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  1. A story on The day in the life of a bird?
  2. All From an Egg
  3. What Species Can Count for a Bird Life List?
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So the next time someone says, "That's a lifer for me! Would you like your photo to be featured as Photo of the Day? Join our Flickr group and add your photos to the pool! Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Related content on MNN: Baby kit foxes want to make your Monday better Why sunrises are more amazing in winter Want to see more great photos? So far no one has seen all the earth's more than 9, bird species.

There's a " Club" for birders who have listed more than species, so listing that many is considered doing pretty well.

A story on The day in the life of a bird?

There are many ways to organize a Life List, including just writing down the English names in the order in which newly identified birds are seen, and this may be the most common approach for rank beginners. What follows, however, is a small sample from my own Life List, which is organized in "checklist order," sometimes called "phylogenetic order. Here it is:. The Coraciiformes is the "kingfisher order," and the Cuculiformes is the "cuckoo order.

This "checklist" manner of listing -- following the order established by the American Ornithological Union -- causes closely related birds to be grouped together.

All From an Egg

In the above list, for instance, all kingfishers appear in one place, and all motmots appear in another. Such grouping answers at a glance the question, "Just how many species of kingfisher have I seen? In the above list the code "viiSPA" translates to, "this bird was seen on July 11, , in Spain.

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Snow and ice pose no obstacle to birding with these light, easily donned cleats. The tungsten carbide spikes are small but mighty: After three months of use during a Montana winter, they showed no significant wear. Get off the beaten path and go in search of birds on snowy winter days. These snowshoes are a breeze to put on, and remain comfortable after hours of wear. Birders should always have a blanket in the car, whether to wrap around them while using their vehicle as a blind, or to toast up after an outing.

This blanket does quadruple duty: The inside is lined with soft DWR microfleece; the back is made of a waterproof ripstop shell that resists tears and stains; an inconspicuous opening in the middle allows you to slip it over your head and wear it as a poncho; and, last but not leaset, the reversible stuff sack has fleece on one side, so it doubles as a pillow. Birders aren't afraid of an early alarm.


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This ounce tumbler keeps hot beverages hot for hours, is durable, comes in an array of colors, and fits into a vehicle cup holder. So comfortable that our reviewer might have worn it for five days straight. Look sharp and stay warm while birding in this handsome flannel shirt. There are several products made with merino wool on our list for good reason: its thermo-regulating, moisture-wicking, odor-stopping, and sustainable properties. Transitioning between a day in the woods and dinner out?

No problem. Bonus: Forsake partners with Carbonfund. These cozy slipper-shoes are made with a soft, itch-free wool blend atop an anatomically contoured cork sole. Holbrook Travel partnered with Audubon to provide guided birding trips to Latin America and in the Caribbean.

What Species Can Count for a Bird Life List?

The destinations are all bird hot-spots where Audubon and its international partners carry out vital conservation work, from Belize to Paraguay. For those who prefer to plan their own adventure, the Audubon International Alliances program provides suggested trip itineraries to Guatemala and Colombia, and a list of local guides for hire in the Bahamas, Belize, Guatemala, and Paraguay. Both the liter pack and the smaller liter version come with a rain fly, so weather is no excusing for slowing down.

This pack was inspired by and designed for National Geographic Explores, and it shows. Whether used as a roller or as a backpack, it has enough space to fit everything you need for a rugged long weekend away, and the durable, weatherproof Tarpaulin material holds up even in the harshest environs. Our tester tried it on Eastern Egg Rock, a small island off the coast of Maine where Atlantic Puffins nest, and it withstood rocky terrain, rain, windy seas—and guano. So much guano. Flaunt your affinity for Audubon with this chic bottle.

The ounce, borosilicate glass container does more than just make you look good—it does good by helping to keep plastic waste out of our oceans, where it poses risks to seabirds. Buying a field guide to identify birds by sight is standard operating procedure for any birder. But to really learn how to bird by ear, nothing quite beats having an extensive library of birdcalls to guide the journey. The Macaulay Library, which is managed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, has more than , audio recordings for 9, bird species.

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Read an excerpt here. No one, except maybe a fly fisher.