2020

Chats

10,000 Birds

I’m guessing that most people these days communicate on social media through one or more chats. I myself am on several. But only birders know that you can communicate on a chat about… Chats.

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Good news! Federal Court Rules Trump Border Wall ILLEGAL

Indigenize

Here’s a report from the ACLU, an organization I’m proud to support. A federal court has ruled Trump’s abuse of executive power to bully his xenophobic wall into existence is illegal.

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There is more to creating a woodland than just planting trees

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Many people, and, apparently, even most governments, seem to think that all that is needed to create a woodland is to stick some trees in the ground and the rest will do itself. Alas, that is a fallacy.

2020 219

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. 

2020 130

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.

2020 91

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 www.TheGreenSamaritan.com. Green Living

2020 130

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

2020 85

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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.

2020 52

Sacred Economics

The Green Changemakers

2020 52

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.

2020 218

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.

2020 206

How to find the Ural Owl in Serbia

10,000 Birds

The Ural Owl inhabits old and undisturbed boreal forests, in an unbroken belt from Sweden and Finland across Russia to Japan, and is rarely seen to the south, only here and there, in the Carpathians (Slovakia/Ukraine/Romania/eastern Serbia) and Dinaric Alps (Croatia/Bosnia/western Serbia).

2020 208

Oban Distillery: 14-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

10,000 Birds

Whiskey Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskeys all month long.

2020 207

Birds of Japan by Otani Chikara

10,000 Birds

It’s the festive season and I am holding the new Lynx Edicions’s Birds of Japan, thinking what a perfect gift to any international birder this book represents.

2020 207

Male Vermilion Flycatchers Are Amazing

10,000 Birds

Sure, I had heard the hype. Vermilion Flycatchers are amazing! Vermilion Flycatchers are gorgeous! Vermilion Flycatchers make Scarlet Tanagers look like doodoo! But, sadly, I had never seen a Vermilion Flycatcher.

2020 206

Where Are You Birding This First Weekend of January 2020?

10,000 Birds

Is there nothing more inviting than a fresh canvas, an unbroken expanse fraught with possibilities just waiting to be filled? That is the state of our 2020 year lists and general birding experience.

2020 207

Highlights from Birding Costa Rica, 2019

10,000 Birds

I write this on the final day of the year, the last bit of 2019. The point of orbit for which the Earth starts and completes its merry-go-round the Sun is subjective but according to eBird, now is the time.

2020 207

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!

2020 194

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.

2020 185

Collaborative list – December 2019

10,000 Birds

They came home exhausted.

2020 204

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.

2020 191

Home-bound Bird Photography Tips

10,000 Birds

I’ve always birded from home for as long as I can remember. I remember seeing a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl sitting on our fencepost just after sunset when I was not even ten. I may not have known their correct species names (I thought Tropical Mockingbirds were roadrunners) but I knew they existed.

2020 181

Birding with Baby

10,000 Birds

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.

2020 194

Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey (12-Year)

10,000 Birds

Whiskey Month at Birds and Booze: This January, Birds and Booze at 10,000 Birds is setting its sights on whiskeys all month long.

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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.

2020 191

Where Are You Birding This Third Weekend of January 2020?

10,000 Birds

As a month, January is like March for birding, coming in like a lion as everyone tears into a fresh, new year list, but going out like a lamb as we gradually recognize how little bird movement really takes place this time of year.

2020 196

Where’s BBOTY?

10,000 Birds

Deary me. What with all the excitement, The Management forgot to call up the beats for their Best Bird of The Year ! It usually starts around mid-November with a thinly veiled threat, building to outright menace by the second week of December if drafts have not been submitted.

2020 196

Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of January 2020)

10,000 Birds

Now that we’re a little further into this new year, we might have a sense of how birdy this season will be.

2020 195

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.

2020 185

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.

2020 191

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.

2020 181

The Joys of Parenthood at Nanhui, Shanghai

10,000 Birds

At Nanhui, all bird parents are working parents – with all the stress that this brings. This Long-tailed Shrike probably thinks that China`s one-child policy is a really good idea.

2020 173

Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City–A Book Review

10,000 Birds

Happy New Year, 10,000 Birds readers and writers! Everyone is looking back on their best birds of 2019, so I thought it would be a good idea to look at a book that looks back a little further: Urban Ornithology: 150 Years of Birds in New York City , by P. Buckley, Walter Sedwitz, William J.

2020 193

14 days of self-isolation in Broome

10,000 Birds

Following on from my post 14 days ago when Australia was closed to international visitors there has been a lot happen in the world since then. I went slightly off-topic last week for my 500th post and shared some Echidna photos , but this week I will return to birds.

2020 168

An unexpected Yellowthroat

10,000 Birds

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

2020 185

Best Birds of my First Year with 10,000 Birds

10,000 Birds

When it comes to one’s most exciting bird sightings, of course, it all comes down to context. I wouldn’t change my central Mexican endemics for any other region’s birds. But… Been there, done most of those.

2020 188

Birding News from Costa Rica at the Start of the Pandemic

10,000 Birds

How quickly things can change. A month ago, I was helping fellow birders see their first Emerald Tanagers , their lifer Sunbittern , and wondering where Mary and I could go next, which birds we could chase during the upcoming weekends. Not anymore.

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