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Tree Sparrow,©David Sibley

18 Mar No Subject [Jack Daynes ]
18 Mar BirdNote, last week and the week of Mar. 19, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
9 Mar does anyone have photos of a "brewster's warbler" i can use? [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
11 Mar BirdNote, last week and the week of Mar. 12, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
25 Feb BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 26, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
24 Feb Gallinaceous Birding In Colorado [Rebecca ]
19 Feb Florida Trip ~ February 12-16, 2017 [Dave DeReamus ]
18 Feb BirdNote, last week & the week of Feb. 19, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
12 Feb Hilton Pond 01/01/17 (January 2017: Winter, or Spring?) []
11 Feb BirdNote, last week & the week of Feb. 12, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
10 Feb Recommendation for local guide in Sicily [Dana Duxbury-Fox ]
9 Feb No Subject [Dana Duxbury-Fox ]
7 Feb Star Tribune: Robins in Minnesota [Joyanne Hamilton ]
6 Feb RFI: Jr. Audubon Clubs [David Larson ]
4 Feb BirdNote, last week & the week of Feb. 5, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
1 Feb Cabo San Lucas / San Jose del Cabo birding, etc. [Ellen Blackstone ]
28 Jan BirdNote, last week and the week of January 29, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
23 Jan Hilton Pond 12/01/16 (2016 Bird Banding Summary; Hummingbirds) ["research AT hiltonpond.org" ]
20 Jan Re: yellow billed tours, gambell [michael ]
22 Jan Two Big Years by BradLey McDonald [Bernie Carr ]
21 Jan BirdNote, last week and the week of January 22, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
19 Jan Young birders ["B.G. Sloan" ]
18 Jan yellow billed tours, gambell [James Williams ]
14 Jan BirdNote, last week and the week of January 15, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
9 Jan The Twelve Best Books About Birds And Birding in 2016 [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
9 Jan few year birds, but one surpise [Willem Jan Marinus Vader ]
7 Jan BirdNote, last week and the week of January 8, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
6 Jan Kumlien's Iceland Gull Discussion....1. Amar Ayyash's Blog Post .... [Daniel Edelstein ]
6 Jan Re: GPS in the Neotropics [Gail Mackiernan ]
6 Jan Re: GPS in the Neotropics [Chuck Otte ]
6 Jan Re: GPS in the Neotropics [Bill Porteous ]
6 Jan Re: GPS in the Neotropics [Gail Mackiernan ]
6 Jan GPS in the Neotropics [Tom and Margot Southerland ]
5 Jan White-throated Sparrows: A Bird with Four Sexes? [Jay Greenberg ]
4 Jan First yearbirds [Willem Jan Marinus Vader ]
2 Jan Re: Anchorage birding questions []
2 Jan Anchorage birding questions [Richard Wolfert ]
31 Dec BirdNote, last week and the week of January 1, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
30 Dec Hilton Pond 12/01/16 (York/Rock Hill Christmas Bird Count Results) ["research AT hiltonpond.org" ]
28 Dec 2017 [Willem Jan Marinus Vader ]
24 Dec BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 25, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
24 Dec Five Fun Facts About The Real Birds Of 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' Fame [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
21 Dec Fwd: [BIRDCHAT] Win a 7-day bird watching adventure in Peru. Enter Now! [L Larson ]
21 Dec Re: Win a 7-day bird watching adventure in Peru. Enter Now! [Paulo Boute ]
18 Dec Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World []
18 Dec Re: Reporting party miles by car. [Katharine Mills ]
18 Dec Re: Reporting party miles by car. []
18 Dec Reporting party miles by car. [Joseph Morlan ]
17 Dec Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World ["sandfalcon1 ." ]
17 Dec BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 18, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
15 Dec Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World [Wayne Weber ]
14 Dec Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World [Joseph Morlan ]
14 Dec Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World [Bill Porteous ]
14 Dec Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World [dmark ]
14 Dec New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World [Jay Greenberg ]
13 Dec Fw: urban birds [Paulo Boute ]
12 Dec Hawaii birding [Judy Bass ]
10 Dec BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 11, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
7 Dec Bird Names Again [Joyanne Hamilton ]
7 Dec RFI iPhone bird guides for Amazon & Peru [Ellen Blackstone ]
7 Dec peaceful coexistence, an Indian snapshot [Willem Jan Marinus Vader ]
30 Nov Odd couple (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
30 Nov Odd couple (photo) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
3 Dec BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 4, 2017 [Ellen Blackstone ]
30 Nov Cuban Trip Report ["David M. Gascoigne" ]
24 Nov Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Cuba ["David M. Gascoigne" ]
26 Nov BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 27, 2016 [Ellen Blackstone ]
24 Nov Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Cuba []
19 Nov BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 20, 2016 [Ellen Blackstone ]
12 Nov BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 13, 2016 [Ellen Blackstone ]
12 Nov A Brazilian Birding in Olrando. [Paulo Boute ]
8 Nov Can We Save Europe's Migratory Birds? [Devorah the Ornithologist ]
5 Nov BirdNote: last week & the week of Nov. 6, 2016 [Ellen Blackstone ]
4 Nov Birder's-Eye View of Birds in the Bible [Chuck & Lillian ]
4 Nov Hilton Pond 10/01/16 (American Robins) ["research AT hiltonpond.org" ]
4 Nov Birding in Indiana - interesting sites ["baikalteal13 AT netzero.net" ]

Subject: No Subject
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Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 21:56:47 -0700
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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of Mar. 19, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:05:23 -0700
Hello, BirdChat,

Here are the BirdNote stories from last week:
*  The Dawn Song - Emily Dickinson
http://bit.ly/1qobQ3l
*  Why Birds Sing
http://bit.ly/1i3yZCO
*  Elf Owl - The World's Tiniest Owl
http://bit.ly/2n7SAxU
*  House Finches, Red and Yellow - What's Up?
http://bit.ly/1BBHFd1
*  Voices and Vocabularies - Those Chickadees
http://bit.ly/1HeEsTY
*  Green Birds on St. Patrick's Day
http://bit.ly/1hPjIWe
*  Where Are All the Pigeon Babies?
http://bit.ly/1IFYkko
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Subject: does anyone have photos of a "brewster's warbler" i can use?
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 14:07:06 +0100
hello everyone,

I am writing a piece for Forbes that needs a picture or more of a
"brewster's warbler". if anyone has some large hi-res photos of these birds
that they are willing to share with a large audience, please contact me
off-list at grrlscientist at gmail.

thanks.

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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of Mar. 12, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 07:30:29 -0800
Hello, BirdChat,

Cedar Waxwing Grabs a Snack -- Be sure to check out the
latest BirdNote photo blog: http://bit.ly/2lNQ2Wj

Here are the BirdNote stories from last week:
* The Companionship of Birds, With Artist Brechin Morgan
http://bit.ly/1m78rpJ
* Northern Flicker - A Most Unlikely Woodpecker
http://bit.ly/1GCRASY
* Turkey Vultures on the Move
http://bit.ly/2mSkbDC
* Tree Swallows March North
http://bit.ly/1edCAM8
* Winter Wren in a Carolina Cathedral, With Gordon Hempton
How old-growth forest affects the sounds --
http://bit.ly/1ekdtdK
* Those Raucous Jays
http://bit.ly/OgMFC1
* Lewis's Woodpeckers and Pine Forests
http://bit.ly/2mtXQcT
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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of Feb. 26, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:09:22 -0800
Hello, BirdChat,

Here are the stories from last week:
* Swan Song - Fact or Myth?
http://bit.ly/2lQHYTz
* Bald Eagle, National Symbol
http://bit.ly/1w7vVSt
* Robin's Namesake
http://bit.ly/2lleieb
* The Regal Great Blue Heron
http://bit.ly/1vI3oCw
* American Coots
http://bit.ly/1CD2tWr
* Here Come the Barred Owls
http://bit.ly/1KWtqUn
* Birders and Hunters
http://bit.ly/12zfduC
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Subject: Gallinaceous Birding In Colorado
From: Rebecca <kostenrebecca AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:27:40 +0000
Hello birdchatters,


Spring is coming. Our many gallinaceous birds attract birders to Colorado. I 
updated the "grouse information link" on the Colorado Birding Society's 
website. It provides information on where to find the chicken like birds and 
the rules in doing such. We have no financial interest in any of the leks. Most 
of the leks have public access. 



See the Colorado Birding Society's website for additional details and Colorado 
most comprehensive rare bird alert at: 


http://coloradobirdingsociety.net


Great spring birding!


