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Dan P

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  1. 3 hours ago, Avery said:

    No, I was just asking because a bird that doesn’t have a Cardinal point in its common name may have one in its subspecies name. I’ve got limited options where I am 😅

    In that case, I'd say it would qualify.  Two different species -- the cardinal point can be in the subspecies name.

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  2. Taken on 12-11-2021 at the Los Angeles River at Glendale Narrows Riverwalk in Glendale, CA.

    I think this is an American Goldfinch, but whenever I think that, I'm usually wrong.  I've seen hundreds of Lesser Goldfinches, but only 2 or 3 American Goldfinches.  This one doesn't feel quite like a Lesser to me.




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  3. OK, I'm going to get this challenge kick-started.

    A photo containing at least 2 species whose common names contain at least 2 different cardinal points of the compass:  Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western.  The two cannot be the same cardinal point.  So if one is Eastern, then the other one needs to be either Northern, Southern or Western.

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  4. 30 minutes ago, IKLland said:

    I’m surprised you’ve never seen a harrier, roadrunner, or gallinule living in SoCal, all birds I often see. I’m in Orange County, Ca. 

    Well, I have seen Roadrunners (decades ago), but not since I've become a birder -- and I doubt that I ever photographed one.  And it's possible that I have photographed a Northern Harrier before I started trying to identify and keep track of all the birds I see.  I'd have to look back through a lot of old photos.

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  5. I went to Arizona for a week around Thanksgiving -- and my first birding excursion outside of Southern California.  I went to 6 birding hotspots, but 2 of them were a bust.  I saw a lot of birds at 4 of the locations -- 2 southeast of Phoenix and 2 in Prescott.  I got 11 lifers.  Was hoping for a few more (especially a Cactus Wren), but I'm happy with what I got:

    Abert's Towhee
    Black Vulture
    Common Gallinule
    Curve-billed Thrasher
    Gambel's Quail
    Gila Woodpecker
    Greater Roadrunner
    Northern Harrier
    Tundra Swan












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