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 2020 – 15 March. The post First Phoebe of 2020 appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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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.

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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 Third Weekend of March 2020?

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

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. We all have a lot on our minds these days. With hope, a little time in nature—or at least looking at something wild from your window–took your mind to a better place this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. 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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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 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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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 March 2020?

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

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2020)

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Though Corey really enjoyed a ginormous flock of gannets on Sunday morning his Best Bird of the Weekend was a Short-eared Owl , his first of 2020, at Edgemere Landfill in the predawn light on Saturday. The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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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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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds. 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.

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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 (Second of March 2020)

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The post Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020) appeared first on 10,000 Birds.

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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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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 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 February 2020?

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The post Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2020? This weekend offers a special opportunity to those of you who like to slice and dice your bird sightings by the most esoteric measures possible. Have you started your Leap Day List yet?

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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 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 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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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 (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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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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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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“The Edge,” an LA novel of sex, drugs, alt-rock, and (some) birds

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26, February 11, 2020. Reviewed regularly on this blogsite are: (1) bird identification guides, visual and sonic; (2) books about living with birds or caring for rescued birds; and (3) alcoholic beverages named after birds.

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Juniper, plagues, and waxwings – Arrowood Farm-Brewery: Waxwing Juniper Farmhouse Ale

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Plagues of Biblical proportions can generally be counted on to provide plenty of zoological variety, from droves of frogs and lice to swarms of flies and locusts. Being generally more charming and attractive to us humans, birds aren’t generally included among these unwelcome hordes.

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Home-bound Bird Photography Tips

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I’ve always birded from home for as long as I can remember. I remember seeing a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl sitting on our fencepost just after sunset when I was not even ten. I may not have known their correct species names (I thought Tropical Mockingbirds were roadrunners) but I knew they existed.

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The Joys of Parenthood at Nanhui, Shanghai

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At Nanhui, all bird parents are working parents – with all the stress that this brings. This Long-tailed Shrike probably thinks that China`s one-child policy is a really good idea.

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My Birding Spot During COVID-19: Willow Lake Preserve

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I am a birder living in the epicenter of the epicenter of COVID-19 right now. New York City is the hottest of hot spots, and not in the fun, eBird meaning of the term but in the “holy moly our health system is going to collapse” meaning of the term.

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Birding News from Costa Rica at the Start of the Pandemic

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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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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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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert–An Author Interview

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And don’t forget, I’m the one coming out of solitude and ready to rejoin humanity in March of 2020. Perch Press (March 24, 2020). Suzie Gilbert has once again ventured into new territory and written a novel–a crazy road trip adventure entitled Unflappable.

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Blue-throated Frenzy

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With their exceptional metabolism, Hummingbirds are almost constantly on the move to find each season’s best feeding grounds. My area of central Mexico is rich in Hummingbird species, but I do not know any places that are year-round sure things for large numbers of Hummers.

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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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How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

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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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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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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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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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