Collaborative list – June 2019

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A Western Kingbird at Jones Beach

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This past Saturday morning I was out at Jones Beach birding all morning with my good friends Seth and Mary, who had dragged me, kicking and screaming, from my local patches in Queens. The most famed birding spot in Nassau County is Jones Beach State Park , out on the barrier island, and though the winds weren’t what we would have wished for we still had a wonderful morning of birding. … The post A Western Kingbird at Jones Beach appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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My Ten Best Birds of 2019

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Our family trip to Barbados was mostly about the beach but it was also chock full o’birds! Here’s hoping that 2020 is even close to as good a birding year as 2019 has been. The post My Ten Best Birds of 2019 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birds 2019 best bird of the year Top TenThis last year of the twenty-teens was a monumental birding year for me. I saw 863 species of birds, bringing my life list to 1,820.

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Broad-billed Sandpiper on Cable Beach

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The shorebirds gather on Cable Beach from around two hours before until two hours after high tide. Last week I shared the first encounter with a Little Curlew on Cable Beach returning from migration. On 19th September I encountered the first returning Broad-billed Sandpiper on Cable Beach. Broad-billed Sandpipers could easily be overlooked among the large flocks of Red-necked Stint on Cable Beach due to their similar size.

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Little Curlew on Cable Beach

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Having checked the various ovals I was back down on Cable Beach having one of our regular walks. I had the beach to myself as is often the case and raised my binoculars to observe a lone Little Curlew at the back of the flock of shorebirds. In 2012 we had a lone Little Curlew at our local park and this year it was a lone Little Curlew on Cable Beach. The birds are always more relaxed once the tide has turned and they are no longer being pushed up the beach.

More scenes from Mexican beaches

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It turns out that the hazy light had produced a mirror-like surface on the beach’s wet sand, and in many of my photos, the birds seemed to be floating in a void. Only their reflections give any sense of the beach beneath them. I have seen a few Marbled Godwits there as well, but not in the numbers present on these beaches. Last week, I had only just returned from a day on the Michoacán coast when my posting schedule required I write my report of the trip.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2019)

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His Best Bird of the Weekend would have been the Western Kingbird he found out in the Rockaways but, always conscious of the need for a photo for this blog post he chose instead to honor the Whimbrel he found on the beach the same morning, only his third Whimbrel sighting in Queens in the decade plus he’s lived there. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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So I went to the beach

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But on Monday, oh, sweet Monday, I went to the beach… in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán. Once I got down to the beach at the estuary’s mouth, it became even clearer that I was no longer in the highlands. Suffice it to say, even after five years of birding in Mexico, this trip gave me 5 lifers, 8 new life-birds for my state, and 22 year-bird species for 2019. So I went to the beach. The post So I went to the beach appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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35 countries were visited during 2019 , 7 of them ( Belgium , France , Germany , Italy , Thailand , Indonesia and Barbados ) bringing new blood to the Country/Territory/Emirate/Republic/Pricipality/Kingdom/Special Administrative Region list which now stands at 55. 27 Dec 2019. 21 Dec 2019. 04 Dec 2019. 02 Dec 2019. 27 Dec 2019. 22 Dec 2019. 05 Dec 2019. 05 Dec 2019. 15 Dec 2019. 05 Dec 2019. 04 Dec 2019.

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The first Pied Oystercatcher chicks of 2019

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This year marks the twentieth year that we have observed Pied Oystercatchers nesting along Cable Beach. We keep an eye on the 23 kilometre length of beach that runs from Gantheaume Point to the southern side of Willie Creek. There are usually 16 pairs of Pied Oystercatchers nesting along this length of beach from late June. Last year not a single chick survived and there is much predation of both eggs and young birds along the length of beach.

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Collaborative list – August 2019

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eBird have applied their new taxonomy as of July/August 2019. Today it stands at 2019 , but watch this space! 03 Aug 2019. 15 Aug 2019. 17 Aug 2019. 15 Aug 2019. 12 Aug 2019. 17 Aug 2019. 03 Aug 2019. 03 Aug 2019. 26 Aug 2019. 06 Aug 2019. 08 Aug 2019. 17 Aug 2019. 17 Aug 2019. 22 Aug 2019. 16 Aug 2019. 01 Aug 2019. 12 Aug 2019. 08 Aug 2019. 17 Aug 2019.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2019)

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But, somehow, his Best Bird of the Weekend was an underdog, a female Black Scoter that summered at Jones Beach and cooperated for some easy digiscoping in the afternoon light on Saturday. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of November 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. If you live in a part of the world that observes Daylight Savings Time, you lucked into an extra hour this weekend. Did you spend it birding? I wisely allocated my extra hour to a little lakewatch activity.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2019)

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Of the species he saw his best was easily a Philadelphia Vireo at Bristol Beach State Park, a surprising migrant that he was please to find. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Have you ever heard the saying, “Sometimes you win; sometimes you learn,” as a positive spin on failing to win? I definitely learned something this weekend, particularly regarding how best to see interesting birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2019)

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Corey was out birding on Saturday morning in Queens and early on Sunday morning he visited the tern colony at Nickerson Beach. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Perhaps you are familiar with the bit of verse from James Russell Lowell that sings, “And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days.” ” Even if the words are new to you, the sentiment surely resonates.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2019)

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Though Corey arrived in Costa Rica Saturday afternoon he’s spent more time on the beach than he’s spent looking for birds. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. The end of August keeps most of us in the Northern Hemisphere busy, what with the impending end of summer and all that. Enjoy what today has to offer while looking forward to what is to come.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2019)

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Though Corey arrived in Southern California late Friday night, he didn’t get much birding in this weekend other than dipping on a Nazca Booby at Dana Point after delaying his departure to go look for it to accompany his family to the beach. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Those of us north of the Equator should be enjoying our summer weekends no matter how boring the birding might be.

