February, 2020

Going Medieval: Waterfowling the Two Towers of Serbia

10,000 Birds

Cover photo : Ram Fortress by Ilija Jacanovic. In the chill morning of late January, I am driving east of Belgrade towards the Two Towers section of the Danube and the best waterfowling bonanza in the whole of Serbia.

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E-bikes vs. standard bicycles

Green (Living) Review

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Kindness

The Green Samaritan

As with every snowflake, a kind word or act towards another is as unique and can brighten and beautify any situation. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Reducing the Speed Limit Won’t Make Roads Safer for Wildlife

Nature Conservancy - Science

Not so fast: reducing speed limits may seem an easy way to reduce wildlife road deaths, but research suggests otherwise. Wildlife Deer TNC Science Urban Conservation

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7000 years before Fortnite, multiplayer games were etched onto city walls

Green Prophet

Neolithic game boards from Jordan. In some places like Petra they were carved into walls of the city for leisurely play? The early mancala game we know today is likely from this, but no one really knows the rules of the ancient games.

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Why Do We Need National Parks & Why Are They Important?

Greentumble

They often say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But we would all agree that our world is full of breathtaking views of lush valleys, spectacular mountain tops, pristine rivers and many more.

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Birding with Baby

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Over a month had gone by since the birth of my first child. When you don’t know anything about babies, the initial 30 days are a crash course in hormones and learning how to take care of a newborn – feeding, diapering, and so much more.

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More Trending

Heart and Earth

The Green Samaritan

Love this quote for the week ?? – author unknown. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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50 Fish, 50 States: Razorback Sucker Nursery

Nature Conservancy - Science

A new project in Utah gives endangered fish a fighting chance. Fish & Fisheries 50 Fish, 50 States Conservation Science Fish Fisheries

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Herbalist’s Guide To Avoiding Coronavirus

Green Prophet

We’ve learned from studying the “Spanish flu” of 1918 that a deadly virus can spread world-wide. But we know much more about contamination, containing disease, and treatment today. Countries around the globe are making an historic effort to contain the Corona virus. .

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Harvard Study Proves Why Are Honeybees Disappearing

Greentumble

Honeybees together with wild bees are the most important pollinators of the vegetables and fruits we eat. They have thrived in amazing harmony on this planet for 50 million years. Out of 100 crop species that make up 90% of our global food supply, 71 are pollinated by bees.

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A Growing List of Hummingbirds

10,000 Birds

Most of us are already familiar with hummingbirds, whether in the flesh or in glorious, birdy dreams of lush tropical rainforests. They are one of the most famous families of birds, and for good reason.

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Late winter gardening tasks

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Spring is just around the corner here in the UK Mid February 2020 and the way the flowers and trees are slowly – and some quite a bit earlier than usual – are beginning to come to life it is not going to be far off.

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Do Something Today

The Green Samaritan

Go for that walk, call your Mom, skip the diet soda or take out coffee, eat something green, reduce some plastic, forgo the credit card purchase. The list can go on and on but only you know what it. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Camera Trap Chronicles: Cool Critters of New Hampshire

Nature Conservancy - Science

Otters feasting on fish, caterwauling bobcats and more images from the Hancock Wildlife Cam in New Hampshire. From the Field Wildlife Camera Traps Conservation Science

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The Revival Of The Rare White Olive

Green Prophet

If you love tasting rare foods, search for white olives next time you’re traveling through southern Italy. The olive and its oil are said to taste almost sweet, with little of the bitterness found in conventional green and black olives. Here’s our post on olives you love to eat.

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Online loans for bad credit – Is it Safe?

Eco Friendly Daily

When payday advance has been made available to all with little collateral as well as requirements, certain individuals still have a problem obtaining them.

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An unexpected Yellowthroat

10,000 Birds

I have previously written about the central Mexican highlands’ very own microendemic species, the Black-polled Yellowthroat.

