My Ten Best Birds of 2019

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Despite the limitations of birding in a not-bird-rich portion of the country I still did alright, especially the one morning I had a guide to help me find stuff. Here’s hoping that 2020 is even close to as good a birding year as 2019 has been.

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The first Pied Oystercatcher chicks of 2019

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Returning with damp feathers also helps to keep the young birds cool on hot days. The post The first Pied Oystercatcher chicks of 2019 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. This year marks the twentieth year that we have observed Pied Oystercatchers nesting along Cable Beach.

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The hidden cost of your 2019 choccie-filled advent calendar

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2019)

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Did that help or hinder your efforts to see superior birds this weekend? The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of June 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Days in the Northern Hemisphere are getting longer.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2019)

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Easter weekend means many things to many people, but most of us with school-age children in the United States can’t help but link this floating holiday with travel, seeing as how so many K-12 schools use the weekend anchor their Spring Break.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2019)

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While I can’t Marie Kondo your busy schedule, I’d like to help reconnect you to those birding moments that spark joy. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Ever feel like you’re not birding enough?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2019)

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With a foundation this firm, you can’t help but have a great weekend, right? The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2019) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Mid-June may be the most perfect time of year, offering maximum nice weather with minimal catastrophic natural events. Even the birding is decent. My daughter was in the mood to see Indigo Buntings , so she accompanied me on my annual visit to Rush Oak Openings.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2019?

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This phenological fluency also helps us recognize signs of a changing season. The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2019? Most birders show reasonable to remarkable understanding of phenology. Our attunement to periodic plant and animal life cycle events explains why we anticipate migration with the eagerness of schoolchildren waiting for the final bell. For example, we all have birds we associate with the beginning of spring.

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Tips to Use eBird for Costa Rica

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It might help you see an Emerald Tanager. EBird! It’s part of modern birding. In some parts of the world, it seems like most birders use it, myself included and why not? Make a bird list for anywhere, anytime and on a hand held device! Don’t have a connection? No problem!

Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

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25, 2019). The first shot of Birders is of a helicopter. It’s an official-looking helicopter, photographed flying in the air at eye level, as if we’re next to it.

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The Economic Impact of Birding on National Wildlife Refuges: Creating Local Jobs

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The most recent effort was released in June 2019. Duck Stamps help conserve critical avian habitat regardless of who is in the White House. Every few years, the U.S.

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Reflecting on a Year of Less Birding

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With changes to my priorities – at least for nine months – I couldn’t help but question myself. 2018 proved to be one of my best birding years ever.

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The First Bird Tracking Station Is Up and Running in Costa Rica

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With all of that bird movement going on, one can’t help but wonder where and how often they stop. Bird migration! In October, it’s what’s happening in Costa Rica.

Bird Counts and Cold Fronts in Costa Rica

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One of the examples of that tropical take on cold happened to me one cool, December day when a senior citizen walked by and couldn’t help but share her impressions on the unusual temperatures. This was less than usual but couldn’t be helped with the cool, rainy weather.

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

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2019). Skipstone, 2019. I first encountered Molly Hashimoto’s bird art in California. Her lively block prints adorn calendars, note cards, puzzles, and children’s books, very much in the popular tradition of beloved minimalist Charley Harper.

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How to Bird on Crutches

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Once I was in a beautiful lodge where I asked for an extra chair to put under the shower and then felt embarrassed when I saw a lady manager (no male help around) carrying a very heavy wooden chair up the stairs for me. Clearly, it is easier said than done.

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Greg Mankiw: I am no longer a Republican @whitehouseCEA

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I intend to help them choose the former. CEA (@WhiteHouseCEA) October 28, 2019. Greg Mankiw (former chair of the Council of Economic Advisors): I just came back from city hall, where I switched my voter registration from Republican to unenrolled (aka independent).

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Grand River Brewery: 313 Polish Lager

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I especially loved its cool, consonant-heavy name – and being privy to its proper pronunciation thanks to my Polish-speaking friends certain helped.*

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Should I Get Solar Panels Now in 2019 or Wait?


Here are 4 reasons why you should switch to solar in 2019. The ITC has been valuable not only for reducing the total cost of a solar project, but also for helping to catalyze financial and businesses model innovations that have increased access to solar.

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Can CBD Pills Help You Fall Asleep Faster?

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CBD a non hallucinogenic molecule in medical cannabis helps with sleep. Cannabidiol (CBD) is sweeping the nation as a cannabis product that’s non-psychoactive and supremely helpful for treating multiple physical and mental health problems.

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The indistinguishable Empidonax Flycatchers

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help to distinguish it from the otherwise identical Pine Flycatcher. Least Flycatcher: that really big head actually helps with identification. Warning: Any and all flycatchers shown in this post may be misidentified. Cut me some slack.

