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Echidna-egg laying mammal-500th post!

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When I realised that this weekend would be my 500th post for this website I thought I could broaden the “birding” topic to “egg-laying” topic. In Australia we have two egg-laying mammals. These are the Platypus and the Echidna.

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Price Gouging during the Pandemic

Environmental Economics

The global coronavirus pandemic is an emergency.    Whenever there is an emergency (think hurricanes, earthquakes), there are accusations of price gouging. 

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First Phoebe of 2020

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I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2020 this morning at Cunningham Park in my home borough of Queens, where I was looking for my first Rusty Blackbirds of the year. (I I found them too!) The phoebe was busy flycatching over a vernal pool, often hitting the water as it chased bugs.

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COVID19 as Shabbat

Indigenize

* A wise friend of mine, Lynn Ungar, wrote this magnificent poem about the current COVID-19 situation. * I love her perspective and thought you might enjoy it too. To me, these words are like medicine, and with no need to do insurance paperwork to get it.

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Jetting around the world to save the climate

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Or how else should one interpret the annual COP gatherings?

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Download the Victory Garden Handbook, circa 1943

Green Prophet

They started during times of war when there was not enough food. Planted in lawns and in backyards. This one was planted in a bomb crater. A Victory Garden planted in a bomb crater in London. . When a parking lot was bombed in London during World War II they planted a garden.

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Isolation, a.k.a. Business as Usual

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I’m certain many birders would agree with me on the fact that the imposed self-isolation and social distancing requirements suit us just fine. Long walks far away from large crowds? Ears filled with birdsong and no industrial hum? Sign me up!

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Just wash your hands

Indigenize

Afraid of contracting or passing Coronavirus 19? JUST WASH YOUR HANDS. Often. For inspiration, check out the results of this science experiment, done at an elementary school in 2019: “We took fresh bread and touched it. We did one slice untouched. One with unwashed hands. One with hand sanitizer.

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Ways to Enjoy & Protect Nature Without Leaving Your Home

Nature Conservancy - Science

Resources to enjoy and protect nature from your home, for all ages. From the Field Outdoor Rec Urban Conservation Wildlife

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Stedsans A Frame cabin blueprint to isolate now, possibly forever?

Green Prophet

An idyllic isolation A Frame cabin for good times and less good times. Thank God for Sweden and Swedish forests. They can be as gnarly as Canada’s in the early summer. You need constant protection and refuge from the bugs.

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Birding News from Costa Rica at the Start of the Pandemic

10,000 Birds

How quickly things can change. A month ago, I was helping fellow birders see their first Emerald Tanagers , their lifer Sunbittern , and wondering where Mary and I could go next, which birds we could chase during the upcoming weekends. Not anymore.

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Why you should support your local businesses?

Eco Friendly Daily

Do you remember the day when the first super fandango all-encompassing supermarket opened for the very first time in your local town?

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How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Some birds seem familiar but that’s just because they are the ones we grew up with, the birds that were hopping or flying around the neighborhood. The familiar ones, the usual birds, of course depend on where someone spent their childhood.

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Great Knot, Red Knot and Greater Sand Plovers changing plumage

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So, here we are in the second week of March and the start of migration from the shores around Broome has started! The first species to leave our shores each year are the Greater Sand Plover.

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Crazy Eyes

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When I was a young man growing up in Northern California, I thought I knew all about Juncos. Juncos are cute little woodland sparrows. They have dark eyes set in darkly colored heads, are quite attractive, and have a gentle disposition.

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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert–An Author Interview

10,000 Birds

Suzie Gilbert has once again ventured into new territory and written a novel–a crazy road trip adventure entitled Unflappable. Faithful 10,000 Birds readers will remember Suzie as our wildlife rehabilitation beat writer.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2020?

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If you are living on the same planet the rest of us are, you surely need a diversion this weekend. Why not make World Sparrow Day , which we celebrate on March 20, an all-weekend affair? The Old World Passer sparrows are ubiquitous all around the world, typically where humans congregate most.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands Reserve, part 2/3: the Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland

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LABUDOVO OKNO Ramsar Site and an Important Bird Area represents a section of the Danube floodplain downriver from Belgrade, Serbia, and situated in the south of the Deliblato Sands Special Nature Reserve.

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Birding Mkuze

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Mkuze Game Reserve is in the Eastern part of South Africa, about 5 hours away from Johannesburg, and one of the best places I have ever been to for bird photography.

