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Meet the Godwits

Posted Thursday 27th February 2014 at 15:44 by Rick and Elis
There are four species of godwit, Limosa, in the world. They are all interesting and elegant birds and at least one example can be seen on all six of the world's inhabited continents at some time in their varied life cycles. Some are famously record-breaking migrants like the Bar-tailed Godwit and others lead a much more restricted lifestyle, like the Marbled Godwit.

Black-tailed Godwit was the 4th species we saw on our global quest for waders and it is the only one of the four in...
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Hawks

Posted Wednesday 26th February 2014 at 20:11 by LifeIsGood2
Well, I have not figured out how to identify the hawks that I have been seeing lately. Due to distance and other factors (being new at it), I am not sure what I have seen. I do wish I would've gotten a picture of the one that flew across Ralph's pasture today because it had a large wing feather sticking straight up and I guess about to be shed. It glided low but for a long ways.

Yesterday, there was one perched in a tree and the breast looked rust colored, the belly looked white,...
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Grey Partridge day

Posted Sunday 23rd February 2014 at 19:30 by dancho_hristov
This Sunday was meant to be rather rainy. This forecast put me off from my intentional plan to go out photographing a Red Fox. However, I had already prepared for a trip so didn't really feel like staying at home :). That's why I decided to do a road trip around some wetlands around Sofia, Bulgaria. Whatever the weather was I safe in the car so it wouldn't be a problem even if it rains. Off I went.

First, I stoped at Aldomirovsko marsh where a singing Corn Bunting and a "stone"...
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White Stripe on underside of wing of soaring bird

Posted Sunday 23rd February 2014 at 04:27 by LifeIsGood2
That is all I got so far. Books point to Night Hawk or Black Vulture, so far. Today, Feb. 22, it was soaring high above our back yard area. The wings seemed horizontal and the color of the bird seemed dark but as it turned to the side, the belly seemed a little lighter color - light brown maybe.

So, I am not sure what it was, yet.

Also, I saw a woodpecker that is either a Downy or Hairy Woodpecker. I just cannot tell because I am not sure of the size of the beak....
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Interesting items from Miranda News Issue 91.

Posted Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 18:23 by Rick and Elis
We have just received our latest copy of Miranda News, the journal of the Miranda Naturalists' Trust and I wanted to share a few interesting points from it.

There are a couple of articles written by Tony Habraken about those long-distance migrants, the Bar-tailed Godwits. The first telling of the sheer fluke that led to the collection of data proving the 11,000 km+, eight day, single flight from the breeding grounds in Alaska to New Zealand. It was as a result of a battery outlasting...
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