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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #104

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Bay-backed Shrike is widely distributed across India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Photo by Pratik Humnabadkar   The Black-capped Chickadee is native to North America, it is the state bird of Massachusetts and Maine. Photo by … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – October 2017

American Bird Conservancy Asks California to Ban Neonic Use on Public Lands On behalf of American Bird Conservancy (ABC), the nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to adopt a statewide prohibition on the use … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #103

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions The Asian Openbill uses their unusual bill to open molluscs. Photo by Palash Thakkar   The Black-headed Jay is known to occasionally scavenge scraps from humans. Photo by Rajeev Tyagi   Brahminy Kites are known … Continue reading

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Trip Report: La Jolla Cove

Below is our eBird tally of the birds seen by 20 stalwart souls on the Palomar Audubon walk last Saturday. Perhaps the most exciting bird seen was a Black Oystercatcher, cracking open a mussel for breakfast. (Some might vote for … Continue reading

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ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

ESCONDIDO CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT SATURDAY DECEMBER 30, 2017 Each year between December 14th and January 5th, thousands of birders and nature enthusiasts participate in one or more of the 2000+ Christmas Bird Counts held annually in the United States, Canada, … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #102

The Bar-tailed Godwit is known to take the longest non-stop flight in its migration from the Arctic to Eurasia and Australia. Photo by Jaidevsinh Rathod   The Black-rumped Flameback adapts well to urban areas. Photo by Amit Prasad   The … Continue reading

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Bolsa Chica Field Trip Report

Birders, Here is the report from the first leg of Saturday’s walk, a corrected report.  Highlights include the two Tricolored Herons seen interacting at one point and the numerous Reddish Egret.  Good views of the Light-footed Clapper Rails, too. It was … Continue reading

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Lake Hodges Trip Report

Saturday started out cool and foggy, with sun breaking through around 10:30. 31 birders found 52 species of birds. A nice morning. Mallard Ruddy Duck California quail Western grebe Clark’s grebe Double crested cormorant Great blue heron Great egret Snowy … Continue reading

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Lake Kumeyaay Field Trip Results

Hi Everyone, On Saturday September 23, ten birders met up at Lake Kumeyaay for a really fun morning of birding. The weather was perfect. Overcast with a cool breeze. We found 38 bird species. Highlights included up-close views of several … Continue reading

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Batiquitos Lagoon, Trip Report

Hi, Birders, What was a quiet (bird-wise) and cool day turned exciting with an unexpected sighting of an adult Yellow-crowned Night Heron hanging near a couple of Black-crowned Night Herons and some long-legged waders. The tide was in so no … Continue reading

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Oak Hill Memorial Park Field Trip Results

Hi Friends, On Saturday morning September 9, nineteen birders enjoyed a slow-paced walk around Oak Hill Memorial Park. The weather was perfect with a cool breeze and the shade of the mature trees. A great location for easy summer birding. … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – September 2017

ENDANGERED SPECIES AND PUBLIC LANDS  Feral Cats Caught on Camera Killing Endangered Hawaiian Gallinules  Hawaiian Common Gallinule are the latest victims of feral cat predation of an endangered species on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i. The attacks were captured on remote … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #103

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions on September 1, 2017 The Asian Openbill uses their unusual bill to open molluscs. Photo by Palash Thakkar   The Black-headed Jay is known to occasionally scavenge scraps from humans. Photo by … Continue reading

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East Penasquitos Canyon Trip Report

Eight birders took part in the walk on the greatest statewide heat wave ever recorded in California.  It was 101 degrees at the end of the walk.  We did manage to see 31 species, including a close sighting of the elusive Wrentit. California … Continue reading

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KIT CARSON PARK FIELD TRIP RESULTS

Hi Friends, On Saturday August 26, twenty-one birders walked around Kit Carson Park and we found 41 bird species. The morning was overcast which made for a very comfortable hike. However, at the end the sun was out and it … Continue reading

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Dairy Mart Pond/Bird & Butterfly Gardens Trip Report

A heavy overcast, cool morning was enjoyed by 17 birders who tallied 53 species. Highlights incl 7 raptor species with the White tailed kite, Yellow-breasted chat, Ash-throated flycatcher and Hutton’s vireo. Thanks to Steve, Jack and Richard for many good … Continue reading

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Santee Lakes Field Trip Results

Hi Birders, We had a very enjoyable field trip today at Santee Lakes. Overcast most of the morning with a cool breeze. Fifteen birders found 45 bird species. I think there was a Great-tailed Grackle convention today — they were … Continue reading

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San Elijo Lagoon Trip Report 8/4/17

Approximately 20 birders searched vainly for avian life at San Elijo and Orilla Trail. At one point it was suggested that the leader should not be asked back due to lack of action. Here is the list of 36 species … Continue reading

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