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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.

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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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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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.

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.

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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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of February 2019?

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Believe it or not, the current season is slowly easing into the next one. You may be mired in a very frigid or overwhelmingly sweltering hell, but soon you’ll find the succor of a more mild season, one that carries birds on waves of zugunruhe.

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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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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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How to bird by kayak

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I started to bird from a kayak. Paddling around the Veliko Ratno Island Reserve in almost downtown Belgrade was such a liberating experience of getting close to nature while not having to travel far or invest much. My kayak club had boats for novices and after some rounded, white water banana hull that was recommended to me for its stability, I opted for a straighter, touring v-shaped hull that tracks well inside a river current.

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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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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.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2019)

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Mid-February can be boring if you’re overly focused on the coming migration. On the other hand, some birders really appreciate the opportunity to pick up specialties from the current season. Which kind of birder are you?

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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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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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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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The ABA’s 50th Anniversary and Information: From Scarce to Abundant

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The American Birding Association celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year and one aspect of its celebration was a reprint of the first issue of the publication now known as Birding.

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The Little Big Year-week 46: All this fun comes to an end

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We have arrived at the end of our little adventure, which has come to be known as “The Little Big Year”. It ended with little fan fare; in fact I did not even go chasing birds on the last two days of 2018, as I am just plain tired.

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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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The European Christmas Bird Count

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I remember studying the map of countries participating in the i nternational mid-winter w aterbird c ensus, where the USA wasn’t marked. How can it be, I asked someone from the Wetlands International, the IWC umbrella organization, only to learn that USA has its own scheme. Oh, and what is that?

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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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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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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.

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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New Place in Costa Rica, New Yard List

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Recently, I moved to a new place in Costa Rica. As is usual for a birder moving to a new place, I couldn’t wait to see what the new yard would bring. Although it was nothing like going from New York to California or even Buffalo, New York to North Carolina, a change of location, however slight, can bring new birds especially in Costa Rica. Around here, the small changes tend to be amplified by differences in elevation, microhabitats, and urbanization.

The Littel Big Year – Week 45: Wrapping up the Bahamas

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We have escaped the clutches of the Bahamas, and are finally back “home” in Tucson, Texas. The return home included a total of 5 ½ hours of flight delays, one missed flight, and we subsequently missed the entire town of Charlotte, North Carolina.

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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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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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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Derby Poo Ponds and waste water wetland upgrade

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Last Sunday, February 3rd, we drove to Derby for the day from Broome. Derby is our closest town and is 220kms/137 miles away and you can get there in about two hours.

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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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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.

London Heathrow Airport versus the White Wagtails

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I have been keeping an eye out for the Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba yarelli, since I first noticed the roosting flock a few years ago At the time I confess to smirking.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of January 2019)

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Wait, is January almost over? I’m still saying Happy New Year to people… Corey had an easy choice for his Best Bird of the Weekend.

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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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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2019?

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Birding, as I’ve experienced over the last 18 or so years, basically comes down to positioning, patience, and perception. Arrive when and where a bird should be, stick around until it makes itself known, and observe its presence. What could be easier?

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“The Center of the Universe”: Fremont Brewing: Universale Pale Ale

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In upstate New York (where I call I home and do most of my birding), Great Blue Herons serve as both augurs of spring and emblems of wintertime perseverance, depending on the year. In my last seven years living here, I’ve seen one on New Year’s Day counts twice.

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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.

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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The Splendor of Birds and National Geographic: a Book Review

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In the e-era now, print magazines are going the way of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Take a moment, then, to give thanks for the remaining good ones, the primary example being National Geographic.

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 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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