March, 2020

Just wash your hands


Afraid of contracting or passing Coronavirus 19? JUST WASH YOUR HANDS. Often. For inspiration, check out the results of this science experiment, done at an elementary school in 2019: “We took fresh bread and touched it. We did one slice untouched. One with unwashed hands. One with hand sanitizer.

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Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert–An Author Interview

10,000 Birds

Suzie Gilbert has once again ventured into new territory and written a novel–a crazy road trip adventure entitled Unflappable. Faithful 10,000 Birds readers will remember Suzie as our wildlife rehabilitation beat writer.

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Price Gouging during the Pandemic

Environmental Economics

The global coronavirus pandemic is an emergency.    Whenever there is an emergency (think hurricanes, earthquakes), there are accusations of price gouging. 

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Gardening myths most people believe but that are not true

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) If you are interested in growing a garden, there are lots of people offering advice from the internet, to books to even those you know very well. However, not all advice is good advice and some is just downright silly.

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Download the Victory Garden Handbook, circa 1943

Green Prophet

They started during times of war when there was not enough food. Planted in lawns and in backyards. This one was planted in a bomb crater. A Victory Garden planted in a bomb crater in London. . When a parking lot was bombed in London during World War II they planted a garden.

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The Best Nature Documentaries On TV Now

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bring the outdoors inside with these great nature documentaries. Wildlife Endangered Species Our Nature Reads

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COVID19 as Shabbat


* A wise friend of mine, Lynn Ungar, wrote this magnificent poem about the current COVID-19 situation. * I love her perspective and thought you might enjoy it too. To me, these words are like medicine, and with no need to do insurance paperwork to get it.

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More Trending

Goodness in the Midst of Adversity

The Green Samaritan

This time may be a way of making us slow down and think about how we can help each other out. So let’s be safe, stay healthy at home and be thankful for all we have. See the full post and more at Green Living

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Jetting around the world to save the climate

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Or how else should one interpret the annual COP gatherings?

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Mecca’s Hajj cancelled this year

Green Prophet

Travel to Mecca and Medina is simply cancelled this year by Saudi Arabia over fears that the coronavirus will spread. Millions of Muslims make the pilgrimage every year.

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Hate Birding Lists? Try A Yard List

Nature Conservancy - Science

Yard lists are an understated and unsung birding pleasure. Here’s everything you need to know about them. Birds & Birding Birds Outdoor Rec Traveling Naturalist Urban Conservation Wildlife

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I interrupt this virus for a cuteness interlude


We now have 12 baby chicks in the living room. It’s amazing to witness how much they change and grow every day – sometimes, it seems, every hour! Only one day after I took this photo, some of them had suddenly sprouted teeny but real wing feathers.

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Social Distancing

10,000 Birds

I am a nerd. The nerd part of me, which dates back to before the word was popularized, did not do me well during my pre-teen years. In spite of its title, the movie The Revenge of the Nerds did not help.

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The world’s best road infrastructure

Eco Friendly Daily

The world’s infrastructure sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. India has some of the deadliest roads , while Beijing has the chaotic 50 lane motorway that turns into a still rather large 20 lanes. However, sometimes we get it spot on.

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How to See Sunbitterns in Costa Rica

10,000 Birds

Some birds seem familiar but that’s just because they are the ones we grew up with, the birds that were hopping or flying around the neighborhood. The familiar ones, the usual birds, of course depend on where someone spent their childhood.

Finding birds in Deliblato Sands, part 1/3: the largest sand dune system of Europe

10,000 Birds

It has been a while since I wrote on where to watch birds (unbelievable, I know), and will now focus on the nature reserve of Deliblato Sands and the adjoining Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland, about an hour east from Belgrade, Serbia.

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Isolation, a.k.a. Business as Usual

10,000 Birds

I’m certain many birders would agree with me on the fact that the imposed self-isolation and social distancing requirements suit us just fine. Long walks far away from large crowds? Ears filled with birdsong and no industrial hum? Sign me up!

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Pirates of the Caribbean

10,000 Birds

The island of Tobago in the southern Caribbean is much wilder than one could imagine. Hey, in 1959 Walt Disney set up a studio on the island and filmed Swiss Family Robinson there!

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First Phoebe of 2020

10,000 Birds

I saw my first migratory Eastern Phoebe of 2020 this morning at Cunningham Park in my home borough of Queens, where I was looking for my first Rusty Blackbirds of the year. (I I found them too!) The phoebe was busy flycatching over a vernal pool, often hitting the water as it chased bugs.

