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A Japanese twitch.

10,000 Birds

It’s the same the whole world over. A rare bird draws a crowd of optics and men of a certain age. The Tokyo Bay Wild Bird Park was exceptionally busy this morning. Rumour had it that a Bohemian Waxwing had been sighted and it had been noted consorting with 4 Japanese Waxwings.

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Contiguous cover forestry

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people will immediately think, and that is what the promoters want everyone to think, of nice woodlands with great biodiversity but, alas, the story often is very much a different one.

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Going Medieval: Waterfowling the Two Towers of Serbia

10,000 Birds

Cover photo : Ram Fortress by Ilija Jacanovic. In the chill morning of late January, I am driving east of Belgrade towards the Two Towers section of the Danube and the best waterfowling bonanza in the whole of Serbia.

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Kindness

The Green Samaritan

As with every snowflake, a kind word or act towards another is as unique and can brighten and beautify any situation. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Nature Conservancy - Science

Not so fast: reducing speed limits may seem an easy way to reduce wildlife road deaths, but research suggests otherwise. Wildlife Deer TNC Science Urban Conservation

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The Revival Of The Rare White Olive

Green Prophet

If you love tasting rare foods, search for white olives next time you’re traveling through southern Italy. The olive and its oil are said to taste almost sweet, with little of the bitterness found in conventional green and black olives. Here’s our post on olives you love to eat.

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Birding with Baby

10,000 Birds

Over a month had gone by since the birth of my first child. When you don’t know anything about babies, the initial 30 days are a crash course in hormones and learning how to take care of a newborn – feeding, diapering, and so much more.

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Heart and Earth

The Green Samaritan

Love this quote for the week ?? – author unknown. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Nature Conservancy - Science

Otters feasting on fish, caterwauling bobcats and more images from the Hancock Wildlife Cam in New Hampshire. From the Field Wildlife Camera Traps Conservation Science

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The Importance of Providing One-On-One Coaching Services for Leaders In Your Organization

Green Prophet

Everyone needs a coach, especially if a parent or sibling can’t help root for your cause. A coach or a mentor is the best way to start a revolution, or at least a recycling program or new sustainable business. Some coaches volunteer. The busy ones might charge a fee.

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Late winter gardening tasks

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spring is just around the corner here in the UK Mid February 2020 and the way the flowers and trees are slowly – and some quite a bit earlier than usual – are beginning to come to life it is not going to be far off.

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Making the air you breathe purer

Eco Friendly Daily

We’re all now aware of the fact that air pollution can affect our health. We’re constantly seeing never ending headlines warning us on how the planet is changing because of the increasing amount of pollution and carbon dioxide emissions, which brings multiple health problems along with it.

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A Guide to Non-Native Deer in the United States

Nature Conservancy - Science

Have you seen a weird-looking deer? It might be one of these exotic species. Wildlife Mammal Watching Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist

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Why the renewable industry needs to invest in graphite, and turn to local sources

Green Prophet

What makes an electric car run? It’s much much more than a charismatic CEO. Sure we need lithium in the batteries, but a less known fact is that graphite is a plain, but key resource needed in electric car batteries. .

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A Growing List of Hummingbirds

10,000 Birds

Most of us are already familiar with hummingbirds, whether in the flesh or in glorious, birdy dreams of lush tropical rainforests. They are one of the most famous families of birds, and for good reason.

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Stirring Paddle

Green (Living) Review

Eastern European Gypsy pot stirrer by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one, relatively inexpensive, hand-carved, wooden tool will replace more or less all your other kitchen utensils that are used for stirring. Its versatility is second to none.

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Fly-Tipping: Let’s Bin it!

Eco Friendly Daily

Very few things are unsightly and one of these is fly-tipping. In addition to being disturbing to see, it’s also costly for our country. Local authorities spent £12.9 million to clean up fly-tipping cases in 2018/19, with this being only the smallest 3% of the overall cases across the nation. .

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Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Nature Conservancy - Science

What’s scarier: a wolf or a mountain lion? For prey – and conservation – the answer matters. Wildlife Conservation Science

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Herbalist’s Guide To Avoiding Coronavirus

Green Prophet

We’ve learned from studying the “Spanish flu” of 1918 that a deadly virus can spread world-wide. But we know much more about contamination, containing disease, and treatment today. Countries around the globe are making an historic effort to contain the Corona virus. .

