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Searching for vultures in India

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What was the weirdest place you ever birded? Some smelly sewage ponds? Oh, don’t bother responding. A war zone? Then you are worse than me. Yes, some gruesome graphic content follows, but don’t blame me, you have been warned. What sex? Oh, that cover photo?

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Week 15: The Darwin area has some great birds, and Crocodiles!

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We are now at the tail end of our time in Australia, but I feel like we are ending it with a bang. 8 days in the Darwin area, which includes Fogg Dam, Kakadu National Park, Cooroboree, Yellow Water, and at least a dozen other non-planned stops would provide all the excitement I could handle.

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Global Big Day in Costa Rica

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When it comes to initiatives that promote birding, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology is hard to beat. The lab at Sapsucker Woods is where we find thousands of nature recordings housed at the Macauley Library.

The Owls of Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Texas

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In the very back of my first bird identification field guide ( Audubon , green, Eastern US) there were several blank pages. Since neither the Internet nor eBird were even a thought, that’s where I collected the place names of my birding bucket list.

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GDPR

Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

Week Fourteen: The Center of Australia, and Sydney Part #1

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And the air miles, and highway miles just keep racking up. This week finds us flying from Melbourne, Australia, to Alice Springs, in the center of this incredibly large country. We then picked up our RV and then drove to Yulara, and the mighty, mythical, some say spiritual, Ayres Rock.

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Kirtland’s Warbler in Central Park

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Late in the afternoon on Friday, 11 May, I was at work in Suffolk County. I wouldn’t get done until 10 PM. When the report of a Kirtland’s Warbler in Central Park came through the listserv you can imagine my chagrin. (Or,

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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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Week 13: Arriving down Under, Melbourne Part #1

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I have been looking forward to this visit for some time. We landed in Melbourne, where we had rented an Air BNB for three nights, right in the heart of down town. Two full days, not counting travel days, to and from the airport really does not do Melbourne any justice.

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Week 13: Melbourne, Australia Part 2

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This is a continuation of the story about landing in Melbourne, Australia, and I will cover our afternoon the first day and my visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. If you have not read part one, it would be worth your time to do so, as there are some really great birds covered there.

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Hotspur’s Revenge: A Review of Three Books

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• Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature is Thriving in an Age of Extinction (Chris D. Thomas, Public Affairs). • The Aliens Among Us: How Invasive Species Are Transforming the Planet – and Ourselves (Leslie Anthony, Yale). •

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Ravens Are Way Cool!

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The Common Raven ( Corvus corax ). Any questions? Birds Common Raven corvids corvus corax

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Birding in Costa Rica, Birding in Guatemala

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Central America is much smaller than the land encompassed within the borders of Canada and the USA.

Wood Thrush Nest

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On a visit home to my folks’ house in Saugerties, New York, on Mother’s Day weekend (12-13 May, 2018) I was pleased to once again hear Wood Thrush singing from the periphery of the yard, as they have done every year for as long as I can remember. Somehow, though, I had never found a nest.

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The Brightest Bird at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

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A light rain had begin to fall on the valley between steep slopes that held the headquarters of HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Patches of blue sky winked at me from behind the mountain peaks, raindrops occasionally obscuring my vision as I glanced upwards.

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Week 12: Wrapping up New Zealand, and Tiritiri

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After nearly 8 weeks here in New Zealand, the sun is setting on our visit. This amazing group of islands, is without a doubt, enchanting and beautiful. The local New Zealand people, across the board have been the most hospitable, welcoming folks I have ever met.

Pseudonymns for Costa Rican Birds

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Some birds are too cool for just one name. Others have names that give us pause because they don’t seem to describe, to convey, what that bird is really all about. And then there are the names that are just too damn long, especially for the size of the bird.

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Peterson Guide to Bird Identification—In 12 Steps: A Book Review

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Two reactions on hearing that Steve Howell and Brian Sullivan have written a guide entitled Peterson Guide to Bird Identification–in 12 Steps : (1) What? Another identification guide?, (2) 2) Who? An identification guide by Steven N. Howell and Brian L. Sullivan? This should be interesting.

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Go for the jugular!

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Who else, but a birder, would drive with windows down in subzero temperatures? Just ahead of the final cold spell this winter (-10 C / 14 F), I went birding in relatively warm -4 C / 25 F.

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Western Serbia, or Griffons in the raspberries

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Morning at the slopes of Mt. Povlen, a quick stop filled with a song that sounds familiar, but I haven’t heard it since last year. Checking it on my phone – yes, it is an Ortolan Bunting ! Our destination lies further west, along the Drina River, which marks the border between Serbia and Bosnia.