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Collaborative list – May 2019

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29 May 2019. 29 May 2019. 29 May 2019. 29 May 2019. 28 May 2019. 28 May 2019. 28 May 2019. 28 May 2019. 28 May 2019. 27 May 2019. 25 May 2019. 25 May 2019. 25 May 2019. 23 May 2019. 23 May 2019. 22 May 2019. 22 May 2019. 22 May 2019. 20 May 2019. 20 May 2019. 20 May 2019. 20 May 2019. 20 May 2019. 20 May 2019. 20 May 2019.

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Collaborative list – April 2019

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01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019.

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Collaborative List – March 2019

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Whilst the eastern hemisphere still leads the life rankings by 1991 to 1808 , the western hemisphere outbirds by 877 to 705 in the 2019 list and 615 to 385 during March. 03 Jan 2019. 03 Feb 2019. 17 Feb 2019. 08 Feb 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 17 Jan 2019. 03 Jan 2019. 17 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 23 Feb 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019.

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Collaborative List – February 2019

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03 Jan 2019. 03 Feb 2019. 17 Feb 2019. 08 Feb 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 17 Jan 2019. 03 Jan 2019. 17 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 23 Feb 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 16 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 03 Jan 2019.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2019)

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Corey has been enjoying the beach and the sun down in Virginia all weekend. Seeing a squadron on pelicans just past where hundreds of beach goers swim is always an interesting juxtaposition. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. In the midst of a three-day Memorial Day observance, many American birders still have a day left to nail down a BBOTW.

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Collaborative List – January 2019

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The first sharer of 2019 was Clare who narrowly beat Duncan by 5 hours. 03 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 17 Jan 2019. 03 Jan 2019. 17 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 16 Jan 2019. 12 Jan 2019. 01 Jan 2019. 05 Jan 2019. 03 Jan 2019.

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of May 2019?

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Corey is taking his act down to Virginia Beach, which is a mighty birding destination in itself. The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of May 2019? Is May ending already? Some birders wait eleven months for just this moment, keenly feeling loss after its passing. How can you prevent the post-migration blues? Make hay while the sun shines: if birds are still passing through your corner of the world, get out and greet every one. Maybe they’ll come back in the fall!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2019)

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Of them all, his favorite was the pair of Piping Plovers he found at dawn on Rockaway Beach. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. While you enjoyed the wearing of the green for St. Patrick’s Day, did you stop to wonder why so few birds wear green plumage?

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Ashkelon’s Sand Sculpture Festival Brings International Artists To Its Beaches

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It’s time to play on the beach, and Ashkelon has some beautiful beaches. Today, and until the 23rd of this month (August 2019), the Bar Kochba beach boasts 15 enormous sculptures created from fairy tales and sand. The Ashkelon Sand Sculpture Festival takes place until August 23 on the Bar Kochba beach. The port town of Ashkelon has been known for its strategic importance throughout history, and indeed since pre-history.

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VIP Life IS a Beach!

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It had been a couple of years since my ex-husband called me on the phone to tell me that he fell in love with another woman and was no longer interested in keeping the marital vows he made over 10 years ago. In those two years, I had spent a lot of time working on […]. Enlightened Society Inspiring (Wow) Love

“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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Having more than 2500 bird species, including over 850 endemics (480 in Indonesia alone), Southeast Asia stretches roughly from the easternmost Himalayan slopes in Myanmar and the palm-fringed beached of Thailand all the way to the ridiculously colourful Birds of Paradise of New Guinea, which Phoebe Snetsinger described: “I’ve never done acid, but I imagine that when you do, you see things like the birds-of-paradise.”

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Villa Vajra, Bali: eco-haven of peace & tranquility

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| Simple, Sophisticated Luxury | Bali is a paradise beyond my wildest dreams: lush, dense jungle; picturesque rice paddies; tropical beaches with world-class snorkeling among coral reefs, outdoor adventure activities, ancient temples, traditional arts, delicious dining options, endless varieties of yoga and meditation classes and retreats, and countless mystical shamans and energy healers.

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Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide–A Book Review

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Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide’s seven chapters are each focused on a specific western habitat: Backyard & City, Wetland & Pond, Shoreline & Beach, Meadow & Grassland, Desert & Sagebrush Steppe, Forest & Woodland, and Alpine & Tundra. 2019). Skipstone, 2019. I first encountered Molly Hashimoto’s bird art in California.

