Collaborative list – January 2020

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For 2020, the list will only contain the relevant month’s sightings to avoid huge, bulky posts as the year progresses. These are the opening stats for 2020. 17 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 28 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 05 Jan 2020. 10 Jan 2020.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of February 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of February 2020) appeared first on 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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Some weekends last longer than others.

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Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of February 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Fourth Weekend of February 2020? As one season begins to shade ever so slightly–or perhaps heavily, depending on your latitude–new birding opportunities open up.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of January 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of January 2020? Birding 2020 JanuaryThough it is January, often the coldest month for those of us in the northeastern United States, this weekend is forecast to be exceptionally mild.It

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2020? 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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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of January 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of January 2020?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2020)

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My business trip to Florida to host the Tests and the Rest Winter Conference 2020 was more than just a professional success. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2020? 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.

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Pat’s 2020 Bird List, Mostly from Costa Rica

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This is my year list for 2020, the list of the bird species identified from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020. It’s going to be good, it already is, I wish all you other birders out there a fantastic, fulfilling year of birding in 2020!

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Another Super Bowl, another title won by a team named for something other than a bird. Birding is better when you keep sports out of it anyway! Birding has been terribly slow here in the Rochester area.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of February 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of February 2020? Since you won’t be seeing any cardinals, eagles, falcons, ravens, or seahawks in the Super Bowl this weekend, you’ll have to search for them outdoors instead.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. One down, just fifty-one more to go… did you make that first weekend of the year count?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of February 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. I’ve learned a thing or two about winter birding since I’ve moved to a place with an abundance of winter.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. The first month of the current year is all but over. Happy with your year list to date? Don’t worry… we’ve got 11 months to go!

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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of January 2020? Thank the gods it’s Friday! For many, the end of the week heralds a cessation of paid labor, which often occasions equally strenuous but infinitely more enjoyable efforts.

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My Best Bird of the Year 2020… so far

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And yet, on the first Monday of 2020, a female Woodstar turned up at El Temascal, a site that never seems to fail to bring me some surprise. At any rate, I started my 2020 birding as a happy man. The post My Best Bird of the Year 2020… so far appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of January 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Mid-January may not count as midwinter in the Northern Hemisphere, but the Arctic effect has definitely settled in!

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Going Medieval: Waterfowling the Two Towers of Serbia

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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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Birding with Baby

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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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A Japanese twitch.

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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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My Mexican Birdbath

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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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Another post about owls

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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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Chats

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I’m guessing that most people these days communicate on social media through one or more chats. I myself am on several. But only birders know that you can communicate on a chat about… Chats.

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

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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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A Growing List of Hummingbirds

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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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Gang-gang Cockatoos feeding

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Just before we left Victoria and returned home to Broome I was doing one of my regular walks from Foster to Fish Creek. I walked up to the look-out, which is about half way between the two small towns. I stopped to take in the view one last time.

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Highlights from Birding Costa Rica, 2019

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These experiences, guiding, and other aspects of birding were gifts, I look forward to 2020. Wishing readers of 10,000 Birds a wonderful 2020! I write this on the final day of the year, the last bit of 2019.

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How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

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The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

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February Birds from Costa Rica

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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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IDs on the wing

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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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Aging a thrush.

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If it were the same bird it would be at least 16 (assuming that evidence of breeding behaviour indicates a maturity of at least one season) years old during 2020. There is a Rufous-bellied Thrush in a city park in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Male Vermilion Flycatchers Are Amazing

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Sure, I had heard the hype. Vermilion Flycatchers are amazing! Vermilion Flycatchers are gorgeous! Vermilion Flycatchers make Scarlet Tanagers look like doodoo! But, sadly, I had never seen a Vermilion Flycatcher.

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

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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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Oban Distillery: 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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Whiskey Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskeys all month long.

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Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

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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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Brush Bronzewing

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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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Good news! Federal Court Rules Trump Border Wall ILLEGAL

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Here’s a report from the ACLU, an organization I’m proud to support. A federal court has ruled Trump’s abuse of executive power to bully his xenophobic wall into existence is illegal.

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Birds of Japan by Otani Chikara

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It’s the festive season and I am holding the new Lynx Edicions’s Birds of Japan, thinking what a perfect gift to any international birder this book represents.

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Collaborative list – December 2019

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A big thank you goes out to The Management and beats for their contributions and may you all have a happy and productive 2020. They came home exhausted.

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Toora bird hide

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Toora bird hide is located about three kilometres from the small town Toora in South Gippsland. The bird hide offers excellent views of Corner Inlet towards Wilson’s Promontory National Park. Despite Corner Inlet being a large bay it often has very rough seas and strong winds.

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Birding Acapulco

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During the period from 1994 through 2006, I mostly dedicated myself to itinerant ministry. In other words, I travelled, sometimes every weekend. Most of this travel was in Mexico, but I also visited different regions of the U.S.,

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A few interesting birds seen at Nanhui, Shanghai in 2019

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And cheating again, here is a bird I saw at Nanhui in the first few days of 2020, a Common Kestrel. When I was much younger, as a student, I sometimes made mixtapes of favorite music.

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