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How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers! Normally I rant about environmental dangers and describe heartwarming/mind-boggling/headscratching wild bird rescues.

Into the Clouds

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Trinidad’s cloud forests typically aren’t birded much. After all, the habitat is restricted to the highest and mostly inaccessible reaches of the mountain range across the north of the island.

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A Survey of U.S. Birders

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Comprehensive surveys of U.S. birders are rare, so the recent release of a “ National Survey of Birdwatchers: Nationwide and Flyway Comparisons ” is notable. Although the results are largely unsurprising, empirical confirmation of impressions or anecdotes is always useful.

A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds–A Book Review

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Ask any birder–migration is joy. It’s endless frustration that suddenly erupts into wild excitement, a reason to get up in the morning, a goal for the mind and a bandage for the soul as we muddle through winter and pandemic.

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Japanese Night Heron in Shanghai

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Last Sunday, it was raining hard, but I went out to Chongming Island, a part of Shanghai, anyway. Mostly I went because some farmers there keep a lovely dog in a cage, and I have started taking him for long walks around the fields.

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Time to head north….

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It is that time of year again when we start to see the shorebirds around Broome change into their beautiful breeding plumage. We then witness their departures each evening over several weeks. The header above is of several species of shorebirds on Reddell Beach.

Birds from Britannia by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

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With the sad passing of Prince Philip this week I thought I should share with you a book that we own that he wrote. This book was gifted by my father, Philip, to his father, Harry, for his birthday on 4th October 1962.

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GUYANA–Simply Delicious Birding!

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Guyana is an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters” but it could just as easily mean “land of many birds”.

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Paradise Regained

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Among all the birding locations I have found, Pino Real was my first love. I was just getting back into birding, and had only gone to some urban sites, during 2012 and 2013. I had tried out Lake Cuitzeo, and Laurelito, a wonderful town outside of Morelia that another birder had recommended.

More Birds Than Bullets: a book review

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A cheeky lad, Geoffrey McMullan was regularly subjected to brutal discipline at his English boarding school. He found some solace when, at age eleven, he became entranced with birds – specifically, with a Green Woodpecker — and that sighting, he says, “took me to another, safer world.” .

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The most important book about European birds in this century

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The adventure of the second European Breeding Bird Atlas, or EBBA2, was the topic of one of my first posts here at 10,000 Birds: In a warm Catalonian March, Barcelona is filled with sunlight and full of Rose-ringed and Monk Parakeets.

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Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

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Of all the living things in our world to be passionate about, mushrooms may rate as the most unlikely.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2021)

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April tends to be one of those months that contain multitudes, at once as temperate as any spring or fall but then turning quickly to extremes. What is moderate in mid-April, though, is migration, at least around here.

Costa Rica Birding in Quetzal Valley

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Quetzal Valley ! Does such a place really exist? I mean, it sounds like something from an eco-cartoon where all the animals live in cloud forest harmony with all of the big, beautiful trees. It also sounds like a piece of heaven; something about valleys, a lot to do with quetzals.

Packing for a birding trip

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When was the last time you travelled for birding? Since the Covid-19 era, I have become a patch birder. On rare occasions I do visit some other areas, but when I hang binoculars around my neck, even without a second thought I head for Beljarica backwaters.

We Want to Help the Birding Tourism Industry

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With a worldwide pandemic still raging the tourism industry has taken a massive hit.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2021)

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No matter how obsessed with birding you may be, you’ll have those weekends where other concerns dominate your thoughts. But enough about the New York Giants’ free agency activity. this is just my way of explaining why I plain forgot to post BBOTW at the usual time!

High Elevation Birding in Costa Rica at Providencia

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Costa Rica is a tropical country but it doesn’t have to be hot. Crunched and uplifted by plate tectonics, its also a mountainous, volcanic nation with land heading thousands of feet into the near atmosphere.

Domaines Paul Mas ‘Vignes de Nicole’ Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah (2018)

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When I picked up a bottle of this week’s featured wine last March at a shop in southern Quebec (on my last trip out of the United States before the pandemic), I assumed the European heron on the label of the 2018 Domaines Paul Mas ‘Vignes de Nicole’ Cabernet – Syrah blend was a Gray Heron ( Ardea cinerea ).

