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Interesting items from Miranda News Issue 91.

Posted Saturday 22nd February 2014 at 19:23 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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Carolina Wren Feb. 2014

Posted Friday 21st February 2014 at 16:24 by LifeIsGood2
I think this is a Carolina Wren but it is my first time identifying one. What do you think it is?
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February 20, 2014 Killdeer and Goose?

Posted Friday 21st February 2014 at 15:53 by LifeIsGood2
While in town, I saw a small group of killdeer near a parking lot across from our City Lake. Not too unusual, but I had never taken the time to look at its markings and identifying it.

I will need to spend some time identifying the water fowl at the City Lake because as I flipped though pictures in my field guide etc., I realized that I am not certain if I saw a goose or a swan. This is my main reason for birding right now. I realize that even though birds are around me all of...
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San Antonio's Bridge

Posted Friday 21st February 2014 at 07:56 by Moncho
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The grey heron and one of the two egrets was again in the mouth of San Antonio´s Bridge river. I could see a Mediterranean Gull too.
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Finally the Sao Paulo Marsh Antwren has a proper name!

Posted Tuesday 18th February 2014 at 20:10 by Rick and Elis
There has been a great deal of waiting for a decision to be made about the taxonomic status of the marsh antwren that was found in São Paulo State many years ago. Not least as there was some confusion about who actually discovered the thing; but we will not get into that now.

The Paraná Marsh Antwren Formicivora acutirostris, from which the new species has been distinguished, was originally given its own genus Stymphalornis when it was first discovered, but back in the time when we...
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