Counting birds that count on us.
JANUARY 28, 2017
The World’s biggest citizen science wildlife count takes place this weekend. The reason for its success is its simplicity. How easy is that?
Morning Coffee with Eastern Imperial Eagle
MARCH 16, 2017
May 2009. After a wakeup call at highly uncivilized 3.45 It is still cold. No Susliks are to be seen – they are waiting for the sun.
The New Swarovski BTX, an Amazing Advancement in Spotting Scopes
MARCH 3, 2017
A little over a month ago I was hiking up a mountain path outside of Innsbruck, Austria, with birders from around the world. And play with them we did!
I Remember Elephants
NOVEMBER 10, 2016
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?
Message in a bottle
MARCH 2, 2017
Did you ever get a message in a bottle? If not, you must try gulling. But this one has only one ring (to rule them all?), And now I wait.
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Everyone knows what a male Mallard looks like. Yet you would be wise to take a second look at that mallard hen. The Hawaiian Duck ( A.
The Smell of Napalm in the Morning
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
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.
We are Just Money Grubbers
DECEMBER 22, 2016
Out of just under 200 bird species I observed this year in SE Europe, there are 6 threatened species. Lesser White-fronted Goose Anser eruthtropus.
Recent Events Involving Our Public Lands Are Alarming
NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Do you consider yourself a wildlife conservationist? Do you contribute to wildlife conservation organizations? Senate. Really? Are you kidding me?
Tips for Birding Costa Rica in 2017
JANUARY 7, 2017
Are you on your way to Costa Rica? Planning a trip for later this year? Good choice, the birding is fantastic! Yes, hundreds. Expectations.
Do you count gulls? But how?!?
NOVEMBER 12, 2015
Cover photo: Yellow-legged (left), Caspian Gull (right) – Courtesy of cro-ringing.blogspot.com. How to count tens of thousands of birds that are all white below and grey above? I mean, it is easy to count them all, but what I want are numbers of individual species within such flocks and not just numbers of them all together. But how?
The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One
OCTOBER 27, 2016
I dipped a bird recently – possibly a lifer. It appeared big enough for a White-backed, and yet, I didn’t see it properly! I am not complaining.
My Top 12 Wildlife Watching Moments
MARCH 3, 2016
Today is the United Nations World Wildlife Day, a time to celebrate and raise awareness of the living world around us. I remember, several times while motionlessly surveying birds, I found myself being investigated by Striped Field Mice , who would dare to come to sniff me. My first ever Balkan Egyptian Vultures! 10000birds.com/the-300-survivors.htm.
How Many Birders Are There, Really?
APRIL 7, 2016
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.
THE BIGGEST URBAN PYGMY CORMORANT ROOST IN THE WORLD DECREASED!
DECEMBER 24, 2015
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.
A Marvelous Marsh Hawk
NOVEMBER 16, 2015
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.
Things I Learned While Birding at Laguna del Lagarto, Costa Rica
FEBRUARY 6, 2016
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.
The slaughter tourism trade in Serbia
AUGUST 6, 2015
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.
Urban birding at its best
JULY 21, 2016
The rain had plans of its own and now, 36 hours later, it is still going strong. However, I am a stubborn person.
JANUARY 5, 2017
The entire world, it seemed, was buried under two feet of snow. Yet, even the mighty Danube was frozen solid from bank to bank.
How I dipped the Horned Grebe
DECEMBER 10, 2015
…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.
Only for Dogs and Birders – Kalamas Delta, Greece
OCTOBER 15, 2015
“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. The rest of the road follows the sea for some 3.5 km (2.2 The lagoon of Vatatsa. Could they possibly be…? Recommendation.
How to create an IBA and get a permanent headache in five easy steps
MAY 26, 2016
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.
Prespa Lakes National Park, Greece: the largest Dalmatian Pelican colony in the world
OCTOBER 1, 2015
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.
Birding the Pannonian Sea Sands
AUGUST 4, 2016
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?
Big Whoop, Indeed: Whooping Cranes in Louisiana!
APRIL 27, 2016
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!).
Better Birding: A Book Review (& a New Year’s goal)
JANUARY 5, 2016
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. 20). x 7.5
Falcon on the Roof
OCTOBER 7, 2016
I even understand, though I don’t condone, the urge that drive people to heap birdseed and stale bread on the sidewalks for them.
Oh Sweet Canada! Canucks Vote on Best Bird
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
The contest: Canada’s national bird. Click here to hear all of their arguments (the visuals are not that exciting). Sign me #TeamGrayJay).
Saint Michael’s Summer
OCTOBER 29, 2015
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.
Highlights from the 2016 Arenal, Costa Rica Christmas Count
DECEMBER 10, 2016
The Christmas Count season has begun! For us birders who partake, this is a big deal. Gulls on the cold Niagara. It’s a comfortable eco-lodge.
Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja
JANUARY 26, 2015
An unmistakable and improbable-looking bird. Pete Dunne. You can never get enough spoonbill! Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area. Look at all that pink!
How Fast Can A Roadrunner Run?
APRIL 4, 2011
According to Mark Lockwood’s Basic Texas Birds: A Field Guide , with or without Wile. Shocking, no? Oh well. Meep-Meep! … a.
The Sunbird and the Parasite
OCTOBER 12, 2016
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. Boom!
Rosefinches, Griffons and Woodcocks
JUNE 25, 2015
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!!
Mountain Plover at the Shore
FEBRUARY 14, 2016
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.
Migration and More: A Bird News Update
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
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.
Borderline of Countable
JANUARY 19, 2017
As usual at this time of year, I visited the city landfill to look for gulls. That was an easy life. A large gull? Simple, Herring. Or did it? Almost.
Greater White-fronted Goose in Queens
FEBRUARY 22, 2016
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. I searched Meadow Lake.
A Marbled Godwit Foraging Near Seal Rock San Francisco
DECEMBER 16, 2015
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.