January, 2021

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

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This is the second post in the Birding crème de la crème series (the first, focused on southern Asia, is here ). This time we travel to Africa, or to narrow it further, to the Afrotropical region (since the north of the continent avifaunally belongs to the Palearctic).

7 Resolutions for Birding Costa Rica in 2021

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2020, one of the more memorable and infamous tear years of our lives, is finally done. It doesn’t mean that various issues and problems have disappeared, but at least a new calendar year is a fine excuse for renewal.

Last CBC of the Decade

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The very last Sunday of the decade heralded our final CBC – with group sizes limited to five persons. For the fifth year in a row, I was assigned the prolific and well-known Aripo Livestock Station at the foothills of Trinidad’s Northern Range.

Farewell to 2020 – Marin Brewing Company: Albion Amber Ale

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As uncertain as the future may be, I’m sure we’re all ready to bid farewell to the year 2020.

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What Was Your First Bird of 2021?

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It’s 2021! What was your first bird of the year? Hopefully it will start off a year with vaccines for all and a beginning of a return to normalcy. This year, 2021, has to be better than the dumpster fire that was 2020, right? Happy New Year to you from the 10,000 Birds crew!

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“The Pines of Florence”: Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico (2018)

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One of the nice things about winter finch irruptions is that they usually take place across two calendar years, allowing ardent listers to tick the very same species in January for their new year lists as they saw in the final weeks of the previous year.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2021)

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So many different factors contribute to the quality and quantity of a birding adventure that one would be hard-pressed to predict the very best time to watch birds in a particular area beyond a vague three or four week window.

A Slacker’s Guide to Bird Photography (Part One)

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It always surprises me when people compliment my photographs. As I have often commented on this site, I started taking photos of birds only to improve the accuracy of my IDs. And while I put more effort into taking decent photos than I used to, I still don’t do the hard stuff.

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It was the best of years, it was the worst of years… Oh, who am I kidding? 2020 was the worst of years, through and through. And there were moments during the year when I thought birding was a lost cause.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2021)

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During the second weekend of the year, even common birds still carry their luster. Enjoy that feeling while you can, because we are still months away from migration! While I sought rarities on the western edge of Rochester this weekend, I came up with entirely common species.

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Collaborative list December 2020 and year’s round up.

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The overwhelming sentiment in Christmas cards this year is that 2021 cannot come fast enough. Lock downs and restrictions have curbed our birding, so if you can summon any blessings to mind, count them instead.

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Bodegas Navarro Lopez Laguna de la Nava Gran Reserva (2013)

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I’m moving house at the end of this month, which provided a good opportunity for me to dig around my modest wine cellar – my basement, that is – for any older bottles of aging wine that might be ripe for enjoyment. I figure the less I have to pack, the better.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of 2021?

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Has the dawning of a new year ever felt as glorious as this one? Not only do we symbolically leave the horrors of 2020 behind us, but we just as symbolically wipe clean our year list to refresh our appreciation of even our most common birds.

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A new year, new life and new hope….

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After spending Christmas Day birding around Broome and observing 92 species we spent the week making a mental note of what bird species were where. When you are planning to do a list exactly one week apart it is constantly on your mind.

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Locusts and Oriental Pratincoles around Broome

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Although we have not had a lot of rain recently there has been enough to turn the dry dusty landscape into a lush green environment. We often think about how deceiving it would have been to the early explorers that came to the north of Australia during the wet season.

Collaborative list – Year list 2020

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This year you get two listy posts for the price of one. You lucky, lucky birders! The idea being that putting December and the 2020 year review in the same post may prove to be listing overload for some. So this is the list for the complete year and the December list can be seen here.

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Proposed Changes to Migratory Bird Treaty Act – Part II

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently finalized a rule regarding its narrowing interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). However, it is unlikely that this rule will stand long enough for it to be implemented on its effective date of February 8, 2021.

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One of the minor challenges of writing a blog post for 10,000 Birds is to come up with a title.

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Australian Hobby breeding in Broome

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One of the advantages of cycling around Broome on the many bike paths is that you observe more birds than you would if you travelled by vehicle. For most of the year the weather is perfect for cycling and when there is cyclonic weather about it is not recommended that you travel at all.

Snow Geese in Florida

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By their very name, most would assume you can’t spot Snow Geese in Florida. The Sunshine State isn’t known for its massive snow drifts, nor for the massive flocks of Snow Geese that grace states like Texas and New Mexico every winter.

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