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  1. This I think now is my highest species count yet. Over 70 would have been possible, but missed a few common species, but the amount of new birds and not so common birds was crazy. Was finally able to add Mountain bluebird to the hotspot, and also got to add bank swallows and my lifer surf scoter. https://ebird.org/checklist/S110499061
  2. Inca Dove is the only true one I have. Still waiting for my lifer Iceland gull…
  3. Best inflight shot I've gotten so far! I remembered to hold down the shutter button this time 😅 https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/448025311
  4. Seems a little streaky for a lazuli….
  5. Did everyone see the ruffed grouse looking at the Merlin ID of a ruffed grouse? It was in the top photos of the day yesterday, but is gone now. Thought that was pretty funny
  6. Redeemed myself and got my lifer Hudsonian godwit today! Was literally driving away when I noticed a large group of godwits and figured I should quickly check to make sure there were no hudsonians and found 3! Also added 4 other new county/province birds, which has finally made my province species total at 200. My Alberta list is now ‘beating’ my BC list by 12 species. Ever since I’ve had ebird, I’ve always had more species reported in BC by a fairly large margin, so we’ll see how long that lasts. Though, my county in BC is still 2 species ahead of my county here.
  7. I lied I just quickly edited them by upping the shadows a bit. I don't see any streaking and the bill is entirely black, which I ~think~ rules out white-rumped. Maybe these are bairds, them being with the semipalms just made them seem like something else due to their size difference. Here you can see the size in relation to the semipalms (back middle bird) And then here's just the others with the shadows lifted, and two without
  8. Sorry, I should have organized the photos better! 1-3 is the same bird And 4-7 are the same birds. The possibility of white-rumped was in the back of my head, but I couldn’t figure out the difference between the two, which is part of the reason I asked what these guys were 😂. I’m fairly certain white-rumped would set off the rare flag. Though, they have been seen here before around the same time last year… I can upload the pictures in a better format tomorrow, I just quickly cropped them on my computer, so maybe I can lift some of the shadows and link them in better quality (not that they’re high quality to begin with) in the morning if that helps with anything There were a few Bairds sandpipers there as well. I hate shorebirds 😭
  9. This was Monday: and yesterday I was out walking around looking for some avocets and got caught in a full blown blizzard with horizontally falling ice/snow pellets, that later turned into nickel sized hail with thunder and lightning. Needless to say, that sucked and I was very cold, wet, and partially blind. Found the avocets though…..
  10. The only reason I could see someone putting a zero for a rare bird, would be to show that an effort was made to actually look for that bird, as sometimes people won't do a complete checklist if they're just looking for one specific species, or that it could separate their effort/checklist from other birders who may just be more causal observers or unaware that a rare bird is in the area. Yet, I don't understand it either... could easily just put in the checklist comments that "looked for this, didn't see it :(." Only time I've put a zero is when I accidentally don't click the 2 when I'm trying to put in 20 and so forth.