Rebecca Kosten, Vice-President, Colorado Birding Society
Denver, Colorado
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Subject: Florida Trip ~ February 12-16, 2017
From: Dave DeReamus <becard AT RCN.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:40:56 -0500
Jason Horn and I did a trip down to Florida to mainly try for Bananaquit and 
Western Spindalis. We saw several species of warblers that will be returning to 
PA in a little over two months from now. If interested, the story with photos 
can be found here: 

http://becard.blogspot.com/

Good birding,
Dave DeReamus
Palmer Township, PA
becard -at- rcn.com
Blog: http://becard.blogspot.com
Eastern PA Birding: http://users.rcn.com/becard/home.html
Google Photo Albums: 
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Subject: BirdNote, last week & the week of Feb. 19, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:08:23 -0800
Hello, BirdChat,

Here are the stories from last week:
* Winter Field Notes - Reflections and illustrations
in an artist/naturalist's journal
http://bit.ly/2lgs7LP
* Raven's Love Song
http://bit.ly/1BoJei2
* Mating for Life
http://bit.ly/1zY7h8b
* Elephant Bird
http://bit.ly/2ltxSrO
* Chickadee Line-up
http://bit.ly/14haNrz
* Eau de Junco - A story by 'Chatter Rick Wright
http://bit.ly/2kSLRnq
* Bird Tracks in the Snow
http://bit.ly/17EXtmN
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Subject: Hilton Pond 01/01/17 (January 2017: Winter, or Spring?)
From: research AT HILTONPOND.ORG
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 19:29:30 -0500
The first month of 2017 turned out to be a little strange weather-wise at 
Hilton Pond Center, with back and forth swings between daily highs near 80° 
and lows in the middle teens. With all this variation it was hard to tell just 
what season it might really be. Nonetheless, Mother Nature was not fooled and 
went about her cold-weather business, with one day of light snow, winter ducks 
on the pond, basking turtles, and raptorial birds at work near our feeders--all 
documented in our latest photo essay. To read about all this January activity, 
please visit our 1-31 Jan 2017 installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond" at 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek170101.html 


While there don't forget to scroll down for a list of birds banded during the 
period, plus an interesting list of "old" banded House Finches that returned to 
the Center--allowing us to finally determine their sex. 


Happy (New Year) Nature Watching!

BILL

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timely updates on nature topics, 

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Please visit our web sites (courtesy of Comporium.net):
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Subject: BirdNote, last week & the week of Feb. 12, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 08:08:36 -0800
Hello, BirdChat,

Here are the stories from last week:
* If It Weren't for Birds
http://bit.ly/1DOQhig
* How Birds' Names Change
http://bit.ly/2ltKC24
* Crossbills Nest in Winter
http://bit.ly/2kflo2q
* The Cactus Wren's Signature Voice
http://bit.ly/2kSdwWk
* Ecosystem Engineers on America's Serengeti
http://bit.ly/WnJ1W0
* Northern Saw-whet Owls - So Common! Who Knew?
http://bit.ly/NGMiQn
* Ruffed Grouse and Aspen Groves
http://bit.ly/1iiO9Gr
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Subject: Recommendation for local guide in Sicily
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:44:05 -0500
Does anyone have the name of someone who could take out birders for a day or
so in Sicily, Italy?

Thanks,

Dana Duxbury-Fox



North Andover, MA




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Subject: No Subject
From: Dana Duxbury-Fox <danafox AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 14:20:43 -0500
Set birdchat mail








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Subject: Star Tribune: Robins in Minnesota
From: Joyanne Hamilton <innoko_bird AT ME.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 12:29:52 -0900
Very interesting article in today’s Minneapolis Star and Tribune.

Many have been wintering this year in the panhandle area of Alaska as well 
(southeast Alaska). 

Joyanne Hamilton
Shageluk, Alaska



http://www.startribune.com/solving-the-mystery-of-why-huge-flocks-of-robins-are-spending-winter-in-minnesota/413036423/ 
 




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Subject: RFI: Jr. Audubon Clubs
From: David Larson <redpoll AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2017 07:42:16 -0500
BirdChatters,
I received a request from Amy Weidensaul for help contacting those who may have 
been 

in a Junior Audubon Club back in the day. If of interest, here is her brief 
comment: 


Amy Weidensaul, the director of community conservation and education for 
Audubon 

Pennsylvania, is conducting research on the Junior Audubon Club program, which 
ran 

from 1910 through the 1970s, and is considered one of the most successful
conservation education programs ever. If you participated in Junior Audubon as 
a 

child, and would be willing to discuss your recollections of the program, 
please 

contact Amy at aweidensaul AT audubon.org or (570) 617-9748.

Feel free to spread the word!
Thanks.
Dave

David Larson
Bradford, MA
"The classification of living birds, or, for that matter, any other large group 
of 

animals, is full of hopeless difficulties and insoluble problems." Ludlow 
Griscom 


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Subject: BirdNote, last week & the week of Feb. 5, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Feb 2017 09:59:01 -0800
Hello, BirdChat,

Like Northern Harriers? Check out the latest photo blog from Gregg Thompson:
http://birdnote.org/blog/2017/02/northern-harriers-winter
--------------------------------------------
Here are the stories from last week:
* Piracy Among Raptors
http://bit.ly/17rxvmW
* Sleeping on the Wing
http://bit.ly/2kCwaUh
* The Oilbird's Lightless Life
http://bit.ly/1Hy6Jt6
* American Kestrel - Fierce Little Falcon
http://bit.ly/Vnm3BT
* Flocking and Foraging
http://bit.ly/1DjZnSi
* Denver Holt - On Owls and Field Biology
http://bit.ly/14z9TG6
* Anna's Hummingbirds Winter in the North
http://bit.ly/IFZuTa
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Subject: Cabo San Lucas / San Jose del Cabo birding, etc.
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 1 Feb 2017 08:49:13 -0800
Hello, 'Chatters,
Any guidance about birding Baja? A quick Google turns up /many/ things,
including this:
http://www.10000birds.com/birding-southern-baja-todos-santos.htm with a
lot of specifics.
If anyone has done a trip report or has general advice, I'd like to hear
it, including lodging, restaurants, field guides, the whole thing.
Suggested pelagic tour? Nine-mile Bank sounds good in posts from 2009 --
is it still? Others?
Is April too late to go?

Off-line is fine.

Thanks in advance,
Ellen Blackstone, Seattle

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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of January 29, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 08:03:23 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

You read it on BirdChat first. Check out Wim Vader's blog, Birding in
Norway - 70 Degrees North, about the first few birds he saw in 2017.
http://bit.ly/2kckOGu And thank you, Wim! We'll check back with you at
the summer solstice. How long will your list be then?

Here are the stories from last week:
* Migration to the New World
http://bit.ly/LTzmpv
* Ridgway's Rails on San Francisco Bay
http://bit.ly/2kDqhHl
* Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
http://bit.ly/YbzIMM
* Sooty Tern - The Wide-awake Bird
http://bit.ly/Skj8XV
* Winter Sounds of the Lower Rio Grande
http://bit.ly/1ja6o0b
* Blackpoll Warbler Migration
http://bit.ly/Y3Ttpu
* An Owl Is Mobbed
http://bit.ly/1KSn1w5
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Subject: Hilton Pond 12/01/16 (2016 Bird Banding Summary; Hummingbirds)
From: "research AT hiltonpond.org" <research@HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:25:01 -0500
Bird banding efforts in 2016 at Hilton Pond Center wasn’t nearly as 
productive as last year—except that I caught (and re-caught) what was for 
this location an amazingly highly number of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. To see 
images of some of the birds banded and to read about 2016 results, please visit 
my current “This Week at Hilton Pond” photo essay at 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek161218.html 
 


While there please scroll down for a list of birds banded specifically during 
the final half of December, and to view acknowledgements for some of our 
end-of-year supporters. 


Happy (New Year) Nature Watching!

BILL


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Subject: Re: yellow billed tours, gambell
From: michael <machinn AT PACBELL.NET>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:41:53 -0600
I went with Rich and Yellow-billed tours last June to Nome and Gambell for a 
total of days 8 days. My 2 friends and I had a good time and saw most of our 
target species. I would certainly recommend him as guide and organizer. 

If you have time, Anchorage is worth a few days, and a boat trip off the Kenai 
Peninsula is also excellent. 


