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Kicking Off the Bird Count Season at Cangreja, Costa Rica

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December is a busy time in Costa Rica. The end of the scholastic year coincides with the commencement of the “summer”dry season and a host of festivities to celebrate Christmas and the New Year.

Gulls Simplified: A Gull Book Review

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I’m not a larophile*, but some of my favorite birders are. It’s hard to escape the mystic pull of wanting to excel at gull identification.

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House Finches Feeding on Seaside Goldenrod

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While birding out at the coast of Queens this year I have noticed on several occasions a variety of birds, mostly finches, feeding on the seeds of Seaside Goldenrod ( Solidago sempervirens ), the salt-tolerant, butterfly-sustaining, and absolutely gorgeous coastal aster.

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The Little Big Year – Week 43: Last minute trip to Texas

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Things had just started to settle down a bit, now that we had parked the RV in Tucson. We were making some new birding friends, learning the local hotspots etc.

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How to See 300 Bird Species in 3 Days

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Birds can be enjoyed in a wide variety of ways. Those of us who chase rare birds for our counties, states, or other human-made geographical distinctions watch birds for more reasons than the twitch.

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Serbia self-drive birding tour planning

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This October, a previously unknown name shined in the eBird alerts in Serbia: Raphael Nussbaumer.

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The Little Big Year – Week 42: Tucson’s Sweetwater Wetlands.

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Just a few miles northwest of downtown Tucson, the Sweetwater Wetlands is truly a birding gem. This is a water reclamation plant, so the water is not quite as sweet as the name might suggest, but it certainly is a magnet for a lot of bird species.

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Birding Zamorano University in Honduras

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Zamorano University may be regarded as one of the crown jewels of Latin American higher education, particularly in the areas of agriculture, environmental management, and food science, but this idyllic campus excels for more reasons than simply academics. Zamorano happens to be incredibly birdy.

Peregrine Falcon in Broome

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On December 7th an odd looking Peregrine Falcon was observed in Broome at the Sports Ova l. In Australia we often observe Peregrine Falcons and they are the subspecies Falco peregrinus macropus.

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The 701 Long-eared Owl of Kikinda

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Have you heard of a small town in Serbia graced by the presence of its 700 communally roosting Long-eared Owls ?

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The Little Big Year: Week 40 – Last week in CR, and The Quetzal!

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Our trip to Costa Rica has come to an end, and sadly, it ended with one of the best weeks of birding in the entire year. We spent to bulk of the week in the San Isidro El General area, staying there as well as up in the Quizarra area.

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The Little Bird Year: Week 41 – Madera Canyon, Tucson Arizona

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We are finally getting settled this week, now that we are back from Costa Rica, and in what we refer to as our temporarily-permanent new home. Tucson Arizona is turning out to be a very birdy area.

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Parks and Public Lands Win at the Polls

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Voters across the country support environmentally conscious ballot initiatives. Voters in several states had the opportunity to express their support (or condemnation) of various environmental (or anti-environmental) issues respectively in the recent election cycle.

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56 Places to Avoid the Mall on Black Friday (in TN)

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Outdoor-busters for ‘Bird’ Friday. Even though you just heard from me last week, I’m jumping ahead with an idea on how to avoid ‘black’ Friday at the mall.

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Birds of Central America: A Field Guide Review

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One field guide, seven countries. It actually makes a lot of sense, the geographic features of the isthmus between North America (including Mexico, because Mexico is part of North America) and South America cut across political lines, as do birds.

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All of a quiver

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www.eBird.org has been my “go to” birding software ever since Corey slapped me for getting hysterical over a Blue-winged Warbler at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston.

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In Costa Rica, Fall is our Spring

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It’s warm as always in Costa Rica but I know there’s a change of seasons up north. I know because I see what the calendar says and I used to live it. The many leaves dropped and curled and being carried through quiet streets by creeping cold winds.

Queens County Bird Club 2018 Big Sit Results

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I had high hopes for the 5th Annual Queens County Bird Club Big Sit this past Saturday at Fort Tilden.

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Operation Duck Drop

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The following emails were intercepted by our crack team of investigative journalists. They are from the internal communication system of a shadowy organization of bird enthusiasts that we haven’t even managed to put a name to as of yet.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of December 2018?

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While this time of year brings different temperatures and conditions across the world, we still all observe mid-December the same way: Christmas Bird Counts. Wherever you engage in this time-honored celebration of citizen science and avian diversity, dress for the weather and have a blast!

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7 State Parks for Fall Colors and Birding

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Leaves and birds in the Appalachian Mountains. From now through the first week of November (2018) autumn leaves are peaking along the ridges and valleys of the Appalachians. This time of year is doubly good if you’re also a birder!

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Costa Rica’s Best Birds of Halloween

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The final days of October are naturally spooky, at least in the north. It gets darker earlier day by day. The Maples and Oaks are in a rush to drop their remaining leaves and “shut down” for several months.