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Northern Gannet Show in New York Harbor

10,000 Birds

Few birds are as spectacular as a Northern Gannet in a plunge dive. The way they briefly flare up and turn over, pulling their wings in as they plunge, bill-first, like an arrow into a bullseye, is one of those things you just have to see to comprehend.

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Birding Mkuze

10,000 Birds

Mkuze Game Reserve is in the Eastern part of South Africa, about 5 hours away from Johannesburg, and one of the best places I have ever been to for bird photography.

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Crazy Eyes

10,000 Birds

When I was a young man growing up in Northern California, I thought I knew all about Juncos. Juncos are cute little woodland sparrows. They have dark eyes set in darkly colored heads, are quite attractive, and have a gentle disposition.

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My Birding Spot During COVID-19: Willow Lake Preserve

10,000 Birds

I am a birder living in the epicenter of the epicenter of COVID-19 right now. New York City is the hottest of hot spots, and not in the fun, eBird meaning of the term but in the “holy moly our health system is going to collapse” meaning of the term.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of February 2020)

10,000 Birds

The weekend that passed may have featured a day that pops up on our eccentric calendar only once every four years, but that chronological quirk may be the most interesting aspect of the transition from February to March. When will migration arrive??

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Echidna-egg laying mammal-500th post!

10,000 Birds

When I realised that this weekend would be my 500th post for this website I thought I could broaden the “birding” topic to “egg-laying” topic. In Australia we have two egg-laying mammals. These are the Platypus and the Echidna.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

You may have experienced one of the weirdest weekends of your life, what with all bars and restaurants closed and people maintaining a healthy distance from even close friends and family.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

Some times of year offer more avian excitement than others, and recent signs even as far north as I live suggest we’ve just entered such a period. Harbingers of the season to come have been emerging slowly buy surely. Did you catch any this weekend?

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Great Knot, Red Knot and Greater Sand Plovers changing plumage

10,000 Birds

So, here we are in the second week of March and the start of migration from the shores around Broome has started! The first species to leave our shores each year are the Greater Sand Plover.

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Birds of Bolivia: Field Guide–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

One of these days, Jeopardy will feature a category called “Field Guides” and the first clue will be: “This landlocked South American country finally got its own bird field guide in 2016, but it wasn’t available in the United State until 2019.”

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Finding birds in Deliblato Sands Reserve, part 2/3: the Labudovo okno Ramsar Wetland

10,000 Birds

LABUDOVO OKNO Ramsar Site and an Important Bird Area represents a section of the Danube floodplain downriver from Belgrade, Serbia, and situated in the south of the Deliblato Sands Special Nature Reserve.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Last of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

We all have a lot on our minds these days. With hope, a little time in nature—or at least looking at something wild from your window–took your mind to a better place this weekend.

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Threatened Birds of Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

By some measures, Shanghai is the most populated city in the world. That does not make it sound like a very promising or important bird habitat. And yet it is. Shanghai is located on the coast of the East China Sea and lies right on the East Asian–Australasian Flyway.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of March 2020)

10,000 Birds

If you’re wondering if life as we have known it in many countries around the world may be giving way to a more disintermediated existence, replete with toilet paper stockpiles and schooling via livestream, you may not be entirely wrong.

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Brown-headed Thrush

10,000 Birds

Kasia Rinkai Park on Tokyo Bay will host the slalom canoeing events for the upcoming (correct at time of writing) Olympic Games, Tokyo 2020. In the meantime, it played host to my target bird for the trip.

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Australia is closed-sorry….

10,000 Birds

The header photo above is what is normal in Broome in mid-March in the middle of the afternoon on Cable Beach. I have the beach to myself along with the shorebirds, crabs, occasional jellyfish and maybe there is a crocodile out to sea. However, nothing else is normal.

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What Will My Next Five Queens Birds Be?

10,000 Birds

Having finally found a Black Vulture for my Queens list , an important tick both because it was long overdue and because it was the tenth bird since my last set of predictions, it is time, once again, to look at what might be coming to my Queens list.

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Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of March 2020?

10,000 Birds

If you are living on the same planet the rest of us are, you surely need a diversion this weekend. Why not make World Sparrow Day , which we celebrate on March 20, an all-weekend affair? The Old World Passer sparrows are ubiquitous all around the world, typically where humans congregate most.

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