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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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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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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.

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.

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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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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Week 23: The advenure continues, Stateside

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Back in the US of A! And everything that goes with it. We arrived in Seattle 6 days ago, at 12:30 in the morning, after being on the road, in one form or another since February 1st. It might go without saying, but I am a bit tired.

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Insider’s guide to Great Smoky Mountain birding – Cades Cove

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Where to go birding without the crowds in our busiest national park. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, over a half million acres visited by more than 11 million folks, you can still bird in relative solitude.

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Benefits of “Winter” Birding at Carara National Park, Costa Rica

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These are the summer months of the northern hemisphere and yet this time of year in Costa Rica is known as the “invierno”, Spanish for “winter” However, no matter how adapted I become to the local culture, I just can’t use that word in Costa Rica.

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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Come@Me: If Birds are Dinosaurs I’m a Monkey’s Uncle

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Let us begin by establishing the following facts as true: – I am not a monkey’s uncle, yet, in a certain way, I am. – Birds are indeed dinosaurs, yet, are indubitably not. Knowledge is knowing that a bird is a dinosaur.

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Birding Beyond Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

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The birding around Lago de Yojoa in Honduras is frankly phenomenal, as I learned during a June 2018 birding junket organized by the Instituto Hondureño de Turismo. We spent two blissful days exploring both the waders and wildlife of Lake Yojoa and the tropical splendor of PANACAM Lodge.

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Record-breaking eagles’ nests, coastal Georgia, and a wicked sunburn

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It was a cloudy day as I made my way to Tybee Island on the Georgia coast. As a fledgling birder from far inland, I was drawn to the tidal creeks, hammocks, salt marshes, and maritime forests.

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of June 2018?

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In terms of migration excitement, June feels like the party you arrived at just a little late. Everyone still seems to having a ball, but the merriment isn’t flowing quite as freely as it was before. Live it up, though, because, with a few weeks, the migration party may really be over!

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Come@Me: Hummingbirds are Jerks

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Hummingbirds. Those lovely feathered sprites that visit our gardens, feeders, and even take part in adorable bathing practices on odd, red vases. So easy to love, admire and cherish!

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The Effects of Wildfires on Wildlife

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The photo above shows the beginning of the Carr Fire east of Redding with the Sundial Bridge in the foreground. This is about 35 miles West of my home.

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Come@Me: Snowy Owls are Superior in Every Way to Great Gray Owls

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Owls are mystical beasts that are well loved by both birders and those who casually look at birds. There are many species that captivate those looking at them: Burrowing Owls , Barn Owls , a variety of fishing-owls, Stygian Owl , Elf Owl , the list goes on and on.

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The Danube Backwaters

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As you know, I started to bird from a canoe, exploring the Danube backwaters in Belgrade, Serbia. Those foreland backwaters stretch all along the left/northern bank, between the river and the levee, somewhere only 450 m / 1500 ft wide, but somewhere reaching even 2100 m / 7000 ft.

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Week 25: A few of my South Africa Favorites

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I am out on an off shore boat trip, from Seattle, north thru the San Juan Islands, and if the weather permits, up into the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada.

Come@Me: Watching Gulls is for Weirdos

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Who is eyeing gulls? I sure didn’t, for many years. Too simple. White and grey? Colouristically mediocre. Not even 60 species worldwide? Too easy.

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Birding Lake Yojoa and Panacam Lodge

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Honduras, a beautifully biodiverse Central American gem, offers everything birders look for in a travel destination, starting with ready access to lots of highly coveted bird species.

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Come@Me: Bird Photography is a Fantastic Waste of Time

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Birders are fairly easy to spot. Many wear awful clothes, variations of beige and khaki with legs that can be zipped off to make uglier shorts. Far too many have those awful binocular harnesses that look like rigging for a parachute (what is up with that?).

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Week 20: Doha, and on to Scotland!

