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Pelican Lake (Greece): Magic Revisited

Early September morning. The sun rises over the village of Chrysochorafa, by Kerkini Lake in the north of Greece, not...



Upcoming Events and Tours

September 21-27: Birding Cape May with WINGS. October 2: Lecture and book signing for the Southern Ocean Birding Group. October 15: Lecture and book signing for the Bergen County Audubon ...


Birders Should Attend the People’s Climate March

Last week here at 10,000 Birds we did a theme week called “Extinction Week.” We covered a wide variety of...


Ruby-throats in Paris

The French ornithologists of the nineteenth century were always complaining about one thing or another in what was by then the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle. I suspect that m...


Out and About with the Cumberland Bird Observers Club

Laid out as I was with some nasty virus for most of my trip to Sydney, a lot of the...


Yes, Indeed: Another Hummingbird Quiz

Every single thing I know about hummingbird identification — and a measurable share of what I know about hummingbirds, period — I owe to Steve Howell’s photographic guid...


A River of Broad-winged Hawks!

Broad-winged HawkA "kettle" of Broad-winged Hawks, rising on a thermal of warm air.Broad-winged HawkYesterday we were thrilled to see over 4,000 hawks, mostly Broad-winged Hawks, go over ...


How many birds are killed by windmills and other green energy projects?

Nobody knows and I’m not going to pretend to tell you. However, in this post, I’d like to lay out...


The long and winding road

Birds fascinate us for many reasons. Flight, beauty, the glimpse into the world of dinosaurs,  to mention but a few...


A n o t h e r Hummingbird Quiz?

Some of us were talking about hummingbird wing structures the other day — which may be why some of us don’t get invited to many cocktail parties. In any event, take a look at ...


The Parrots of Howard Beach

North of Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens is a middle class neighborhood, predominantly Italian-American, known as Howard Beach. Named...




Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of September 2014)

September migration is a fine time to appreciate birds on the wing, so fine that many of you may have missed...


Did Anybody Ever Really Think That?

The find of the fall — so far — at Cape May has been the continental US’s third whiskered tern, discovered a couple of days ago and still showing nicely, I hear. I’...


Black Bittern

In the few weeks we have been in Palmerston I have been enjoying some great birds and the cycling paths...


Fall Hummingbirds

Black-Chinned Hummingbird I enjoy visits from a variety of hummingbirds as early as mid-spring, but I have to admit that the fall hummingbirds are my favorites to watch as they buzz abou...


Extinction Week Recap

Extinction endures long past regret or even memory. We nature lovers, celebrants of life in all its exquisite multiformity, feel...


Filling the Gap Left By DeBooy’s Rail

Long-time readers of this blog probably also know Tai Haku, the scuba-diving, tree-planting, bird photographing nature blogger at Earth, Wind,...


Where Have You Gone, Rhodonessa caryophyllacea?

Extinction is sometimes more confusing than it looks. It is easy to tell when some species become extinct — a...


Pigeons and Geopolitics

It was on this date, mid-way through the Seven Years’ War, that Generals Wolfe and Montcalm both fell, fatally wounded, on the Plains of Abraham. Even those readers not so fortunate...


Which Bird Species Have Gone Extinct in Costa Rica?

When Costa Rica becomes a topic of conversation, we don’t usually hear the word “extinction” being thrown around. You might...



Carolina Parakeet: Mystery of the Incas

The 19-teens were not a good time for North American birdlife. Not more than four years following the final breath...