May, 2020

Warblers that Warble

10,000 Birds

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.

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ARS long-reach pruner ? Product review

Green (Living) Review

Review by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The ARS-160-0.6 long-reach pruner is a cut and hold snipper, ideally suited for pruning of roses, for instance, but also for other tasks, including harvesting certain crops. It has a length, that is to say a reach of 60cm, to which you can add the reach of your extended arm, and a weight of 360grams. ARS-160-0.6 Price, incl.

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RFF | Request for Proposals: Retrospective Studies of Regulatory Performance

Environmental Economics

I'm posting this RFP at the request of Dick Morgenstern and Art Fraas. This is a great project. coincidentally, I recently purchased Economic Analysis a the EPA , ed. by Morgenstern and have read the intro, conclusions, and all the parts about estimating benefits. The book is highly recommended for a better understanding of what policy analysts do with our benefit estimates.    From the website < [link] > here are excerpts from the RFP: Overview.

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A Lifelong Love of Field Guides

Nature Conservancy - Science

A celebration of field guides, the little books that changed the way we interact with nature. From the Field Birds Mammal Watching Our Nature Reads Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist Wildlife

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Vitamin D-deficient Patients Twice As Likely To Develop Severe COVID-19 Symptoms

Green Prophet

A new study released by Northwestern University concludes that vitamin D may be an essential weapon to protect yourself from the coronavirus. According to researchers, lower vitamin D levels significantly increase the likelihood that an infected person will develop severe symptoms and complications. The study drew upon data from hospitals in China, France, Italy, South Korea, and the United States.

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All for WON and WON for All!

The Green Samaritan

All for WON and WON for all! How about a win for us all? As we face re-opening phases, a good friend of mine along with her 16 year old daughter and 20 year old son came up with the idea and this. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Emerging birding destinations: Serbia

10,000 Birds

The coronavirus has locked us all in, literally, doing something that was totally unthinkable only a few months ago: it has prevented us from birding abroad! And now we are all dreaming about new destinations to explore, once airports are working again and borders re-open. Only this time, you do not feel like inhaling the same air circling through the plane on a ten hour flight.

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5 Reasons to Travel by Campervan

Eco Friendly Daily

A definite for everyone’s bucket list, at least once in your life you should try campervan travel. Take charge of your holiday and sit behind the wheel of your own trip, there are plenty of reasons to rent a campervan for your next holiday. Give it a go , just so you know whether campervan travel is for you. These are what I consider to be the main advantages of travelling by campervan compared to other holiday methods. Sustainable. This may sound silly, how can driving a vehicle be sustainable!

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What is the Best Type of Farm for Birding?

Nature Conservancy - Science

When it comes to agricultural lands, new research shows some are better for birds than others. From the Field Agriculture Birds Ecosystem Services TNC Science Wildlife

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If you think the Middle East is dramatic now, 2000 years ago it was a telenovela

Green Prophet

The relations between the Herodian Kingdom and the Nabatean Kingdom were very complex and involved political, economic and marriage ties. Through the institution of marriage with local dynasties, Herodians consolidated power in the southern Levant and later became Rome’s client state. Intermarriage between religious groups was not uncommon, people were open-minded, until they were not.

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Wisdom

The Green Samaritan

Sometime, it seems, there so much noise on the news and social media that you just need to take a quiet moment wherever you can to listen for what rings true for you. See the full post and more at www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

May delivers one of those amazing times of the year when we’re too busy looking at birds to sit around talking about them. Let’s make this quick… I managed to catch up with many of my favorite spring migrants at most of the usual Rochester hotspots, yet my best bird actually came to me; I stuck my head out of my home office window only to find myself essentially eye level with a Blackburnian Warbler.

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Fragile vs. Resilient Food Systems

The Green Changemakers

Source: Films for Action "Covid is shining the spotlight on the fragility of the linear systems that we have come to rely on. In many countries, particularly in the US, the food system has been thrown into chaos. The industrial food system is inherently fragile. One missing link in the chain means the entire process grinds to a halt. There are alternatives. 70% of the world's food is produced by smallholders (5 acres or less) and distributed to their local communities.

