July, 2019

Uncommon Yellowthroats

10,000 Birds

The Yellowthroat group is an odd collection of bird species. The one migratory species, aptly named the Common Yellowthroat , can be seen almost anywhere in North America. Another one, the Masked Yellowthroat , can be found in five unconnected resident territories over much of South America.

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Holidaymakers encouraged to save their lilos from landfill by turning them into designer bags

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Holidaymakers can see their unwanted lilos transformed into designer bags and pouches thanks to a holiday company that’s pledging to reduce the number of inflatables sent to landfill.

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Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) is a top 3 economics journal.

Environmental Economics

at least according to the Web of Science Journal Citations Report for 2018. And yes, I'm telling you this because John and I now have a top 3 publication (and I think we deserve a raise dammit

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Why Do Little Birds Mob Big Birds?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Small, angry birds take on big predators – and live. Birds & Birding From the Field Wildlife Birds Traveling Naturalist

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Put Plants In Your Home To Live Longer

Green Prophet

Summertime, and the green outdoors beckons. It’s tempting to go for a healthy walk outdoors. But what if you live in an apartment, a bus ride away from a park? Or spend the best part of daylight hours in an office building?

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Why Is Family Farming Better for the Environment?


Family farming, which broadly speaking means. any farm owned or managed by a family, is the most predominant form of agriculture around the globe. Over 500 million family farms in the world currently supply more than 56 percent of food, feed and fiber [1].

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Recent Changes to the Costa Rica Bird List

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Some birders are more learners than listers, others more photographers than birders. However, no matter how one enjoys or takes in interest in the avian side of life, an official list of the birds for a given area is of vital importance.

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Sociocracy - The Movement

The Green Changemakers

By Ted J. Rau The sociocracy experience I’m part of several sociocratic organizations, and we sometimes get requests from what I call “sociocracy tourists”–people who want to attend a sociocratic meeting to see what it is like. I have a standard response that might surprise you: “Come.

In Conservation, Sometimes It’s the Small Things that Inspire

Nature Conservancy - Science

Join Nikolaj Lasbo as he bands American Kestrel chicks in Utah. Birds & Birding From the Field Wildlife Birds Nest Cams Protected Areas

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One Of The World’s Oldest Mosques Excavated In The Negev

Green Prophet

The rocky brown soil of the Negev desert suggests an empty environment, but recent excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority have brought to light an ancient mosque from the 7th-8th centuries CE there. It’s one of the earliest known mosques in the world, a surprising find in the area.

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The longest way to Costa Rica goes around the world!

10,000 Birds

Presuming that you want to bird Costa Rica, you would book a southbound flight (from N. America) or westbound (from Europe). Yet, for most people, birders are all eccentric. What if you were truly eccentric?

Perch Wars

10,000 Birds

In April of this year, I had the crazy idea of submitting this article to 10,000 Birds for their consideration. Since I will still be enjoying my last couple of days in Spain on this week’s deadline, I thought it might be the moment to share it with all of you.

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Owls, Owls, and more Owls in SE Arizona

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The last couple of weeks have really been a boom for me personally, as far as spotting our local owls goes. Getting to actually see four species, in the last two weeks, and to hear two more is almost unheard of in my experience.

Birds of Ecuador by Juan Freile & Robin Restall

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Helm Field Guides, Paperback – May 2018. As we birders like to see ourselves, we aren’t tourists but travellers, even explorers. And hence we do not carry tourist guides with us. Our tourist attractions have feathers and unlike crumbling temples or colonial buildings, do not stay in one place.

Amur Paradise Flycatcher in Jixi, Anhui, China

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A few weeks ago, I spent a few days at Jixi, Anhui, a relatively rural place about 2.5 hours away from Shanghai by high-speed train. There, breeding Amur Paradise Flycatchers have become an attraction for Chinese bird photographers, and the source of some tourism income for the locals.

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July birding in Northern Germany

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About two times per year, I spend a few weeks in Northern Germany – Visselhövede, to be exact. This is not generally a very joyful occasion – daily visits to my mother, whose dementia is progressing, tend to be fairly depressing.

Hermit Thrush Brewery: Po Tweet

10,000 Birds

I consider myself fortunate that I learned to love summer birding before I ever knew what the summer doldrums are, if only because summer was the very first season I began birding.

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Antpittas and Gnateaters: A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Antpittas and Gnateaters by Harry F. Greeney was recommended to me as a book I HAD to review by no less than three birding friends. I hesitated because a 496-page book about two skulky neotropical bird groups is a little intimidating.

