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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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Where Are You Birding This Final Weekend of September 2020?

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The last weekend of September doesn’t herald the end of this cycle of migration but rather a run to its peak. The best fall/spring birding weekend in your part of the world may still be weeks away, but you won’t regret getting out right now.

2020 207

Swarovski NL Pure – the Sexiest Binoculars Ever

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When I saw the NL Pure in a webinar for the first time, immediately – before the webinar ended, I asked my Swarovski sales rep for a pair to test. Later I remembered to ask for another pair, of ELs, so I could compare them.

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Red-collared Lorikeet rescue

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We have had some very hot and dry days this past week with temperatures around 40c most days and also humidity as low as 6%. It is always hotter as you move away from the coast and more challenging for the birds as the last of the ephemeral lakes dry up.

2020 162

Peeps and Plovers on Cuitzeo Beaches

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In late July, I travelled a half hour north of Morelia to Lake Cuitzeo (kweet-SAY-oh) to see if our two inevitable first migratory species from up north, Baird’s Sandpiper and Wilson’s Phalarope, had begun arriving.

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Bitternsweet Moments

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I promise this will be the last article (for a while at least) on this wetland that’s so close to where I live. Truth is, we’ve been getting so many migrants passing through that there hasn’t been much of a need to bird elsewhere.

2020 221

Birding Beljarica in August

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Last month, I birded my favourite local patch, Beljarica – the best eBird hotspot in Belgrade city and the 3rd best in Serbia – four times.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of September 2020)

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Every weekend seems to be wild from the perspective of human history. To every bird, though, mid-September remains what it’s always been: a good time to feed, mass, and move ! Corey and I caught plenty of restless migrants at Fort Tilden this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2020)

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September is a classic shoulder season, not yet finished with what has passed but still subtly teasing what is to come. Change is good, particularly because it always brings new birds.

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White-browed Crake

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The most reliable place for us to observe White-browed Crakes is in Kununurra. Right in the centre of town Lily Creek Lagoon offers a huge variety of birds both on the water and also in the surrounding trees. It is a pleasant place to sit in the shade and picnic whilst taking in nature.

2020 188

What are the Costs of Changing Bird Names?

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The birding world has been debating whether honorific common bird names ( e.g. , Clark’s Nutcracker or Baird’s Sandpiper ) should be changed.

2020 212

Comb-crested Jacanas breeding

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Our current travel restrictions in Western Australia allow us to roam around our own state. We are lucky that we live in such a huge state with so much to offer for the nature lover.

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In Memoriam

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I wasn’t ready to talk about this last week – and besides, last week’s post was mostly written a few weeks ago, before life got in the way of publishing it until then.

2020 213

Birding Tiaozini, Jiangsu, China

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Tiaozini is a coastal place about a 3-hour drive north of Shanghai. It is famous for its mudflats that are used as a refueling stop for Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

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The Trials and Triumphs of an Odyssey for a Nemesis Bird

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Most birders know what a nemesis bird is and, most of all, what that truly means.

2020 213

The Bird Way: A Book Review

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One good thing about birding during a pandemic–the forced restrictions on place and time translate into more time to observe what birds do.

2020 206

Bird Families of the World by Winkler, Billerman and Lovette

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There is a thing parents know very well – how important it is to choose the right name for a child. E.g. one Croat birder I know, Vedran – I never met a guy so well described by his own name, which loosely translated as “joyful”. Or Fleming – he has chosen “Bond”.

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Flight of the Ibis

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Last weekend I ended up spending some time with a few Glossy Ibises at a nearby wetland here on Trinidad and it got me thinking about some of the other ibis species I’ve managed to see. Glossies are rare here but have been turning up with increasing regularity over the recent past.

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A Birder Attends a (Virtual) Ornithology Conference – Part II

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Last week, I “attended” the virtual North American Ornithological Conference (NAOC). Because NAOC is so large, it is more accurate to say I sampled small parts of the enormous event.

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Classy, Elegant Bird Art from Costa Rica

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In the era of digital cameras and social media, images of birds are easy to come by. Even photos of the rarest of birds can be found, even heart-wrenching images of bird species that are no longer with us.

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of September 2020?

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Mid-September offers abundant meteorological excitement in the form of variable temperatures, rushing winds, and sometimes hurricanes in the strangest places ( looking at you, Ianos ). Embrace the excitement; changeable winds tend to carry abundant birds.

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Marlowe Artisanal Ales: Eager to Share American Pale Ale

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I have to admit that, at first, I found the name of this week’s featured beer rather confusing. Eager to Share is an American pale ale from Marlowe Artisanal Ales of North Haven, Connecticut.

