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Neil Hayward
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SURPRISE!
I'm writing this from the comfort of a new year. 2014. A year that doesn't involve counting above 700, carry-on luggage, wearing dirty laundry or dealing with stubborn Aleutian plumbing. Last year was full of surprises - an erupting volcano, a car crash, be...
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COOKING WITH SKUAS
"What can I get you, sir?" "Umm. I'll have the Great Skua, please. I believe it's medium rare. And I'll have a side of Tropicbird. Oh wait - that's probably out of season. Albatross?" At least, that's what I'd like to say. But I don't, because (a) I'm hungr...
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CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
"Painted Bunting!" What?   "Red-headed Woodpecker!" I'm at home, enjoying the Christmas holiday - one of the few holidays that I've been lucky enough to spend at home this year. Gerri is very excited and is doing some indoor birding.  "There! Right next to ...
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BIRTHDAY BUNTING
It's my birthday. My 40th birthday. I'm sprawled across four seats in Seattle airport doing a good impression of sleeping (good enough fool anyone but the person actually wanting to be sleeping.) Not how I expected to be celebrating the day - but not an ent...
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FLORIDA - RETURN OF THE NEMESIS
I've swapped the giant redwoods of Northern California for the sticky mangrove swamps of Florida. And an Asian rarity for a Caribbean one. The early morning mist is slowly lifting off a pond in Matheson Hammock Park, 10 miles to the south of Miami. And I'm ...
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LITTLE BUNTING. BIG YEAR.
The drama and excitement of Adak, of birding in the far-flung Aleutians already seems a distant memory as Gerri and I are walking around Home Depot looking for a Christmas Tree. (Unfortunately, so is everyone else in Boston, and apparently, this is somethin...
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PTARMAGGEDON - FINAL DAYS ON ADAK
ADAK: days 3-5 "Small dark alcid!" It's Saturday morning, day 3, and John Puschock is telling me to look in his scope. And in the middle, bobbing up and down on the bumpy water of Kuluk Bay is indeed a small dark alcid. It's tiny - and entirely black. Scrun...
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THE ALEUTIANISTS: WHOOPING IT UP IN ADAK
ADAK: days 1-2 The Aleutian Islands are strung out before me, like volcanic pearls on a giant string necklace, separating the Pacific to the south, from the cold and foggy Bering Sea to the north. According to the native Aleuts this is where the sea breaks ...
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PINK AND WHITE IN TEXAS
Except for the bauxite-chewing aluminum factory and its associated body parts of pipes, towers and chimneys, it would be the perfect view: the morning light bouncing off the surprisingly bumpy waves, the sea spraying off the sides of the boat, and in the di...
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