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Subject: Two Big Years by BradLey McDonald
From: Bernie Carr <mycocarex AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:18:27 +0000
My brother as a gag gift bought me "One Man's Native Perspective - Boobies, 
Peckers, and Tits" by Olaf Danielson for my birthday. Any way it was the first 
time I read a "big year" adventure. Then being behind the times I found that 
Olaf Danielson did a another big year in 2016. with 3 other folks , all of whom 
eclipsed previous records ( personal or ABA wise) . A most hilarious aspect of 
all this is Dr. Bradley McDonald gets cited in ABA blogs with his pen name. 
Anyway, it was an interesting read and the title sold the book to one 
non-birder. 


I would like to see some "big year" efforts with matching funds spent on land 
conservation efforts. 



Bernie Carr

Syracuse, NY


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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of January 22, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:25:06 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are the stories from last week:
* A Swirl of Snow Geese - Reflection by Barry Lopez
http://bit.ly/Z9eI9j
* "Blackbird," by Paul McCartney -
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
http://bit.ly/WSY2Mw
* Sounds of the Amazon - Sit back and listen!
http://bit.ly/XI0ZT9
* Reddish Egret, Lagoon Dancer
http://bit.ly/WI794x
* Wing-clapping - What's THAT about?
http://bit.ly/2iM0pIG
* The Avocets of Bolivar Flats, Texas
http://bit.ly/RVm4eG
* The Short-eared Owl Hunts by Day
http://bit.ly/1JWRXKj
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Subject: Young birders
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 14:36:07 -0500
Interesting article about a nine-year-old birder from the Danville (IL)
Commercial-News:


http://www.commercial-news.com/news/local_news/fledgling-fans/article_602cb16f-b58f-5418-a984-982f5db60db7.html 


Bernie Sloan
Highland Park, NJ

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Subject: yellow billed tours, gambell
From: James Williams <woodduck38 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:00:57 -0600
Has anyone used yellow billed tours for Gambell?
Comments? This is for newspaper item on travel there.
Thanks.


Jim Williams
birding blog at www.startribune.com/Wingnut

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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of January 15, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:54:09 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Check out our latest photo blog, "A Merlin Warbles."
http://bit.ly/2imoGVD

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Bohemian Waxwings Visit
http://bit.ly/1AD8qRZ
* Hooded Merganser
http://bit.ly/2iRD1VZ
* Donald Duck - The Duck in the Sailor Suit
http://bit.ly/1dv08Oi
* Kittiwake, Kittiwake
http://bit.ly/1sLAMa2
* Rhinoceros Hornbill - What a sound!
http://bit.ly/2jGBD8R
* Where Are They Now? - The Birds of the Dawn Song
http://bit.ly/1fdazrw
* Birds That Whistle
http://bit.ly/1CaEFr6
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Subject: The Twelve Best Books About Birds And Birding in 2016
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:25:12 +0000
Hello everyone,

Thanks to the fifth relocation postponement, I finally managed to finish
this piece, my nearly-annual list of the best (fill in the blank, but has
something to do with science) books of the year: The Twelve Best Books
About Birds And Birding in 2016


http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/01/09/the-twelve-best-books-about-birds-and-birding-in-2016/ 


I hope this list helps you spend the last of your "holiday loot" and
inspires you to get started on your New Year's resolution to read (more)
books this year.

I've got several more science-y based "best of books" lists coming, so
hopefully the big bird of the galaxy will allow me to finish these other
pieces quickly.

hope your new year is birdy,

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Subject: few year birds, but one surpise
From: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <wim.vader AT UIT.NO>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 15:02:00 +0000
                 Few year-birds in Troms, but one surprise


A week ago I sent a mail, complaining about a surfeit of weather here in 
N.Norway these last weeks and telling that my 2017 year list now stood at all 
of 5 birds. Since then we have had two more winter storms, rainy days followed 
by snow and vice versa, with as a result often extremely slippery and icy 
roads: a bus with youngsters on its way to a large handball tournament here in 
Troms was blown off the road and capsized day before yesterday; fortunately no 
one was seriously injured and they continued with another bus (It is a 6-7 hrs 
trip from Alta) and played their matches!. But yesterday night we got 25 cm of 
fresh snow and it is easier today to get around on foot (with 'brodder', extra 
soles with studs, under my shoes), although for cars it clearly still is 
dangerous (many minor accidents today). The temperature is around freezing, the 
wind has abated some, and we have already clearly a bit more daylight than 
around Christmas (2 weeks until the sun peeps above the horizon again for a 
short while around noon). 



My year-list has soared all the way up to 7 species. Number 6 was a flock of 
House Sparrows (Common, but very patchy here), but nr 7 was a real surprise, a 
male European Blackbird rummaging about in the snow near the museum this 
morning. This is one more southern species that slowly is expanding northwards, 
most probably a result of global warming. I have seen blackbirds (always males) 
here once or twice in the last three winters, once even in my garden, but only 
once before in the almost 40 years I have lived here. There ARE blackbirds in 
the forest a bit south of here, where one hears the wonderful song in spring; 
but there they are quite shy forest birds, just as they probably were in most 
of Europe in earlier centuries. 



The Blackbird is not the only newcomer here in Troms in the last years. Since 
2 years I have quite regularly Blue Tits in my garden, and also the Jay is now 
seen by many people and comes to feeders in the area. Once I even had a Winter 
Wren in my garden, a bird that in this area normally only occurs, and very 
sparingly, along the seabird colonies on the outer coast. 



We also have got in a few birds, that earlier only occurred in the inland pine 
forests a bit further south, such as the European Robin and the Wood Pigeon. 
Both can be heard, although usually but for a short while, in spring in 
Folkeparken, the woodland between my house and the museum. 



So there is always change, and it is most interesting to follow this for many 
years in one place. 



Wim Vader, Troms, Norway

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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of January 8, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 10:53:49 -0800
Happy New Year, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* A New Year Dawns - Birds Awake Around the World
http://bit.ly/VfhmJV
* Feeding Frenzy at Ding Darling NWR
http://bit.ly/1loO0Fz
* Jaywalking
http://bit.ly/UhpqWP
* A Crossbill's Beak Does the Job
http://bit.ly/OCqcew
* Black Kites - Do Birds Start Fires?
http://bit.ly/2j0zmpr
* Birdbaths in Winter
http://bit.ly/1AD86mh
* Recording at the Arctic Nat’l Wildlife Refuge
http://bit.ly/2i2BuhY
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Subject: Kumlien's Iceland Gull Discussion....1. Amar Ayyash's Blog Post ....
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT ATT.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 18:05:46 -0800
….& I recommend:

http://www.anythinglarus.com/2017/01/thayers-iceland-gull-one-species.html 
 


Amar Ayyash’s blog about gulls is inspirational, always….and this article 
is pertinent to me, 

given I believe that I recently viewed a Kumlien’s Iceland Gull that Mark 
Stephenson first spotted 

on 1/4/17 at Shollenberger Park in Petaluma, CA (Sonoma Co., ~35 miles north of 
SF). 


2. All of my OTHER recent gull sightings have been “local occurrence/seasonal 
sightings” for the SF Bay Area: 


- Glaucous-winged
- Herring
- Thayer’s
- Heermann’s
- Western (the only breeder in Sonoma Co. where Shollenberger occurs)
- California (breeds on Alcatraz Island in the SF Bay…and in the South Bay, 
but not in Marin/Sonoma Co. north of the Golden Gate Bridge) 

- Ring-billed
- Mew 
- Bonaparte’s

3. Still seeking the elusive Slaty-backed Gull this non-breeding season, as 
it’s best seen in the SF Bay Area during the non-breeding season 

and, often, in concurrence with a herring run when roe deposition occurs on 
rocks (i.e., low tide coaxes gull species to feed upon the roe, so they are in 
close view of my scope/binoculars). Typically, I do NOT see it annually 
here…..nor would I expect to view it (*) 


(* = I bow to and remain humble as a gull watcher, given the SF Bay Area and 
C./N. CA other more adept gull watchers than me, 

including Peter Pyle, Joe Morlan, Steve Hampton, Todd Easterly, Peter 
Colasanti, Lisa Hug, and Noah Arthur — among others. Peter Pyle’s upcoming 
“gull workshop” on 1/21/17 may interest Bay Area bird chatters reading this 
post, as I’m attending it for the 3rd time (at the Richardson Bay Audubon 
Center where a “Waterbird Festival” will occur all day….See 
richardsonbayaudubon.org  for more 
information, if you wish). 


4. Lastly:

My “go to” field guides related to gulls (Gulls of the Americas…..Gulls 
of N. Am., Europe, and Asia) are excellent, 

but I always enjoy Amar Ayyash’s blog site as an AMAZING complementary 
resource, too. 


Regards and hope the new year is going well for all you 
“chatters”…..Daniel Edelstein 


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Subject: Re: GPS in the Neotropics
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:36:35 -0500
When we were in Bhutan we had a very hard time finding the satellites due to 
the mountainous terrain. When the unit finally got its fix, it proudly told us 
were ...in Bhutan! Gee, thanks... 


Gail

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 6, 2017, at 3:19 PM, Chuck Otte  wrote:
> 
> I used a GPS in the jungles of Panama in 2009 (Darien region) mainly just so
> I could go back later and figure out where we had been. (Figured out later I
> was a whole lot closer to Columbia than I expected to be!!) This was an older
> handheld unit but I had no problem getting a good fix on satellites. I 
probably 

> had better readings there then the week I was rafting the Colorado River
> through the Grand Canyon. It was sometimes a challenge there to get a wide
> enough view of the sky to get sufficient satellites to get a good fix!
> 
> Chuck
> 
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Subject: Re: GPS in the Neotropics
From: Chuck Otte <cotte AT KSU.EDU>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 14:19:52 -0600
I used a GPS in the jungles of Panama in 2009 (Darien region) mainly just so
I could go back later and figure out where we had been. (Figured out later I
was a whole lot closer to Columbia than I expected to be!!) This was an older
handheld unit but I had no problem getting a good fix on satellites. I probably
had better readings there then the week I was rafting the Colorado River
through the Grand Canyon. It was sometimes a challenge there to get a wide
enough view of the sky to get sufficient satellites to get a good fix!

Chuck

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Subject: Re: GPS in the Neotropics
From: Bill Porteous <phaenostictus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:11:54 -0500
The coverage is the same everywhere. The only problem might be if you are
under thick forest cover but even there you should have signal although it
may be a bit slower.

Bill Porteous
Panama

On 6 Jan 2017 17:08, "Gail Mackiernan"  wrote:

> We used a GPS in the Australian malee, which is notorious for people
> getting lost. In fact my brother in law was lost there for several scary
> hours, in pre-GPS days, when he got separated from the rest of his party.
> Only by blowing the car horn were they able to guide him back. We simply
> set a way point at our car and followed the GPS guidance back. Worked fine.
>
> Gail Mackiernan
> Silver Spring, MD
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Jan 6, 2017, at 2:55 PM, Tom and Margot Southerland <
> princetonnaturetours AT MSN.COM> wrote:
> >
> > The Nov. "ABA Birders Guide to Gear", included a most informative piece
> on the "GPS for Better Birding."  Tony Clarke in the Canary Islands led
> Phoebe Snetsinger  throughout Australia to help her mop-up on all her
> missing species seen on a  previous trip.  He told us that his GPS was
> invaluable there and not just in Australia's rainforests.  Although Outback
> eucalyptus trees are not as dense as rainforests, one can just as easy get
> lost  Once when the two of us were in a large stand of River Red Gums there
> were no giant emergent trees to help us maintain our bearings and we
> quickly realized how all the trees looked exactly alike.  Fortunately, we
> were just on the outskirts so were never threatened to be lost in a world
> of sameness.
> >
> > Question? How receptive is a GPS in the rainforest, particularly in the
> Neotropics?  Way back when, Princeton grad student friends of ours in Peru
> simply used a tracking compass to get back on a trail.  And they were very
> adept in its use.
> >
> > Tom and Margot Southerland
> >
> > West Windsor, NJ
> >
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Subject: Re: GPS in the Neotropics
From: Gail Mackiernan <katahdinss AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 15:07:24 -0500
We used a GPS in the Australian malee, which is notorious for people getting 
lost. In fact my brother in law was lost there for several scary hours, in 
pre-GPS days, when he got separated from the rest of his party. Only by blowing 
the car horn were they able to guide him back. We simply set a way point at our 
car and followed the GPS guidance back. Worked fine. 


Gail Mackiernan
Silver Spring, MD

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 6, 2017, at 2:55 PM, Tom and Margot Southerland 
 wrote: 

> 
> The Nov. "ABA Birders Guide to Gear", included a most informative piece on 
the "GPS for Better Birding." Tony Clarke in the Canary Islands led Phoebe 
Snetsinger throughout Australia to help her mop-up on all her missing species 
seen on a previous trip. He told us that his GPS was invaluable there and not 
just in Australia's rainforests. Although Outback eucalyptus trees are not as 
dense as rainforests, one can just as easy get lost Once when the two of us 
were in a large stand of River Red Gums there were no giant emergent trees to 
help us maintain our bearings and we quickly realized how all the trees looked 
exactly alike. Fortunately, we were just on the outskirts so were never 
threatened to be lost in a world of sameness. 

> 
> Question? How receptive is a GPS in the rainforest, particularly in the 
Neotropics? Way back when, Princeton grad student friends of ours in Peru 
simply used a tracking compass to get back on a trail. And they were very adept 
in its use. 

> 
> Tom and Margot Southerland
> 
> West Windsor, NJ
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Subject: GPS in the Neotropics
From: Tom and Margot Southerland <princetonnaturetours AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 19:55:41 +0000
The Nov. "ABA Birders Guide to Gear", included a most informative piece on the 
"GPS for Better Birding." Tony Clarke in the Canary Islands led Phoebe 
Snetsinger throughout Australia to help her mop-up on all her missing species 
seen on a previous trip. He told us that his GPS was invaluable there and not 
just in Australia's rainforests. Although Outback eucalyptus trees are not as 
dense as rainforests, one can just as easy get lost Once when the two of us 
were in a large stand of River Red Gums there were no giant emergent trees to 
help us maintain our bearings and we quickly realized how all the trees looked 
exactly alike. Fortunately, we were just on the outskirts so were never 
threatened to be lost in a world of sameness. 


Question? How receptive is a GPS in the rainforest, particularly in the 
Neotropics? Way back when, Princeton grad student friends of ours in Peru 
simply used a tracking compass to get back on a trail. And they were very adept 
in its use. 


Tom and Margot Southerland

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Subject: White-throated Sparrows: A Bird with Four Sexes?
From: Jay Greenberg <conservationist AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 12:54:04 -0500
http://www.nature.com/news/the-sparrow-with-four-sexes-1.21018 
 


Jay Greenberg
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http://www.thegreenjay.com 
 

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Subject: First yearbirds
From: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <wim.vader AT UIT.NO>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 09:47:54 +0000
A SURFEIT OF WEATHER
 Here in Troms at 70*N we have had almost too much weather this last month. 
December was warmer than usual, with 250mm of precipitation, double the normal 
amount. Most of it came as rain the first weeks, so all November snow 
disappeared. Then we were lucky and we got a moderate snowfall on 23 December, 
just in time for the Christmas celebrations. And the weather remained fair over 
the Christmas days, with light frost and a beautiful winter wonderland, while 
S. Norway suffered from yet another winter storm. But on 27 December the 
weather here changed again to wind and rain, turning the streets into 
ice-courses; but once more we could not really complain: this time Svalbard was 
hit by a severe storm. On New Year's Eve the snow came back and now, as I 
write, we have some 40 cm of fresh snow, while the weather has changed once 
again, and now we have -15*C and clear skies, with wonderful Northern Light 
spectacles. But the forecast is for another change , albeit temporary, to mild 
weather in the coming weekend, after more snow in the days before. Too much 
weather!! 

 On Birdchat somebody reported on a birding trip the first day of 2017 in 
coastal California, where somewhat unlucky weather restricted his day list to 
120 bird species. Poor guy! Here my bird list on January 1st was 1 bird, the 
always present Magpie; of course the lack of daylight and my increasing hearing 
problems do not help either. But 2 January was a better day and I added the 
Hooded Crow, the Common Eider, the Mallard and the Herring Gull along the 
shore, and a single Great Tit, probably the most common small bird here in 
winter, in the garden. So now I am all the way up to 6 year birds, thanks to 
the good weather of the last days. 

                                   Happy New Year everybody!

