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  1. 12 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

    I just hope that I don't hear a NOMO as soon as I wake up.

    That was me in 2021.

    For 2022, I said that my "first" bird would be the first thing I saw when I got to the overlook at the lake, and it happened to be an American White Pelican because of its size. Otherwise, it was a White-crowned Sparrow in my yard.

    Based on what I usually see or hear when I first step outside, my guess would be a Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-rumped Warbler, or White-crowned Sparrow. Knowing my luck, it'll be a pair of Rock Pigeons courting.

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  2. I'd love to do an actual pelagic trip at the appropriate time. My seabird list is very small outside of gulls and terns. As of now, my plan is to focus on getting more lifers, photographing species I haven't photographed, likewise for audio, and improve my photography. Depending on how the trip to Texas goes and where I am by April, my goals may shift to working more on the year list. However, a year list was the goal for 2022 as a means to both increase my list and see birds on my legacy list (those I haven't seen in 20+ years), which is now down to 10 birds:

    • Trumpeter Swan
    • Dusky Grouse
    • Chukar
    • Common Nighthawk
    • Black Skimmer
    • Magnificent Frigatebird
    • Harris's Hawk
    • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    • Florida Scrub-Jay
    • Pacific Wren

    My other goal is to figure out my workflow issues (mostly photo culling) and the problems I'm having with Darktable. My New Year's resolution will be to upload all of 2022's and 2023's photos in 2023.

    While we're at it, here are the other 21 countable birds that I have not photographed. Maybe filling in as many of these (and the ones above) as I can should be another 2023 goal?

    • Ruffed Grouse
    • Chuck-will's-widow
    • King Rail
    • Virginia Rail
    • Great Frigatebird
    • Swallow-tailed Kite
    • Golden Eagle
    • Barred Owl
    • Merlin
    • Yellow-throated Vireo
    • Blue-headed Vireo
    • California Scrub-Jay
    • Chihuahuan Raven
    • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
    • Olive Warbler
    • Bachman's Sparrow
    • Baltimore Oriole
    • Ovenbird
    • Virginia's Warbler
    • Yellow-throated Warbler
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  3. 2022 End-of-Year Report

    2022 has been a great year for me for watching and photographing birds. I maintained a perfect streak, making a checklist every single day of the year.

    I saw a total of 368 species this year, of which 68 were lifers, increasing my life list to 411. Due to the way eBird currently counts exotics and uncountable birds (of which I got 4 in the ABA area), these counts include them. In Clark County, Nevada, I saw 227 species this year, which put me squarely at #20.

    It's highly unlikely I'm going to have another year with 60+ lifers within the ABA area unless I have a lot of time and money. The majority of this year's lifers were fairly common, but there were a few noteworthy individuals (rare or reclusive), especially given where they were sighted (all in Clark County, Nevada, unless noted):

    • Tundra Swan
    • Mexican Duck
    • Barrow's Goldeneye (Utah County, Utah)
    • Ruffed Grouse (Rich County, Utah)
    • African Collared-Dove
    • Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Santa Cruz County, Arizona)
    • Black-legged Kittiwake
    • Yellow-footed Gull
    • Black Tern
    • Pacific Loon
    • Cory's Shearwater (Washington County, Rhode Island)
    • Great Shearwater (Suffolk County, New York)
    • Golden Eagle (Santa Cruz County, Arizona)
    • Gray Hawk (Santa Cruz County, Arizona)
    • Arizona Woodpecker (Santa Cruz County, Arizona)
    • California Gnatcatcher (Orange County, California)
    • California Thrasher (Orange County, California)
    • Rufous-backed Robin
    • Bohemian Waxwing
    • Fox Sparrow
    • Dickcissel

    I took a total of 6 trips this year, visiting 9 total states (including my home state of Nevada): two to South Carolina (one with Georgia), one to Arizona, one to Rhode Island & New York, one to Utah (plus Idaho), and one to Southern California (plus Arizona). All trips were with someone and within the United States.

     

    Here's a breakdown by month. Trip links go to the trip report.

    Month Month
    Total
    YTD New Major Trips
    January 166 166 166 South Carolina & Georgia
    February 82 181 15  
    March 157 235 54 Tucson, Arizona
    April 119 255 20  
    May 155 281 26  
    June 121 309 28 South Carolina
    July 95 317 8 Port Jefferson, NY & Newport, RI
    August 131 327 10 (continued from July)
    September 72 330 3  
    October 128 339 9 Utah & Idaho
    November 153 366 27 Southern California
    December 101 368 2  

    Breakdown of species by state:

    State Species
    Nevada 229
    California 146
    South Carolina 128
    Arizona 127
    Utah 101
    New York 68
    Georgia 59
    Rhode Island 52
    Idaho 33

    Full bird list. Those in red were lifers.

