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I Remember Elephants

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Every now and then, I need to cut the world off and clear my mind. We are facing a plague of poaching that is again decimating the species. Shrunk?

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Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland–A Book Review

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British birders are very serious about birding and their birds. and share their expertise ,  or do big years or write excellent blog posts. inches.

There’s a bear! There’s a bear!

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In the most of Europe, Brown Bear is a mythical creature that lives only in mediaeval tapestries and folk tales. By us. And I came here to track them.

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Recent Events Involving Our Public Lands Are Alarming

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Do you consider yourself a wildlife conservationist? Do you contribute to wildlife conservation organizations? Senate. Our Really? Are you kidding me?

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The Smell of Napalm in the Morning

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Photo: This area holds 3 to 4 breeding pairs of White-tailed Eagles , which represents the biggest density per square mile anywhere in the country.

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Urban birding at its best

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The rain had plans of its own and now, 36 hours later, it is still going strong. However, I am a stubborn person.

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How Many Birders Are There, Really?

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Jason A. Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon. Jason’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds tackled the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge System. How many birders are there in America? As it turns out, there are very few estimates. Indeed, there appears to be just one. In 2013, the U.S. That’s a lot of birding.

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THE BIGGEST URBAN PYGMY CORMORANT ROOST IN THE WORLD DECREASED!

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Worried by the lack of appropriate action by the authorities (as described in the previous post ), this year I invited two more wildlife protection organisations to take part in the annual census of Pygmy Cormorants in Belgrade. percent of their European population. They are choosing specific locations with willow trees located right by the water.

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Things I Learned While Birding at Laguna del Lagarto, Costa Rica

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Last weekend, I guided a trip to Laguna del Lagarto for the Birding Club of Costa Rica. Since all sorts of rare species are possible at this remote lowland rainforest site, I was looking forward to this trip for a while. In fact, a friend of mine saw a Harpy Eagle at Laguna in 1998. One of the only feeders that sees Brown-hooded Parrots.

A Marvelous Marsh Hawk

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Most birders in the northern hemisphere are familiar with the Marsh Hawk , an expected denizen of marshes, tundra, and grasslands across a huge swathe of the globe. Though movement is not the only way the harrier finds its prey: its owl-like facial disc allows for pretty precise pinpointing of prey by sound. Northern Harrier coming in for a landing.

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The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia

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Twenty years ago, flocks consisting of a thousand European Turtle Doves were a common sight in Serbia in spring. Ten years ago, those flocks were reduced to a few hundred birds. Nowadays, the flocks are even smaller, merely a few dozen birds. As we speak, in Serbia these birds are still hunted in August and September. Left: David Lindo, a.k.a.

How I dipped the Horned Grebe

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…or, how critical are you in twitch or dip situations? Here is one example. To those unfamiliar with the Old World geography, this means that these grebes breed way north from the banks of the Danube, where I reside, and overwinter by the coasts, away from land-locked Serbia. As a consequence, this species is only a rare vagrant in Serbia.

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Birding the Pannonian Sea Sands

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Sandy terrains are at their best during spring migration and this is the off season for such habitats. But first, where did all that sand came from?

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How to create an IBA and get a permanent headache in five easy steps

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First: Dream about it. As a teenager in Yugoslavia, I used to buy National Geographic in secondhand bookshops. Fascinated with New York’s Jamaica Bay, I started dreaming about creating a similar wetland reserve on the Danube inside Belgrade, the area I explored by kayak. Here it goes: Second: Get to know your birds.

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Oh Sweet Canada! Canucks Vote on Best Bird

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The contest: Canada’s national bird. Click here to hear all of their arguments (the visuals are not that exciting). Sign me #TeamGrayJay).

Only for Dogs and Birders – Kalamas Delta, Greece

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“The estuary and the delta of the River Kalamas form the most important wetland of northwest Greece”, so the “ Birding in Greece ” guidebook claims for the area where I am heading, a bit late since I overslept this morning. Yet, beside a few Little and one Great Egret , a raft of Eurasian Coots , no birds. The lagoon of Vatatsa. The Grey Plover.

The Sunbird and the Parasite

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I’m back! Not for nothing have my email addresses and online IDs called back these furious and pretty birds for the last 15 years.

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Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world

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The other day I was exploring a new area for the first time, birding the national park that I’ve watched only in BBC documentaries, the place famous for the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world – more than 1300 pairs! Have you heard of it? Can you pinpoint it on a map? Coming from the northeast, there are two tarmac roads leading there.

Big Whoop, Indeed: Whooping Cranes in Louisiana!

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In the fight against extinction, score one—actually, make that two—for  Whooping Cranes. For the first time in 75 years, a pair has successfully nested in Louisiana , producing not one but two fuzzy, wild-born chicks. With the bird’s total population hovering roughly 600, every new addition counts—and counts big. Warning: cute baby alert!).

Myrtle Warblers in Autumn

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Personally, I prefer to call them Butterbutts. Ever wonder why they are called Butterbutts? Or maybe it was seeing its own reflection in the lens?

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Better Birding: A Book Review (& a New Year’s goal)

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New Year’s resolutions from birding friends are starting to trickle in as I write this review. It is the last day of 2015, time to select the bird of the year past and set goals for the bright open future, when everything is new again. Maybe this is the year I should simply resolve to be a better birder. Armistead and Brian L. Sullivan.  Sullivan.