                                   Wim Vader, Troms, Norway
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Subject: Re: Anchorage birding questions
From: lgardellabirds AT CHARTER.NET
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 19:43:59 -0600
Anchorage is not far from Homer, which has great birds and a
short-distance "pelagic" with great views of Red-faced Cormorant,
Aleutian Tern, Kittlitz's Murrelet and more.
Larry GardellaMontgomery AL

	-----------------------------------------From: "Richard Wolfert" 
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Sent: 03-Jan-2017 01:07:31 +0000
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Anchorage birding questions

 HI all, 

 My wife and I are booked on a land/sea package to Alaska in July. We
will have naturalists with us all the way (land and at sea) but not
(specifically) birders. As the trip begins from Fairbanks, we thought
we might go to Anchorage first, for perhaps 2 days of birding. Is this
a good idea or even worth it? If it is, since we have never birded the
west coast north of San Francisco, where to go, how to get there and
what might we see? We would arrange transportation (air or train) from
Anchorage to the tour start in Fairbanks.) Also, how might we go about
possibly getting a birding guide that knows the area well? 

 Thanks, 
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Subject: Anchorage birding questions
From: Richard Wolfert <rwolfert AT MAC.COM>
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2017 20:07:01 -0500
HI all, 

My wife and I are booked on a land/sea package to Alaska in July. We will have 
naturalists with us all the way (land and at sea) but not (specifically) 
birders. As the trip begins from Fairbanks, we thought we might go to Anchorage 
first, for perhaps 2 days of birding. Is this a good idea or even worth it? If 
it is, since we have never birded the west coast north of San Francisco, where 
to go, how to get there and what might we see? We would arrange transportation 
(air or train) from Anchorage to the tour start in Fairbanks.) Also, how might 
we go about possibly getting a birding guide that knows the area well? 


Thanks, 
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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of January 1, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 31 Dec 2016 07:37:53 -0800
Happy New Year, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* The Julenek - Norway's Winter Treat for Birds
http://bit.ly/1buIgPH
* Northern Forest Owls - Coming South this Winter?
http://bit.ly/1aJ1Nvp
* Northern Goshawk - Esteemed Bird of Prey
http://bit.ly/VMSns1
* Margaret Morse Nice and the Song Sparrow
http://bit.ly/13him5O
* Hitchcock's "The Birds" - Is Truth Stranger than Fiction?
  http://bit.ly/11DcOfs
* Indian Runner Ducks - Non-toxic Pest Management
http://bit.ly/2ihBWt4
* A Year's Worth of Birds
http://bit.ly/Wdlggj
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Subject: Hilton Pond 12/01/16 (York/Rock Hill Christmas Bird Count Results)
From: "research AT hiltonpond.org" <research@HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:42:30 -0500
The 2016 York/Rock Hill SC Christmas Bird Count ended up as one of our 
strangest ever, with an all-day fog shrouding the count circle and limiting 
bird activity AND bird observations. Nonetheless, our intrepid participants 
tallied some interesting and scientifically important results. You can read all 
about it in our 1 December 2016 installment of "This Week at Hilton Pond." To 
view the photo essay, please visit 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek161201.html 


While there, don’t forget to scroll down for a list of all birds banded or 
recaptured during the period--including two very special birds (a House Finch 
and a Purple Finch). We also acknowledge end-of-year contributors. 


Happy (Mid-winter) Nature Watching!

BILL

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Subject: 2017
From: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <wim.vader AT UIT.NO>
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:59:55 +0000
Troms is in the middle of mrketiden, the dark period, and these days we have 
very little daylight (an hour of twilight) and no sun at all, the consequence 
of living so far north. Fortunately we did get a White Christmas after all, 
even though it was at the last moment: two weeks of rain had removed all the 
snow, until we got a new snowfall on 23 December; now everything looks 
wonderful, and the reflection from the snow makes it possible to walk most 
places in the dark. 


But there are few land birds, besides the ubiquitous magpies and hooded crows, 
and here and there House Sparrows and Great Tits. But yesterday we came across 
a small group of five Bohemian Waxwings on the wire near our house, in fact the 
first I have seen here this autumn, when apparently most have erupted further 
south. And I heard the cozy croaking of a pair of Ravens. 


I wish you all a happy, healthy and harmonious 2017, full of birds.

Wim Vader, Troms, Norway
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Subject: BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 25, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:37:04 -0800
Happy Holidays, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Freeway Hawks
http://bit.ly/QAsRZ2
* Birds on a Cold Night - How do they cope?
http://bit.ly/13hinXB
* Toucan - A Tropical Icon
http://bit.ly/1kPNLk0
* The Music of Long-tailed Ducks
http://bit.ly/J583Yg
* Christmas Bird Counts at the Extremes
-- Common Ravens to Masked Boobies
http://bit.ly/1k0Qfvt
* Geese Launching at Bosque del Apache
-- Don't miss this one!
http://bit.ly/2i5l0GV
* Carol of the Birds - With Nancy Rumbel
http://bit.ly/VxlsXB
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Subject: Five Fun Facts About The Real Birds Of 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas' Fame
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2016 10:10:11 +0000
happy holidays, everyone!

I thought you might enjoy this piece, "Five fun facts about the real birds
of 'the twelve days of Christmas' fame" ... it includes a few comments
about my travails as I try to ship my birds to Norway and also includes a
spectacular video of an a cappella group singing the 12 days of Christmas
that i know you'll enjoy:


http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2016/12/23/five-fun-facts-about-the-real-birds-of-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-fame/ 


Happy holidays and thanks for reading my writing!

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Subject: Fwd: [BIRDCHAT] Win a 7-day bird watching adventure in Peru. Enter Now!
From: L Larson <llarson2 AT MAC.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:42:37 -0500
My apologies to Birdchat. I was intending to answer Paulo Boute's inquiry, with 
the advice that an advertisement of a sweepstakes, even with a birding trip as 
a prize, is still an avertisement, and so it is not really on topic for 
Birdchat. In error, I hit the link to forward the post to the list, instead of 
the link to check the ad. Sorry for the inconvenience! 


Laurie Larson
Princeton, NJ
co-listowner, Birdchat

> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> From: Paulo Boute  
> Subject: Re: [BIRDCHAT] Win a 7-day bird watching adventure in Peru. Enter 
Now! 

> Date: December 21, 2016 at 6:42:24 AM EST
> To: BIRDCHAT AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> Reply-To: Paulo Boute  
> 
> 
> Good Morning!
> 
> Please, could you let me know, at your earliest convenience if, should be 
apropriate to share this , see below, on the Birdchat? Thanks. 

> 


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Subject: Re: Win a 7-day bird watching adventure in Peru. Enter Now!
From: Paulo Boute <pauloboute AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:42:24 +0000


Hi Lauren,


Good Morning!


Please, could you let me know, at your earliest convenience if, should be 
apropriate to share this , see below, on the Birdchat? Thanks. 



http://wings.peru.travel/?utm_source=latam&utm_campaign=wop&utm_medium=hero



Yours,


Paulo Boute.








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Subject: Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World
From: mitch AT UTOPIANATURE.COM
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 14:52:20 -0800
Hi all,

This has been an interesting discussion.  There are lots of
birds right here in America that "should" (IMHO) be considered
species, in many cases once were, and only due to the lumping
craze in the last century are not.  I only know a few species
well enough but some I have lived with seem more than clearly
represent more than one species.

The sedentarius Allen's Hummingbird formerly a species called
Non-migratory Allen's Hummingbird, is quite a different animal
from the migratory nominate Allen's Hummingbird.  They were
lumped and ought to be seperate species.  The same for sordida
(was called Dusky O-c) Orange-crowned Warbler, which is quite
the different beast from the nearly adjacent lutescens.  Not
even close.  How are they not seperate species?

I birded the Palos Verdes Peninsula in socal for decades so
those two stand out to me.  Heck the Spotted Towhee there gives
a call I have never heard any others do.  Likley sedentarius and
sordida are species that survived the last ice age on the
relatively stable socal channel islands, and then since
recolonized the mainland.  They only look like similar sister
species.  They don't behave like them, their ranges are different,
etc.

I also spent a lot of time around Scrub-Jays, led the first
decade of L.A. Audubon Island Scrub-Jay trips in the 1990's.
It is absolutely ridiculous I am now supposed to call Texas
(texana) Scrub-Jays, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jays.  These are no way
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jays!  It kills me to say it.  I don't, won't
and you can't make me.  ;)  They are Texas or texana Scrub-Jays
(Oberholser).  Not even close to a Woodhouse's.  To me it is
as if the people that decided texana is a Woodhouse's never
studied the two birds in the field.