2020 158

Black-throated Gray Warbler at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

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My family and I spent last week in Cape Cod, enjoying a last summer getaway in a summer where getaway options have been extremely limited for obvious reasons.

2020 172

Welcome, Wood Warblers!

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Dear U.S. and Canadian birding friends: I feel your pain. I understand that my gain is your loss. Although, technically, I mostly felt your pain… for the past four months, while about a dozen beautiful migratory Wood Warblers were nowhere to be found here in central Mexico.

2020 169

Welcome Back

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This pervasive pandemic we’re currently experiencing has squashed everyone’s travel plans – humans that is. Migration (in particular bird migration) is well underway, however. And when I say bird migration I’m referring to a specific group of birds – shorebirds.

2020 185

What It’s Like to Be a Bird: A Review of the New Sibley Book

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“Look around, look around…” The refrain is from Hamilton , a demand and a plea to look with the brain and the heart and then to look again.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of August 2020)

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As we speed towards the end of an utterly odd August, dangerous weather conditions and flame threaten to engulf various swathes of our world. No matter where you find yourself, heed the imperative of 2020: live to see better days!

2020 176

Enjoy Innovative Electronic Music = Help Endangered Birds

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Do you want to help endangered birds? How about helping with conservation of cool tropical birds by listening to innovative electronic music?

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Pied Oystercatcher chick-cautiously optimistic

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The one surviving Pied Oystercatcher chick that I introduced you to four weeks ago continues to thrive. Although it is stood alone in the header photo it has its parents very close by. They will warn it of any dangers both vocally and flying at any threat.

2020 169

Birding at a Historic Sporting Estate

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I didn’t expect to see any birds. It was over 90 degrees F on a Georgia afternoon, the humidity adding an extra dose of discomfort.

2020 172

Best Bird of the Weekend (First of September 2020)

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Whether your weekend is still rolling or you are already preparing for the next one, you probably saw some excellent birds during the first weekend of September. This time of year is just that good.

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Nanhui, Shanghai in August

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August is a bit of a transition month – from the summer lull at the beginning of the month to the first shorebird migrants a bit later, and the very first migrating passerines at the end of the month.

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Back to the Forest ? but first, Flamingos!

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There aren’t many places on the planet where one can mention the words ‘forest’ and ‘flamingo’ together. Far less experience the two in a single morning.

2020 212

All I Want for Christmas is a Curlew Sandpiper

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Faraaz Abdool is a freelance conservation and wildlife photographer and writer who specializes in birds and the issues they face worldwide.

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The many poses of a Striated Heron

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Striated Herons are fairly easy to observe around Broome even if they are rather sneaky around the port area. At Gantheaume Point they are reliably found throughout the year.

2020 169

Pied Oystercatcher chick at 40 days

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Last week I said we were “ cautiously optimistic ” about the Pied Oystercatcher chick at Gantheaume Point surviving. Well, another week has gone by and we really are quite certain that it will fledge now.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of September 2020?

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If you were betting on the most beautiful weekend of the year, you could do worse than put money on the one we’re heading into. Early September tends to provide a tremendously pleasant backdrop to early avian migration. And many Americans will be enjoying a three-day weekend.

2020 150

Herons and Egrets of Nanhui, Shanghai

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A few days ago, I saw a Yellow Bittern trapped in a fishing device. The bird got very nervous when I approached, trying to strike me with its beak through the net. Now, I am sure there is one Shanghai fisherman cursing the evil person who cut a hole in his net.

2020 162

Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of August 2020)

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August weekends don’t always promise birding excitement, but the tantalizing prospect of a singular sighting always exists. Don’t ever think that the best birds can’t appear at the most unexpected times.

2020 165

Scenes From a Sort-of Lake

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If you are like me, it is likely that you usually have a target species or two for each of your outings. My targets for last week’s trip to Lake Cuitzeo, 30 miles north of Morelia, were Baird’s Sandpipers and Wilson’s Phalaropes.

2020 148

Warblers that Warble

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I have commented before in my posts that most of our Warblers here in central Mexico never actually warble. This tendency is so marked that the Spanish name for Wood Warblers, Chipe, comes not from their mating songs, but from their typical feeding calls: cheep… cheep… cheep. Still, there are a few notable exception to this rule, even here in Michoacán. This is in spite of the fact that, while my life list for the state includes 28 Wood Warblers, a full 17 of these are migrants.

2020 205

World birding from a Schrödinger’s house

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What I truly hate about the pandemic is that it mentally puts me back into the 1990s in the Balkans. Tensions, failing economy, depression and that feeling of living day by day (under the rule of a local dictator, or, to be politically correct – but why? – “autocrat”), afraid of what the autumn brings and not being able to make plans for a longer period.

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