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    • Waterfowl
      • Snow Goose
      • Ross's Goose
      • Swan Goose
      • Greater White-fronted Goose
      • Brant
      • Cackling Goose
      • Canada Goose
      • Mute Swan
      • Tundra Swan
      • Egyptian Goose
      • Muscovy Duck
      • Wood Duck
      • Blue-winged Teal
      • Cinnamon Teal
      • Northern Shoveler
      • Gadwall
      • American Wigeon
      • Mallard
      • Mexican Duck
      • Northern Pintail
      • Green-winged Teal
      • Canvasback
      • Redhead
      • Ring-necked Duck
      • Greater Scaup
      • Lesser Scaup
      • Common Eider
      • Surf Scoter
      • Bufflehead
      • Common Goldeneye
      • Barrow's Goldeneye
      • Hooded Merganser
      • Common Merganser
      • Red-breasted Merganser
      • Ruddy Duck
    • Grouse, Quail, and Allies
      • Northern Bobwhite
      • California Quail
      • Gambel's Quail
      • Wild Turkey
      • Ruffed Grouse
      • Ring-necked Pheasant
      • Indian Peafowl
    • Grebes
      • Pied-billed Grebe
      • Horned Grebe
      • Eared Grebe
      • Western Grebe
      • Clark's Grebe
    • Pigeons & Doves
      • Rock Pigeon
      • Eurasian Collared-Dove
      • African Collared-Dove
      • Inca Dove
      • Common Ground Dove
      • White-winged Dove
      • Mourning Dove
    • Cuckoos
      • Greater Roadrunner
      • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    • Nightjars
      • Lesser Nighthawk
      • Chuck-will's-widow
    • Swifts
      • Chimney Swift
      • White-throated Swift
    • Hummingbirds
      • Rivoli's Hummingbird
      • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
      • Black-chinned Hummingbird
      • Anna's Hummingbird
      • Costa's Hummingbird
      • Rufous Hummingbird
      • Allen's Hummingbird
      • Broad-tailed Hummingbird
      • Broad-billed Hummingbird
      • Violet-crowned Hummingbird
    • Rails
      • Virginia Rail
      • Sora
      • Common Gallinule
      • American Coot
    • Cranes
      • Sandhill Crane
    • Shorebirds
      • Black-necked Stilt
      • American Avocet
      • American Oystercatcher
      • Black Oystercatcher
      • Black-bellied Plover
      • Wilson's Plover
      • Semipalmated Plover
      • Piping Plover
      • Killdeer
      • Whimbrel
      • Long-billed Curlew
      • Marbled Godwit
      • Ruddy Turnstone
      • Black Turnstone
      • Sanderling
      • Dunlin
      • Least Sandpiper
      • Pectoral Sandpiper
      • Semipalmated Sandpiper
      • Western Sandpiper
      • Short-billed Dowitcher
      • Long-billed Dowitcher
      • Wilson's Snipe
      • Wilson's Phalarope
      • Red-necked Phalarope
      • Spotted Sandpiper
      • Solitary Sandpiper
      • Greater Yellowlegs
      • Willet
      • Lesser Yellowlegs
    • Gulls and Terns
      • Black-legged Kittiwake
      • Bonaparte's Gull
      • Laughing Gull
      • Franklin's Gull
      • Heermann's Gull
      • Ring-billed Gull
      • Western Gull
      • Yellow-footed Gull
      • California Gull
      • Herring Gull
      • Iceland Gull
      • Lesser Black-backed Gull
      • Great Black-backed Gull
      • Least Tern
      • Caspian Tern
      • Black Tern
      • Roseate Tern
      • Common Tern
      • Forster's Tern
      • Royal Tern
      • Sandwich Tern
    • Loons
      • Pacific Loon
      • Common Loon
    • Storm-Petrels
      • Wilson's Storm-Petrel
    • Petrels and Shearwaters
      • Cory's Shearwater
      • Great Shearwater
    • Storks
      • Wood Stork
    • Cormorants and Anhingas
      • Anhinga
      • Brandt's Cormorant
      • Double-crested Cormorant
      • Neotropic Cormorant
    • Pelicans
      • American White Pelican
      • Brown Pelican
    • Herons and Ibises
      • American Bittern
      • Least Bittern
      • Great Blue Heron
      • Great Egret
      • Snowy Egret
      • Little Blue Heron
      • Tricolored Heron
      • Reddish Egret
      • Cattle Egret
      • Green Heron
      • Black-crowned Night-Heron
      • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
      • White Ibis
      • White-faced Ibis
    • Vultures, Hawks, and Allies
      • Black Vulture
      • Turkey Vulture
      • Osprey
      • Swallow-tailed Kite
      • Golden Eagle
      • Mississippi Kite
      • Northern Harrier
      • Sharp-shinned Hawk
      • Cooper's Hawk
      • Bald Eagle
      • Common Black Hawk
      • Gray Hawk
      • Red-shouldered Hawk
      • Zone-tailed Hawk
      • Red-tailed Hawk
    • Owls
      • Great Horned Owl
      • Burrowing Owl
      • Barred Owl
    • Kingfishers
      • Belted Kingfisher
    • Woodpeckers
      • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
      • Red-naped Sapsucker
      • Lewis's Woodpecker
      • Red-headed Woodpecker
      • Acorn Woodpecker
      • Gila Woodpecker
      • Red-bellied Woodpecker
      • Downy Woodpecker
      • Nuttall's Woodpecker
      • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
      • Hairy Woodpecker
      • Arizona Woodpecker
      • Pileated Woodpecker
      • Northern Flicker
      • Gilded Flicker
    • Falcons
      • American Kestrel
      • Merlin
      • Peregrine Falcon
      • Prairie Falcon
    • Tyrant Flycatchers
      • Olive-sided Flycatcher
      • Western Wood-Pewee
      • Eastern Wood-Pewee
      • Acadian Flycatcher
      • Willow Flycatcher
      • Hammond's Flycatcher
      • Gray Flycatcher
      • Dusky Flycatcher
      • Pacific-slope Flycatcher
      • Cordilleran Flycatcher
      • Black Phoebe
      • Eastern Phoebe
      • Say's Phoebe
      • Vermilion Flycatcher
      • Ash-throated Flycatcher
      • Great Crested Flycatcher
      • Brown-crested Flycatcher
      • