

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Potpourri of Amazing Bird Science

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If this was America, we might not be concerned because starlings are an invasive species, at least in North America. ” The birds appear to be starving to death, so experts don’t believe a toxin is the culprit, said Julia Burco, a wildlife veterinarian for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. I was going to have something for you this month about the dinosaur-bird thing, but I never got to it.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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It actually makes a lot of sense, the geographic features of the isthmus between North America (including Mexico, because Mexico is part of North America) and South America cut across political lines, as do birds. Birds of Central America: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rican, and Panama , just published in October, is a field guide that was ten years in the making. Some features to consider: Birds of Central America is a big book.

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Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation: A Book Review by a Curious Bird Feeder

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Feeding Wild Birds in America: Culture, Commerce & Conservation by Paul J. Barker, and Carroll Henderson is a well-researched, copiously illustrated, engaging study of bird feeding practices, personalities, inventions marketing, and companies that developed in the United States from the late 19th century to the present day, with a little bit of Canada, Europe, and South America thrown in. Fish and Wildlife Service. CEO and found of Wild Bird Centers of America.

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The Birds of Trinidad and Tobago: Two Guides, One Book Review

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Eckelberry, cofounder of the Asa Wright Nature Center and noted wildlife artist, did portraits of local birds.) He helped establish the Asa Wright Nature Center, wrote many articles promoting the importance of wildlife conservation in Trinidad, mentored birders and ornithologists interested in the islands, and, once he and his family returned to Great Britain in 1985, returned regularly to lead bird tours and continue research for his guide.*.

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Central Waters Brewing Company: Brewhouse Coffee Stout

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Of course, birders know that our worldwide addiction to coffee comes at a serious price: coffee production is responsible for a number of adverse ecological effects, including habitat destruction that is decimating wildlife populations in the tropics. Increasing global demand has caused many growers to take up so-called sun cultivation, a recently widespread method that has resulted in the disastrous clear-cutting of forests in the coffee belt of equatorial South America, Africa, and Asia.

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Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina

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I was fortunate enough to spot the individual in this post at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where it was foraging in bushes and small trees between four and fifteen off of the ground. It breeds across Canada’s boreal forest and most winter in the Caribbean, though some spend the cold months in Central America. The Cape May Warbler is an outstanding bird and an outing that includes one is almost undoubtedly considered successful.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America: A Book Review

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So, if you are going to write a field guide on the birds of the countries south and east of Mexico–Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras—it makes the utmost sense that you embrace the whole geographic area. The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America by Jesse Fagan and Oliver Komar, illustrated by Robert Dean and Peter Burke, does just that. Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Northern Central America (Peterson Field Guides). Birds know habitat.

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Another Great Shorebirding Day at Jamaica Bay

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Saturday morning, 30 August 2014, was a perfect time for shorebirding at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge’s East Pond. From my initial entry onto the East Pond at the south end I was immersed in shorebirds. After tearing myself away from the peeps and plovers I found myself at the Raunt, which is the first good stopping spot north of the south end. Then I headed further south to say thanks to Tom and company for letting me know about the godwits.

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