The Cherokee National Forest just got bigger!

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616 acres added in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s still possible (amidst the scurry to take from public lands) to protect our pristine wilderness areas.

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15 Hummingbirds that Can Only Be Seen in or Near Costa Rica

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A couple of the biggest of bird families are restricted to the Americas. Both can be found in nearly every available habitat, one is infamous for giving birders identification malaise, the other for putting on dazzling natural shows of grit and iridescence.

It’s Time to Clean Out Your Nest Boxes

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Birds can be attracted to your home simply by offering food, water and shelter. Trees and shrubs that yield fruit, berries, seeds, nuts and cones will provide food.

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Birding Sarajevo or the sentimental journey home

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Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna set my heart at ease …. Gotta take that sentimental journey. Sentimental journey home. Sentimental Journey – Ella Fitzgerald (1947).

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Fall Hawk Migration Hotspots

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Our favorite birds of prey fly south. Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird. I would fly about the earth. seeking the successive autumns.” George Eliot). Appearing now (or very soon) at a Flyway near you – fall raptor migration!

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Hiding in beach debris at high tide

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We are often walking the northern area of Cable Beach and it is always interesting watching how the birds react on a very high tide. There are not many places to hide and often the shorebirds huddle against any remaining rocks.

The Top-5 Birding Hotspots of Serbia

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“I would certainly recommend Serbia to visiting birders. My own trip was not an intensive birding experience, and August is clearly not the most productive month. I chalked up 132 species in a pretty relaxed eight days, during which birds shared the agenda with culture.

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The Cotinga and Two Other Favorite Birds from Global Big Day, Costa Rica

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For birders around the globe, last Saturday was important. It was October 6, Global Big Day part dos and birders in Costa Rica were stoked.

Decoy: Cabernet Sauvignon (2016)

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This just might be a birding joke as old as the hills, but it’s one I hear without fail every year come Christmas Bird Count season in upstate New York.

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A Birder Reads a Scientific Paper

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In addition to my monthly posts here, I have also written short pieces and feature articles that rely on bird-related scientific literature. My impression is that few birders dive into ornithological and ecological papers, but there’s much to be learned, even if the reading can be tough sledding.

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Birds on Posts or Birding North Dakota

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If you like birds on posts, if seeing “little brown jobs” posing nicely in the distance as you drive or walk along a dirt road only to have it fly away as you approach makes you deliriously happy, then North Dakota is the place for you.

Exploring the Uncharted Bird World

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Summer is normally the vacation season, for ordinary tourists at least. Birders follow different patterns of bird migration and their local activities and travel accordingly. But – where? I discovered this cover-photo map somewhere at the BirdLife International’s website.

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Shorebirding in Costa Rica

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It’s an exciting time for birding in Costa Rica. Although the presence of accessible quetzals, Snowcaps , and glittering tanagers probably make that statement one for the Captain Obvious playbook, really, it is an exciting time to be birding up in here.

The Juniper Titmouse Nesting Project

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The Juniper Titmouse ( Baeolophus ridgwayi ) is a passerine bird in the tit family Paridae.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of December 2018)

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Some may feel that 2018 is inching towards its close. Others might fine the pace far more frenetic. Another weekend in the books means that this calendar year is almost over. Did you make the most of the second weekend of December?

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Marlgu Billabong at the end of the dry season

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Last month we decided to head north to go camping and birding and top up the 2018 Year List. It is now very hot and dry inland and the temperature does not drop much at night, so you go to bed early and get up early like the animals and birds.

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10 proofs that rock climbing is birding in disguise

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I watched some movie the other day, in which an artist, a real historical figure, says something how art is a… well, I didn’t write it down immediately and couldn’t find it googling later (assuming that the thought is as historical as the artist), but I recognized birding in those words.

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Mrs. Moreau’s Warbler by Stephen Moss

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Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names is a bit different than earlier efforts I’ve seen in this line. Those books – notably Lapwings, Loons, and Lousyjacks by Ray Reedman – tend to be divided taxonomically.

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Yellowstone National Park Bird Celebration

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For the love of birds and parks. In the midst of an intensifying battle between protecting public lands and advancing private interests, I want to share a moment of avian celebration at Yellowstone National Park. As the first U.S. national park (1872), birding records date back to its establishment.

A Brant With Bling

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Yesterday morning I was out and about on the coast of Queens looking for migrating birds. At Jacob Riis Park I stopped to scan a large flock of Brant because you never know what might end up mixed in to a large flock of anything.

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Birds of Prey of the East & Birds of Prey of the West: Review of Two Field Guides

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There are 35 raptor species that have a presence in the United States and Canada, 56 (more or less) if you count by subspecies, and they are all covered in admirable, exhausting, unbelievable detail in B irds of Prey of the East: A Field Guide and Birds of Prey of the West: A Field Guide by Brian K.

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