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Brown-headed Thrush

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Kasia Rinkai Park on Tokyo Bay will host the slalom canoeing events for the upcoming (correct at time of writing) Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. In the meantime, it played host to my target bird for the trip.

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Australia is closed-sorry….

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The header photo above is what is normal in Broome in mid-March in the middle of the afternoon on Cable Beach. I have the beach to myself along with the shorebirds, crabs, occasional jellyfish and maybe there is a crocodile out to sea. However, nothing else is normal.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2020)

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You may have experienced one of the weirdest weekends of your life, what with all bars and restaurants closed and people maintaining a healthy distance from even close friends and family.

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What Will My Next Five Queens Birds Be?

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Having finally found a Black Vulture for my Queens list , an important tick both because it was long overdue and because it was the tenth bird since my last set of predictions, it is time, once again, to look at what might be coming to my Queens list.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of March 2020?

10,000 Birds

I doubt I need ask if you are birding this weekend; assuming you are healthy and still sane, you have little better to do than spend time chasing, appreciating, and basically communing with avifauna.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2020?

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Had you ever even heard the term “social distancing” until the last month? Now we are living it as schools, workplaces, and entire industries shut down–hopefully temporarily–under the cloud of COVID-19. Do you know what is still open, though?

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 1/3: the largest sand dune system of Europe

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It has been a while since I wrote on where to watch birds (unbelievable, I know), and will now focus on the nature reserve of Deliblato Sands and the adjoining Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland, about an hour east from Belgrade, Serbia.

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Bird Litigation:  Greater Sage-Grouse and Oil and Natural Gas Leases

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Because its habitat consists largely of land that is valuable for oil and natural gas exploration and extraction, protection of the Greater Sage-Grouse has long been the subject of extensive litigation.

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Arrowood Farm Brewery: Bramble Farmhouse on Raspberries

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WELCOME, welcome, little stranger, Fear no harm, and fear no danger; We are glad to see you here, For you sing “Sweet Spring is near.” ” Now the white snow melts away; Now the flowers blossom gay: Come dear bird and build your nest, For we love our robin best. “To

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Collaborative list – February 2020

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The beats are on the move, exploring new places. That bodes well for the numbers this month. And of course, we have an extra day to play with this year.

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“Rise and Rise Again” – Connecticut Valley Brewing Company: Sherwood Double New England Style India Pale Ale

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An enigmatic line of text emblazoned across the can of this week’s featured beer – the Sherwood Double New England India Pale Ale from Connecticut Valley Brewing Company – implores us to “Rise and Rise Again”.

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Casa Santos Lima: Valcatrina – Vinho Regional Alentejano (2015)

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For much of its history, Portugal has sat secluded at what was long considered the very end of the known world — at least from a Western point of view. Not far from its capital Lisbon lies Cabo de Roca, the westernmost point in mainland Europe.

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Social Distancing

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I am a nerd. The nerd part of me, which dates back to before the word was popularized, did not do me well during my pre-teen years. In spite of its title, the movie The Revenge of the Nerds did not help.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

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Some times of year offer more avian excitement than others, and recent signs even as far north as I live suggest we’ve just entered such a period. Harbingers of the season to come have been emerging slowly buy surely. Did you catch any this weekend?

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Tawny Frogmouth family at Cygnet Park-Broome

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One of the joys of walking a neighbour’s dog is that you get to see the changes around the local parks on a daily basis. I have been watching the birds feeding on the nectar of the native trees and dropping in for water.

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A review of the birdcentric novel “Accidentals” (the title of which is in the plural for a reason)

10,000 Birds

The new hot novelist Jenny Offill was quoted in the Times magazine recently about her first book: “If someone had described this novel to me, I would never have read it.”. Good as that line is, it would be wrong to use it in a review of Accidentals , the new novel by Susan M.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

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If you’re wondering if life as we have known it in many countries around the world may be giving way to a more disintermediated existence, replete with toilet paper stockpiles and schooling via livestream, you may not be entirely wrong.

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Bird like I bird

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It’s not like civilization as we know it is coming to an end. At least, I hope it isn’t. But many of the perks of First-World civilization may be hard to come by for a while. Yeah, I’ve birded in the developed world. Not all that much, at least in recent years, but I’ve done it. I know all about your fancy Interpretive Centers, pre-built observation blinds and platforms, and wooden marsh walkways.

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