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New Year, New Enthusiasm

Posted Thursday 3rd January 2013 at 22:58 by Green Sandpiper
One of the best parts of the festive season is that we get 2 days off for New Year, just at the time that the wife and mini- sandpipers are exhausted from the excitement of it all. This allows scope for me to make a good start to the year's birding, knowing that all too soon we'll be back to the grind of work and the other things that 'life' does to curb my birding.

Anyway, tradition has held that Jan 2nd would be my day for going out. As this is usually for the full day, without...
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100barbadosbirds

Posted Sunday 30th December 2012 at 20:20 by jimmmer
Three Days to the start of my big year here is the last posting on wetlands in Barbados for birding Private Ponds >>>
http://100barbadosbirds.blogspot.com...r-birding.html
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Clyde Estuary- 26th December- A Winning Whim

Posted Friday 28th December 2012 at 23:28 by Green Sandpiper
I'm big on traditions, big on continuity to the past, often to the extent that I verge into nostalgia and denial that things change.

Anyway, one of these traditions is that each Boxing Day, Mrs Green Sandpiper takes the mini- Sands to the pantomime with her mother and our niece. Having an aversion to panto, and my mother- in- law, tradition dictates that I do my own thing- a clear euphemism for birdwatching.

Normally, I'd stay local, do some patch work. This year,...
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Critically endangered species we have encountered.

Posted Friday 21st December 2012 at 23:35 by Rick and Elis
Sociable Lapwing; we saw these unexpectedly in the UAE. These birds breed in Khazakstan and a small part of southern Russia and migrate mainly to the Sudan for the winter although some will winter in north west India. On migration they normally pass through Turkey and Syria where as recently as 2007 flocks of a thousand or so have been seen although numbers appear to have fallen sharply since then. Small numbers are often reported from the UAE but they do not appear to winter there.
http://www.waderquest.org/2012/12/cr...s-we-have.html
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More from the USA, Roadrunners "meep, meep"

Posted Thursday 20th December 2012 at 23:57 by Rick and Elis
Just like an episode out of a cartoon we came across Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner eyeing each other up in California!
Just in case it isn't obvious, these photos were not actually taken at the same place sadly, but it was fun seeing them both on the same day.

In fact we saw two roadrunners together (possibly three), which Gary told us was unusual.
http://www.rick-simpson.com/2012/12/...meep-meep.html
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