Species highlight; Green Heron (Buterodies virescens).

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On the 29th of April 2018, an unusual looking heron turned up on a garden pond in deepest Pembrokeshire. The news soon broke that this quirky looking bird was a green heron, a species that is usually found frolicking in swamps and lagoons in the Americas, and it was only the second record of one in Wales. The thought of a bird that had been kind enough to fly all the way over the Atlantic to visit me in Wales got me excited. I was feeling pretty confident about seeing him (the bird had been identified as an adult male) as herons have a tendency to stick around for a while, and I didn’t imagine it hopping on a flight back to the USA any time soon.

Although I was excited to go on a good old-fashioned twitch, I had already seen these fascinating birds on my trip to Central…

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Exploring The Forgotten Islands. Venice, an Unexpected Birding Extravaganza. Part II

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The sun rose on our second day in the stunning city of Venice. If you want to know more about how we got here and the beginning of our trip you can do so here in PART I. Today was the day I was really looking forward to, I had read about the glass blowing island of Murano when I was very young and it held a certain mystique in my mind, and on this slightly breezy but baking Sunday morning, it was finally time for me to see it. We were going island hopping!

The Vaporetto (Venetian water boat) pulled sluggishly out from the floating dock and meandered its way through the grand canal to the city limits. As we departed the main Island of Venice I could see the lagoons splendour…

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The City on the Lagoon. Venice, an Unexpected Birding Extravaganza. Part I

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A cultural city break, yeah we could do with one of those. While travelling in Central america we discussed what kind of holidays we’d like to do when we settled back home, and the idea of being culture vultures and city slickers kept coming up. A City that Mayka and I had always thought about but never visited was Italy’s popular but pricey destination; Venice. Sure, I can push down my urge to watch birds for a weekend looking at old architecture and museums, I should have known I was lying to myself.

Not 30 minutes after we had booked the flights, my internet history was full of ‘Where to watch birds in Venice’ and similar synonymous searches. This is when, and to my surprise I discovered that there isn’t a whole lot of solid…

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A Really Cool June – Malibu Lagoon, 24 June, 2018


View down north channel to Adamson House (Lillian Johnson 6-24-18)

The weather was quite pleasant for a December field trip: overcast, cool, a slight breeze riffling the lagoon. Several birders, lacking sufficient warm clothing, left early. Some might complain, I suppose, insisting, “But it’s June! It’s supposed to be hot and sunny!” Not I. Some might grumble and call it, “June Gloom.” I call it, “A welcome respite from intolerable heat.” But then I long ago gave up lying for hours in the baking sun, trying to develop the healthy glow of a deep tan. Live and learn.

Funny bunny – is it sitting on eggs? (Grace Murayama 5-27-18)

About twenty birders showed up, most of them new to the lagoon and its birds. I suspect that the regulars, knowing the avian paucity they would encounter, stayed away. I warned those present not to expect a lot, as June is…

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