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Stirring Paddle

Green (Living) Review

Eastern European Gypsy pot stirrer by Michael Smith (Veshengro) This one, relatively inexpensive, hand-carved, wooden tool will replace more or less all your other kitchen utensils that are used for stirring. Its versatility is second to none.

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Birds in Winter: A Book Review, Written in Winter

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Here are some of the things I learned reading Birds in Winter: . Birds who store food in advance of winter (corvids, t**s, and nuthatches) have a larger hippocampus (the brain structure that regulates memory) than non-storing birds do.

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A Japanese twitch.

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It’s the same the whole world over. A rare bird draws a crowd of optics and men of a certain age. The Tokyo Bay Wild Bird Park was exceptionally busy this morning. Rumour had it that a Bohemian Waxwing had been sighted and it had been noted consorting with 4 Japanese Waxwings.

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My Mexican Birdbath

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My area of central Mexico has a true monsoon climate. That means that we have little or no rain through the winter months, and almost daily rain during the warm months of June through September, with May and October being transitional months.

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Toora bird hide

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Toora bird hide is located about three kilometres from the small town Toora in South Gippsland. The bird hide offers excellent views of Corner Inlet towards Wilson’s Promontory National Park. Despite Corner Inlet being a large bay it often has very rough seas and strong winds.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of February 2020)

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Some weekends last longer than others. Whether you enjoyed the extra day the United States sets apart to honor former Presidents or spent your day at work in a country predisposed to honor its current leader, you can decide what period best described your weekend.

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IDs on the wing

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I have commented before on the privilege and pain of living in a state (Michoacán, Mexico) which hosts 10 out of the 15 Empidonax Flycatchers , as well as at least 4 of the 22 Myiarchus Flycatchers.

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But is it safe?

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Last week I went downhill to Paso Ancho, as I always do at some point each January. I go there to add all those Tierra Caliente (Hot Country) specialties to my year list. The site’s spectacular endemics never let me down: The beautiful Orange-breasted Bunting.

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“One for the crow”: Dancing Crow Vineyards Zinfandel (2017)

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“One for the rook, one for the crow, one to wither, and one to grow.”

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Another post about owls

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Strange as it may seem, this is not an entry into a “most boring blog headline” contest. Rather, it is derived from an obscure song by a British band (Marc Riley and the Creepers) titled “Another song about motorbikes”.

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February Birds from Costa Rica

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Growing up in western New York, February was one of the more tedious of winter months. It might be the shortest month but the continuing cold, snow, and dreary weather made it seem like one of the longest.

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of February 2020?

10,000 Birds

The heart, you may have heard, wants what it wants. If what you want this Valentine’s weekend is to chase birds, follow your bliss. As you may have also heard, love means never having to say you are sorry.

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Love “Roller”coaster: Castellare di Castellini Chianti Classico (2016)

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of February 2020?

10,000 Birds

February birding may qualify as boring in many parts of the world, but that simplistic observation ignores all the excitement a truly engaged and dedicated birder can muster. Don’t give up on birding, even during the boring times.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of February 2020)

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Another Super Bowl, another title won by a team named for something other than a bird. Birding is better when you keep sports out of it anyway! Birding has been terribly slow here in the Rochester area.

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Z. Alexander Brown: Uncaged – Pinot Noir (2017)

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This week’s featured wine at Birds and Booze isn’t our first pinot noir , nor is it our first Barn Owl (in fact, this marks the third appearance of this species on a bottle here).

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Brush Bronzewing

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Brush Bronzewing – Phaps elegans are one of the bird species that we rarely encounter, because we are rarely in the right location in Australia. During our recent visit to South Gippsland in Victoria we had one encounter. They are similar to the Common Bronzewi ng , but they are a larger bird.

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Hooded Plovers on Squeaky Beach

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During the recent months we spent in Victoria we were lucky enough to observe a pair of Hooded Plovers. Hooded Plovers are only found in the south of Australia and they are not abundant in any location.

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The Joy of Pigeons

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This post is inspired by a misconception. When I checked the photograph shown below, it was on a small screen in bright sunlight.

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