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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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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert–An Author Interview

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Suzie Gilbert has once again ventured into new territory and written a novel–a crazy road trip adventure entitled Unflappable. Faithful 10,000 Birds readers will remember Suzie as our wildlife rehabilitation beat writer.

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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 I found them too!) The phoebe was busy flycatching over a vernal pool, often hitting the water as it chased bugs.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands Reserve, part 2/3: the Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland

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LABUDOVO OKNO Ramsar Site and an Important Bird Area represents a section of the Danube floodplain downriver from Belgrade, Serbia, and situated in the south of the Deliblato Sands Special Nature Reserve.

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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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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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Great Knot, Red Knot and Greater Sand Plovers changing plumage

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So, here we are in the second week of March and the start of migration from the shores around Broome has started! The first species to leave our shores each year are the Greater Sand Plover.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2020?

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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? The Old World Passer sparrows are ubiquitous all around the world, typically where humans congregate most.

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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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Birding Mkuze

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Mkuze Game Reserve is in the Eastern part of South Africa, about 5 hours away from Johannesburg, and one of the best places I have ever been to for bird photography.

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Tips to Use eBird for Costa Rica

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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!

“Rise and Rise Again” – Connecticut Valley Brewing Company: Sherwood Double New England Style India Pale Ale

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An enigmatic line of text emblazoned across the can of this week’s featured beer – the Sherwood Double New England India Pale Ale from Connecticut Valley Brewing Company – implores us to “Rise and Rise Again”.

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Australia is closed-sorry….

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The header photo above is what is normal in Broome in mid-March in the middle of the afternoon on Cable Beach. I have the beach to myself along with the shorebirds, crabs, occasional jellyfish and maybe there is a crocodile out to sea. However, nothing else is normal.

2020 161

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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Fall Birding at Nisqually NWR

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Most of the estuaries of Puget Sound in Washington State have been developed, but one of the few that remain is the Nisqually River Delta, which was protected as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1974.

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What Was Your First Bird of 2020?

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It’s 2020! What was your first bird of the year? Of the decade, even? Here’s hoping it was something good and it starts you off right on a whole year of wonderful birds! Happy New Year to you from the 10,000 Birds crew! The post What Was Your First Bird of 2020?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2020)

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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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All I Want for Christmas is a Curlew Sandpiper

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Faraaz Abdool is a freelance conservation and wildlife photographer and writer who specializes in birds and the issues they face worldwide.

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Northern Gannet Show in New York Harbor

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Few birds are as spectacular as a Northern Gannet in a plunge dive. The way they briefly flare up and turn over, pulling their wings in as they plunge, bill-first, like an arrow into a bullseye, is one of those things you just have to see to comprehend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of November 2019)

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Whatever weather you experienced this weekend probably resembles your next four months or so, although probably not as extreme. The same applies to your weekend’s birding. Hope you enjoyed it!

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What Will My Next Five Queens Birds Be?

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Having finally found a Black Vulture for my Queens list , an important tick both because it was long overdue and because it was the tenth bird since my last set of predictions, it is time, once again, to look at what might be coming to my Queens list.

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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.

2020 235

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

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Bird migration! In October, it’s what’s happening in Costa Rica. Our big month of bird movements in Costa Rica, the 10th month of the year, is when most of the swallows, Scarlet Tanagers , thrushes, and other species on the South American express push through.

Birders: A Documentary Short Film Review

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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. Then, a long shot looking down of the Rio Grande delta, green and brown, but mostly green, bisected by a continuing, curving brown line.

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Birding in Nanhui, Shanghai in October 2019

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Sometimes I am tired of words, tired of writing. So, this post just shows 25 birds I spotted at Nanhui (coastal Shanghai) in October 2019. Not all of them rare, but all of them interesting (at least for me).

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Costa Rica Tops 700 Species on Global Big Day, October 19

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Global Big Day (GBD). This biggest day of eBirding kicked off in earnest a few years ago. The idea was to see how many birds could be collectively identified by folks anywhere and everywhere. Go birding, eBird the results and see what happens!

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.

2020 192

Landfill by Tim Dee: Review

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I have visited my local landfill for the last seven years, usually several times per winter, only to recently stumble upon a book called the Landfill! While I have written several blogs on the topic (e.g., here and here ), Tim Dee devoted an entire book to it and I just had to read it.

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

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Every few years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) attempts to calculate the economic contribution of National Wildlife Refuge visitation to local communities. The most recent effort was released in June 2019.

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Pirates of the Caribbean

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The island of Tobago in the southern Caribbean is much wilder than one could imagine. Hey, in 1959 Walt Disney set up a studio on the island and filmed Swiss Family Robinson there!

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Uganda’s Billion Dollar Bird: The Shoebill

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Not all birds are created equal. The Resplendent Quetzal boasts a tail so long that people travel the world to admire it. The Sword-billed Hummingbird puts its less endowed kin to shame. Penguins are, obviously, penguins, which makes them awesome.

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An unexpected Yellowthroat

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I have previously written about the central Mexican highlands’ very own microendemic species, the Black-polled Yellowthroat.

2020 183

Arrowood Farm Brewery: Bramble Farmhouse on Raspberries

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WELCOME, welcome, little stranger, Fear no harm, and fear no danger; We are glad to see you here, For you sing “Sweet Spring is near.” ” Now the white snow melts away; Now the flowers blossom gay: Come dear bird and build your nest, For we love our robin best. “To

2020 148

Huizaches, Granjenos, and Nopales

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Over the past few months, I have attempted to introduce our readers to some of my favorite birding sites around my city of Morelia, Mexico. Along the way, I hope to give you an idea of what birding in Mexico is like.

2019 242

A review of the birdcentric novel “Accidentals” (the title of which is in the plural for a reason)

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The new hot novelist Jenny Offill was quoted in the Times magazine recently about her first book: “If someone had described this novel to me, I would never have read it.”. Good as that line is, it would be wrong to use it in a review of Accidentals , the new novel by Susan M.

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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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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of March 2020?

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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. Do you know what is still open, though?

2020 155

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.

2020 206

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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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters

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Yellow-faced Honeyeaters – Calygavis chrysops are found in the eastern and south eastern parts of Australia. They are not present in Western Australia or the Northern Territory, so not a bird species that we get to observe very often.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 1/3: the largest sand dune system of Europe

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It has been a while since I wrote on where to watch birds (unbelievable, I know), and will now focus on the nature reserve of Deliblato Sands and the adjoining Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland, about an hour east from Belgrade, Serbia.

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“The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia”

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The 125 Best Bird Watching Sites in Southeast Asia, edited by Yong Ding Li & Low Bing Wen.

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