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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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EHL: Action Alert Stop Safari Highlands Ranch

  2017 Alert #10 Action Alert Stop Safari Highlands Ranch Background The San Diego countryside is under attack by badly planned sprawl development. A case in point is the Safari Highlands Ranch proposal near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #113

In Changing Planet  Steve Boyes A BEAUTIFUL BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD PROBING FOR NECTAR AT A COLUMBINE FLOWER. THIS HUMMINGBIRD IS A FEMALE, SHE IS LACKING THE BLACK PATCH ON THE CHIN WHICH DISTINGUISHES THE TWO SEXES. PHOTO BY JOLA CHARLTON   IN THE … Continue reading

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Tijuana River Estuary Bird Walk Report

Good afternooon,     16 birders braved cold, clear skies, which eventually clouded over, instead of the long lines to department stores to find a total of 51 species.  Highlights incl American goldfinch, Horned lark, Fox sparrow and Loggerhead shrike(see … Continue reading

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Inside Bird Conservation – December 2017

Take Action: Congress Can Make Federal Buildings Bird-Safe As many as a billion birds a year are killed in the United States when they collide with glass. But that may be changing. Sen. Cory A. Booker (D-NJ) has introduced the … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #112

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions An Arrow-marked Babbler photographed by Martin Heigan at Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. These birds form groups of between 3 and 15 individuals, larger groups will defend bigger territories Bar-tailed Godwits breed in the Arctic … Continue reading

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Birdwalk at Los Jilgueros and Live Oak Park

Although the day seemed to started out slow, we were all pleased that the final count came out at 53! Afterwards, 24 of the group drove just another mile or so to feast on a wonderful buffet lunch at our … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #111

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions in Voices for Wildlife Barn Swallows catch prey on the wing. Their diet varies depending on where they are and the time of year. During the breeding season, Barn Swallows prey mainly on large flies which sustain … Continue reading

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San Elijo Lagoon Field Trip Results

Hi Friends, On Saturday December 9, twenty-four birders checked-out San Elijo Lagoon. The weather was perfect and everyone enjoyed this favorite coastal location.  Because of trail closures, we were only able to hike the Rios East trail. For an additional … Continue reading

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Birds of Joshua Tree National Park

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #110

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions An Asian Barred Owlet captured beautifully in its preferred woodland habitat. Photo by Amit Srivastava   You will often hear the distinctive call of the Bald Eagle in American films. Photo by Leslie Reagan   … Continue reading

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Lindo Lake Field Trip Results

Hi Everyone, On Saturday December 2, twenty-two birders walked around Lindo Lake and we found 56 bird species. The weather was perfect — a nice cool autumn day. We saw lots of Coots, Grackles, and Black-crowned Night-Herons. Probably the best … Continue reading

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Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #109

Posted by Steve Boyes of National Geographic Expeditions An Eastern Imperial Eagle in flight. This eagle is vulnerable to extinction due to intensive forestry in the breeding grounds of Asia and Europe. Photo by Suketu Purohit   A Purple Sunbird captured probing for … Continue reading

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