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  1. Interesting. I'm an East Coast guy, so that is news too me. I guess I need to look at my pics and see what I actually have from my few trips out there. May have increased my life list by one.
  2. I considered Least as well. Bill length and yellow in the eye ring plus the place seen was what I was basing my thoughts on. Thinking it was a youngster moving into adulthood.
  3. This as seen on 04/21/19 at Ft. Desoto State Park in St. Petersburg, FL. Thinking Acadian Flycatcher.
  4. This was taken today at Ft. Desoto State Park in St. Petersburg, FL. I was thinking juvenile Peregrine Falcon, but have only seen one and it was an adult. I was fooled once and it was a Merlin, but this looked too large to be a Merlin.
  5. I would appreciate it. What is the Facebook group? I may join that group. Doesn't seem like there are many responses on this blog anymore.
  6. Yes. If anyone decides to go for the ISJ, go to Prisoner's Harbor. I had several encounters and everyone I spoke to said that it is basically a for sure thing at this location.
  7. This would be a lifer for me. These were taken on 01/08/19 on the way out to Santa Cruz Island of the Channel Islands National Park. Pretty sure this is a Black-vented Shearwater, but would like confirmation from those who may have more experience with these guys.
  8. Another lifer. This was at the San Diego River mudflats on 01/12. Again, I'm 99% sure, but would love for someone with more experience than me with western birds would confirm.
  9. Thanks BB. I saw a bunch of Grebes on this trip, but this one seemed to fit the bill perfectly. There white in the flanks was another factor I was considering, but wanted to make sure. From what I have read, it can be difficult this time of year to tell the difference, but on this one I thought it was relatively obvious. Of course, I am basing it off of guides, not experience on this one.
  10. I am identifying this as a Clark's Grebe, but wanted some confirmation since it will be a life bird and I am from the east, so this is out of my area. This was on the boat trip to Santa Cruz Island in CA on 01/08/19.
  11. This was taken in Yucca Valley, CA on 01/09/19. I think it is a female Nuttall's Woodpecker, but would like to get some confirmations. This would be a lifer for me.
  12. Creeker and TooFly, thanks for the input. Very much appreciated!!!!!
  13. Have you done any birding in AZ as far as the hummingbirds? We are wanting to make a trip out to AZ in the summer. That is the one bird my wife loves and she will not not pull me away when they are around.
  14. We have been out to CA once on vacation for a couple of weeks and I was able to see a lot of new birds, though I had to keep my wife interested in the trip as well. I have been in and out a couple of times for work, but no time to do any birding. We have been to UT a few times now and have had an opportunity to see some western birds on those trips. We live just north of Tampa. Because we are coming out with another couple, I will definitely have to sneak out early to get in a little birding. I already have a wish list made out. I already have some of these, but would love to get a better picture if possible. Some of these are not in the SD area. It is below. Bird Wish List Wood Duck Common Poorwill Cinnamon Teal White-throated Swift Surf Scotor Anna's Hummingbird Mountain Quail Allen's Hummingbird Pacific Loon Lewis's Woodpecker Red-throated Loon Red-breasted Sapsucker Western Grebe Nuttall's Woodpecker Clark's Grebe White-headed Woodpecker Northern Fulmer Peregrine Falcon Pink-footed Shearwater Prairie Falcon Sooty Shearwater Cassin's Kingbird Black-vented Shearwater Island Scrub-Jay White-tailed Kite Horned Lark Ferruginous Hawk Oak Titmouse Golden Eagle Bushtit Pacific Golden-plover Bewick's Wren Snowy Plover Pacific Wren Long-billed Curlew (SD River Mudflats) Marsh Wren Black Turnstone (Point La Jolla) Canyon Wren Wanderling Tattler (Point La Jolla) Rock Wren Surfbird California Gnatcatcher Red Knot Wrentit Red Phalarope Golden-crowned Kinglet Black-legged Kittiwake Ruby-crowned Kinglet Mew Gull Townsend's Solitaire Thayer's Gull Hermit Thrush Glaucous-winged Gull Varied Thrush Heermann's Gull California Thrasher Parasitic Jaeger Phainopepla Pomarine Jaeger Orange-crowned Warbler Cassin's Auklet Townsend's Warbler Rhinoceros Auklet Spotted Towhee Band-tailed Pigeon Bell's Sparrow Long-eared Owl Lincoln's Sparrow Short-eared Owl Tricolored Blackbird Spotted Owl Scott's Oriole Northern Saw-whet Owl Lawrence's Goldfinch Western Screech-Owl Lesser Goldfinch Northern Pygmy-Owl
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