Point is there are many many more species right under our noses
than are currently recognized as such.  Large-billed and Belding's
Savannah Sparrows were species, until the lumping craze hit.
The Marsh Wrens I saw in Charleston S.C. (worthington methinks?) are
nothing like the Clark's in coastal socal.  Song Sparrows like
saltonis too.  Many of the Alaskan 'subspecies' should be species,
ad. infinitum.  I'm sure hundreds of examples could be given right
here in America of what were originally described as species that
are now lumped, many of them dubiously at best.  We can't even
count Myrtle and Audubon's Warblers as seperate species under
current definitions.  Green-winged and Common Teal, Bewick's
and Tundra Swan, stop me any time...

So here is the mission should you choose to accept it.  Consider
how listers recently have made it so introduced birds in Hawaii
can now count.  Failed introductions of foreign pet and game
birds here in America?  No problemo, still a tick, solid as
a Black Rail.  Egyptian Goose and Muscovy?  Good as a Boreal Owl
and a Black-capped Vireo.  I am sure if they throw their weight
behind this there could be hundreds of more ticks to be had.
What are they waiting for?   ;)

Happy Holidays all!

Mitch Heindel
Utopia, Texas
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Subject: Re: Reporting party miles by car.
From: Katharine Mills <gkmills AT CHARTER.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:29:23 -0500
This does not make sense to me.  You are still birding when you back
track and could be adding new species that you did not see when you
first did that route.  You may also add additional number of individuals
of a species that you have already seen.

Kathy Mills

Holden, MA

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Subject: Re: Reporting party miles by car.
From: lgardellabirds AT CHARTER.NET
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 15:59:03 -0600
Joseph,
I have always tried to report miles that way for Audubon, the odometer
for IRS. It isn't always easy to do it precisely when I cover a
stretch more than once in a route that is not just out-and-back.
Larry GardellaMontgomery, AL

	-----------------------------------------From: "Joseph Morlan" 
To: 
Cc: 
Sent: 18-Dec-2016 20:02:01 +0000
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Reporting party miles by car.

 Christmas Bird Count instructions now call for walking routes that
are
 retraced to not add the retrace to party miles. They want miles
covered not
 miles actually walked. How about automobile routes?

 I think most people set the trip mileage on their car when starting a
count
 and then use the total miles when reporting "miles by car." By this
logic,
 we should be deducting miles any time we backtrack or cover the same
 stretch of road in our car. Is that right?
 --
 Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

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Subject: Reporting party miles by car.
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2016 12:01:54 -0800
Christmas Bird Count instructions now call for walking routes that are
retraced to not add the retrace to party miles. They want miles covered not
miles actually walked. How about automobile routes?

I think most people set the trip mileage on their car when starting a count
and then use the total miles when reporting "miles by car." By this logic,
we should be deducting miles any time we backtrack or cover the same
stretch of road in our car. Is that right?
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA

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Subject: Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World
From: "sandfalcon1 ." <sandfalcon AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 13:24:46 -0500
I think if these taxonomy changes were to become recognized, in cases where
birds were not on their breeding territory birders would have to become
much more reliant on "spp.".  We do this already with empidonax
flycatchers, certain warblers in the fall, and Canada/Cackling Geese, to
name just a few.  I think there is too often a need to place every single
bird encountered into a tiny box when in reality many birds can't be
shoehorned that way.  Maybe its because a bird originated within an overlap
zone and certain ID characters are muddled or maybe its because, as the
article stipulates, two birds look essentially identical but are really on
two different paths of evolutionary divergence.  By all means birders
should continue to stretch the boundaries of field identification, but that
should be balanced by recognizing when it is OK to say "can't be identified
to species with the available evidence".

Brandon Best
Lawrenceville, GA



On Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 1:42 AM, Wayne Weber  wrote:

> Interesting comment, Jim, but a bit too dogmatic and oversimplified.
> Field identification needs to take numerous characteristics into
> consideration--  plumage, structural characters, vocalizations, behavior,
> and not the least, geographic location and time of year. If you claim to
> have observed a species in an area where it has never been seen before—
> especially if it is a non-migratory taxon--  and you do not have a specimen
> or a good photo, you are unlikely to be believed. Geography is most
> certainly a factor which should be taken into account in bird
> identification.
>
>
>
> Wayne C. Weber
>
> Delta, BC, Canada
>
> contopus AT telus.net
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* National Birding Hotline Cooperative (Chat Line) [mailto:
> BIRDCHAT AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU] *On Behalf Of *Jim Stasz
> *Sent:* December-14-16 12:13 PM
> *To:* BIRDCHAT AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU
> *Subject:* Re: [BIRDCHAT] New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species
> in the World
>
>
>
> Species should be identified by physical characteristics not by geography.
>
> Jim Stasz
> North Beach MD
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Subject: BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 18, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2016 06:16:00 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Rare Sounds Saved by Macaulay Library
http://bit.ly/1ddnQwQ
* Winter on the Columbia
http://bit.ly/WVDX9d
* South Polar Skuas
http://bit.ly/IJktUY
* The Majestic Gyrfalcon
http://bit.ly/1uwBaDC
* The Fate of the Dodo
http://bit.ly/TwgGtz
* How Birds Become Red
http://bit.ly/2hQIyzo
* Jay and Martin Hit the Town
http://bit.ly/Vxl6Ac
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Subject: Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World
From: Wayne Weber <contopus AT TELUS.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:42:12 -0800
Interesting comment, Jim, but a bit too dogmatic and oversimplified. Field 
identification needs to take numerous characteristics into consideration-- 
plumage, structural characters, vocalizations, behavior, and not the least, 
geographic location and time of year. If you claim to have observed a species 
in an area where it has never been seen before— especially if it is a 
non-migratory taxon-- and you do not have a specimen or a good photo, you are 
unlikely to be believed. Geography is most certainly a factor which should be 
taken into account in bird identification. 


 

Wayne C. Weber

Delta, BC, Canada

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Subject: Re: [BIRDCHAT] New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the 
World 


 

Species should be identified by physical characteristics not by geography.

Jim Stasz
North Beach MD

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Subject: Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 23:04:32 -0800
The headline is misleading.  This "study" merely takes prior world lists
(Clements/eBird, IOC, H&M) based on the Biological Species Concept (BSC)
and then applies a Phylogenetic Species Concept (PSC) to the same list.
This has the effect that many of the subspecies in the standard lists are
elevated to full species because the PSC doesn't recognize subspecies.

These are not new species of birds.  They are just a different way of
listing birds formerly considered to be subspecies.

Nothing new here from what I can see.


On Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:33:55 +0800, Ronald Orenstein
 wrote:

>The problem with using interbreeding as a test is that it only works if the 
two populations you are studying overlap in range. If they don't, as is the 
case with many island species, you are back to guessing whether they would 
interbreed by deciding how different they are (the most elegant approach to 
this, I think, was Lanyon's study of West Indian Myiarchus flycatchers, which 
involved seeing if the birds would respond to calls of birds from other 
islands). 

>
>The big difference between those days and today has been the development of 
genetic fingerprinting, so we can now get a direct measure of the degree of 
genetic separation between two populations. Since species, genera etc are 
arbitrary concepts anyway (especially if evolutionary time is factored in) we 
can then decide how much genetic distance represents a species-level 
difference. This isn't exactly what the phylogenetic species concept does, but 
the data we have seems to be leading us in the direction of more, rather than 
less, splitting. Future bird guide authors are in for some hard work (consider 
the extremely difficult identification problems that arise when you apply the 
phylogenetic species concept to, say, albatrosses). 

>
>Ronald Orenstein
>1825 Shady Creek Court
>Mississauga, ON
>Canada L5L 3W2
>ronorenstein.blogspot.com
>
>> On Dec 15, 2016, at 9:58 AM, Eric Jeffrey 
<0000012711f2daed-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.KSU.EDU> wrote: 

>>
>> Well that is just a term for what many would consider the old-fashioned way 
of determining species by their interbreeding or not. In other areas of biology 
they rely much more on genetics, morphology, and geography to determine 
relationships. 

>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Dec 14, 2016, at 1:25 PM, Bill Porteous  wrote:
>>>
>>> I particularly like the throwaway comment to the effect that the biological 
species concept is outdated. If species are not biological entities then what 
are they? 

>>>
>>> Bill Porteous
>>> La Chorrera, Panama.
>>>
>>>
>>>
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Subject: Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World
From: Bill Porteous <phaenostictus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:25:10 -0500
I particularly like the throwaway comment to the effect that the biological
species concept is outdated. If species are not biological entities then
what are they?

Bill Porteous
La Chorrera, Panama.