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Rename All Birds Named After White People

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But maybe it’ll help us remember that birds exist in relation to us, remember how their histories are our histories, and remember the ongoing histories of dispossession and violence which underlie even seemingly innocent activities like watching birds.

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Homage to Catalonia

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The sky is grey, the wind cold and I put my fleece on – which doesn’t help much if you drive with widows down, trying to hear birds.

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Mike And Corey Are Going To Uganda!

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” That helped, right?). This coming Thursday both Mike and I will be jetting our way to a continent neither of us have ever visited. Yes, we’ll be heading to Africa, more specifically the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda.

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

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I’m not going to spoil the rest of the story, let’s just say that this is Ruby’s spark bird, and it’s clear that Eva has helped Ruby find a focus for her energy and intelligence. Cornell Lab Publishing Group, Wundermill Books, March 2019.

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Special ID problems in Mexico

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Baird’s Sandpipers , like the one at right, helpfully still have summer coloring when they fly through my area (in great numbers) in August and September. Only bill length help me distinguish our off-season L esser and Greater Yellowlegs.

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Oceanic Birds of The World: A Photo Guide–A Book Review

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And, it helps if you don’t get seasick. All of which is to say that there are a number of obstacles, both scientific and pragmatic, to seabird identification, and there are very few guides around to help us. Princeton University Press, 2019.

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Freckled Ducks and field guides

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Birds do not follow field guides and they are purely written to help us identify which bird species we are most likely to observe at certain locations. Anybody that has spent some time birding and using field guides will soon realise that the field guides are written for humans.

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Pacific Gulls in a paddock

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The presence of the dairy cows helps you to comprehend the size of these large gulls. In Broome we only have Silver Gulls , but in the south of Australia there are also some much larger gulls. Pacific Gulls- Larus pacificus are generally found on the coast.

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Grey Goose Vodka

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But having the bird in hand hasn’t proved any more helpful: the geese flying across the distinctive smoked glass bottles of Grey Goose are entirely white and nearly featureless. Well, we’ve done it again.

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Foreign Languages on a Birding Trip

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They understood each other perfectly (okay, the tsipouro may have helped a bit). Don’t you hate it when you cannot communicate while birding overseas?

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London College of Garden Design to sponsor planting design competition

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This is the second year that the College has sponsored the Countryside Borders Competition which aims to help budding new garden designers and experts to show what they can achieve with plants.

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Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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To help clear up the confusion, this is a brief summary of recent changes to the official Costa Rica list. Some birders are more learners than listers, others more photographers than birders.

The Joy of One-eyed Birding

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My photos are just to help with IDs, and the good ones are always the product of dumb luck. I’m happy to say, last year 98 people submitted checklists here, and it looks like 2019 will be the year we finally pass the 100 mark. I confess, this post has a trick title.

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White, yellow or golden?

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Helpful when talking to Chinese birders. Collared Scops Owl – A Cat Head Eagle. For a German living in China, bird names have some additional complexities.

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Madera Canyon: The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge

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And, while you are there, don’t forget to drop a couple of bucks in the box to help keep the feeders full! Rarely does the name Madera Canyon come up without most North American birders taking pause to recognize the importance to birding in the Southwest U.S.

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Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth – A Film Review

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I couldn’t help thinking this–me, the anthropomorphism hater– as I watched a pair of Philippine Eagles tend their nest, raise a chick, and tear monkeys apart in Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth , a well-crafted, beautifully filmed documentary with a mission.

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Hawk-Eagle Sweep in Costa Rica

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Since this seems to coincide with reforestation and an increase in sightings of the more powerful Ornate Hawk-Eagle, one can’t help but wonder if it is being out-competed by its slightly heavier cousin.

Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall

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Its manageable size, authoritative text, helpful maps and accurate, albeit somewhat ‘wooden’ illustrations make Freile and Restall’s the number one choice in field guides for birders going to Ecuador. Helm Field Guides, Paperback – May 2018.

Belu becomes first UK water company to make all plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic bottles

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From November 2019, Belu has committed to make 100% of our plastic bottles from 100% recycled plastic bottles. They give 100% of profits to the charity WaterAid to help transform lives worldwide with clean water. 2019 © Michael Smith

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Sixth Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit An Amazing Success!

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The added eyes and ears were extremely helpful as the winds weren’t strong enough to drive a massive morning flight so we had to work for many of the birds we added.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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I think that’s great; even if these birds remain officially at the subspecies level in the future, it is tremendously helpful to have more information about them. I appreciate the large size of the photographs, which is helpful in studying smaller, more specific field marks.

Kings County Brewers Collective: Safe Flight IPA

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Some days just turn out really well. On one gray, drizzly morning this week, I set out to bird my local patch in Albany, New York, and found 56 species in a few hours of aimless, unhurried traipsing.

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