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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

Little Big Year – Week 35: Route 66, Tucumcari and The Albuquerque area

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After our brief trip thru the great state of Texas, we were headed back into New Mexico, a state I was quite excited to explore. I have been all around the western states, here and there, but never spent any time in New Mexico. Our first stop was a mutually agreed upon stop, in Tucumcari.

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.

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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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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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.

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Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

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October 18 is a legal holiday in the 49th state. Alaska Day commemorates Alaska’s formal transfer from Russia to the United States in 1867. It is therefore appropriate for birders to pause and recognize significance of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). What is ANILCA?

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Warblers on a Fence

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I took advantage of Indigenous Peoples Day today to get some birding across Queens done. On my voyage of discovery I hit quite a few parks and by early afternoon I had had enough.

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Satin Bowerbirds and their bowers

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Over the years that I have been writing here you may well have noticed that we often come across Great Bowerbirds ‘ bowers. The contents of Great Bowerbirds ‘ bowers are mostly green and white and depending on the location the items may be natural or man-made.

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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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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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A Hawk in the Woods

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Well what’s the big deal, you might ask? I see those all the time. But you’ve never seen one like this before, because A Hawk in the Woods is the title of my debut novel, coming this February from Word Horde.

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Return of the Aramides.

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These rails were featured in a 10,000 Birds post a few weeks ago. The Slaty-breasted Wood-Rail , Aramides saracura , was seen as the light was fading over the Botanical Gardens (Jardim do Botanico) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. On that occasion, I was only able to photograph one of them.

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New Field Guide: Central America

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Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama make up Central America. Notice that had I not used the Oxford Comma there, you’d be thinking “Costa Rica and Panama” was a country like Trinidad and Tobago. Or Antigua and Barbuda.

How to Bird by Car

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When for whatever reason you may no longer be much of a walker, that shouldn’t be a reason not to be a birder. A car is the obvious solution. When it’s sunny, you have the shade you want; when it’s cold, you can turn on the heating; when it’s windy, you can close the windward window.

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Little Big Year Week 33: Yellowstone

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Last week we were in the Teton Valley, getting ready to head over to Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. Things were getting much colder, and the threat of snowfall was looming.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of October 2018?

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We’re at that point where the season to come seems more present than the one just passing. Case in point, many of us in Upstate New York just experienced our first frost, mild yet chilling in its implications.

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Birding Arizona–style

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Coronado National Forest. Santa Rita Mountains. Madera Canyon. Pre-Internet, I got all my birding info from print magazines; and WildBird was my go-to back in the day. One particular issue had a feature on the birds of Madera Canyon, Arizona.

How to Be an Urban Birder by David Lindo

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I know this isn’t how you’re supposed to judge, but this book has a cover photo of a Jackdaw chowing down on chips* and a blurb by Jamie Oliver. In some ways, this particular cover can let you extrapolate everything you need to know about the whole gosh-darn volume.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of October 2018?

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Did you participate in last weekend’s Global Big Day ? According to eBird , more than 17,000 birders from 146 countries tallied 6,136 species of birds. Whether you were part of that international birding brigade or not, you can make this weekend big too.

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DDT, oil spills, and a wall.

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360 miles of National Park land at the border! My first ‘protest’ memory involved putting pencil to notebook paper and writing the President about the harmful effects of DDT. The Weekly Reader had shocked everyone in class with news of Bald Eagles dying – and humans were to blame!

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Week 30: We return to Summer Lake

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Imagine waking up to the call of thousands of ducks, geese, and every kind of marsh bird you can imagine. That is exactly where Week 30 in our Little Big Year adventure found us. Right, smack dad in the middle of Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge.

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Duck Stamps and the Best National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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In June, the 2018-2019 Federal Duck Stamp was released. Birders have been encouraged by the American Birding Association and others to buy Federal Duck Stamps.

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Leucistic thrush.

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Below the tropic of Capricorn, the omnipresent Turdus position is filled by the Rufous-bellied Thrush.

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The Cure for Binocular Neck: Birding in Montana

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Custer Gallatin National Forest. In the valley of the Yellowstone and Boulder Rivers, snuggled up against Rocky Mountain ranges, sits the little western town of Big Timber, Montana. I ‘found’ this jewel on a paper road atlas many years ago.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of October 2018)

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Migratory months are made for Big Days, Big Sits, and generally Big birding hauls. How Big was your weekend? Corey had an amazing day on Saturday at Fort Tilden doing his Big Sit. (He’ll He’ll be posting all about it later today.)

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of October 2018)

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Can anyone deny that a perfect autumn weekend ranks as high as any span of days any other time of year?

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Three Perfect Reasons to Bird Socorro, Costa Rica – Coffee, Proximity, and Quality

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In Costa Rica, it’s not hard to find birds. Even if you had to spend a few frustrating days stuck in the urban wonderland of San Jose and surroundings, you still share the streets and parks with screeching Crimson-fronted Parakeets.

North American Peep Sweep

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Peeps are the smallest of our Calidris sandpipers or, as Mike has said here on 10,000 Birds : ‘Peeps’ is the birding term used to describe several species of sandpiper of the genus Calidris that are near impossible to tell apart.

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Creating a Birdwatching Backyard Paradise

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Kylie Johnson, the managing editor at EverythingBackyard , loves to spend all the time she can outdoors. She writes about everything from backyard DIY projects to gardening. If you can’t get a hold of Kylie, she is probably on a trail or a boat. This is her first contribution to 10,000 Birds.

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Urban birds, urban birding… is there a future?

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White-tailed Eagles normally take flight silently, yet, while checking some Common Starlings and hoping for Rosy Starlings , I heard a few noisy wing-beats, enough to turn and see a young eagle flying with a wing tag.

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The Sandhill Cranes vs. Canada Geese

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The stage is set for two rival gangs to fight over coveted territory: a grassy lawn bordered by a dirt road and a smattering of trees, surrounded by grassland and marsh. At first glance, the Sandhill Cranes seem to be at an advantage.

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Evidence of earlier humans in Madagascar is unconvincing but interesting

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There is a virtual flock of new and interesting bird science news all of the sudden, including the rediscovery of an extinct Bahama Nuthatch. But here I want to note, and for now, dismiss, a find from Madagascar.

To Drill, or Not to Drill? That’s the Wrong Question.

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As we enter the second century of protecting, preserving, and respecting our wild spaces, certainly no one would actually consider undoing, reversing, and exploiting our national parks, forests, and monuments. Right? And yet, it has begun.

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Don’t Miss the First October Global Big Day!

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This coming Saturday we will be able to participate in the first October Global Big Day! Every year for the last four years Global Big Day has set new heights for a single day of birding.

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It’s Migration Time!

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In the past few weeks I have had several fall migrants passing through my area. The temperatures in northern California have been in the high 90’s to 104 degrees so having the only water hole in half a mile probably helps attract birds to my water feature. Click on photos for full sized images.

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