White Stork in New York

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Sure, this is normal occurrence across much of Europe and southwest Asia but this particular tale comes from out on the east end of New York’s Long Island, in the town of Medford, where this happened to an unsuspecting non-birder, Celeste Rovner. Fortunately, she had the presence of mind to get a picture (not the one at the top of this post, which was taken in Hungary). Thanks to Derek Rogers for getting this story onto the New York State listserv.

Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla

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Until a month ago I had never seen the Eurasian Wryneck either, but the trip to Hungary took care of that gap on the life list easily. I considered myself extremely fortunate that there was a pair apparently nesting just down the street from the Nomad Hotel in Hungary’s Bükk Hills. Many thanks to Swarovski Optik for inviting me along and letting me experience both some awesome new optics and the natural wonders of the wonderful country of Hungary. ••• a.

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Searching for a White-backed Woodpecker

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White-backed Woodpecker was one of the major target birds of the Bükk Hills portion of the trip to Hungary and though I would probably have preferred seeing what I now believe to be the mythical Black Woodpecker , the White-backed Woodpecker was a nice consolation prize. Then my iPhone started ringing, which was weird, because pretty much everyone I know knew I was in Hungary and who would be calling me at 11 PM in New York and 5 AM in Hungary?

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My Nemesis Birds to Be

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Sure, I didn’t like it in 2007 when I was doing a (not very) big year in New York and Black-backed Woodpecker would not cooperate for me. Just in New York State I have seen eight different Whimbrel. Black Woodpecker – This is a bird that has eluded me on two trips to Germany – both of which included exploring forests where they were supposed to be present – and a trip to a region of Hungary where they are supposed to be common.

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My Year in Birding 2012

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A text message that let me know about a mega-rarity in New York ! New York State’s first Grace’s Warbler. Altogether, Florida added eleven new birds to my ABA list of which six were lifers. I was pleased to add a new woodpecker to my Queens list too. June – Hungary. In June I went to Hungary. It was awesome – especially the hedgehog and the amazing new Swarovski spotting scopes I got to play with.

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Twitching Northern Lapwings in Montauk

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Driving to the eastern extremity of New York State with the hope of seeing a bird, rare for North America, is an odd and entertaining way to spend the predawn hours. While the Northern Lapwing wasn’t a year bird for me (I was lucky enough to see a couple in Hungary ) it was a new bird for my ABA list , number 495.

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Black Woodpecker: Officially a Nemesis

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Sure, occasionally a bird has given me problems, like Black-backed Woodpeckers back in 2007 when I was doing an alleged Big Year in New York State, but not seeing a bird for a single year does not make it a nemesis. I have never before had a true nemesis bird. But Black Woodpecker ?

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Systems Thinking

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It was a wonderful New York experience. LB : A final question: While you were in Hungary in 2012 for talks about the state of the planet, you wrote your children a letter that said, "In many ways, these talks were filled with what Dana [Donella] Meadows called 'unpleasant truths.'

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What If We Built Our Cities Around Places?

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PPS announces its new Great Cities Initiative, which applies the principles of Placemaking to entire cities. Small towns are adopting this innovative approach, too, as seen in the region around Littleton, New Hampshire. Each street fosters new and unique experiences.

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