March 2011

A view from a new nest

Thumbnail image for A view from a new nest by CharlieMoores 31 March 2011

Writing for Birdingblogs.com feels like an adventure – shared with a group of very talented individuals. Importantly there’s more the feel of making an investment here than of simply hopping aboard an express train with no particular interest in the destination as long as it’s still going forward.

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Palenque, Mexico – Birding the Maya Ruins

Thumbnail image for Palenque, Mexico – Birding the Maya Ruins by Rich Hoyer 29 March 2011

Palenque is perhaps the most famous of Mexico’s Maya ruins – at least for birders, thanks to its being surrounded by tropical rain forest. We used to do a tour that spent a week based in one hotel and birded the ruins on three different days, but with this new itinerary that takes in the [...]

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Charlie Moores joins birdingblogs.com

Thumbnail image for Charlie Moores joins birdingblogs.com by DaleForbes 27 March 2011

That’s right, the incredibly brilliant Charlie Moores is to join our humble ranks. Charlie started “Charlie’s Bird Blog” in 2004 and quickly made a name for himself in the bird world. Actually, come to think of it, 2004 was centuries ago in blogging history. Almost pre-historic. That would have put Charlie right up there with [...]

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Featured~Blow me away~Bird Blogger of the Week

Thumbnail image for Featured~Blow me away~Bird Blogger of the Week by dAwN FiNe 25 March 2011

Howdee all, We are still in Florida..enjoying the warmth, hiking, birding and checking out the natural springs in the Ocala National Forest.. We leave next week for a two day drive to North Carolina where we will stay for a month, before heading to~two great Birding Festivals in May. ~The New River Birding and Nature [...]

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Birding top-lists

Thumbnail image for Birding top-lists by Gunnar 24 March 2011

Think NatureblogNetwork! Think Fatbirder Top 1000! Here are the first dedicated topsites for Birding Tour Operators and for single person birdingblogs all around the world. There are specific categories for geographic areas – and some specific topics such as world birding, pelagics, bird photography and birdfeeding.

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Book review: Birds of Colombia – ProAves guide

Thumbnail image for Book review: Birds of Colombia – ProAves guide by Gunnar 23 March 2011

Field guide to the birds of Colombia Below follows a short review of  the newly published Birds of Colombia financed by the Colombian conservation NGO ProAves. It is in place to put forward some of ProAves virtues, in the aftermath of the rather long debate presented here on Birdingblogs regarding ProAves hasty description of  a [...]

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Birding the Maya Ruins of Bonampak and Yaxchilán

Thumbnail image for Birding the Maya Ruins of Bonampak and Yaxchilán by Rich Hoyer 22 March 2011

We’re actually quite fortunate that most of the enchanting Maya ruins are still surrounded by good, birdable habitat. Bonampak and Yaxchilán in the Lacandon Region of eastern Chiapas are among the best. But as I mentioned a few posts ago, you don’t want to spoil the ambiance by knowing too much about the history of [...]

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Super-rare Amsterdam Albatross a new species

Thumbnail image for Super-rare Amsterdam Albatross a new species by DaleForbes 21 March 2011

The Amsterdam (Island) Albatross Diomedea amsterdamensis was first described in 1983 – breeding on only one Indian Ocean island, Amsterdam Island – and its identity and taxonomic relationships have been hotly disputed since. Evidently, it was widely thought to be a subspecies of Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans, and interestingly breeds in a characteristic dark plumage, [...]

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Alpine Accentors (Prunella collaris) in Tirol

Thumbnail image for Alpine Accentors (Prunella collaris) in Tirol by DaleForbes 20 March 2011

The Alpine Accentor (Prunella collaris) is one of our most characteristic birds of the high Alps; breeding and spending the summer months almost completely above the treeline (about 1800m/6000ft asl in Tirol). In late March, the Alpine Accentors return to their breeding areas from their lower wintering grounds (i.e. an altitudinal migration) but, from what [...]

