April, 2020

Home-bound Bird Photography Tips

10,000 Birds

I’ve always birded from home for as long as I can remember. I remember seeing a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl sitting on our fencepost just after sunset when I was not even ten. I may not have known their correct species names (I thought Tropical Mockingbirds were roadrunners) but I knew they existed. Tropical Mockingbirds on a neighbor’s tree. A Saffron Finch on the same tree. Now, every day I end up subconsciously birding from before my eyes open in the morning.

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Growing your own food wherever possible

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) What the COVID-19 pandemic should have shown us that we cannot rely on the capitalist market system to guarantee us a steady supply of the groceries that we need and thus it is important that we, once again, groin for victory, so to speak. And, alas, the situation is not and has not been thus with just food though food (and water) is more important than clothes and even toilet paper.

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The Medicinal Plant Extinction Crisis Explained by Dr. Bomi Joseph

Green Prophet

Folium used for medieval blue. Also a medicinal plant. Outside of developed Western countries, many people’s health and survival depends on access wildcrafted plant medicines. In Africa, where infectious diseases and parasites are still a major threat, up to 80% of the population is are more likely to get their medicine from a tree or farmer’s market than from a sealed blister-pack at pharmacy.

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Tiger Sharks Feast on Songbirds. Yes, Songbirds.

Nature Conservancy - Science

The bird at your feeder might end up in a shark’s stomach. Seriously. Birds & Birding Fish & Fisheries From the Field Wildlife Birds Conservation Science

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Earth Day 1970-2020

The Green Samaritan

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. And these sentiments remain the same now as they did in 1970, and I believe will in 2070. As we slow down during this time of quarantine and sheltering. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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5 Ways Green Furniture Can Improve Your Sleep Patterns—and the Science Behind It

Eco Chic

Getting serious about living an eco-friendly lifestyle does more than just help save the planet. It can improve your quality of sleep too. If you’re curious, keep reading as we’ll talk about the different ways that gre en furniture contributes to you getting that quality shuteye. Eco-friendly mattress for the best rest. A new mattress can be a big expense; when you have the right one, it’s worth the cost in exchange for that quality sleep.

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The 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in India

10,000 Birds

Having more than 1300 bird species, including over 75 endemics, it is hard to resist the lure of India – something I know from personal experience. In 304 pages, The 100 Best Birdwatching Sites in India by Grewal and Singh, where-to-watch-birds guide describes the 100 top hotspots throughout the Indian mainland, but also the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Published in February 2020, this is the first edition.

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Cannabis tested in Israeli hospital to fight corona

Green Prophet

Raphael Mechoulam, discoverer of THC, CBD in medicinal cannabis. Cannabis can cure pain, but it also shows powerful effects against viruses. . Israel is a medical cannabis powerhouse. Not because people here use the natural substance more than anywhere else, but because it has been legally researched by Israeli universities for about four decades.

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Wildflower Watching as a Source of Solace and Diversion

Nature Conservancy - Science

Trout lilies and other wildflowers are blooming. A backcountry expert and author reflects on the solace of the season. From the Field Outdoor Rec Plants

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Reimagining Univers-city

The Green Changemakers

Link: [link] WHY REIMAGINING? The Fire of Evolution In a world of accelerating technological evolution individuals and collectives are increasingly under pressure to evolve and adapt. Education is no more limited to children and youth but has become a lifelong process for everyone to remain relevant in a rapidly changing world. Such a learning, naturally, must be self-driven and this is possible only when the evolutionary fire within each individual is kindled.

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Can I Prepare For NEET At Home?

Eco Friendly Daily

There is always an ongoing debate about whether one must opt for coaching classes for NEET exams or simply just prepare for the exams at home. This article aims at serving as an eye-opener for students regarding the various myths that revolve around the topic hence simplifying the task of students. .

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A Walk in the Desert

10,000 Birds

After being home for just over a month, I’ve been doing two things to keep my birding sanity. Firstly, I’ve been birding the heck out of our backyard, and encouraging people to do the same (both here and elsewhere ). Secondly, I’ve been recounting certain special birding moments – one of which I will share here. A single morning birding the thorny desert of Baringo in Kenya’s Rift Valley yielded several species at a rate I at times struggled to keep up with.

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Is global travel history after COVID-19?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic might spell the end of global travel as we have known it for quite some time now, jetting from one side of the world to the other. Not only aids such fast travel to other countries far across the globe, and even countries closer, to the spread of any virus, it also can leave, as we have seen, travelers stranded in countries, affected or not from such an event, with almost no way to get back home.