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Las Vegas. Sin City. Disneyland for Adults

Eco Friendly Daily

There are a lot of misconceptions about Las Vegas that you might hear before you go; the main one being it is only good if you like to gamble. Although that may have been true in the past when it was all about spending most of your time in casinos and blowing all your money on the slots machines and game tables.

The Coolest Kingfishers from Six Continents

Nature Conservancy - Science

With more than 100 kingfisher species, here are 12 of the coolest. Birds & Birding From the Field Birds Traveling Naturalist Weird Nature Wildlife

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Sriracha not burning? A new COVID-19 symptom includes not tasting hot sauce

Green Prophet

Think you have COVID-19? Grab a bottle of your hottest sauce and see if you can taste fire. Seems to be that Vitamin D deficiency is an underlying factor in those who suffer the most from COVID-19 , or coronavirus. New crowd-sourced data, confirms the early and eerie side-effects: seems that not only smell, but taste and the inability to be phased by hot sauce, among the signs that a patient with the flu might be experiencing COVID-19.

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Planning and executing birding plans in the times of corona-virus

10,000 Birds

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” Like many of you, I had plans for this year’s spring migration: to bird the very best tour of the Balkans, heading for northeastern Greece. First, 800 km of driving from Belgrade through Bulgaria to very NE corner of Greece and the Dadia Forest National Park with its 36 species of diurnal raptors, out of Europe’s 38.

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Back to the Forest ? but first, Flamingos!

10,000 Birds

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. Fortunately, I live in Trinidad and Tobago – a twin-island nation that boasts the second highest density of bird species in the world. With 489 species recorded (including rarities and vagrants) across a land area that totals less than 2,000 square miles, T&T facilitates quick and easy changes of scenery.

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Some of America?s Avian Treasures

10,000 Birds

North America is home to many amazing bird species, including several which require a special effort to see and appreciate. These birds also invite one to sites that are unique within the United States – the climate, vegetation, and landscapes all add context and heighten the experience of seeing one’s first Elegant Trogon or Painted Bunting. So let’s look at this sampler, shall we?

2020 169

Grateful for My Yard Birds

10,000 Birds

It had been a long day. My four-month-old – having received his vaccinations the day before – promptly developed a temperature. Normally we wouldn’t have worried, but these days any sign of a fever is extra stressful. His discomfort made him fussy, which made getting work done nearly impossible until my husband came home from his job at a nearby wildlife management area.

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May Warblers, Costa Rican Style

10,000 Birds

May migration is legendary. It’s when Biggest Week happens, in many places, the fifth month is when it gets truly warm, when we can forget about winter. For myself and surely thousands of other birders, May is when I saw my first of many birds.

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How Many Birders Are There, Really? (Updated)

10,000 Birds

How many birders are there in America? For such a simple question, it turns out there are very few solid estimates. Indeed, there appears to be just one and it is cited repeatedly. Every few years, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) releases a survey called “ Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis.”. The most recent report was issued in December 2019 and it used data from the 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

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Best Time to Bird South Florida? Fall Migration

10,000 Birds

As the cold fronts begin to sweep through the northern states ushering in a wave of seasonal change and color, South Florida becomes a gathering place for migratory birds far and wide across the country. It starts in late July when shorebirds from the Arctic Tundra, Great Plains, and New England beaches amass at beaches, agricultural areas, and mere rain puddles throughout the tip of the peninsula.

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Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos return to Broome

10,000 Birds

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos have become a regular sight around Broome in recent weeks. They are usually heard before they are seen and call raucously as they slowly move across the sky. The wing beat of the Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo always appears very slow for such a large bird. The biggest flock we have seen in recent weeks has numbered over one hundred individuals, but generally the flocks have been smaller. Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos are not observed around Broome during our wet season.

2020 168

The Longest (and Shortest) Hour

10,000 Birds

Luck is a funny thing. It always presents itself in unexpected ways, seemingly to deliberately confuse and mislead. Last year we reunited with a couple good friends who flew in to T&T for a few days and headed to the remote village of Grande Riviere. This sleepy fishing village on the north coast of Trinidad should ring a bell – it boasts the densest nesting population of Leatherback Turtles in the entire western hemisphere.