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Peeps and Beer!

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It was with a mix and horror and skepticism that I first read about the unholy marriage of Peeps and beer recently perpetrated by Fort Worth brewers The Collective Brewing Project and their partners in this crime at Lone Star Taps & Caps.

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Endangered Species Act: Potential Downlisting for Hawaiian Goose (nene)

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More than 50 years ago, the Hawaiian Goose (Nene) was one of the first birds listed under the Endangered Species Act, part of the inaugural “ Class of 1967 ”. Due to substantial improvements in its population and its prospects, the U.S.

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Week Ten: A little less travel

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For any of you that read my posting last week, you know that I am hanging around here on the North Island of New Zealand, and all forward progress has stalled once we arrived here at Whananaki.

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The Great Bustard Search is On (2)

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I woke up at 5 am, a good two hours before the sun (and I really hate to be up before the sun). And I had a 100 mile drive ahead of me through the… raining snow? Snowing rain? Fortunately, there was no ice. I was heading to the international Great Bustard count on St. Valentines.

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Week Seven: Stewart Island & Penguins

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After an amazing trip thru Doubtful Sound, New Zealand, the next stop was to be in Bluff, just south of Invercargill. This would be my jumping off spot to get over to Stewart Island.

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Bird Litigation: Spotted Owl v. Barred Owl

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The Northern Spotted Owl is a “ threatened ” species under the U.S. Endangered Species Act and it was famously the subject of extensive and protracted litigation in the late 1980s and early 1990s, mostly relating to forestry management plans in the Pacific Northwest.

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Week four: We wrap up our stay in the US.

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The end of this rather long road trip finds us here in Puyallup, Washington which is just south of Seattle. It seems like the farther the north we go, the colder, and wetter, and a whole lot snowier it gets!

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Hungry Osprey in North Carolina

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While on our beach vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in early April I took full advantage of our location just off the beach. In the afternoon the sun was at my back and the birds on the beach and over the water were perfectly illuminated for some nice digiscoping opportunities.

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2018)

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The question isn’t whether you went birding this weekend, because everyone who wasn’t part of the Royal Wedding was out chasing birds. The only valid questions involve what you saw and whether you’ll share details.

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Crimson Chat in Broome

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Following an exceptionally wet start to the year we are getting used to finding bird species around Broome that we do not encounter every year. A fine example was on Friday 18th May at the Broome Poo Ponds.

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Red-tails in Lust

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I have written before of the intersection between the human need for entertainment and the bird need to live bird lives and make more birds: it partakes of both the compelling and the ridiculous at the best of times. And now is the best of times.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2018)

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This past weekend marked one of the peak moments of migratory bird activity globally, at least in an aggregate sense. Did you notice? Family obligations kept me on the sidelines during Global Big Day, but I did manage to sneak in a little birding before traveling.

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Birding Barra’s Beach-bars

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This post is going live slightly late today to avoid stealing Harry and Megan’s thunder. Hope you enjoyed the wedding. You’ll be pleased to know that Lady Helen’s hat stayed on, but the shoes don’t usually last beyond the canapes. All our best wishes to the happy couple.

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Osprey Nesting Platform Installation

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The Osprey ( Pandion haliaetus ) at Anderson River Park in Shasta County have been nesting atop a soccer field light stand for over 17 years. The problem is that they build the nest right on top of the field lights.

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Are Puffbirds Real? and Other Pertinent Questions for Birding in Costa Rica

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A successful birding adventure tends to include a fair bit of planning.

The Beauty of Tropical Birdiness in Arenal, Costa Rica

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“Birdiness” No, not an official word but, um, so what? Many birds sing local dialects, and human languages are dynamic, they can’t help but change, evolve over time. It’s what they do, otherwise, we might be speaking some long forgotten Homo sapiens root language.

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of May 2018?

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This weekend may not mark another migratory milestone in the birding universe, but we’re still smack dab in the middle of May. That means you should be birding.

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Stony Creek Brewery: Big Cranky Double IPA

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Tomorrow I’m taking part in my local club’s official Big Day event – the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club’s 73 rd Annual Guy Bartlett Century Run – for my fifth year in a row.

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Top 25 National Wildlife Refuges for Birding

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There are more than 550 national wildlife refuges in the United States, with at least one in every state and one within an hour drive of almost every major American city.

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April Birding Across Queens

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In New York, by the third weekend in April one expects to be awash in wood-warblers, overwhelmed by orioles, and generally boggled by birds newly arrived from the neotropics.

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