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Naked Bittern Exposed

Thumbnail image for Naked Bittern Exposed by Rebecca Nason 19 March 2011

Minsmere is the RSPB’s premier nature reserve on the Suffolk coast, East Anglia, UK, and luckily for me, just a stones throw away from where I live half an hours drive further down the coast. I do not visit as much as i’d like to or should, but when I do, I am always pleased [...]

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Featured Bird Blog ~Photographer~ of the week

Thumbnail image for Featured Bird Blog ~Photographer~ of the week by dAwN FiNe 18 March 2011

Howdee all, Its getting hot here in Florida and about time for Jeff and I to start our northward journey with the birds. I hope you are all able to get out and do some Bird watching. Did you enjoy last weeks ” Bathrobe” Bird Blogger ?~Somehow comments were disabled for that post..so if you [...]

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SparrowTime

Thumbnail image for SparrowTime by Kenn Kaufman 17 March 2011

I am blessed to live in a major migration hotspot. Northwestern Ohio, USA, has fabulous concentrations of migrants in spring and fall. Visiting birders come here to see the waterfowl, the raptors, the shorebirds, the warblers — especially the warblers, which gather here in colorful throngs in May, earning this area the title of “Warbler Capital [...]

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Birding the Lacandon Rainforest of Mexico

Thumbnail image for Birding the Lacandon Rainforest of Mexico by Rich Hoyer 15 March 2011

Here are some photos from our third day of birding in eastern Chiapas, Mexico on the tour I led here in mid-February this year. We had all morning to bird in the 1463-hectare preserve belonging to the community of Reforma Agraria – their Reserva Ejidal. The trail, steep and narrow in places, continued for 2.5 [...]

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Birdfinding guide to Australia

Thumbnail image for Birdfinding guide to Australia by Gunnar 14 March 2011

New birdfinding guide I got this article Simon Mustoe of Bird-O.com about the new birdfinding guide for Australia by  Richard Thomas and Sarah Thomas, with help of David Andrews and Alan McBride.  I have not yet been to Australia, but from what I can see this is a fantastic resourse to the continent where birds [...]

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British Birders – a separate subspecies?

Thumbnail image for British Birders – a separate subspecies? by DaleForbes 13 March 2011

I have only been in Britain a couple of times, and have yet to go birdwatching there (an Osprey at Birdfair doesn’t count). But the British Birdwatcher has certainly intrigued me for many years. Never having seen them in their natural habitat, my impression of British Birdwatchers is based almost exclusively on studying them as [...]

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Devastating tsunami claims lives of humans and birds

Thumbnail image for Devastating tsunami claims lives of humans and birds by Gyorgy Szimuly 11 March 2011

A few days ago every major news source published the fantastic news about the world’s oldest bird which returned to its Midway home to raise chicks. Wisdom, the name of the more 60 years old Laysan Albatross, returned safe to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Pacific Islands. Soon after the chicks of the [...]

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Yippeee!..Featured “Bathrobe” Bird Blogger of the Week

Thumbnail image for Yippeee!..Featured “Bathrobe” Bird Blogger of the Week by dAwN FiNe 11 March 2011

Howdee all, I thought the addition of Yippee in the title suited that silly Puffin up there.^^^ I am excited though, I found a new blog recently..well, several months ago..and I am in love. I am in love with my featured bloggers writing…I sometimes feel I am at a crime scene, reading a captivating novel, [...]

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‘Tirrick’ Tern Gallery

Thumbnail image for ‘Tirrick’ Tern Gallery by Rebecca Nason 10 March 2011

A small ‘Arctic Tern‘ Sterna paradisaea  or ‘Tirrick‘ (Old Norse/Shetland for Arctic Tern) gallery  . . . .all taken on Fair Isle, Shetland, UK. It won’t be long before these stunning long distance migrants are back on their territories again!

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Swallow from Africa in my patch. 1st South America record. Probably NOT!

Thumbnail image for Swallow from Africa in my patch. 1st South America record. Probably NOT! by Gunnar 8 March 2011

Black-and-rufous Swallow? About a month ago, my friend Fabrice Schmitt posted a picture of a swallow on Birding Peru. Very weird with chestnut underparts. No South American Swallow looks this way.

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