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My Mexican Birdbath

10,000 Birds

My area of central Mexico has a true monsoon climate. That means that we have little or no rain through the winter months, and almost daily rain during the warm months of June through September, with May and October being transitional months.

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Frozen in time

Green (Living) Review

Your freezer is your friend by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Your freezer can be your greatest friend in the prevention of food waste, whether you have a large family or you a single parent or, simply, single. Save food, money and the planet and move food that’s nearing its ‘use by’ date to your freezer.

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The 5 Best Green Festivals in 2020

Eco Friendly Daily

Every year, we look forward to the festival season with excitement. Whichever your music taste, there’s plenty of options offered.

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Capybara: Meet the World’s Largest Rodent

Nature Conservancy - Science

A rodent the size of a Labrador retriever? You won’t believe the life of the capybara. From the Field Wildlife Mammal Watching Traveling Naturalist

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Recipe: Olive and Za’atar-Topped Focaccia

Green Prophet

An Italian flatbread featuring a Middle-Eastern herb? Why not? Italy and much of the Middle East have a lot in common. They share the Mediterranean climate. Both love olive oil. In both regions, people bake a variety of flatbreads.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2020)

10,000 Birds

Some weekends last longer than others. Whether you enjoyed the extra day the United States sets apart to honor former Presidents or spent your day at work in a country predisposed to honor its current leader, you can decide what period best described your weekend.

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Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

10,000 Birds

Here are some of the things I learned reading Birds in Winter: . Birds who store food in advance of winter (corvids, t**s, and nuthatches) have a larger hippocampus (the brain structure that regulates memory) than non-storing birds do.

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Another post about owls

10,000 Birds

Strange as it may seem, this is not an entry into a “most boring blog headline” contest. Rather, it is derived from an obscure song by a British band (Marc Riley and the Creepers) titled “Another song about motorbikes”.

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IDs on the wing

10,000 Birds

I have commented before on the privilege and pain of living in a state (Michoacán, Mexico) which hosts 10 out of the 15 Empidonax Flycatchers , as well as at least 4 of the 22 Myiarchus Flycatchers.

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Z. Alexander Brown: Uncaged – Pinot Noir (2017)

10,000 Birds

This week’s featured wine at Birds and Booze isn’t our first pinot noir , nor is it our first Barn Owl (in fact, this marks the third appearance of this species on a bottle here).

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February Birds from Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Growing up in western New York, February was one of the more tedious of winter months. It might be the shortest month but the continuing cold, snow, and dreary weather made it seem like one of the longest.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2020?

10,000 Birds

The heart, you may have heard, wants what it wants. If what you want this Valentine’s weekend is to chase birds, follow your bliss. As you may have also heard, love means never having to say you are sorry.

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Love “Roller”coaster: Castellare di Castellini Chianti Classico (2016)