On 14 Dec 2016 15:19, "dmark"  wrote:

I have not read the article yet, but I expect that most of them WILL
be identifiable by range.

David
David Mark
dmark AT buffalo.edu
Amherst, NY, USA


On 12/14/2016 11:25 am, Jay Greenberg wrote:

> https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161212133645.htm [1]
>
>
> Obviously, field birders who just look through binoculars/scopes or
> take photos will not be able to identify significantly more species
> than the ones now recognized.
>
> Jay Greenberg
> conservationist AT earthlink.net
> http://www.thegreenjay.com [2]
>
> Rochester, NY
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Subject: Re: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World
From: dmark <dmark AT BUFFALO.EDU>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:19:35 -0500
I have not read the article yet, but I expect that most of them WILL
be identifiable by range.

David
David Mark
dmark AT buffalo.edu
Amherst, NY, USA


On 12/14/2016 11:25 am, Jay Greenberg wrote:
> https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161212133645.htm [1]
>
> Obviously, field birders who just look through binoculars/scopes or
> take photos will not be able to identify significantly more species
> than the ones now recognized.
>
> Jay Greenberg
> conservationist AT earthlink.net
> http://www.thegreenjay.com [2]
> Rochester, NY
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Subject: New Study Doubles the Estimate of Bird Species in the World
From: Jay Greenberg <conservationist AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:25:45 -0500
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161212133645.htm 
 


Obviously, field birders who just look through binoculars/scopes or take photos 
will not be able to identify significantly more species than the ones now 
recognized. 


Jay Greenberg
conservationist AT earthlink.net 
http://www.thegreenjay.com 
 

Rochester, NY


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Subject: Fw: urban birds
From: Paulo Boute <pauloboute AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 10:18:02 +0000

I am a biologist at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. My 
collaborator, Paul Martin, and I are studying adaptation in urban birds, and 
are seeking help from birders and ornithologists around the globe to identify 
which of our focal species breed in the largest cities, worldwide. 


We would appreciate it if you would consider completing our survey if you are 
familiar with the birds of any of the cities on our list (all with populations 
>750,000). The survey should take less than 10 minutes for one city. You can 
find more information about our study, a complete list of focal cities, and 
links to the surveys here: 



http://post.queensu.ca/~pm45/urban.html 


Please feel free to email me with any questions, and please share this link 
widely! 



best regards,

Fran Bonier


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Subject: Hawaii birding
From: Judy Bass <judybass AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:26:25 -0800
We'll be visiting the Big Island for 5 days, and Maui for 4 in early
February. We'd hoped to spend a day with Jack Jeffrey, but he's not
available at that time. Can anybody recommend guides during that time? We'll
be near Hilo on the Big Island, and sort of central on Maui. Professional
guiding isn't necessary, we'd just be happy to go out with somebody who can
help identify a lot of the local birds.

Thanks -


Judy and Steve Bass
Altadena, CA

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Subject: BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 11, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2016 08:34:23 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Ecotourism - Helping Birds and Communities
http://bit.ly/TntINb
* Pigeon Flocks Follow the Leader
http://bit.ly/Tnt9mE
* Why Some Birds Sing in the Winter
http://bit.ly/1wJtKV6
* Carrier Pigeons Go to War
http://bit.ly/VIFapb
* Glossy Ibises on the Move
http://bit.ly/2gwjBYb
* No Pounding Headache
http://bit.ly/WVD6Fy
* Crested Auklets Winter in the Bering Sea
http://bit.ly/SqwyPH
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Subject: Bird Names Again
From: Joyanne Hamilton <innoko_bird AT ME.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:52:38 -0900
Here is a fun little article in Alaska Dispatch News (our old Anchorage Daily 
News edition). 


Just wanted to let you know before you read it that it does mention killing. 
Sorry if that offends folks. 


Joyanne Hamilton
Shageluk, Alaska


https://www.adn.com/outdoors-adventure/2016/12/06/new-words-for-birds-field-names-vs-identification-book/ 
 




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Subject: RFI iPhone bird guides for Amazon & Peru
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:12:23 -0800
Hello, BirdChat,

I'm requesting information and reviews of  iPhone bird guides for the
Amazon Basin & Peru. Anybody use these on a trip? Offline responses are
fine.

Thanks in advance,

Ellen Blackstone, Seattle

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Subject: peaceful coexistence, an Indian snapshot
From: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <wim.vader AT UIT.NO>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 10:06:05 +0000
I am just back from a very successful Sunbird trip to Gujarat in western India. 
This state sports a completely flat landscape, mostly agricultural, with cotton 
and Ricinus the most important crops. There were, however, also many fields 
that were recently harvested and now plowed and made ready for the next crop. 
The area is very dry and almost semi-desert many places and irrigation plays an 
important role in agriculture; we were seldom out of earshot of the many pumps 
pumping up water from the many, often somewhat saline (lots of flamingos 
everywhere) pools and lakes. The fields were made ready for the irrigation by 
an ingenious network of shallow ditches, and it was often here that the people 
were at work, directing the stream of water. 

And it was wonderful to see how many birds had taken advantage of this chance 
and kept themselves close to the workers, often within 2 meters. Yellow 
Wagtails patrolled along the ditches, Black Drongos (extremely opportunistic 
birds, also often seen on the back of cows and goats, and even on the offal at 
a slaughter house) hovered above and dived for juicy morcels, and Cattle Egrets 
stalked around and clearly also found a lot to eat. Unfortunately I was too far 
away to be able to see exactly what the birds fed on. 

These fields otherwise held the ubiquitous Rock Pigeons, flocks of Greater 
Short-toed Larks and here and there Desert Wagtails on sticks or small bushes. 
But the picture of peaceful coexistence between the workers and their entourage 
of three different species of birds will stick longest in my mind. 


Wim Vader, Troms, Norway


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Subject: Odd couple (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 12:59:14 -0500
Odd couple! A white Muscovy Duck hanging out with a Canada Goose as if they
were a bonded pair. Watched them wandering around for quite a while and
they never got more than a couple of feet apart. There was a large flock of
Canada Geese maybe two hundred feet away, but the Canada Goose wasn't
interested in joining them. Donaldson Park, Middlesex County, NJ.

See: https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/31339265835/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park, NJ

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Subject: Odd couple (photo)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:24:18 -0500
Odd couple! A white Muscovy Duck hanging out with a Canada Goose as if they
were a bonded pair. Watched them wandering around for quite a while and
they never got more than a couple of feet apart. There was a large flock of
Canada Geese maybe two hundred feet away, but the Canada Goose wasn't
interested in joining them. Donaldson Park, Middlesex County, NJ.

See: https://www.flickr.com/photos/14463444 AT N07/31339265835/

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park, NJ

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Subject: BirdNote, last week & the week of Dec. 4, 2017
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 07:11:41 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Ducks Get Fancy
http://bit.ly/17R1FPq
* Common Redpoll
http://bit.ly/QGH8ks
* A Blizzard of Snow Geese
http://bit.ly/RWKoXG
* More Eyes and Ears - Safety in Numbers
http://bit.ly/1czE8Qn
* Just What Are Flamingos?
http://bit.ly/2fjrmBL
* Winter Brings Snow Buntings
http://bit.ly/Jkxs0j
* Who Was Anna?
http://bit.ly/2fjvcea
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Subject: Cuban Trip Report
From: "David M. Gascoigne" <bateleur27 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:43:05 +0000
I just returned from a trip to Cuba. For anyone interested here is the report: 
https://travelswithbirds.blogspot.ca/2016/11/trip-report-cuba-16-23-november-2016.html 



[https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BSRDqAJaPxU/WDcbiWYNzfI/AAAAAAAALIo/oxbqzxh6OYsyB-xDK_sGU1LpQpclyqgmgCLcB/w1200-h630-p-nu/IMG_7774.JPG] 


Trip Report - Cuba, 16 - 23 November 
2016 

travelswithbirds.blogspot.ca
Organizer and Trip Leader: David M. Gascoigne Participants: Miriam Bauman, 
Carol Burrell, Jim Burrell. Francine Gilbert, Carol Gorenc, Fra... 





David M. Gascoigne
Waterloo, ON
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Subject: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Cuba
From: "David M. Gascoigne" <bateleur27 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 17:45:17 +0000
I just organized a trip for twelve members of our local naturalists club, 
returning early this morning. 


We had very successful birding, including some significant sightings, not the 
least of which was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. 


