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  1. Finally defeated one of my biggest nemesis birds! Northern Parula!!! Got amazing looks and photos too!
    7 points
  2. Lifer and life bird 300, WOOD DUCK!! Also a huge nemesis of mine.
    6 points
  3. My lens had barely been surviving for the past year and a week ago it finally kicked the bucket and decided to quite literally explode on me. I had a tough decision on what to do next, but I bit the bullet and purchased the canon RF 100-500 lens for a large portion of my savings. It should arrive before my road trip to Arizona which is nice.
    6 points
  4. All Eastern Phoebes.
    6 points
  5. I'm going to be visiting Germany, the Netherlands, and Latvia this summer from end of July to August. Germany and the Netherlands will probably be mostly visiting family, so not much birding. We are planning to visit some more birdy places in Latvia: Kemeri National Park, Lake Engure Nature Preserve, Slitere National Park, and Gauja National Park. I'm looking forward to the lifers! I'll post a trip report, but maybe only after I get back. Anybody have experience birding Latvia?
    5 points
  6. Later this month a friend and I are doing a 9 day roadtrip mostly focused on birding Arizona, but hitting a few other spots along the way. We're both trying to clean up our ABA lists picking up some 'easy' birds down there. Temperatures are averaging 115 in Tucson right now, so it's going to be uncomfortable, but hopefully this high heat and drought conditions will push up some Mexican birds to SE Arizona. Basic Itinerary: Jul 14 Drive to San Diego - Look for Nanday Parakeet on the way down - Stop at either White-eyed Vireo or Sulfur-bellied Flycatcher if they stick July 15 All day pelagic off San Diego Drive as far as we can to Tucson before we fall asleep July 16 Bird Mount Lemmon for most of the day Look for Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl in the Lowlands Drive down to Buenos Aires NWR for the evening (Buff-collared Nightjar) Camp in Patagonia July 17 Bird Patagonia Drive then bird Ramsey Canyon Camp at Ash Canyon July 18 Bird Miller Canyon for most of the day Drive to Portal (camping) July 19 Bird Portal area in Morning Leave by 1 PM to drive to Big Bend NP July 20 Wake up really early and hike Big Bend Head back as soon as we get targets Start driving back as far as we can July 21 Bird New Mexico? Get to Tucson by the end of the night July 22 Bird Box Canyon early in the morning Stop for Rosy-faced Lovebird in Phoenix Drive Home It's going to be a long trip, looks like it's going to end up being 3500 miles of driving or so, but should be adding lots of ABA birds and lifers, targets will be shown in a subsequent post.
    5 points
  7. Looks like a juvenile northern to me
    5 points
  8. Same bird that @DLecy posted a few days ago. Didn't think I was going to see this one, as previous coastal records of RHWO in California have never stuck for more than a day, but this bird stayed long enough for me to get back home from Montana. First time I've seen this species since 2011!
    5 points
  9. The bills don’t look fully formed to me, and they look a little odd, so I’d guess juvenile Hoodies.
    5 points
  10. I also saw the Red-headed Woodpecker that @DLecy and @Connor Cochrane posted above. I'm really happy it stayed until I could get to it. Such an amazing bird! RHWO was not on my list of likely species I would get in California anytime soon!
    4 points
  11. I watched this red-eyed vireo and its mate build their nest today at Camp U-Nah-Li-Ya near Suring, Wisconsin.
    4 points
  12. The spammers we used to have quite frequently would use this word throughout their posts.
    3 points
  13. Definitely a Song Sparrow. Sorry to disappoint.
    3 points
  14. Saw these infrequently while living in Colorado. I have seen them both in the mountains and on the prairie. Like others most of my shots are from a considerable distance but in route to Chico Basin Ranch one day I had the opportunity to see one pretty darn close.
