Britain’s Birds: An Identification Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland–A Book Review
OCTOBER 4, 2016
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!
OCTOBER 13, 2016
Eurasian Green Woodpecker – Picus viridis. By us. In the European Union there are only 10,000 mature bears (source: IUCN). Practicalities.
The Smell of Napalm in the Morning
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
In order to minimise such impact, there is an international initiative to create a green corridor of protected areas along the Danube.
The Kerkini Lake, Greece: Dipped One, Got One
OCTOBER 27, 2016
Small and leaf-green. I dipped a bird recently – possibly a lifer. It appeared big enough for a White-backed, and yet, I didn’t see it properly!
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.
How to create an IBA and get a permanent headache in five easy steps
MAY 26, 2016
That is in line with the way I see this IBA – in my eyes, it consists of several wider floodplains, and the rest are ecological corridors which need to remain green, but not necessarily officially protected. First: Dream about it. As a teenager in Yugoslavia, I used to buy National Geographic in secondhand bookshops.
Pink-necked Green Pigeon
MAY 23, 2015
Western Palearctic constitutions were not designed for these conditions, but here be Pink-necked Green Pigeons! Birding Birds Pink-necked Green Pigeon SingaporeSingapore is sweltering its way through the monsoon. Heat and rain! Most sightings are from underneath as the birds feed high in the trees or fly overhead.
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.
Better Birding: A Book Review (& a New Year’s goal)
JANUARY 5, 2016
Green boxes offer Natural History and Taxonomic Notes. 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. Armistead and Brian L. Sullivan. Authors George L.
Green Herons and their Groovy Necks
JULY 17, 2011
The Green Heron ( Butorides virescens ) is a spectacular species familiar to anyone who pays attention to the places where water meets land.
JULY 4, 2015
The bill is usually greeny-yellow, tipped dark, but takes on a surprising blue for breeding, contrasting with the green skin around the eye. Also look for the classic Ardeidae affectation of head plumes to impress a potential mate. Birds heron Squacco Heron
Dusty, Dry Forest Birding in Costa Rica
MARCH 5, 2016
It was downright abundant, perhaps because of the high number of flowering trees, and was joined by Green-breasted Mango, Steely-vented Hummingbird , and a few other species of feisty Trochilids. Tis the dry season in Costa Rica and on this side of the mountains, we are under the direct rule of the glaring sun. Destinations Costa Rica
How many birds are killed by windmills and other green energy projects?
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Conservation bird mortality cats green energy windmills Nobody knows and I’m not going to pretend to tell you. Having said that, we expect wind mills to increase in number, and the specific birds that are killed by them may be a particularly sensitive group (i.e. eagles and vultures ) so we need to pay attention. So keep that in mind.
The Most Birds
NOVEMBER 30, 2015
Who has seen the most Green Herons at one time? The most Green Herons ever reported is 3,000. Still, even assuming that the number is off by 500 that would still be 2,500 Green Herons , which is a huge number! A recent comment thread on Facebook about absurdly high counts of some species in the eBird database got me curious.
A Brief Guide to Birding Costa Rica in 2016
JANUARY 9, 2016
This Green Thorntail is enjoying the “dry season” Raptors are uncommon : Decidedly so. Are you headed to Costa Rica this year? hope so because the birding and biodiversity are fantastic, and the flight time from most places in the USA is less than six hours. In other words, it’s easier to bird than most might think.
MARCH 6, 2016
In flight they look like a Budgerigar that has a very short tail due to their green colouring and the fact they are often in quite large flocks calling as they race across the sky. Varied Lorikeets are very bright green, but they can hide so easily in the foliage and I decided to focus on just capturing a pair of them feeding.
The bills of the broadbills
DECEMBER 13, 2015
The first of the three species I visually met and photographed – although poorly due to the distances involved – is called Green Broadbill. Yup, that’s it, Green Broadbill. So it’s a broadbill and it’s green and the name suggests that this is all there is to it. Seriously? Seriously? Kidding. Sigh*.
Beautiful Bird Portraits from Space Coast
JANUARY 26, 2016
This isn’t the best picture of a Great Egret but I like that it already has green lores. Back in 2012 when I made my first foray to the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife Festival I put up back -to- back posts featuring up-close-and-personal shots of some of the cooperative birds I encountered. Look at that eye! Angry vulture!
Birding Florida’s Emerald Coast
AUGUST 11, 2015
The area near the boardwalk was full of families and beach-goers, swimming in the emerald green water or relaxing in multi-colored beach chairs. As part of my new job I work on Okaloosa Island, separated from the beach merely by the dunes. Almost every lunch break I head out onto the beach, looking for birds along the sand. Ruddy Turnstone.
Easy Endemics and Photography at Myriam’s Quetzals, Costa Rica
OCTOBER 3, 2015
Although we were both rained and fogged out, we still managed a surprise Green-fronted Lancebill , Collared Redstart (E), Peg-billed Finch (E), Yellow-winged Vireo (E), Wrenthrush (E), Silvery-fronted Tapaculo (E), Ruddy Treerunner (E), and some other birds. Myriam’s Quetzales ! Are they her’s? Yes, the R. These people feed birds.
Killingholme Haven Pits
DECEMBER 4, 2016
Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham, Exe Estuary, Exeter, Devon, SW England. Black-tailed Godwit green/orange/yellow-green/yellow/green.
My Best and Worst Birds from Costa Rica in 2015
DECEMBER 26, 2015
Green-winged Teal : It might not sound exciting for birders slinging their binos in the temperate zone, but this fancy little duck is a heck of a rare sight in Costa Rica. The year is nearly over and that’s always a good excuse to talk about our best birds from the past 12 months. Hello lifer. One of a few Brown Noddy from this year.
