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A Morning at Punta Morales, Costa Rica

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One of the quandaries of birding in Costa Rica is deciding where to go birding. Where do you go when there are so many different places to choose from? Costa Rica’s small size, ease of access and massive avian diversity promises a wealth of birds in many places.

Where to watch shorebirds around Belgrade, Serbia

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Shorebirds (in Europe: waders) must be an acquired birding taste. No one starts birding dreaming of drab-coloured, unobtrusive and, far on a mud-bar, largely invisible little mud-skippers.

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Just in Time: Kenn Kaufman’s “A Season on the Wind” — a review

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How blessed can one guy be? Not only is Kenn Kaufman a world-class birder and all-around naturalist who makes his living doing what he loves. Not only has he authored multiple field guides, and prose works, too (such as the classic coming-of-age-as-a-birder story, Kingbird Highway ).

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Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows of North America: A Review by a Sparrow Fan

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I like sparrows. I like observing them, reading about them, grappling with species and subspecies identification, and even—on a good day—talking about sparrow taxonomy.

Fear Of The Dark

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I picked up E. in the morning in front of her hotel. To avoid the traffic lights and rush hour, I drove through some forgotten, derelict industrial zone at the outskirts of the city (which is my usual shortcut).

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Migrants are on the Move in Costa Rica

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Spring is happening! Each day, the sun stays out just a bit longer and up north, the snow is old, feeble and on its way to a wetter, more fluid existence. However, for those of us living the birding life, Spring is more than just the transition between the cold and the warm.

The 20 best birds of Belgrade and where to find them

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Some five years ago I was involved in a project of ecotourism evaluation of the river Danube in Serbia, which included the city of Belgrade, founded at the bank of this river.

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Bird Litigation: Is the Golden-cheeked Warbler Still Endangered?

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The striking Golden-cheeked Warbler nests only in the hills of central Texas near Austin but a substantial part of those breeding grounds have leveled in favor of development. One of the fastest growing cities in America, Austin is the capital of Texas and home of the University of Texas.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2019)

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Easter weekend means many things to many people, but most of us with school-age children in the United States can’t help but link this floating holiday with travel, seeing as how so many K-12 schools use the weekend anchor their Spring Break.

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Looking for Year Birds in the Central Valley of Costa Rica

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It’s good to have birding goals. Challenges like a Big Year, county lists, or a Big Sit can push a birder to learn more, to improve the birding focus, and become more aware of what’s happening in the avian neighborhood.

A Bird’s Eye View of the Rainwater Basin

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A while back, I wrote about an under-appreciated part of the National Wildlife Refuge System : Waterfowl Production Areas (WPAs). Although little-known, WPAs provide critical breeding, resting, and nesting habitat for millions of ducks, geese, and swans, as well as shorebirds and grassland species.

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Puerto Rico’s Birds after Hurricane Maria

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In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was hit by two powerful hurricanes: it was grazed by Irma and then clobbered by Maria, a Category 4 storm that cut a devastating swath across the island. The human and economic consequences were dramatic, and continue to be felt.

February Birding in Tybee Island, Georgia

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The week of President’s Day this year found me, my family, and some close friends spending a week in a beach house on Tybee Island, a low-lying, barrier island just east of Savannah.

“Wild Rwanda – Where to watch birds, primates, and other wildlife”

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Forget the old news, Rwanda of today is one of Africa’s safest, cleanest and most stable countries. Slightly larger than Wales and about the size of the US state of Maryland, this country’s lure is its 703 bird species and three dozen Albertine Rift endemics among them.

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South East Arizona’s Madera Canyon

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A note of thanks to Corey and Mike, for their patience, while I took a break after a very busy 2018!! Now that Jeanne and I have finally settled on Tucson, Arizona at least for a while, I will pick up where I left off at the end of 2018.

Getting ready for spring.

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What’s this? An egg? Where did winter go? A discarded pigeon’s egg reminded me that spring is just around the corner and that nest boxes should be readied in anticipation.

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Birding or Birdwatching? A Backyard Realization

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Sliding the glass door to my Florida backyard, I shuffled my slipper-clad feet and closed the opening behind me. The sun had broken through an early morning haze, warming my backyard to over 70 degrees F – a bright spot in what had been a generally gloomy February.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of April 2019?

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Easter weekend carries deep spiritual significance for many around the world, but Sunday also symbolizes the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. With blossoms blooming and birds zooming, Easter has something to offer for everyone.

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Barbets of Costa Rica- Clowns of the Cloud Forest

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Barbets are odd, chunky birds with large beaks. There’s so much more that can be said about this group of birds but that’s the first description that comes to mind.

The New “Birds of Thailand”

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Perhaps you don’t know it yet, but with more than 1000 bird species, palm-fringed sandy beaches, developed tourism infrastructure, moderate prices and political stability, Thailand is a country you definitively want to visit.

