2022

I’ll fly tonight to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica

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Tonight I’m going to fly to the magical kingdom of Costa Rica, to reset and restart at Rancho Naturalista. This lodge has the longest checklist among the eBird hotspots of Costa Rica – over 55 % of the nation’s total, including about 40 hummingbirds.

Dreaming of Congo rainforest: Gabon, Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic

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Hot summer days, often reaching 40C/104F, time to open another beer and dream of birding some cooler place, a place where deep shade of tall trees controls the heat… Perhaps the world’s second largest rainforest?

Looking for Lost Warblers at Parque Rio Loro, Costa Rica

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In the world of birding, we have our stars, the birds that lift our spirits and provoke oohs, aahs, and admiration. These are the birds that make us race to the nearest park, scan refuge headquarter trees with anxious eyes, and turn some of us into temporary paparazzi.

Recently Received

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Several seasonal specialties have been arriving in the last remaining patches of wetland at the southwest end of the cigar-shaped island of Tobago here in the southern Caribbean.

Test webinar 6/9/22 9:40am

Speaker: Aggregage

The Fallen Yellowlegs

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Yesterday morning was simply one of those incredibly eventful birding sessions, about which I may expound upon in parts within the coming weeks.

October Global Big Day in Costa Rica- an eBird Trip Report

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Global Big Day has become an annual collective event in May that encourages thousands of people to watch birds on the same date. As far as promoting birding goes, the only thing better might be October Gobal Big Day !

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Costa Rica on a relaxed birding pace

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As some of you know, I almost made it to the Birdwatching Bliss 2021 fam trip to Costa Rica, but got sick a day or two ahead of the trip and had to cancel my participation. Yet, the organisers, Futuropa and ProImagen Costa Rica, kindly kept my ticket valid and this October I revisited Costa Rica.

What’s Up with the ABA?

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Jeff Gordon resigned as president of the American Birding Association, effective November 30, 2021. A week later, on December 7, 2021, the ABA got around to making an announcement on its website.

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Birds in Ruins

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Our 9-day trip to Turkey in September was short, and it was not about birding. Even so, our short stay did allow me contact with a good number of habitats. The historic center of Istanbu l offered urban and coastal birds. The wetlands of Izmir’s bay were full of flamingos and other shorebirds.

Common Hedgerow Birds of Costa Rica

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Hedgerows are living fences and windbreaks, lines of green space that bisect fields and pastures. They can’t provide the same ecosystem value as natural forest and woodland but in places intensely modifed by people, hedges are vital sanctuaries for birds and other wildlife.

Test webinar 6/9/22 3pm

Speaker: Aggregage

Learning the Birds: A Book Review

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In July 2011 a Henslow’s Sparrow was found in Ames, N.Y., a rural area in the eastern-central part of the state.

Urban Birding in Costa Rica- Benefits of Brushy Fields and Coffee Farms

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Costa Rica is more than cloud forest with mega worthy quetzals, more than rainforest with fancy Keel-billed Toucans and luscious Green Honeycreepers. Those are certainly two of several birdy habitats in this bio-wonderland.

Torresian Crows in Australia

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Torresian Crows Corvus orru are the most common of the Crow family in the northern part of Australia and are the most likely of the Crow species that you will encounter. In Broome it is the only Crow species and we do not have Ravens , so it makes identification easy.

A Brief Return to Trinidad

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For those who have been following my posts here, some months ago I swapped islands and moved to Tobago. Having spent all my life in Trinidad, it was the first time I would be stationed away from the island of my birth.

Test Webinar 6/6/22

Speaker: Steve Romanco

Short and sweet

Critically Endangered Birds in Costa Rica- How to See Them, How to Help Them

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Sadly, horribly, we live in an era of mass extinction. Go for a walk in a local park in near the capital of the USA and the statement seems far-fetched, absurd even. Most of the usual birds seem present, a frog or two call from a small wetland, and a few other expected animals are there too.

Welcome Back, Shorbies!

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If you know me, then you are well aware of how much I love shorebirds. Even when writing my book with all ardent efforts to remain unbiased; the section on Sandpipers & Allies was by far the longest – surpassing mega-families like Thraupidae and Tyrannidae.

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A few more birds and streetlights

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After last Sunday’s post featuring a few of the birds that use the streetlights around Broome I thought I really should show you a few more! We had a surprise early morning storm on Good Friday, so that brought some clouds for a change and a welcome 10mm of rain.

Grey-tailed Tattlers return to Cable Beach

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This week we have had very big tides and the migratory shorebirds that have returned to Broome from the Northern hemisphere have struggled to find any beach left to roost on at high tide.

Test 5.11.22

Speaker: Steve Romanco

Beljarica Backwaters are finally protected!!

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“To the sea their hearts they vow. They will not come again. And even if they came, would you recognise them now? The ocean masks a man. If they return a while, we know not if they smile or weep beneath their tan.”.

Owling in Trinidad & Tobago

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While preparing an article this week for a local newspaper on the nighttime denizens of Tobago, it crossed my mind that I never considered owls as a group, far less target species for any particular outing (except for a select few, upon which I shall expound here).

The World Before – Lake Karla, Greece

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I was tired, as if it were my shoulders that held the sky suspended… So much so that I made no birding plans for this vacation.

A Tawny Frogmouth nest

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Last Sunday we were driving down a gravel road, which is mostly the local red sand known as pindan, when Grant said “we’re going back for that”! The edges of the road are high where they grade it every now and then to keep it less rough-I won’t say smooth!

Test CMI 1/20/22

The Antics of Pewees in Costa Rica

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Bird names say much about human perception, they can also give us insight into the people who invented names for official bird descriptions.

Guide to birding the Forgotten Road in the Djerdap National Park, Serbia

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That first field trip to Djerdap Gorge National Park, eight years ago, was made as a part of an ecotourism potential evaluation project. And in order to evaluate its potential, my agenda was to spend whole two days in the park and to produce the best possible evaluation based on that visit.

Birding Jianfengling, Hainan (A-H)

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Jianfengling National Forest Park is a park in the West of Hainan – the tourist websites claim that it is “the largest and best-preserved tropical original forest in China”, which – if true – is a rather sad statement given the wide inroads that commercial agriculture has made into the park.

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Willie Wagtails in Broome

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The Willie Wagtail – Rhipidura leucophrys is one of Australia’s most widespread bird species, but it is not observed all year round close to our home in Broome. Willie Wagtails are present across much of the mainland and they are a large fantail.

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Lady Luck’s Pendulum

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As we all know, birding is very much a lottery. Visiting the same place repeatedly delivers a different cast of characters each time. Such is nature. Late yesterday evening we took a walk along an often-traversed trail through the Main Ridge Forest Reserve here on Tobago.

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Plant Shop or Birding Hotspot?

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Not Where I Expected Them

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After two and a half years of being unable to bird anywhere other than Michoacán, Mexico, I was really looking forward to our current Old World tour. Surely a change of continents was just what my 10,000 Birds writing “career” needed. Lots of new sites, in new countries!

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Woodpeckers and Woodcreepers of Tobago

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The exploration of triads within the avifauna of Trinidad and Tobago has taken me through various families and species groups on this blog. It’s taken a life of its own to be honest. While this post isn’t entirely following that trend, it loosely is.

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