Saint Michael’s Summer

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Following some bird call, I walk across the hanging deck bridge. Little by little, that woodpecker-like voice takes me ever further and yet, I see no bird. Finally, I sit on the bench by the Lazareva (Lazarus) River, in a limestone canyon sprinkled with all the colours of Saint Michael’s Summer. The Common Firecrest, (c) Goran Gligorijevic.

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Help Queens Birders Save the Forest Park Feeders!

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Dear readers of 10,000 Birds, I have a small favor to ask of you. It will take you less than a minute, cost you nothing, and make me very happy.

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

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An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. Pete Dunne. You can never get enough spoonbill! Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area. Look at all that pink!

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Mountain Plover at the Shore

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North Carolina is perhaps unfortunate to have a lot of such places. Or if not the vehicle, you’re willing to walk a lot. The hours rolled past.

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Rosefinches, Griffons and Woodcocks

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Early morning finds me driving southeast through spruce forests, mountain meadows, pastures and an occasional potato field, across Mt. Zlatar in western Serbia, heading towards the town of Sjenica and, behind it, the bridge on the River Vapa. As we go lower, from glorious sunshine, we enter the morning fog. Are we going to bird in the fog? There!!

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A Brief Tour of Uganda, The Pearl of Africa

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The diversity of habitats in this country that is approximately the size of Oregon is particularly notable. It is weird and wonderful.

How Fast Can A Roadrunner Run?

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According to Mark Lockwood’s Basic Texas Birds: A Field Guide , with or without Wile. E. Shocking, no? Meep-Meep! … a.

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Migration and More: A Bird News Update

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With fall migration well underway everywhere, it’s a good time to see what’s flying in bird news. Prothonotary Warblers  (like the dapper bird above captured for posterity by Corey) should carry frequent-flier cards—a recent Audubon-led study found that one geolocator-toting individual racked up more than 5,000 miles in eight months.

Greater White-fronted Goose in Queens

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Back on Friday, 12 February, I was dismayed when I read the weekly New York City Rare Bird Alert email. Oh well. So be it. searched Meadow Lake.

Vermilion Flycatcher in Colusa County California

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The  Vermilion Flycatcher ( Pyrocephalus rubinus ) is usually found near the US – Mexican border but we were fortunate this year to find an adult male in northern California! With his fiery red head and flaming vermilion breast he was not hard to find. Photo of female (below) by Gary L. Clark, courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

A Marbled Godwit Foraging Near Seal Rock San Francisco

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The Marbled Godwit ( Limosa fedoa ) in the photo above, shown landing at Fort De Soto County Park in Pinellas County, Florida, is used with permission from my friend Mia McPherson of On The Wing Photography fame. It’s nice to have friends that are excellent wildlife photographers. Click on photos for full sized images.

Playback or Birding in the Dark

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It is a cold night in early March and the young moon barely visible through the thick branches of the oak forest. Two of us are sitting in a car parked by the side of the road, all four indicators blinking just in case of some drunk driver. portable speaker is placed on the top of the car, playing Tawny Owl calls from a smartphone.

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The Ross Sea – the Last Intact Marine Ecosystem on Earth – and I

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“Below the 40th latitude there is no law; below the 50th no god; below the 60th no common sense and below the 70th no intelligence whatsoever.” (“Antarctica” by Kim Stanley Robinson, 1998). Right: Robert McCormick, by Stephen Pearce. Enough History – Back to the Future. Finally – the Seabirds. Photos (3) © Oceanwide Expeditions. Now you know.

Dusty, Dry Forest Birding in Costa Rica

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Tis the dry season in Costa Rica and on this side of the mountains, we are under the direct rule of the glaring sun. walk outside and move from shadow to shade, keeping to the edges of walls and houses. If there were more trees in the Central Valley, the walks would be more leisurely, and, I dare say, with a bit more moisture in the air.

Birds at Rockaway Beach

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I spent the early morning hours the last two days on the beach in the eastern Rockaways, taking advantage of slanted light and cooperative birds. Please forgive and indulge me by checking out this photo-heavy post. think it’ll be worth your while. It literally tossed it in the air several times as it tried to separate the meat from the shell.

Red-necked Phalarope on the East Pond of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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Yes, I was staring at – and taking pictures of – the rump of a shorebird and liking it. Birding is weird like that.). Much better, no?

The Brown and Peruvian Pelicans

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The Brown Pelican and the Peruvian Pelican are closely related and once were considered the same species. They are indeed very similar in all plumage stages, but the Peruvian Pelican is nearly twice as big as its northern counterpart. Brown Pelicans in non-breeding plumage. Photo: Lance and Erin (Creative Commons – Flickr). Birds

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A Terek Sandpiper flagged in Japan visits Australia

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I had only just written about the observation of a Little Tern flagged in Taiwan last week when another flagged bird from overseas placed itself in our path! This time we were walking the beach near the port in Broome where we regularly encounter large flocks of shorebirds at this time of year. The metal band was placed on the right tarsus.

Squacco Heron

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The Squacco Heron , Ardeola ralloides is an Old World heron, closely related to (and sharing a genus with) the eastern pond-herons.   It shares the common characteristic of white flight feathers which fold away on landing to leave a cryptically coloured bird, well suited to its preferred reedy habitat. Birds heron Squacco Heron

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