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  1. Not sure I could have asked for a better way to end 2023. Our Short-eared Owls put on amazing show tonight. I didn't even care that I didn't go out chasing anything else today. Focus for today was just having some more joy in my life to end the year. These owls have done that for me in the past 4 weeks.
    12 points
  2. He's in jail https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612900149
    8 points
  3. New resident of SW Florida and new to birding in 2023. Only 77 species so far on my life list. It is thrilling for me find and photograph each new bird species. This website with experts and enthusiasts is a great resource! Black-necked Stilt
    7 points
  4. My heart is with Nightjars - so listening to Common Poorwills at a park about 15 minutes from my home in the southern suburbs of Denver, and dueling Eastern Whip-poor-wills in New York State this fall have to be among my favorites. Oh, and taking my 2 year old niece outside at "Nighthawk O'Clock" to count a flock of two dozen Common Nighthawks feeding over my brother's house. And a Lesser Nighthawk greeting a friend and me on our first evening birding in AZ. BUT - 2023 was a big year for Bohemian Waxwings in Colorado. The CBC team I was on had 1 on 1/1/2023 during our count. That quickly turned into enormous flocks that I'd see a few times a week, even when just driving around my neighborhood. Blogged about it early on here: https://lonesomewhippoorwill.com/2023/01/09/a-briefness-of-bohemian-waxwings/. But the great flocks came later still. They absolutely made the winter.
    6 points
  5. The pair of self-found Swallow-tailed Kites while looking for the nesting Mississippi Kites in my home county tops my list of favorite birds. The two American Flamingos in south-central Pennsylvania are a close second. Finding my first Kentucky Warbler and Mourning Warbler in many years were also faves.
    6 points
  6. Swallow-tailed Gull by far is the best and favorite bird of mine in 2023
    5 points
  7. Anything from my England trip, but most memorable were the Red Kite (first bird of the trip), Little Egret, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Magpie, and European Goldfinch. https://ebird.org/tripreport/135053
    5 points
  8. Wilson's Phalarope - County bird #250 for me Lark Sparrow - Self-found lifer Limpkin - County first record White-tailed Tropicbird - More than a handful of birds on N.C. Pelagic, but that bird tops them as it was soooo cooperative. Short-eared Owls - bird(s) of the year though I think for me, as I have had so many memorable experiences with them in the past 4 weeks. Much joy has been had from them.
    5 points
  9. My first bird was a Great-tailed Grackle. Happy New Year.
    4 points
  10. Grasshopper Sparrow: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612912842
    4 points
  11. Dunlin. Lockwood Folly River, Brunswick County, southeastern NC. Dec. 24, 2023. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612883216 I've been making regular trips to my Mom's neighborhood since Thanksgiving. These guys and some Semipalmated Plovers are usually working the riverbed at low tide. This is the closest they've wandered, and the first time they haven't been extremely backlit.
    4 points
  12. I just moved up to Humboldt County for School a couple days ago, and in just a few hours of birding yesterday morning this was my list. Purple Gallinule Gray Flycatcher Tropical Kingbird Dusky-capped Flycatcher Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Field Sparrow Swamp Sparrow (4) Nelson's Sparrow Black-and-white Warbler Palm Warbler (3) Evening Grosbeak As well as a bunch of other slightly more common but super fun birds. Birding here is SOOOOO different than birding in Sacramento!
    4 points
  13. There were a ton of fantastic birds in Texas, especially the Common Pauraque, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, and Road-throated Becard. I probably won't be seeing the Island Scrub-Jay or Whooping Crane again for awhile. Getting the Tundra Bean-Goose on its last day in the wild was excellent luck, and the freak streak of vagrants in December was also a pleasant end to the year.
    3 points
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  16. Went and birded some of the lakes in my county. A bunch of activity, so now up to 55!
    3 points
  17. Probably the Western Kingbird in my home county a few days ago
    3 points
  18. SW Florida.. Woke up for the new year and looked out the bedroom window. Hundreds of Tree Swallows over the lake each morning as a Brown Pelican flew by. 😁
    3 points
  19. Hard for me to walk out my front door without seeing a House Sparrow or Starling but going to keep my eyes closed until I can get to where the Red-flanked Bluetail is again . Just kidding but I am going to try for it again just so I can get it on the 2024 yearlist.
    3 points
  20. 2024 listing goals: Life list to 470. Currently sitting at 418. California list to 400. At 354. Orange County list to 350. At 320 currently. 2024 year listing goals.I don’t care about them much. 2024 year list to 400. California year list to 350. Orange County year list to 310. Other goals: Find more self found rarities Really study the birds more Chase a little less Bird lesser known spots and new underbirded areas more Have a 100 species checklist at the 3 top hotspots in the county GET AN ORANGE COUNTY SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER Happy new year!
    3 points
  21. List your favorite birds of 2023! Cool experiences and places/trips are welcome too!
    2 points
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  23. Just woke up.... slept in for the holiday. I'd guess my first bird will be Northern Cardinal.
    2 points
  24. Heard Canada Goose - saw Black-capped Chickadee
    2 points
  25. As I expected, Northern Cardinal. They're always the first to the feeders in the pre-dawn light, and the last to leave after dusk.
    2 points
  26. Bewicks Wren, one roosts on my front door
    2 points
  27. Great Blue Heron. Lexington County, central SC. Dec. 31, 2023. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612898028 My last listed bird of 2023.
    2 points
  28. From yesterday - Purple Gallinule: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612912701
    2 points
  29. I've barely birded at all since October, but had a lovely surprise with a flock of lifer Surfbirds on a bumper at a ferry terminal this morning. That brings me to 162 on the year, which is my best to date.
    2 points
  30. I’m ending the year at 385 world (California. Colorado, Florida). 320 for California this year, and 288 for Orange County this year. Happy new year!
    2 points
  31. It's doing a yoga pose: downward-facing birb.
    2 points
  32. Hepatic Tanager in Maine, a state first! The discoverer's photo from just two days ago: https://ebird.org/me/checklist/S157436845. There are only five other records in eBird east of the Mississippi River.
    2 points
  33. Eastern Meadowlark: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612872900
    2 points
  34. I only recently learned that relative eye size can help along with the id. And something else -- toe length. See the photos on toes and eyes about one-third down this page: https://www.flockingaround.com/post/sharp-shinned-hawk-vs-coopers-hawk-identification. The toes in this photo are also consistent with a Cooper's Hawk; they're relatively thick and "normal" length. The Sharp-shinned toes seen in the photos on that linked page looked stretched out by comparison.
    2 points
  35. Agree it's not a Canvasback. Possibly a Hooded Merganser but not identifiable for me.
    2 points
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  39. Florida Scrub Jays! Amazing looks! https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612796685 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612796675 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612796683
    2 points
  40. I’ve gotten to my goal of 200 year sp in California with 200. Scaly-breasted Munia and 201. Pine Siskin. I need 11 more birds for world year which will hopefully be achievable with visits to the East Bay and Coast.
    2 points
  41. I am so happy to be here
    2 points
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