Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Every weekend seems to be wild from the perspective of human history. To every bird, though, mid-September remains what it’s always been: a good time to feed, mass, and move !

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. September is a classic shoulder season, not yet finished with what has passed but still subtly teasing what is to come. Change is good, particularly because it always brings new birds.

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Collaborative list – August 2020

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The post Collaborative list – August 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Mike complains of a dearth of birds in his BBOTW post for the last weekend of August and I am sure that many of us know exactly how he feels. Try to find new ways of getting your kicks from the common stuff.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2020? Mid-September offers abundant meteorological excitement in the form of variable temperatures, rushing winds, and sometimes hurricanes in the strangest places ( looking at you, Ianos ).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2020)

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No matter where you find yourself, heed the imperative of 2020: live to see better days! The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Collaborative list – June 2020

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The post Collaborative list – June 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. So, just as our heroes head back out into the woods, the woods go quiet.

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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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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2020?

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Every month of 2020 has felt like a year, yet the imminent end of summer still feels too soon. The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of August 2020? If the end of August blues are getting you down, allow me to prescribe a certain cure: go birding.

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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 As I have for years now, I will now ask the same question of midwesterners and northeasterners that I ask every year: When did you see your first Eastern Phoebe of 2020? 2020 – 15 March. The post First Phoebe of 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of September 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of September 2020? If you were betting on the most beautiful weekend of the year, you could do worse than put money on the one we’re heading into. Early September tends to provide a tremendously pleasant backdrop to early avian migration.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. August weekends don’t always promise birding excitement, but the tantalizing prospect of a singular sighting always exists.

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Collaborative List – July 2020

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The post Collaborative List – July 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Have you noticed that “pishing” is far less efective when one is wearing a mask? Do you think that the pish is muted, dispersed or in some other way deprived of its urgency? Anyone got a mask tanline yet? 8 countries were birded by 11 beats and I am delighted to include Faraaz and Trinidad and Tobago in those stats.

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Windjana Gorge in 2020

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As we all well know there is something very different about 2020. Following on from our first camping trip for 2020 we took another camping trip a bit further afield. We soon added Sandstone Shrike-thrush to our 2020 bird list and it is a great place to find them without too much walking. There are a lot of differences to 2020 to other years, but some parts of life carry on as if nothing is different. The post Windjana Gorge in 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020

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The post A Morning of Birding in Costa Rica, July, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. These are times of unfamiliar circumstances and in more ways than one. As the tide of climate disaster keeps rising, protests continue, and economies fall into recession, we move through time and space in a limbo of anxiety and uncertainty. These are the pandemic doldrums, a situation where horizons are muddled by the fogs of worry.

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Collaborative list – March 2020

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The post Collaborative list – March 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Lady Helen has often made the point that we get very little opportunity to spend quality time together. The old saying “ be careful what you wish for ” comes to mind.

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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 (Second of July 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Another weekend is in the books. With hope, this was a memorable one for you, even if the birds weren’t particularly rare. My best sighting was a Herring Gull with a mantle so dark, I suspected Lesser Black-backed. However, many of the bird’s field marks were obscured because it flew far below me as I walked across the bridge I’ll always know as the Tappan Zee.

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Collaborative list – February 2020

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08 Feb 2020. 09 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 09 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 18 Feb 2020. 14 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 08 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 02 Feb 2020. 11 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 10 Feb 2020. 23 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 10 Feb 2020. 02 Feb 2020. 01 Feb 2020. 05 Feb 2020. 11 Feb 2020. 09 Feb 2020. 08 Feb 2020.

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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 (Third of May 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. May delivers one of those amazing times of the year when we’re too busy looking at birds to sit around talking about them.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2020? While those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are just getting used to the idea of summer, birds have been in tune with the season for a while.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of January 2020?

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That is the state of our 2020 year lists and general birding experience. The post Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of January 2020? Is there nothing more inviting than a fresh canvas, an unbroken expanse fraught with possibilities just waiting to be filled?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. The checklist for a basic birding outing has become more complex during the COVID-19 crisis. Along with the usual optics and gear, you have to consider packing masks and antiseptic hand wash.

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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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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Summer felt officially “on” this weekend in many parts of the northern hemisphere.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of August 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of August 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Sliding into mid-August in New York feels like the easing into a Jacuzzi: the heat may be intense to start, but the good times are just getting started. Many of the most infrequent shorebird visitors to the greater Rochester area prefer to hide out on an island in the mouth of Braddock Bay.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. April weekends always promise but only sometimes deliver.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2020)

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I can’t recall a year when birders were as thrilled to see the month of May pass as we all are in 2020. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of May 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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Collaborative List ? May 2020

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This was the month we (in the northern hemisphere) had all been waiting for, but what a strange month May 2020 has been. The post Collaborative List – May 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Normally it is the month of migrants and summer visitors, but who has been out to greet them or wave them on their way? The restrictions were relaxed slightly during the month which has allowed the beats to venture outdoors again, blinking in the bright sunshine of spring.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Those of us in the United States are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend, normally a time to gather with friends and family for barbecues, beach outings, and other fun group activities.

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Gray Hawk from the House

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Every place has its hawk. At least it seems that way. A generalist raptor that can keep on living in a human dominated landscape. These are the neighborhood raptors that make do, even thrive, by preying on the wildlife of an urban landscape.

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Nanhui, Shanghai in early spring 2020

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The post Nanhui, Shanghai in early spring 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Winter is not the greatest time for birding in Shanghai, and this year, there was no escaping to Southeast Asia due to Covid-19. In fact, if I were to leave China right now, they would not let me back into the country. So, the onset of spring here in Shanghai, particularly at my local spot at Nanhui, was even more highly expected than usual.

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The first Pied Oystercatcher chick of 2020

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The post The first Pied Oystercatcher chick of 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Our first Pied Oystercatcher eggs for this year’s breeding season were laid early and were due to hatch last weekend. This pair of Pied Oystercatchers never seems to have a problem with incubating their eggs. They take it in turns over the twenty eight days sitting or hovering over the eggs. Once the eggs are close to hatching they will display aggressively and call out.

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Collaborative list – April 2020

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The post Collaborative list – April 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. As the rest of the world hides behind the curtains, our beats have thrown theirs open to record the avian life that passes outside their windows. Other sightings have been included from legitimate outings for work and exercise (at all times maintaining a respectable distance). 7 beats contributed this month. Between them they shared 63 checklists, spanning 5 countries and noted 231 species of birds.

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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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Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

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It’s a living festival and for the birds, 2020 is no different. For birders, spring migration 2020 is of course very different. I hope and wait for spring migrants in 2020 by watching the green space from the back balcony, usually between 6 and 7 in the morning. The post Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Spring migration!

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Peeps and Plovers on Cuitzeo Beaches

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I’m not sure what they think of 2020’s low water levels, but they looked happy!

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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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of June 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. As we close the book on the first half of one of the wildest years in recent memory, we can only hope the next half delivers a lot more happiness, health, and prosperity. And, while I’m being greedy, how about loosening travel restrictions? I need more birds!! As usual, I restricted my birding activity this weekend to local trails.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. I know that June has a poetic reputation for perfect days , but July in upstate New York may offer the ultimate summer nights. Not many owls or nightjars in these parts, though, so we can’t consider them perfect.

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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 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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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of June 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of June 2020? And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays: Whether we look, or whether we listen, We hear life murmur, or see it glisten… Even if you’re not familiar with the immortal prose of James Russell Lowell or feel any urge to see life glisten, you’ll probably agree that days in June can be mighty fine.

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