  11. Southern Alberta today. Still not too comfortable with my shorebirds, so thought i'd just double check. Noticeably larger than the semipalmated sandpipers that were around them. And then this is a least sandpiper right? Its legs just seemed orange Thanks
  12. So this took way longer than I expected, but I finally finished everything today. From going through recordings, I was able to bump up my species count to 127. Also randomly had a picture of a belted kingfisher that I forgot to add to a checklist. Have a few recordings that are still unknowns, but I have accepted that I’ll never figure those out. 127 I don’t think is too bad, considering all but 11 of those were within walking distance from the place we were staying. Even when I’m in another country the majority of my birding happens in the radius where I can walk too 😂. The day and a half we had the golf cart, we went over to the next town and I didn’t add anything new there, but in the morning I decided to start my checklist at the estuary of a river, as I thought I’d be crazy exciting so we drove there for sunrise. It was kinda boring 🤷🏻‍♂️. However, we took the golf cart and did some exploring and hit several smaller beaches. In that journey I added Southern lapwings, bat falcon, ruddy ground dove, morelets seedeater, dusky-capped flycatcher, hook-billed kite, and the bird I’ve been wanting to see for quite sometime, a double-striped thick-knee! I definitely found the good areas for birds, and I wish we had the golf cart more so I could start the morning in those areas instead of spending the 30-40 mins walking there. But oh well 🤷🏻‍♂️ My highest checklist of the trip was 63 species, which I think is the most I’ve reported on a single checklist. I was averaging about 40-50 species in the mornings if I included walking through town. If I stuck to the beach I always ended up with a much lower count. We did get to spend one extra day in a whole new area, as our flight got cancelled. It was the same habitat (coastal dry forest), but it was much further North and had extensive trails through the forest. We explored it early in the morning for only a short bit as we had to leave practically right away back to the airport, but definitely would have seen some cool things if time allowed. It added my final bird of the trip, an anhinga and upped my count on lots of other species, especially scissor-tailed flycatchers. I missed a few birds that I saw last time, and didn’t even manage to get a photo of a green-breasted mango which were somehow nearly non-existent this time. But we didn’t really leave town as much as we did last time and unfortunately didn’t go whale watching which would have acted as a pelagic. I for some reason, carried my camera with me for over 2 hours each morning walking around and I don’t think I’ll be doing that again if there’s a next time 😂. Definitely wasn’t worth lugging it around, and I felt it distracted me from finding birds. I think just taking my binos and my much smaller and crappier p600 with me would be the better option, with the known sacrifice that I probably won’t be taking photos of most of the birds I’d see. Yet, I was glad I was able to provide proof and fill in the illustrated checklist of the area as it was mostly empty, even though the majority of my photos were less than ideal. Anyways, fun trip! Still waiting for my lifer Collared-aracari. Hopefully if I go back I can travel a bit further inland and get to the tropical forests, as that seems to be where all the action is! And here’s just a few photos The shadows here made for an interesting background for this Kiskadee and later a tropical kingbird An itchy Turquoise-browed Motmot Vulture portrait This common black hawk landed in a nearby palm and was eating what I think was a crab And then a spotted sandpiper with some type of something
  13. Usually I look at other peoples lists when I’m searching for where certain species have been seen in the past, or am looking for what other people managed to see at a certain location at a certain date. And through that, I find a tick in an odd place, or hidden unconfirmed species within their checklists. I regularly ‘stalk’ hotspots that I plan on visiting to ensure that I know exactly what to expect, and to see if there’s any clues in the comments/photos of where they saw ____ species. Also find it good to compare peoples checklists with one another who were there on the same day, to further weed out misidentifications and paint a more accurate picture of what’s around. Cause if 4 different people report 10 godwits and no dowitchers, but one other person reports 10 dowitchers and no godwits, it tells me that I really shouldn’t expect to see dowitchers and that x person probably thought the godwits were dowitchers 🤷🏻‍♂️.
  14. The one thing I don’t understand is that if people are gonna fake something, or just tally up the birds as 1’s and so forth, why do they need to submit as a complete checklist… If they just said ‘incomplete’ their ranking and etc would still go up, but that checklist wouldn’t be included in any scientific study… But most bad checklists I’ve seen are always noted as complete. At least now with ebird mobile it proves that you were in fact where you said you were. Though, I’m fairly certain the majority of ebirders do it correctly, and probably some of the bad stuff is just mistakes and unintentional. I know it took me a while to figure out how to properly do a checklist.
  15. Oh interesting! Can’t trust anyone I guess then 😂 A few years ago I had a RTHU show up in my cabins yard for a few days that was rare for the province. Had one person (one of the 3 aforementioned people) report it the day after I last saw it. Yet, no one came to my yard that day. Which subsequently caused someone else to make a 4 1/2 hour drive and stand outside my gate (I had to head back home) for 2 hours, yet he never managed to see it. I honestly don’t think the 2nd person would have made the trip if it wasn’t reported again. But good on him not just saying it was there! The reviewer and I kind of laughed about it as of course _______ saw it, but she still had to confirm the sighting. It is way too easy to submit a checklist for a place you’re not at, but doubt it’s a rampant problem, and even if it is, I’m sure it’s not too bad scientifically as at least the bird has been proven to actual exist there by other people. Not sure what the goal is as there’s no prize… Oh well 🤷🏻‍♂️
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