LA Birders Webinar: Ainley’s Storm-Petrel ID, 4/11

This is one (or two) species that I had never heard of before, not that there aren’t thousands of others. Noting that it connects to a species that is a vagrant in Australia…….. Forwarded in case some Australian birders might be interested. Note that dates and times of this session are in time . . . → Read More: LA Birders Webinar: Ainley’s Storm-Petrel ID, 4/11

Birding in Samoa RFI

G’day Folks

I am planning to spend a week on Upolu.

Are there any birding guides/apps that cover Samoa?

Do people have any recommendations regarding good birding locations and accommodation on the island?

Regards, Laurie

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Hawaii trip June 2023

Hi everyone,

I am visiting Hawaii from June 9th to June 25th 2023, looking for all the accessible remaining endemics.

If anyone wants to join me (and split the cost for the very expensive car rentals) that would be great!

My rough itinerary is:

Maui: 2.5 days. I am . . . → Read More: Hawaii trip June 2023

(Advertisement?) Pakistan and Monsoon NW India trip – Jul/Aug 2023

Hi everyone,

I am looking for people to join me on a trip I am planning to Pakistan and NW India from the 22nd of July to the 10th of August.

The trip is based around visiting the Ajmer area in NW India during the monsoon to see Critically Endangered Lesser Floricans displaying, . . . → Read More: (Advertisement?) Pakistan and Monsoon NW India trip – Jul/Aug 2023


Of course introduction and migration of non native animals has had some bad impacts on native flora and fauna but the impacts of human migration is much worse. An d we are supposed to be responsible thinking beings. What a joke !!

The Common Myna

Some years ago I wrote this about the Common Myna:

The Common Myna

According to the Common Myna

Life in Oz could not be finer

Ample ecologic niches

Full of gastronomic riches.

To refugees from lands afar

The Aussie door is left . . . → Read More: The Common Myna


Another poem, from UK We’re starlings, the misses, meself and the boys,We don’t go round hopin‘, we walks.We don’t go in for this singing all day,And twittering about, we just squawks.We don’t go in for these fashionable clothes,Like old Missel Thrush, and his spots,Me breast isn’t red, there’s no crest on me head,We’ve got sort of, hardwearing…dots.We starlings, the misses, meself and the . . . → Read More: starings

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I do so agree with all that has been said re starlings. Humans have introduced these birds/animals. They had no day in the matter.

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My contribution to the Starling discussion:


The common starling's not the darling

Of humans in this land

But why decried and vilified

I do not understand.

Is it their success and life prowess

Producing swirling . . . → Read More: Starlings

FW: Starlings as shorebirds



From: Wim Vader <; Sent: tirsdag 14. februar 2023 11:43 To: Willem Jan Marinus Vader <; Cc: Riet Keuchenius <;; Hayo H.W. Velthuis <; Subject: Starlings as shorebirds


Starlings as shorebirds (In defense of starlings)


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