    3 points
  15. ABA Targets: California: Nanday Parakeet Cook's Petrel Craveri's Murrelet Townsend's Storm-Petrel Least Storm-Petrel? (it would be early but it is an El Niño year) Red-billed Tropicbird. (definitely not guaranteed but a good possibility) State Birds: White-eyed Vireo Magnificent Firgatebird (a couple hanging around SD/LA rn) Arizona: Rufous-winged Sparrow Varied Bunting Arizona Woodpecker Violet-crowned Hummingbird Rosy-faced Lovebird Olive Warbler Common Black-hawk Five-striped Sparrow Mexican Chickadee White-eared Hummingbird Black-capped Gnatcatcher Berylline Hummingbird Gray Vireo Buff-collared Nightjar Rufous-capped Warbler Flame-colored Tanager Ferruginous Pygmy-owl Anything else that shows up while were down there or we find! Texas: Colima Warbler Black-capped Vireo Gray Vireo (if missed in AZ)
    3 points
  16. These are juvenile Hooded Mergansers, not female/immature types. Sex is indistinguishable at this age.
    3 points
  17. Cattle Egret: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/590497821
    3 points
  18. A big snapping turtle at Camp U-Nah-Li-Yah near Suring, Wisconsin...
    3 points
  19. Very rare in my area. Here’s a photo from my only observation-it was fairly distant…
    3 points
  20. Below is my schedule for my upcoming Colorado trip. Colorado July 19-24 July 19: Flight to Denver(arrive in Denver around noon) Bird Rocky Mountain arsenal NWR all afternoon Drive to copper mountain resort July 20: day long Convention field trip, grand county big day. Targeting any Rocky Mountain species. Owling at night, shrine pass road. Night at copper mountain July 21: Half day convention field trip to Loveland pass targeting rosy finch and ptarmigan., Workshops at resort Book sale Youth/student pizza party Perhaps owling?? Night at copper mtn July 22: Half day convention field trip to the private Newman ranch. Juniper habitats here and hummingbird feeders. Targets are: Cahu, juti, etc Banquet Owling shrine pass road Night at copper mtn July 23: all day convention field trip to sylvan lake state park and surrounding spots. Main target is cassia crossbills, which was seen here last summer, as well as any other species. Owling?? Night at copper mtn July 24: My return flight home out of Denver isn’t until 8pm, so I’m going to bird the majority of the day. I’d like to focus on the Denver area, but if there’s some mountain species I missed, I’ll start in the mountains and then head to Denver area. Return flight home, 8pm Hoping to grab 35+ lifers on this trip. My biggest wants are cassia crossbill and boreal owl, but anything that’s a lifer for me(most rocky mtn birds) would be great.
    2 points
  21. Northern Mockingbird confirmed. You can tell it's a juvenile, because of the visible gape that's still there and the spotting on the chest, among other things.
    2 points
  22. I took another light day. I hadn't been here in a while. Prettty boring, but I was out in the middle of a hot summer day: https://ebird.org/checklist/S143466291
    2 points
  23. No, I chased it. Took some effort to find though.
    2 points
  24. Best thing I did for my recent trip to England was research local birding groups in the area I was visiting. One had a walk on that fit my schedule. I picked up far more birds with them than I would have on my own.
    2 points
  25. Does anyone here have experience with hearing aids that are not for volume, but tone loss(or in this case probability was never there)? Is it worth the expense and bother of them, versus having to ask someone to talk clearly from time to time or maybe needing subtitles on some movies? How well do they really work, etc. If anyone knows and doesn't mind answering a few questions, from a non doctor-trying-to-sell-you-this-product opinion that would be nice! Feel free to use the PM.
    2 points
  26. birdie 🦉 #409: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  27. birdie 🦅 #409: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  28. birdie 🦅 #409: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  29. birdie 🦉 #409: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/ EZ
    2 points
  30. birdie 🦉 #409: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/ One of my most wanted state birds.
    2 points
  31. birdie 🦅 #409: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    2 points
  32. How many checklists do you do on average per day??
    2 points
  33. Agreed. Note the dark cap, completely black bill, very faint wingbars, and I’ll bet it was pumping it’s tail, an easily recognizable mark of a Phoebe.
    2 points
  34. A Cattle Egret somebody found at the airport, watching the planes land. Also a Gray Catbird which landed on top of a mailbox on my block.