FEBRUARY 21, 2016
It was lovely to see the park looking so green after visiting after bush fires on other occasions. I mentioned last week that we had set off on a journey north to check on the Tawny Frogmouth nest and then we continued north. Kununurra is a great place to bird in our Dry Season and is just as great at this time of year!
Birding Culebra, Puerto Rico
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Antillean Crested Hummingbird was the easiest to find though Green-throated Carib and Antillean Mango weren’t too tough. Culebra is the lesser known of the two major islands that lie off the eastern edge of Puerto Rico. The trip was not a birding trip except that I am a birder and every trip involving me becomes a birding trip.
The Bee-eaters of Africa
AUGUST 14, 2012
The typical form is a smaller bee-eater with a green forehead that prefers to live in and around swamps and rank grasslands of Central Africa.
Whoo-Hoo! Green Heron is the 2015 American Birding Association Bird of the Year!
JANUARY 5, 2015
My lobbying must be more effective than I thought because the Green Heron has been named as the American Birding Association Bird of the Year for 2015 ! After all, Green Heron is the bird that made me become a birder. Not only that but Green Herons are sometimes called “ Shitepokes “ and they have awesome necks.
Migration Up North, Migration in Costa Rica
OCTOBER 17, 2015
yearn to be back on Goat Island but am also content with seeing Blackburnian, Black-and-white, and Black-throated Green Warblers here instead of there. When people find out that I moved to Costa Rica from Niagara Falls, New York, one of the first things they ask is if I miss much from the City of the Cataracts. Prothonotary Warbler.
New Year’s Day Birding at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary
JANUARY 11, 2016
appreciated that aspect of the sanctuary a great deal. I don’t normally get to see Green-winged Teal this well. On New Year’s Day 2016, our last day in California before heading back to New York, I was pleased for the chance to get out for a few hours in the morning to jump start the year list. San Joaquin was the perfect choice!
Surviving the Storm on the Emerald Coast
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
In calm conditions, the water here is a brilliant emerald green, while the sand is so white and fine that it literally squeaks when I walk through it and is constantly compared to sugar. Storms can be fierce on the barrier Islands along the Florida Panhandle. Still, when storms hit there is little between you and the elements.
Brown Falcon foraging after a bush fire
OCTOBER 16, 2016
These rest areas offer shade and picnic tables and often water and toilets too. Brown Falcon in the car-park. Brown Falcon turning leaves.
Christmas Counting in Arenal, Costa Rica
DECEMBER 12, 2015
We had three trogon species, several wrens, several antbirds including Ocellated, Spotted, and Bicolored , Uniform Crake (heard only), Bicolored Hawk , King Vulture , Green Thorntail , White-tipped Sicklebill and several other hummingbird species, three toucan species, and the list goes on for one heck of a birdy day. Great food : “Yum!”
Budgerigars need water!
JANUARY 3, 2016
We then noticed swirling green all around us and the dam and it was literally thousands of Budgerigars. Swirling “green” over the dam. You will note that in the wild they are only green and not any of those odd pink or blue ones you may see in cages! Part of the Budgerigar flock. Budgerigars roosting around the dam.
Pat’s Year List, it’s 2016!
JANUARY 23, 2016
On the other side of the weather coin, now that I live in Costa Rica, the first month of the year also means warm sunny days punctuated by windy weather, and migrants like Yellow Warblers and Baltimore Orioles sharing green space with Blue-gray Tanagers and other avian locals. Green Heron – Butorides virescens; Coris, 17-Jan.
Clark’s Grebes Were Once Considered a Color Morph of the Western Grebe
OCTOBER 7, 2015
The appearance of the Clark’s Grebe ( Aechmophorus clarkii ) differs from the Western Grebe ( Aechmophorus occidentalis ) primarily in the white of the face extending above the eye and onto the lores… and its bright orange, slightly upturned bill (above), compared to the Western’s straight yellowish-green bill (below).
Birding Adventure in Mexico Part II: Durango Highway
SEPTEMBER 25, 2015
Some odd additions more typical of South America’s avifauna included Elegant Euphonia , White-striped Woodcreeper (chickadees in the same forest as woodcreepers is just weird), and Green-striped Brush-Finch. Thus, I looked forward to this second portion of the trip with great anticipation. Lesser Roadrunner with a cicada.
What is the National Bird of Guatemala?
APRIL 22, 2011
It was no longer the pure green of jade. This helps explain why the Guatemalan currency is known as the quetzal. ……… a.
Endangered and Unknown: Black-hooded Antwren
OCTOBER 23, 2015
Feeding flocks included such dazzling Atlantic Rainforest jewels as Red-necked Tanager , Green-headed Tanager , and Brazilian Tanager. However, there are those species which have a hard time bringing attention to themselves such as Yellow-shouldered Blackbird , Giant Nuthatch , and Vinaceous-breasted Parrot. Photo courtesy of Fabio Rage.
Big White Bird survey
OCTOBER 1, 2015
One of the first Australian White Ibis that we discovered wearing a wing tag on a trip to Sydney was “green 040” and it was enjoying life at Centennial Park. Duncan has also encountered a tagged Australian White Ibis and he was lucky enough to see “ green 001 ” at Centennial Park ! Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of August 2015?
JULY 31, 2015
The oriole sings in the greening grove. As if he were half-way waiting, The rosebuds peep from their hoods of green, Timid, and hesitating. Are yellow-green and tiny. American poet, novelist, and playwright Paul Laurence Dunbar saw summer the way many of us do, reflected in the wild world around him. How about you?
Birding Maricao, Puerto Rico
FEBRUARY 27, 2017
There are still three-and-a-half more days to cover! What am I talking about? Read on, reader, read on, and I will do my best to explain.