My Spanish Birding Trip: PART TWO

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  PART TWO:  THE MONEGROS STEPPE   March 9, 2016: Today’s plan involves driving south of the Pyrenees to an entirely different habitat.  This is where Alberto lives, in a little town surrounded by agricultural lands. The whole area has been termed the Monegros Desert, a semi-arid zone nearer to Zaragoza than to Huesca, but… Read more »

FUN FALL BIRDING DAY

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Refugio State Beach: October 15, 2014   On a cloudy, cool morning, the Wednesday bird class ventured up the coast to Refugio State Beach, a well-known coastal vagrant trap for passerines in fall migration. As a teacher, I look at Refugio as somewhat of a challenge.  It’s not all that aesthetically pleasing, lots of tree… Read more »

Birding from Camlica Hill in Istanbul

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  Birding from Camlica Hill in Istanbul! Sept. 24, 2014: It’s full name is Buyuk Camlica, the highest hill overlooking all of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.  The Bosphorus, that marvelous channel that separates two continents — the European and Asian sides of the city—is a famous route for raptors in fall migration. I was determined… Read more »

BIRDING ISTANBUL?

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  Will I successfully get myself to the top of Camlica Hill in Istanbul, Turkey, to watch the migrant raptor show? My husband and I are going on a fantastic cultural tour, staying in Istanbul for a few days before boarding a sailing ship and traveling from there through the northern Aegean to Athens! BUT… Read more »

MORE ON BIRDERS’ BEHAVIOR

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Birders’ behavior can be almost as interesting as bird behavior. Definitely, birders have their own stamp of individuality when it comes to interacting with others of their kind. Some generalities can be made, however. The number one characteristic is rudeness.  I’m sorry, but it’s true.  I’ve known some really rude birders and I’m one of… Read more »

Balancing Birding and Family: A Juggling Act

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  I know I risk this entry being called an advice column, which it is NOT. Many birders don’t want to talk about family obligations and how difficult it is to maintain our passion/sport/hobby and still manage relationships!  Couples have foundered, children have been neglected, ageing parents haven’t been visited — all because we wanted… Read more »

Tales from a Sewage Treatment Plant

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Tales from a Sewage Treatment Plant – Looking back through my journal, I find certain days stand out.  Since shore bird season is upon us, and birding at the Goleta Sewage Treatment Plant is one of the best places to go, let’s step back in time to a day almost exactly 15 years ago. AUGUST… Read more »