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Top 25: Wild Birds on the Edge – February 9, 2018

A CRITICALLY ENDANGERED WHITE-BACKED VULTURE IN THE SERENGETI, TANZANIA. VULTURES WORLDWIDE ARE UNDER THREAT BECAUSE OF TOXINS IN THE CARCASSES THEY EAT, THESE TOXINS INCLUDE VETERINARY DRUGS, LEAD AND POISON LACED WITHIN CARCASSES TO KILL PREDATORS OR SOMETIMES VULTURES THEMSELVES … Continue reading

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San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary, Feb 17, 2018

Birders, Sorry for the delay—problems with internet, phone and passwords, etc.  It was a fun birding day— a couple learning sessions regarding teens and hawks. I mean terns, .darn that spellcheck. Charlotte managed to find in her photos the spotted … Continue reading

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EHL Newsletter • Winter 2018

EHL helps defend California gnatcatcher listing With this vital listing under legal attack by the building industry, conservation groups are mounting a defense. Read More San Bernardino work progresses EHL is working on multiple fronts to protect the last of … Continue reading

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SPRING BIRD CLASSES

Palomar Audubon Society is again offering bird classes on consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning Tuesday April 24th. The first three classes will be for beginners and the last three (starting Tuesday May 15th) will be for intermediate birders. The classes will … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #124

In WildlifeTags bird photography, birding, wild bird revolution, wild bird trust  Steve Boyes A BARN SWALLOW PHOTOGRAPHED BEAUTIFULLY IN FLIGHT (HEMANT KIROLA) THE RANGE OF THE ENDANGERED EGYPTIAN VULTURE IS HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON ITS PRIMARY FOOD SOURCES, LIVESTOCK CARCASSES AND HUMAN WASTE (RAJEEV TYAGI) BLACK KITES … Continue reading

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Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery Field Trip Result

Today, Feb 10, 2018, 17 people joined in under cloudy skies. 40 species recorded. American Widgen Mallard Great Blue Heron Turkey Vulture Cooper’s Hawk Red-shouldered Hawk Red-tailed Hawk Eurasian Collared-Dove Mourning Dove Great Horned Owl Anna’s Hummingbird Belted Kingfisher Acorn … Continue reading

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Birding and Drawing to Pathways of Observation

Hello!   Join Stacey Vigallon, LA Audubon’s Director of Environmental Education, for a day at the garden exploring the connections between drawing and birding and learning how both activities can enhance your observation skills. Ms. Vigallon will demystify the drawing … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – February 2018

Protecting Children, Pollinators, and Birds from Pesticides   Howdy Folks, several urgent items on pesticides. One threat to oppose involves draft legislation weakening of the Endangered Species Act for pesticide reviews. There are also two bills in Congress to support. … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #118

In Changing Planet    Steve Boyes A VIBRANT FEMALE INDIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER PHOTOGRAPHED BY VISHAL MONAKAR. THERE ARE 6 SPECIES OF PARADISE-FLYCATCHERS IN ASIA AND GENETIC STUDIES REVEAL THAT THE INDIAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER IS LIKELY ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ANCESTORS OF THIS GROUP. THE … Continue reading

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Guajome Birding on February 3

Well Folks, it was a record count day at Guajome! We came home with 60 species. I might attribute this total to some very good birders and some birders who have very good ears. New birds discovered here were the … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #117

In Wildlife & Wild Places    Steve Boyes WHEN BIRDS USE THE SAME HABITAT AND SAME FOOD SOURCES, ONE WILL OFTEN OUTCOMPETE THE OTHER. IN NORTH AMERICA THIS WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH WOULD THEORETICALLY COMPETE WITH THE VERY SIMILAR, PYGMY NUTHATCH. HOWEVER THESE TWO … Continue reading

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Dos Picos and Rangelands Road Bird Walk Report

15 birders braved threatening skies, bracing breezes and cold weather to tally 63 species. Highlights included White-throated sparrow(seen by early birds Michael and Sonja only), Golden-crowned sparrow, 8 Hooded mergansers(1 male with 7 females (is he a lucky or unlucky … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #116

Changing Planet  Steve Boyes A SOUTHERN RED-BILLED HORNBILL PREENING ITS FEATHERS. THIS SPECIES OCCURS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA, UP TO MALAWI AND ZAMBIA. THIS HORNBILL WAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN SOUTH AFRICA’S KRUGER NATIONAL PARK BY MICHAL RICHTER   THE BLACK-CAPPED KINGFISHER’S BRILLIANT BLUE … Continue reading

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Sweetwater River/Bonita Field Trip Report

The sunny day started cool, but warmed up quickly. 22 birders joined the walk. The highlight was an Eurasian Wigeon and an Osprey fishing. We saw or heard 46 species. Blue-winged Teal Cinnamon Teal Northern Shoveler Eurasian Wigeon American Wigeon … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #115

In Changing Planet  Steve Boyes A RUFOUS-NAPED LARK PHOTOGRAPHED IN KENYA BY GANESH RAO. RUFOUS-NAPED LARKS HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO MIMIC OTHER SPECIES CALLS. IN KENYA, AN INDIVIDUAL WAS FOUND TO USE THE CALL OF THE ABYSSINIAN NIGHTJAR INSTEAD OF ITS OWN … Continue reading

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Dixon Lake Field Trip Results

Hi Friends, On Saturday January 6, twenty-six birders walked around Dixon Lake. We found 61 bird species. The weather was fantastic. The best birds of the day were the Red-breasted Sapsucker (an annual visitor) and the recent arrival of the … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #114

In Wildlife & Wild Places  Steve Boyes THE WHITE-BELLIED SEA EAGLE OCCURS ALONG THE COASTS OF AUSTRALASIA AND INDIA. HERE IT HAS CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE TO MANY COMMUNITIES. FOR EXAMPLE ON NISSAN ISLAND (PAPUA NEW GUINEA), THE EAGLE’S CALL IS BELIEVED TO SIGNAL … Continue reading

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Escondido Christmas Bird Count Highlights

The Escondido CBC, sponsored by the Palomar Audubon Society, also includes the San Pasqual and Pamo valleys and portions of Valley Center, Ramona, and Poway.  Here are some highlights from the count held on Saturday, December 30.  Some omissions are likely as several … Continue reading

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