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Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition: A Field Guide Review

10,000 Birds

The April arrival of the Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition was a supremely happy moment in a very difficult, sad month. Seeing Peterson’s classic illustrations with their pristine lines and arrows in an updated format, ready for birding as soon as the birds arrived and I could leave my apartment, was beyond comforting, it meant there was still stability and continuity amidst the chaos. A Little Bit of Field Guide History.

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How to Celebrate Global Big Day from Home in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Today, May 9th is when we would have been immersed in birds, likely from dusk to dawn. In our neck of the woods, marking Common Pauraque as the first species of the day, attempting to identify shorebirds in the dark of the night (not easy.), and listening for owls just before dawn. We would have been straining the ears to get lucky with the faint notes of at least one migrating Upland Sandpiper before getting down to business with a hectic focus on the many birds of a tropical dawn chorus.

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“It’s a good life”: Donald Kroodsma’s Birdsong

10,000 Birds

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My First Birdathon

10,000 Birds

Note: Erika is the Communications Director for Audubon Florida. I have been birding for about seven years now – time flies when you’re having fun. However, until this spring I had yet to participate in some of birding’s most time-honored traditions: a Birdathon. Birdathons have been used as Audubon fundraisers for decades, and the concept is simple: count birds in a set period of time – usually 24 hours.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

This past weekend was both Global Big Day and World Migratory Bird Day, and yet I had to deal with snow and freezing cold. Isn’t that against the rules? Suffice to say, migrants were having no part of the Arctic chill enveloping Western New York, which means we’re still mired in the first wave of spring arrivals. I consider myself lucky to have seen a Blue-headed Vireo.

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Woodland for sale

10,000 Birds

As of next month I am assuming that the airline industry will have no further use for my services and a bleak outlook looms. On the other side of the coin, I will have a lot of time on my hands and 8.5 acres of ancient woodland. During all the uncertainty of virus and threat of job loss, an exciting project has given me reason to look forward with some hope.

2020 145

Birding Shanghai in May

10,000 Birds

Don`t worry – after having written about birding Shanghai in April a few weeks ago, I will not continue this theme for longer – not that much to write about in June and July. But May is a good time for birding here, and thus worth a post. The local equivalent to a popstar in this month is the Japanese Paradise Flycatcher. I guess you can see why. May is also a good time for herons and egrets, as they are in their full breeding plumage. Chinese Pond Heron. Great Egret.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (First of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

Many people consider May to be one of the year’s better months, but birders seem more attached. The birding is just that good, or at least can be. Did your month get off to an auspicious start? I was quite pleased to pull my first New York state warblers for the year from the early bird menu. Best of the prosaic bunch was a Black-and-White Warbler looking extra sharp against the drab gray and brown of bare branches at Firehouse Woods.

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Springtime in Canada Geese Country

10,000 Birds

Normally, I don’t look forward to seeing the Canada Geese on the lake near my Florida home. There are too many for the size of the water body, and they don’t migrate. Did I mention they’re loud and a bit aggressive? And yet, one time each year, I hit the surface of the water with my kayak in search of these waterfowl: spring. The bright yellow, fluffy chicks emerged only a few weeks ago.

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Best Birds of the Back Yard

10,000 Birds

As is the case with many birders all over the world, I have been living under total lockdown for the past three weeks. As a result, all of the birding I have done has been in my back yard, or from my roof. As our long-time readers know, one 10,000 Birds tradition is for each writer to write in December about their Best Birds of the Year. So, in order to up the ante a bit during this period of limitations, I decided to consider what my Best Birds of the Back Yard would be (so far).

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Fourth of May 2020)

10,000 Birds

Those of us in the United States are celebrating Memorial Day Weekend, normally a time to gather with friends and family for barbecues, beach outings, and other fun group activities. This year, the more somber aspect of Memorial Day, remembering fallen soldiers, is perhaps more on our minds as we cope with the staggering losses from the pandemic.

2020 137

“Oh, Bittersweet Canada” – Distillerie Mariana: Avril Amaretto Québécois

10,000 Birds

“Oh, sweet Canada, Canada, Canada” is perhaps the best-best known of birdsong mnemonics in North America, familiar to birders as an aid to remembering the voice of the White-throated Sparrow ( Zonotrichia albicollis ). There are some who claim that the thinly whistled tune of this boreal songster also fits the line “Old Sam Peabody”.

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