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After leaving Africa, I was fearing a real let down in my birding. New Zealand had been good, Australia was incredible, and South Africa was almost life altering. Where do you go from there? Well, for us, we went to Doha, Qatar.

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The mum from the fourth group

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A few years ago, I was invited to give a series of four short lectures, in quick succession, on birds of the Danube River. It was a tree planting event organised by a local NGO, the Supernatural, and groups of volunteers – both adults and kids – were visiting me by the bird tower.

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Suggestions for Birthday Birding in Costa Rica

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Of all those special days of the year, the birthday is the one that should really stand out the most. As opposed to collective holidays that celebrate something important for everyone, a birthday is that one day of the year that anyone, absolutely anyone, can claim as his or her own.

“Condors over Cologne” – Rogue Ales & Spirits: Condor Kolsch

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Following passage of the United States Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966, the California Condor ( Gymnogyps californianus ) was among the first 75 species listed for protection, the so-called “Class of 1967”.

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Collaborative List – July 2018

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And so to summer. Traditionally, the slow season, but the beats have mopped their collective brow and outdone their previous efforts. The UK has been birded clean by Tom as he ends his Little Big Year (Part 1).

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Lagunitas Brewing Company: Dark Swan Sour Ale

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I was well into adulthood when I took up birding (at least in terms of legal age), and a few more years passed beyond that before I discovered what many birders consider one of the most enjoyable, important – and obsessive – aspects of the hobby: list-keeping.

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Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

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Dry Tortugas approximately 100 years ago. Sooties, noddies, and where to find them. As the Caribbean’s emerald waters fell away below our seaplane, I had no idea what to expect from my visit to the Dry Tortugas, 70 miles west of Key West, Florida.

Gulls of the World: A Photographic Guide: A Gull Book Review

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Gulls make my head spin. You know why.

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Come@Me: Lookalike Birds Should Be Lumped

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Of all the ways people choose to pass their time, few recreational activities are as tightly bound to science as birding. We all hang breathlessly on every ornithological finding and spend far too many hours debating the boundaries of speciation.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2018)

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Midsummer means shorebirding in these parts. Some of you may be stifling a yawn at the very thought of parsing peeps, while others may be thrilled that those little brown beachcombers have finally found your part of the world.

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Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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The definition of the word HUNT is “to chase or search for game or other wild animals for the purpose of catching or killing.” ” The definition of the word CONSERVATION is “the act or an instance of conserving or keeping from change, loss, or injury.”

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Construction of a Pied Oystercatcher nest

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Over the years that we have been observing Pied Oystercatchers along the coast near Broome we have noticed that it is the male bird that always appears to construct the nest site.

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Endemic Seychelles

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1300kms off the coast of East Africa and over 1000kms NE from Madagascar is a tiny speck in the ocean. Zoom in and an archipelago of islands appears from the Indian Ocean. This is The Seychelles.

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Rwanda Dreaming

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The beginning of the northern summer is a good time (as any) to dream of some of the most biodiverse places on Earth. No, I am not talking of Brazil or Columbia, they are not just in the tropics but more importantly, they are officially huge.

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Miami Mega Mall vs. Everglades National Park

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Merchandising folly 1 – Conservation 0. The Miami-Dade County Commission approved development of ‘the largest shopping mall in North America’ with a vote of 9-1 last week.

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Impressive Highland Birding in Costa Rica at El Toucanet

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As one might surmise, a “toucanet” is a small toucan. Although still large enough to be a menace to nesting birds, they aren’t as super sized as the “quintessential toucans”, the ones we see on cereal boxes and in advertising.

Hummer Time

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Angela Minor has lived, traveled, and birded from the southern U.S. to the Rocky Mountains and beyond, Alaska, throughout the Caribbean, and in seven countries in Europe.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of August 2018?

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Ready for the weekend? Ye olde birding calendar tells me that this weekend will resemble the last one to a fault, which is to say avian observation activities cannot help but include shorebirds. If I have to chase shorebirds this weekend, I’ll try to visit a spot close to home.

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