Mastering Bird Photography: A Book Review by an Amateur Bird Photographer

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The full title of this exceptional book by Marie Read is Mastering Bird Photography: The Art, Craft, and Technique of Photographing Birds and Their Behavior.

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Why Tucson, for the birds of course!

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Now that Jeanne and I have settled here in Tucson, Arizona, we have been questioned by our friends dozens of times….Why Why Tucson? Do you realize it gets really hot there? Are you going to really be OK not being on the move, exploring new countries?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2019)

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No matter where you find yourself, you can count on a birding surprise or two this time of year. What was yours? I was surprised at how much I like Common Wood-Pigeons , first spotted out the window of my London lodging.

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Scaup are the Worst Duck

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Of all the ducks in the world scaup are the worst. They are unattractive, ubiquitous, and uninteresting. Whether they are Greater Scaup or Lesser Scaup , no one cares. The only way these birds could be less fun is if there were an Intermediate Scaup.

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Sunda Pygmy Woodpeckers in Singapore

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During our three weeks of bird-watching in Singapore we didn’t only encounter large birds like the Asian Openbill and the Oriental Pied Hornbill. There was one tiny bird that we observed almost every day in a variety of habitats.

Can I keep it?

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This week, I have been pondering the value of bird rehabilitators. Let me assure you that I have no doubts about how much they contribute to individual birds and to the ravaged conscience of modern man. A world without bird and/or mammal, fish and reptile rehabilitators would be a very sad one.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2019)

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The first weekend of the fourth month of the year unites us all with exceptional birding opportunities. Did you join the party? I found myself in fine company on the hawk watch platform at Braddock Bay, where streaming flocks of Turkey Vultures were infiltrated by a variety of hawk species.

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The Little Big Year 2018: Best Birds of the Year!

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For nearly 10 days now, I have been sorting thru all of the images from 2018. This is a daunting task in any normal year, but this one is a real exception. Over-all there were almost 80,000 photos taken, nearly 50 story’s posted on this website, and 10 countries, all with some amazing birds.

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Resolutions for Birding in Costa Rica, 2019

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Up north, January is that coldest month. I remember it as the one in Niagara where the Arctic would come on down to bring ice for the roads, cold blue for the sky, and, with luck, birds from the north.

What Was Your First Bird of 2019?

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It’s 2019! Happy New Year! What was your first bird of the year? Share it, and the story, in the comment section. Hopefully, it was a good one and not a pigeon! The post What Was Your First Bird of 2019? appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Birding 2019 first bird of the year

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A New Year Begins! But First–A Celebration of My 2018 Top Ten Birds

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Happy New Year, 10,000 Birds readers and writers, listers and photographers, friends and fellow travelers near and far! Writing a post scheduled for January 1st for a birding blog is a big responsibility. On the first of the year, every bird is a new bird!

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of April 2019?

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Mid-April marks a critical juncture in progression of seasons. While the Northern Hemisphere hasn’t progressed even a third of the way through calendar spring, we are now entering the beginning of summer for the teeming masses of birds staking out breeding grounds.

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Collective Arts Brewing: Stranger Than Fiction

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Just a quick review today. Spring migration in upstate New York has been picking up this week and I’ve been doing more birding than boozing lately. As it probably should be.

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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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Fairy Pitta in Australia-a sad story

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On the evening of the 7th of February we received a call from George Swann to let us know that Bruce Greatwich had seen a post on a Community Noticeboard Facebook page about a Fairy Pitta.

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Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Tucson, Arizona

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When we first landed here in Tucson, Arizona, fate worked her magic, and one of the first people I met was Luke Safford. Luke is a coordinator with the Tucson Audubon Society, and was incredibly helpful with getting my feet on the ground, as far as South East Arizona Birding.

Ten Highlights from Birding in Costa Rica, 2018

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The end of another year is nigh. In Costa Rica, we know it by way of windy nights with clear skies, slightly cooler temperatures, and an abundance of festivities featuring carnie rides, prancing horses, and parades.

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Maine’s Great Black Hawk – Rescued!

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A few days before Christmas, I vibrated in the passenger seat of my mother’s car as she turned towards Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The Great Black Hawk – a species with a native range in Mexico to South America – had been spotted in this park for weeks, but not every day.

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Fun with Fish Crows

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Over the last couple of weeks Fish Crows have flooded back into New York City, early harbingers of spring, and those that stuck around have become much more vocal, meaning that birders can now put them on their checklist instead of “crow sp.”

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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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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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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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Singapore’s Red Junglefowl

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During our three weeks in Singapore we encountered many a family of Red Junglefowl- Gallus gallus in various locations. Often the rustling of leaves would lead us to Red Junglefowl , squirrels, water monitors or small lizards. Red Junglefowl are under threat in Singapore due to habitat loss and inter-breeding, but we observed them most days on our hiking trips around the island and also on Pulau Ubin.