    2 points
  35. That is a Forster's. The birds surrounding it are Least.
    2 points
  36. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/590471861 This fellow was looking a little worn
    2 points
  37. Day 10 (June 30) This day for the most part was a travel day and we made very few birding related stops along the way. In Astoria after we checked out from the hotel we did a walk along the river and explored the downtown area. Soon after we were on the road with our first stop being at Cannon Beach to eat by lunch and check out the famous Haystack Rock. At the mouth of the Ecola Creek I saw several bird species, including a Common Merganser with her 6 little fluffballs, a lone Lesser Scaup, and my FOF (first of fall) Western Sandpiper. After buying some souvenirs for my cousins back at home we headed over to Haystack Rock. There I saw tons of seabirds including Common Murres, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic Cormorants, and a adorable pair of Tufted Puffins. Unfortunately I did not see any Harlequin Ducks which was my secondary goal after seeing the Puffins. Afterwards we left and headed to the Tillamook Cheese Factory. At cheese land I added Brewer’s Blackbird to the trip list in the parking lot and tried out the delicious cheese and ice cream they make, I would highly recommend!!!! The rest of the day was spent in the car.
    2 points
  38. The closest Quail I've photographed to date (Friday): https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/590217191
    2 points
  39. Welp, didn’t get the Cave Swallow, though with the recent storms I’m not too surprised, and this was the earliest record of a basically annual species so I’ll get more chances. However, I did find a Bank Swallow and saw one the resident Neotropic Cormorants and the visiting Roseate Spoonbills! A long, hot, exhausting trip on 2 hrs of sleep, but worth it. https://ebird.org/checklist/S143236225
    2 points
  40. Day 9 (June 29) This day started out earlier as we needed to pack and check out before booking it to Hurricane Ridge. Although we did not get to hike here the day before that turned out to be a blessing as this day was much clearer and nicer than the day before. There we hiked the Hurricane Hill Trail in hopes of getting some interesting mountain and high meadow birds. Because we had to pack all of our things we arrived a little later than the bulk of the crowd and had to park in the overflow parking. While hiking from the overflow parking lot to the main parking area I was greeted by a pair of Red-breasted Nuthatches who chattered at me curiously while foraging. After we got on to the main section of the trail I was able to listen to the chorus of Hermit Thrushes, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Pretty soon I was able to see my main goal on this trip, the adorable GREY (not Canada) Jay. The other birds however were much more difficult to view, with the birds not responding to my pishing and the constant stream of hikers (WHO BRINGS THEIR INFANTS HIKING?????) ruining any chances of the birds coming out of their hidey holes. The mammals however do not have the luxury of flight and over the course of the hike I was able to see many deer, chipmunks, and a lone snowshoe hare. Around halfway up the trail I got to see the highlight of the day, a momma Sooty Grouse defiantly guarding her little Pom Poms of chicks from the big bad humans. Pretty soon I reached the open meadow near the top of the mountain, a few Vaux’s Swifts flew overhead (helpfully alerting me to their presence by calling real loud) while a Townsend’s Solitaire flew past me. At the peak I was able to see a few Marmots peeking out of their holes and a buck Deer resting in the shade of a tree. The views from up here are truly spectacular and the wildflowers are amazing as well. On the hike back the butterflies were much more noticeable with the sun having brought them out. Soon we left the park before making a short stop at Rialto Beach, which was honestly kinda underwhelming with very little birds out. The rest of the day was spent driving south to Astoria, marking the conclusion to the Washington part of this trip. At the hotel in Astoria I was able to get my first birds for Oregon, including a huge colony of Double-crested Cormorants on the Megler Bridge.
    2 points
  41. Wow! It's been almost 2 years since anyone had posted on here??!!?? Thanks for reviving it, @Seanbirds Guess that shows we old birders are old. I had forgotten about this thread. Now that I'm here, I can't remember what I wanted to say. Oh, well, maybe I'll think of it in a couple more years.
    2 points
  42. birdie 🦉 #408: 🟩⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
    1 point
  43. Azure-crowned Hummingbird
    1 point
  44. 1 point
  45. I'm visiting my Grandfather in Montana for a week, and trying to squeeze in birding whenever I can. Won't really have opportunities for lifers, but always a bunch of fun birds up here. https://ebird.org/tripreport/141651
    1 point
  46. Really glad to hear this. Don't know how many of you have seen the documentary "Birders: The Central Park Effect" but this guy was also featured in that. He seems like a very knowlegable & passionate birder & I think he'll make a great host for this show. Can't wait to see it. Must say I'm jealous though, he's basically getting paid to bird all over the world, my dream job!! https://www.npr.org/2022/05/19/1100203220/christian-cooper-bird-watcher-national-geographic-tv-show
    1 point
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