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Cannabis for COVID-19 medical trial starts in Israel

Green Prophet

The Israeli cannabis company Syqe which creates cannabis dosing systems, is laying off employees from the corona crisis, while novel drug developers like Stero start clinical trials. Cannabis news is high on our radar for coronavirus, as Israel is a medical cannabis pioneer dating back to the 60s thanks to Prof. Raphael Mechoulam. The Tel Aviv hospital Ichilov has already gone ahead started using CBD or the non-psychotropic parts of the cannabis plant against the novel coronavirus in a new study.

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Birds that Carry Lit Candles & The Importance of Avian Innovation

Nature Conservancy - Science

In a town in western India, temple caretakers fill small cups with clarified butter to fuel lanterns for prayer. Or at least until the rufous treepies steal them. The rufous treepie, a member of the crow family, has learned to […]. Birds & Birding From the Field Wildlife Birds Conservation Science Weird Nature

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Rethinking the Future - Nandanam Kindergarten

The Green Changemakers

[link] [link] Lalit & Shailaja PATH - P lanning and A rchitecture T owards H olistic development - is an architecture and planning studio in Auroville led by Lalit Kishor Bhati and Shailaja Sudhalkar Bhati that endeavours to create sustainable and harmonious designs in planning, architecture and interiors. Beginning PATH was formed in Auroville, in 2004 with the intention to manifest creative expressions stemming from the journey of self-discovery and an ever evolving understanding of life.

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Hoping for Spring Migrants in Costa Rica, 2020

10,000 Birds

Spring migration! The annual parade of birds is happening and the feathered participants are dressed in their best breeding suits. Now is the special time that birders look forward to all year long. Now is when we can venture into the closest park and see birds of the deep woods, species that breed far from town. Blackburnian Warblers and Scarlet Tanagers might be present and every day brings another chance at connecting with rare, unexpected aspects of the avian kind.

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Quarantine Twitch for the Best Backyard Bird

10,000 Birds

Just over a week ago I received an urgent phone call from a long-time friend and fellow birder. I was washing the dishes at the time, so my wife took the call. The message she relayed made me blurt out a string of words that cannot be repeated on this blog – let’s just say that my priorities immediately shifted. Although my friend’s house is walking distance away, due to the urgency of the situation I jumped into the car and was there under five minutes.

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Yard List Birding in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

In Costa Rica, official, enforced quarantine hasn’t happened yet. At the moment, thanks to the government getting serious about this darn thing earlier rather than later, the number of new cases per day in Costa Rica has been very much linear in nature. Thankfully, as of yet, it seems like enough people have stayed home and were careful about social distancing and hand washing to prevent an exponential increase in this awful form of illness.

Blue-throated Frenzy

10,000 Birds

With their exceptional metabolism, Hummingbirds are almost constantly on the move to find each season’s best feeding grounds. My area of central Mexico is rich in Hummingbird species, but I do not know any places that are year-round sure things for large numbers of Hummers. Still, when a site gets good, it really gets good! Of all my favorite sites, none is as socially distanced as Cerro de Garnica.

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The Falcon Thief: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

September 2017, Cerrado, Brazil. The proprietor of our ecolodge guides my small group of birders up a steep slope where we see, just at the point where a scope view deteriorates into pixels, a huge bird—a Chaco Eagle, also known as a Crowned Eagle—on a huge nest. We are cautioned to keep the location of the eagle a secret. Local farmers view it as a threat to domesticated wildlife.

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Collective Arts Brewing: All Together IPA

10,000 Birds

I don’t have a proper post ready for you today, meaning there’s no customary Birds and Booze story and review for now. No, I haven’t lost track of the calendar — though that’s quickly becoming a more common experience in our new reality — but occasionally life gets in the way of blogging, which is what happened this week. Usually when this happens, I just don’t post anything at all, and I’m given a few demerits by Mike and Corey (just kidding).

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Nanhui, Shanghai in early spring 2020

10,000 Birds

Winter is not the greatest time for birding in Shanghai, and this year, there was no escaping to Southeast Asia due to Covid-19. In fact, if I were to leave China right now, they would not let me back into the country. So, the onset of spring here in Shanghai, particularly at my local spot at Nanhui, was even more highly expected than usual. And in Shanghai, the situation is relatively relaxed now – a big difference from what I hear from my friends in the US and Europe.

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 3/3: along the eastern edge of the reserve

10,000 Birds

Stevanove Ravnice ( cover photo ) and the flooded mouth of the Karas River, Labudovo okno. Part of the Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland and protected within the Deliblato Sands Special Nature Reserve , this section of the Danube, downriver from Belgrade, Serbia, is unique for its wide shallows, before the river narrows downstream from the village of Ram.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of April 2020)

10,000 Birds

The checklist for a basic birding outing has become more complex during the COVID-19 crisis. Along with the usual optics and gear, you have to consider packing masks and antiseptic hand wash. Your choice for birding spot depends equally on the abundance of birds and scarcity of birders. Yes, birding may not be as carefree as usual, but the freedom, fun, and fascination the act elicits matters more now than ever.