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Call for papers extended to May 3: Special Issue on "Coastal Resources Economics and Ecosystem Valuation" in the journal Water

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Update from Wally Milon (March 7, 2019):  We have extended the deadline for the special issue of Water on Coastal Resource Economics and Ecosystem Valuation to May 3, 2019. These resources include, but are not limited to: estuaries, beaches, wetlands, shores, mangroves, seagrasses and salt marsh, coral reefs, and essential fish habitat.

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Empty Pied Oystercatcher nests

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Last week I introduced you to the first Pied Oystercatcher chicks of 2019 and so far they are surviving. However, the northern part of Cable Beach is a completely different story. There are huge expanses of sand at low tide and there are more Pied Oystercatchers in pairs there than the southern end of the beach. Walking along the beach this week we discovered nest after nest that was empty.

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Bird Books for Children: From Colors & Shapes to Discovering Central Park

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Beach Lane Books, 2014. Cornell Lab Publishing Group, Wundermill Books, March 2019. It’s never too late or too early to buy a children’s book about birds. You never know when you’ll be invited to a small one’s birthday party, a distant relative’s baby shower, or when you’ll get a text telling you that you have a granddaughter while you’re waiting out a three-hour-plus flight delay at JFK Airport.

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Gang-gang Cockatoos-a Christmas wish!

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Two new birds for 2019 just like that! We drove down the windy road to the Walkerville North car-park to take a walk along the beach. Shortly after we set off long the beach there was a distinctive sound! We had our walk along the beach observing several bird species and returned to the car-park in the hope of getting some better photos of the well camouflaged birds.

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Hoping for Grasspipers in Costa Rica

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Although only a certain percentage of Charadriiformes are prone to quick-stepping it over the mud flats, beaches, and nutrient-stink borders of sewage ponds, none of them hop along or flit through the trees either. In Costa Rica, sandpipers are locally known as “correlimos”, which to me sounds something along the lines of “little runners” and that sounds about right.

Birding Cape Town

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An absolute highlight were the African Penguins at Boulders Beach. The beaches further south of Boulders Beach are productive as well – I saw African Oystercatcher as well as that most typical beach wanderer, the Ostrich. In November 2018, I spent a few days birding in Cape Town, South Africa. While apparently not the safest of places, it is a great spot to see birds. Here are some of my sightings.

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February Birding in Tybee Island, Georgia

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The week of President’s Day this year found me, my family, and some close friends spending a week in a beach house on Tybee Island, a low-lying, barrier island just east of Savannah. The north beach featured a host of Ruddy Turnstones around the jetty. Not only did I not find the sandpipers but I barely found the jetty as the wind had combined with a very high tide to leave virtually no beach and nearly the entire jetty was underwater.

Shearwaters from Shore

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Bonus : A couple of years earlier, a blue whale washed up several miles south of Half Moon Bay, at Bean Hollow State Beach. Presumably attracted by the stench, many Northern Fulmar came to feed on the little pieces floating in the shallow waters near the beach. I was poking around my eBird checklists recently and came across one from one of my more intriguing days birding. Like many birders, I’ve had “patches” where I routinely go birding.

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Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

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photography hotspots (also birding hotspots) where the reader can put the book’s lessons into action; they include Bolsa Chica, California (above), Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, and my personal favorite, Nickerson Beach, Long Island. Rocky Nook, 2019 (eBook December 2018; paperback March 2019).

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5 Romantic Experiences To Enjoy At Fort Myers Beach

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A wonderful idea is the romantic Fort Myers Beach. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to plan a romantic getaway. This area is full of soft white sand in the backdrop of the warm Gulf waves. You and your loved one will have enough space for a wonderful […].

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Hermit Thrush Brewery: Po Tweet

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I still look forward to summer birding, but now that I live in upstate New York, I generally turn my attention away from the beaches and saltmarshes of the coast, instead heading north up the Hudson to the Adirondack Mountains. I consider myself fortunate that I learned to love summer birding before I ever knew what the summer doldrums are, if only because summer was the very first season I began birding.

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A Young, Banded Royal Tern and Where It Came From

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This past Saturday afternoon I was out on the beach in the Rockaways with my family. We were taking advantage of one of the many warm and sunny days we have enjoyed this fall, looking for cool shells, getting our feet wet in the surf, and just generally enjoying ourselves.

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Cathy Kling: Polluting Farmers Should Pay

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But without them, costs will continue to fall on families returning from a day at the beach with stomach aches, on households whose members unknowingly drink contaminated water, on pet owners whose animals suffer the effects of toxic water and on consumers who must pay for bottled drinking water. The subtitle is " Fertilizer runoff is making us sick. States can step in to regulate farmers. "

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Pied Oystercatcher chicks four weeks on….

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One of the many threats along Cable Beach are the Black Kites. It has been a few years since I could share some good news about the Pied Oystercatchers breeding along the coast near Broome. Hopefully you won’t mind me writing a bit more this year about Pied Oystercatchers during the breeding season! We continue to have egg predation at many of the nest sites and chick loss, but one pair of Pied Oystercatchers is being successful in raising two chicks so far.

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