From the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba (2000), Garrido and Kirkconnell. 
Cornell University Press: Status: Vagrant. Four records: 21 Nov. (1952); 11 
Nov. (1984); two undated. 


Our sighting is supported by decent photographs and was witnessed by several 
seasoned birders. 


Does anyone know the official Cuban authority to whom we should submit this 
sighting, preferably with an email address, since the Cuban mail service is 
unreliable to non-existent, I am told? 



David M. Gascoigne
Waterloo, ON
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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 27, 2016
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:09:43 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Basalt as Shelter
http://bit.ly/1qfG9Yo
* Frigatebirds - Seabirds That Can't Get Wet
http://bit.ly/2fGxjb5
* Winter Birds Love Suet
http://bit.ly/Sv3dSO
* How Much Do Birds Eat?
http://bit.ly/2ffqZq1
* Audubon's Wild Turkey
http://bit.ly/1837qHM
* Gull Identification II
http://bit.ly/17yqOcm
* Birding with Grandpa -- With Dick Ashford of the
Klamath Bird Observatory: Take those kids outside!
http://bit.ly/TgrAq4
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Subject: Re: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Cuba
From: lgardellabirds AT CHARTER.NET
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 19:41:58 -0600
Arturo Kirkconnell, author of the birds of Cuba. His son's email is
arthur160587 AT gmail.com and his son will get word to his father.
Larry GardellaMontgomery, AL

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To: 
Cc: 
Sent: 24-Nov-2016 17:45:38 +0000
Subject: [BIRDCHAT] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on Cuba

	I just organized a trip for twelve members of our local naturalists
club, returning early this morning. 

	We had very successful birding, including some significant sightings,
not the least of which was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. 

	From the Field Guide to the Birds of Cuba (2000), Garrido and
Kirkconnell. Cornell University Press: STATUS: _Vagrant. Four records:
21 Nov. (1952); 11 Nov. (1984); two undated._ 

	Our sighting is supported by decent photographs and was witnessed by
several seasoned birders. 

	Does anyone know the official Cuban authority to whom we should
submit this sighting, preferably with an email address, since the
Cuban mail service is unreliable to non-existent, I am told? 

   David M. Gascoigne  Waterloo, ON   blog:
www.travelswithbirds.blogspot.com

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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 20, 2016
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:33:24 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Bufflehead Return
http://bit.ly/TgHdgZ
* The Jay Game
http://bit.ly/2g5za7u
* Birds Winter at the Salton Sea
http://bit.ly/TGTise
* On the Trail of the Bobwhite
http://bit.ly/TGXyrB
* Who's Laughing Now? - Gull-billed Terns
http://bit.ly/2fXF8aN
* Birds in The Winter Garden
http://bit.ly/QGGCmA
* Swans Come Calling
http://bit.ly/11qwpoE
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http://bit.ly/2fErB9t
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Subject: BirdNote, last week and the week of Nov. 13, 2016
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:54:41 -0800
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Goldeneyes and Whistling Wings
http://bit.ly/181Xwbu
* The Eagle Eye
http://bit.ly/1zMRuVP
* The Stealthy Shoebill (Don't miss this picture!)
http://bit.ly/2fFr3yd
* Great Horned Owls Calling
http://bit.ly/1tc7rjL
* Alex Chadwick at Big Bend - Banding Hummingbirds
http://bit.ly/1EOwoch
* Spectacled Eiders Dive in the Ice in Winter
http://bit.ly/1bebEiy
* Project FeederWatch Starts This Weekend
http://bit.ly/VRPEjp
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Travel to the Amazon with BirdNote and VENT, January 12-22, 2017
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Subject: A Brazilian Birding in Olrando.
From: Paulo Boute <pauloboute AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2016 11:57:07 +0000
Hello from Brazil!


I will be in Orlando, from Nov. 18-22th.


I would appreciate tips for birding there.


Thanks.


Paulo Boute.


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Expertise and Passion for Birds  & Wildlife!


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Subject: Can We Save Europe's Migratory Birds?
From: Devorah the Ornithologist <birdologist AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2016 11:14:29 +0000
hello everyone,

I finally managed to publish this piece about a letter that was published
at the end of last week in the journal, SCIENCE. the author of that letter,
Franz Bairlein, is concerned about the ongoing survival of Europe's
long-distance migrating birds (due to the same problems that also plague
neotropical migrants):

Can We Save Europe's Migratory Birds?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2016/11/07/can-we-save-europes-migratory-birds/ 


This is a letter that got a strong response from everyone whom I
interviewed -- so much so that it is likely I will be writing more about
this topic in the future. (I ended up having to severely trim the piece
before publication since there was SUCH a deluge of information and comment
that it generated!)

As always, please share this piece widely, especially on social media &
twitter, since readership is how I get paid for my work.

thank you.

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Subject: BirdNote: last week & the week of Nov. 6, 2016
From: Ellen Blackstone <ellenblackstone AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Nov 2016 09:24:48 -0700
Hello, BirdChatters,

Here are last week's BirdNote stories:
* Sandpipers! A Chorus Line in the Sky
http://bit.ly/1pk9MaC
* The Amazing, Head-turning Owl
http://bit.ly/QX8Byk
* Birds Can Brighten a Gloomy Day
http://bit.ly/1eZuQlL
* Is It the Same Robin?
http://bit.ly/18Wcjm1
* Big Bird - America's Favorite Flightless Bird
http://bit.ly/2flJQ3D
* Aplomado Falcon - Species Recovery in the Works
http://bit.ly/1afRwGy
* The Return of Snowbird
http://bit.ly/RWHmD3
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Subject: Birder's-Eye View of Birds in the Bible
From: Chuck & Lillian <misclists AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2016 15:34:08 -0700
Birders:

I couldn't find anything remotely resembling a birder's-eye view of
the bible anywhere on the web, so I wrote it myself. The first
"lesson" is here:
https://smbasblog.com/2016/08/14/sunday-morning-bible-bird-study/

This ten-part series looks at the bible's major citations of birds, including:

Which dove would Noah use to find land during the flood?
Would the Exodus Israelites, stuck in the Sinai, eat sandgrouse or quail?
What were Red Junglefowl doing in 1st-century Judea, thousands of
miles from home?
Do some birds "sow, reap and store in barns," despite what Jesus said?
Might ravens bring food to hungry people in the desert?
Who are the twenty "unclean" birds, and why are so many of them owls?
The hoopoe through history.

Each lesson comes with a "bible factoid" - an interesting tidbit new
to most people, such as:
The flood in the Epic of Gilgamesh
New Testament  Koine Greek peculiarities
The evolution of the name "Jesus"
The two Bar-Abbases
Was the Sea "Red" or "Reed"?
Problems of biblical translation.

A bonus lesson visits the Quran's tale of King Solomon and his trusty
explorer-hoopoe, and we Discover Some Peculiar Things.

Along the way we discuss Hebrew, Greek, multiple explanations of
biblical events, biblical textual analysis, rare words in the bible,
and we settle, once and for all, just exactly what is a "glede" and
why you might not want to eat one.

First installment:
https://smbasblog.com/2016/08/14/sunday-morning-bible-bird-study/
Each installment contains links to all other installments.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.
Good Birding!
Chuck Almdale
North Hills, Ca.

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Subject: Hilton Pond 10/01/16 (American Robins)
From: "research AT hiltonpond.org" <research@HILTONPOND.ORG>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2016 12:10:21 -0400
American Robins--often thought of as harbingers of spring—actually flock to 
Hilton Pond Center each fall and winter. This year is no exception, so these 
big orange-breasted thrushes have been splashing about in our water features 
and foraging for inverts among fallen leaves. To read all about robins and some 
of their interesting adaptations, please visit our “This Week at Hilton 
Pond” photo essay for 1-31 October 2016 at 
http://www.hiltonpond.org/ThisWeek161001.html 
 


While there, don’t forget to scroll down for a list of all birds banded or 
recaptured during the period. 


Happy (Autumn) Nature Watching!

BILL


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Subject: Birding in Indiana - interesting sites
From: "baikalteal13 AT netzero.net" <baikalteal13@NETZERO.NET>
Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2016 14:51:51 GMT
Friends, I have a group of birders from Michigan that are headed to Indiana 
next weekend. We will be driving to Terra Haute and wanted to know if there are 
any good birding sites that could be visited en route that provide good birding 
opportunities. If you have suggestions, please write me off-line at 
baikalteal13 AT netzero.net. Thanks. Appreciate any help. Don BurlettOxford, MI 


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