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Flight Identification of European Passerines and Select Landbirds

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Since the 2nd edition of the Collins Bird Guide (published as “Birds of Europe” in the US) from 2009, the field guide market for European guides is practically dead.

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Keeping the Faith

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You may have heard the news that resonated throughout the international birding circuit some months ago – in case you missed it you can read my gloss-over here.

International birding tourism after the Covid-19 – what will change?

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We are stuck. In a world we made. I remember a cartoon showing the prehistoric Earth as a vast forest with tiny villages fenced-off due to dangerous animals, and the today’s Earth as a wasteland, with a few tiny forests remaining, fenced-off due to abominable humans.

No Place Like Home

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Birding and Wildlife photography at Limneo Lodge, Kerkini Lake, Greece

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

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Responsible Birding in Colombia with Jaguarundi Travel

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Visit the Manu Road with InkaNatura Travel

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

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First Phoebe of 2021

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I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2021 this morning at Idlewild Park in my home borough of Queens. My birding buddy Meryl actually spotted it first and she might have been mildly taken aback by the enthusiasm I showed for my first phoebe of the year.

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Wrapping Up Birding Tourism February

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We here at 10,000 Birds dedicated the month of February to highlighting a variety of birding tourism companies, destinations, and guides. We did this to help our favorite industry come back, to some small degree, from the ravages of COVID.

Maine Jumpstarted My 2021 Birding

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Like so many, the majority of my birding since the Covid-19 pandemic began has centered on my own backyard and local walking excursions. But as we kicked off 2021, I found myself far from my current home in North Florida, surrounded by a plethora of Maine birds!

A Cuckoo in Costa Rica Brings in the Birders

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12 species of cuckoos are on the Costa Rica bird list. One of them, the Greater Ani, is rare and odd vagrant that has only been seen a few times in the canals of Tortuguero National Park. Tortuguero- one of many excellent birding areas in Costa Rica.

Ovenbirds (but not the Ovenbird)

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As ambiguous as the title of this piece sounds, a foray into the ornithological literature may lead to even more confusion. The family Furnariidae consists of ovenbirds and woodcreepers, but the actual Ovenbird belongs to the family of New World Warblers – Parulidae.

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Take me to Church

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Last week, I took you to the La Mesa reservoir, the higher-altitude of the two thorn-forest sites on my regular birding rotation.

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Bird Uganda with Bird Uganda Safaris

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

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Teaching Ornithology in High Schools

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In 2018, I read an article in Birding magazine by Jeff R. Manker about teaching ornithology in high schools. (It It was later re-published on the All About Birds website.)

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Check out Birding Experiences in Costa Rica

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Habitat Mash-up

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The southwest peninsula of Trinidad is unfortunately rarely birded by visiting birders. Most tourists historically spent their time at the northern end of the island and although it may seem like a small place – getting around can be a bit tricky.

Birding Led Me to Wildflowers

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In many ways, birding has led me straight to my new interest in wildflowers. Looking for birds naturally makes you more aware of your surroundings, from an urban park, to a suburban greenway, to a rural wilderness.

Millions of Red-eyed Vireos, Eastern Kingbirds, Chimney Swifts in Costa Rica- All Heading North

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Birds are arriving in North America, flying from places far to the south. Many come from Central America, a good number fly much further.

A Naturalist’s Guide to the Birds of New Zealand

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Photographic nature guides have been with us for a long time, but have reached their adulthood only recently. There are some magnificent photos of birds from the early 20th century, magnificent even by today’s standards.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2021)

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The last weekend of March offers much, both in terms of new additions to your current suite of avifauna and the promise of more to come. Even better, April means more of the same.

Visit the Macaw Lodge in Costa Rica

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10,000 Birds is running a series of articles by and about tour guides, tour companies, eco-lodges, and other birding travel organizations. We want to help the birding tourism industry come back strong from the COVID pandemic.

Fall Migration in Costa Rica- Six Things I Have Learned

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For the first 30 something years of my life, fall migration was when the warblers “sipped”, “chipped” and “seeped” in the tired, late summer leaves.

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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