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New ID feature for White-rumped and Baird's Sandpiper?

Posted Monday 16th March 2015 at 16:34 by Rick and Elis
Spending many hours looking at photographs, both our own and on the internet, and more recently at skins at the Natural History Museum in Tring, Elis and I noticed that there was a tendency for the feathering at the base of the bill of these two species to be distinctive and thought that perhaps this could be used as an additional feature to help ID a lone bird in a strange place...http://www.waderquest.org/2015/03/ne...umped-and.html
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Cranes in Pueblonuevo del Bullaque. Cabañeros.

Posted Friday 13th March 2015 at 08:15 by Moncho
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Pueblonuevo del Bullaque, next to the Cabañeros National Park is the best place I've found to approaching and photographing cranes. Looking to the east, to the harvested corn fields from the houses near the abandoned gas station is easy to see cranes close in the winter. The photos are taken from the coordinates 39º 18' N 4th 15.46'' 20.99'' 15' W.
This year I've posted pictures of cranes from that site. But only once I was lucky they were located nearby. It was...
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Tinicum’s Most Famous Bird, 35 years Later (Homage to Johnny Miller, 1939-2009) - Gue

Posted Monday 9th March 2015 at 14:32 by Rick and Elis
When Johnny Miller left his house near Philadelphia in the morning on October 19, 1979 to conduct his weekly shorebird census at “Tinicum,” a birdy patch of freshwater tidal marsh just a stone’s throw from his door, which he knew better than anyone had before (and, likely, since), he had no inkling that he was about to discover a feathered traveler from across the world. He drove over to the main entrance of the roughly 700-acre preserve that in 1972 had been designated the Tinicum National Environmental...
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Manzanares river entering Jarma river III

Posted Friday 6th March 2015 at 06:55 by Moncho
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I conclude by showing the mouth of the Manzanares in the Jarama by its left bank from Casa de Peña Blanca to the mouth, shortly before Presa del Rey.
89 Storks and a couple of peregrine falcons overflown me.
Once on the river I saw mallards, chiffchaffs, a lot of blue tits and less great tits. I saw two female redstarts, and two robins too
The pond of Soto de las juntas, one of my usual birding areas, stood to my left. There was not great crested...
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First Confirmed Evidence of Barn Swallows Breeding In Central Saudi Arabia

Posted Saturday 28th February 2015 at 16:14 by brackenb
On February 14th during a walk around a local patch at Al Hayer, 20km south of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) I visited a site where mud nests similar to those used by Swallows were seen.
On entry into the building I noted that most of the old nests had been destroyed but there was some evidence of them being rebuilt and three appeared to be in use. I waited around and within a short time these were occupied by sitting birds with regular visits from their partners. Repair work was also noted on...
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