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Madera Canyon: The feeders at Santa Rita Lodge

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Rarely does the name Madera Canyon come up without most North American birders taking pause to recognize the importance to birding in the Southwest U.S.

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Yellow Bitterns in Singapore

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One bird that is easily encountered in Singapore without venturing too far off the beaten track is the Yellow Bittern. The Yellow Bittern is often overlooked by visitors to many of the parks and gardens in Singapore.

Great Mexican Bird Names

10,000 Birds

By the time this post is published, I will be on a short trip to Spain, though not principally for birding purposes. So I decided to make it easy on myself, and follow up on the whole name theme we did a couple of weeks ago.

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Auto-pilot Conservation in the Era of Trump

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The Trump Administration has been a challenging place for conservationists to find any glimmers of optimism. Other than a sweeping public lands package in 2019 , there has been little or no progress on the environment or wildlife protection. Indeed, there has been considerable cause for alarm.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of July 2019)

10,000 Birds

A hot weekend doesn’t necessarily make for hot birding, but things may be warming up on that front. One truth you learn in the birding business is that birds are always moving in one direction or another. If you didn’t see much this weekend, just wait a few weeks.

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Where Are You Birding This Second Weekend of July 2019?

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Summer (or winter, depending on where you are this week) rolls on, leading us deep into the dreaded doldrums. Don’t give up on birding, though. Even a small change in routine or location can open up unexpected possibilities.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of July 2019)

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July birding in the Northern Hemisphere may be slow, but you’ve got to love those adorable baby birds! Does anyone out there keep a separate list for fledglings and chicks?

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High-Altitude Birding in Central Mexico

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One of the things I love about birding around Morelia, in central Mexico, is the wide variety of habitats I have nearby.

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Saving Jemima and Julie: a Book Review

10,000 Birds

The last time a Julie Zickefoose book was reviewed on this blogsite, the piece began by saying “This is going to be a rave review.” That sentence will do for this review and this book, too: it’s unavoidable. Who knew?

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The first Pied Oystercatcher chicks of 2019

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This year marks the twentieth year that we have observed Pied Oystercatchers nesting along Cable Beach. We keep an eye on the 23 kilometre length of beach that runs from Gantheaume Point to the southern side of Willie Creek.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of July 2019?

10,000 Birds

While a huge swath of the United States braces for record-setting heat–again–other parts of the world may be suffering equally oppressive though dramatically different weather. Wherever you are, whatever you do, stay safe, but also try to find time to check out some birds!

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Cepas de Loro: Pisco Puro Muscatel

10,000 Birds

Depending on one’s perspective, it’s either through hilariously misleading irony or outright false advertising that many of the world’s great liquors derive their English names from various native words for a somewhat more wholesome liquid: water.

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Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of July 2019?

10,000 Birds

Many Americans have kicked off the first weekend of July with a very extended weekend. Unfortunately, a week of Saturdays won’t bring the migrants back! With hope, each of you finds yourself exactly where the best birds are.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of July 2019)

10,000 Birds

Those of us north of the Equator should be enjoying our summer weekends no matter how boring the birding might be. Better, though, is finding a way to raise the quality of your bird sightings and enjoyment of them. How is that working out for you?

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of July 2019)

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Weekends, whether long or short, usually produce opportunities for noteworthy moments. Hopefully, you manufactured one or two of the avian observation variety. Most of the birds of note during my weekend in Pittsburgh appeared in transit.

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Central Catchment Nature Reserve Singapore

10,000 Birds

The Central Catchment Nature Reserve in Singapore is a huge area that covers over 2,000 hectares of forest. There are over twenty kilometres of walking trails within the park and it is open from 7am until 7pm daily.

Painted Finches collecting charcoal

10,000 Birds

When we are bird watching we sometimes come across some odd behaviour that we have not seen in the past. It is always interesting watching birds and the different ways they survive in the Australian bush and also in the cities.

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Being a beginning birder, again

10,000 Birds

It’s a rush any new birder experiences: that of every species being a lifer. But few new birders appreciate that rush, because they haven’t known anything else… yet. Once you’ve been around the birding block a few years, your appreciation for the lifer experience deepens greatly. But the opportunities to see new species become more difficult with each one seen.

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Collaborative list – June 2019

10,000 Birds

Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. The trend at this time of year is a downturn in shared lists and birds reported, nevertheless, 12 (is this a record?)

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