10,000 Birds

Today is Valentine’s Day – which means that at this very moment, countless would-be Romeos and hopeful Casanovas are undoubtedly scurrying around at the eleventh hour trying to find that perfect gift, tracking down the last florist in town not already sold out of roses, or perhaps merely struggling to choose a perfect bottle of wine for tonight’s dinner. While we’re not quite in such dire straits here at Birds and Booze, there may have been some last-minute rummaging around the cellars for this week’s featured wine. But, in the end, we did find one with a hint of romance: a 2016 Chianti Classico from Castellare di Castellini. As far as wine goes, we’d be hard pressed to name a more romantic style than Chianti. True, the Castellare di Castellini Chianti we’re enjoying this week doesn’t arrive encased in a fiasco, the traditional sun-dried straw basket featured so prominently as décor in Hollywood depictions of Italian restaurant romance. While it certainly looks pretty and makes a charmingly rustic candlestick when empty, it can be a fussy and impractical packaging and it’s been abandoned by more and more Tuscan winemakers over the years in favor of more typical bottles. But whether it comes in a wrapped in woven reed or in packaged in a more modern, Bordeaux-style bottle like the one now used by Castellare de Castellini, Chianti remains a classic accompaniment to tomatoes, pasta, aged cheeses, olive oil, and other lusty Italian fare that evokes romance for so many diners on this day. “Waiter, there’s some wine in my candlestick…” . Bucking both tradition and romance, many Chianti producers are moving away from the traditional fiasco in favor of bordelaise bottles in the French style. For most couples, it’d be enough just having a romantic wine to share on Valentine’s Day, but birders will surely appreciate a bottle that celebrates birds, too. Luckily for us lovers of birds as well as wine, the Castellare di Castellini estate is fond of adorning its bottles with pictures of the avifauna of its native Tuscany, offering images far closer to our hearts than the holiday’s more traditional roses and cupids. Still, at first blush, the colorful male European Roller (Coracias garrulus) that adorns the label of the estate’s 2016 Chianti Classico may not scream “I love you!”. And despite it being undeniably gorgeous, we’re hardly likely to see this species replacing white doves on Valentine’s Day cards anytime soon. But anyone who’s seen this species during the breeding season knows that the European Roller is far more dramatic in expressing its all-consuming ardor than any lovey-dovey columbids. The European Roller (c. 1828), a watercolor by Swedish-Finnish painter Wilhelm von Wright (1810-1887). . In fact, the species earned its common name in English for the acrobatic display flights the male of the species performs for its prospective mate, in which the dashing aerialist somersaults across the sky, flashing its brilliant sapphire and turquoise plumage with each impressive twist and turn, and capping these performances with the steep, rolling dives for which the bird is named. Of course, there are many other birds known for equally flamboyant courtship efforts, but few are named so matter-of-factly for their ability to woo their sweethearts like the roller. The European Roller is also known to perform a similar flight routine for its rivals, albeit one marked by even greater aggression, noisily driving off challengers that dare encroach on its territory with with a series of imposing flight maneuvers. Who says rollers aren’t romantic? A pair of European Rollers depicted by English ornithologist and artist John Gould (1804-1811), which looks suspiciously like the label for the 2016 Castellare di Castellini Chianti Classico. With luck, you won’t find it necessary to fend off any romantic adversaries as you sit down to enjoy this wine on Valentine’s Day – and perhaps the intimidating presence of a European Roller at the dinner table will help keep the competition at bay. Assuming there’s nothing but love and tranquility for this special evening, you’ll find this blend of Sangiovese and five percent Canaiolo grapes offers plenty of musky and juicy sweetness on the nose, with hints of violet, strawberry, cherry, and cigar box. The 2016 Castellare di Castellini Chianti Classico rolls around the mouth quite nicely (sorry!) with a well-balanced palate of subtle tannins, an appetizing acidity, and plummy notes of fresh red fruit with a dash of black pepper and baking spice. The Castellare di Castellini estate decorates many of their bottles with bird artwork, and even changes the depicted species from vintage to vintage, so we’ll be sure to return to this winemaker for a more thorough discussion of Chianti wines in the future. We thought we’d keep this review short and sweet for now to allow for any last-ditch Valentine’s Day shopping – as well as giving us all a little more time for birding. Good birding, happy drinking – and happy Valentine’s Day! Castellare di Castellini Chianti Classico (2016). Four out of five feathers (Excellent). The post Love “Roller”coaster: Castellare di Castellini Chianti Classico (2016) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding Food Reviews Birds and Booze European Roller Italy rollers Tuscany Valentine's Day

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But is it safe?

10,000 Birds

Last week I went downhill to Paso Ancho, as I always do at some point each January. I go there to add all those Tierra Caliente (Hot Country) specialties to my year list. The site’s spectacular endemics never let me down: The beautiful Orange-breasted Bunting.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of February 2020)

10,000 Birds

Have you ever had one of those weekends where every project you took on failed, perhaps spectacularly? Some weeks, Monday feels more like a respite than a burden.

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Brush Bronzewing

10,000 Birds

Brush Bronzewing – Phaps elegans are one of the bird species that we rarely encounter, because we are rarely in the right location in Australia. During our recent visit to South Gippsland in Victoria we had one encounter. They are similar to the Common Bronzewi ng , but they are a larger bird.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2020?

10,000 Birds

February birding may qualify as boring in many parts of the world, but that simplistic observation ignores all the excitement a truly engaged and dedicated birder can muster. Don’t give up on birding, even during the boring times.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of February 2020?

10,000 Birds

As one season begins to shade ever so slightly–or perhaps heavily, depending on your latitude–new birding opportunities open up. If you focus on first of year (FOY) birds, February always has something fresh and fun to offer.

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