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The Joys of Parenthood at Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

At Nanhui, all bird parents are working parents – with all the stress that this brings. This Long-tailed Shrike probably thinks that China`s one-child policy is a really good idea. A Little Grebe that does not have all her ducks in a row (ok, a grebe is not a duck, I know, but still, I happily sacrifice ornithological accuracy for a bad pun). Count the legs, divide by two, subtract one, and you have the number of Kentish Plover chicks.

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More new places to be alone

10,000 Birds

As I mentioned last week, social distancing is widespread but still voluntary here in Mexico, so there are no limitations on being able to get out and enjoy nature. Still, with my being 61 years old and mildly asthmatic, I want to make sure I keep my distance from other people. This has determined which places I visit, and which I avoid. Most of my favorite sites are lonely anyway, so this has not been a great problem. But there are a few places I have decided to avoid during this crisis.

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There goes the neighborhood

10,000 Birds

10,000 Birds is having trouble with our website platform. If this post turns up on Wednesday, April 23, it will mean I was successful in uploading text. However, the platform did not allow me to include photos. Since I consider myself a better writer than photographer, I can live with that. When you are an American expatriate who lives, and birds, in Mexico, it is a topsy-turvy world.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of April 2020)

10,000 Birds

April weekends always promise but only sometimes deliver. However, a weekend where you can celebrate Easter, Passover, the beginning of migration, or just an excuse to stop sheltering in place for a few hours is bound to be a good time! I’ve been impatient about the arrival of spring, but a long walk revealed shoots, blooms, and buds everywhere, along with my FOY Hermit Thrush.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of April 2020?

10,000 Birds

Birding in the era of COVID-19 can be confusing. You may wonder about crucial details like “How far do I need to stand from other birders?” ” or “Is that House Sparrow going to give me coronavirus?”

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Juniper, plagues, and waxwings – Arrowood Farm-Brewery: Waxwing Juniper Farmhouse Ale

10,000 Birds

Plagues of Biblical proportions can generally be counted on to provide plenty of zoological variety, from droves of frogs and lice to swarms of flies and locusts. Being generally more charming and attractive to us humans, birds aren’t generally included among these unwelcome hordes. But there is one bird in history that has been associated – rather unfairly – with times of pestilence and disaster: the waxwing.

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One More for the Road

10,000 Birds

Where do you go to bird, when you know you might not be able to go anywhere else? I suspected that we, here in Michoacán, México, might be about to lose our permission to leave our homes altogether for the next stage of the COVID-19 crisis. So, on April 13th, I chose to go back to the same site I visited on my first outing of 2020, Lake Cuitzeo.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of April 2020)

10,000 Birds

April showers most assuredly bring May flowers in the more temperate portions of the Northern Hemisphere. Alas, these gentle rains may not always speed spring migrants on their way to breeding grounds far from the equator. Any luck this weekend? The ridiculous cold afflicting the northeastern U.S. seems to have chilled the rush of migrants around here.

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Birding from home

10,000 Birds

It has been a difficult week so far. Lady Helen, already house-bound at Boris’s request, came a cropper at the treacherous water jump and turned her fetlock. In the great scheme of things it is not a big problem, but obviously I don’t dare to tell her that. When we were told that the gymkana wouldn’t be going ahead, we set about making a short course in the garden to help keep Lady Helen up to show standard.

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Birdwatching Activity Change During the Corona Crisis

10,000 Birds

Has your birding routine changed since COVID-19 took over the world? Obviously, something must have changed considering everything else has! However, researchers Piotr Tryjanowski of the University of Poznan and Christoph Randler of the University of Tübingen want to know specifically how your birdwatching activity has changed during the coronavirus crisis.

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Owls around Delhi

10,000 Birds

Traveling to Delhi for work last spring, I was not very optimistic about birding there. Still, I contacted a local guide and shot for the moon: “Can you show me any owls”? Much to my surprise, he could, all within an hour`s drive of my hotel in Delhi (which after all is a contender for the most populous city in the world, similar to Shanghai, where I live). The Brown Fish Owl is the most common of all Fish Owls. Its ear tufts seem to be almost horizontal rather than vertical.

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14 days of self-isolation in Broome

10,000 Birds

Following on from my post 14 days ago when Australia was closed to international visitors there has been a lot happen in the world since then. I went slightly off-topic last week for my 500th post and shared some Echidna photos , but this week I will return to birds. The migratory shorebirds continue to head to the Northern Hemisphere to breed. This year the Broome Bird Observatory are updating their website daily with the latest numbers of shorebirds that leave each evening.

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