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  1. This guy was singing and being extremely cooperative right behind us the whole time while we were looking for the Nelson’s Sparrow! Me and @sirstarling89both got great shots of him. I have a few more that I’ll add in a few days. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/568064681
    10 points
  2. From yesterday, forgot to post. My lifer Golden Eagle!!! I was not at all expecting this, there hasn’t been a report from this part of the county this year, and this is an immature. There hasn’t been a report from this part of the county of an immature in 2 years!! It’s quite a great bird anywhere in my county, as well as the rest of coastal SoCal. Not flagged as rare, but it’s “rare to see”. It’s likely a migrant but still, wow.
    10 points
  3. Happy to see the male Painted Bunting is back this year!
    7 points
  4. The only definite Greater I’ve seen were distant: Lesser:
    7 points
  5. Adult female Greater and an immature male Lesser. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/316226031
    7 points
  6. I am going with this one but not sure. I gota few good ones
    6 points
  7. Very happy with the way this turned out! SNEG ended up coming in less than ten feet away from my father and I! Ratings appreciated: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/568214191
    6 points
  8. Eastern Bluebirds. Lexington County, central SC. May 2023 Mom and Dad brought us to the restaurant for the first time!
    5 points
  9. With that giant head and incredibly short tail, this is absolutely an Olive-sided Flycatcher
    5 points
  10. https://ebird.org/checklist/S136299289 Nice day for migrants today, nothing rare but I got lifer Western Tanager and photo lifer Warbling Vireo.
    5 points
  11. I finally have enough proof to claim a King Rail Lifer. I'm reasonably sure that I actually saw a King Rail on 12/31/2022, however, I have no photos, and I've been wrong about stronger assumptions. I'm also more than reasonably certain that I've heard the calls on at least two other checklists at this hotspot, but Merlin never picked it up, and I wasn't able to extract any recognizable audio. Merlin is prone to false positives, but I'm surprised that it never picks up these known calls: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/568013041
    5 points
  12. Some family friends found my county's 1st record of Snowy Egret! Thankfully it was in pond off of a public road, making conditions ideal for a chase. eBird Checklist - 7 May 2023 - Stakeout Snowy Egret (2023) Neal Rd. Pond - 23 species
    4 points
  13. Went out for first time without my dog this year. Was weird, but a little easier to bird. Still a very strange year for the area. The last two years my total alone was higher than the whole county total at this point. That is with a few more active birders even. Things have just been really slow. Up to 141 with 7 FOY yesterday, including some really good looks at Prothonotary Warbler. Unfortunately another birder had a Louisiana Waterthrush in the same park, while I was there on the other side. I was never able to relocate what would be county bird #250 for me. Was nice to see some birds finally show up yesterday though.
    4 points
  14. I remember last October we (GA) had a Hammonds Flycatcher show up. The birders that found it ended up taking a poop sample and sent it to a lab to confirm that it was indeed a Hammonds! It was the only way to confirm the first state record! 😂
    4 points
  15. Yesterday’s list that I forgot to post. https://ebird.org/checklist/S136222576
    4 points
  16. Yesterday: Golden Eagle today: Nelson’s sparrow, photos coming Monday.
    4 points
  17. Up to 32 with an awesome Baltimore Oriole!
    4 points
  18. Rarity and county lifer, this Summer Tanager provided some pretty good views for a couple minutes this morning much to the delight of a couple dozen birders. This was probably the best photo I managed of it - though the light was a bit harsh by then. Can't complain 😁 ML567865681 Summer Tanager Macaulay Library
    4 points
  19. Me and @IKLland met up and found the Nelsons Sparrow in San Diego County. https://ebird.org/checklist/S136316139
    4 points
  20. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/568500571
    3 points
  21. I'm not surprised. Last summer we had an 4.5-foot black adult going from limb to limb between river birch, about 7 feet up.
    3 points
  22. Okay, Herpies, what was hiding under my deck fountain this morning? Central SC. Around 15 inches long, a bit bigger around than a pencil.
    3 points
  23. 3 points
  24. I like the original better. The lightened version looks hazy to me, which may, or may not, benefit from some contrast adjustment.
    3 points
  25. Here's hoping these appear. Opinions, amigos. Original Lightened
    3 points
  26. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. Probably an imm. based on tail length.
    3 points
  27. I would go one further than @Charlie Spencer and suggest that the name be used, regardless of post counts, for those of us reading along that are banding code challenged.
    3 points
  28. I’m just hoping to get a couple lifers, I’m really hoping for a rarity but I can’t expect one this time of year. This one is out of San Diego though, the only other two I’ve been in were out of Orange County, so this one should be a better trip. Good luck to you!!
    3 points
  29. Alternate plumaged Snowy Plover!!!
    3 points
  30. Here’s my photo. I don’t think it’s better, actually.
    3 points
  31. I took a day off from lifer chasing, as I hadn't taken a proper walk on the Levee in a while, and I missed the experience. I was however, hoping to finally get the King Rail Lifer, and I wasn't disappointed. Decent number of species and the norm for me on these length on walks here. I could have probably gotten more had I woken up earlier. From the birds I noticed, I only failed to ID one. https://ebird.org/checklist/S136356324
    3 points
  32. Very few great photos today. I'll go with this Killdeer: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/568013181
    3 points
  33. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/567841061 Ratings Appreciated. Rarely see one of these in the open...
    3 points
  34. Only Northern Cardinal I've seen. This was before I had a camera so I only have a digibin.
    3 points
  35. I like the brighter version this time.
    2 points
  36. Honestly, so do I, but I thought others might think it too dark. Since that doesn't seem to be an issue, I'll probably leave it alone before adding to eBird. Just for giggles, here's the original again, along with an increase in brightness and contrast.
    2 points
  37. It makes total sense. I have done that multiple times before on this forum.
    2 points
  38. On the Macaulay page, drag the photo onto your browser's tab bar. The photo will appear on a new page without all the metadate. Copy the URL / web address for that tab and paste it into your comment here.
    2 points
  39. 2 points
  40. It's an Oak Titmouse.
    2 points
  41. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/567847171 Not exactly a photo lifer...Had one previously I accidentally deleted. Definitely my first decent shot of one!
    2 points
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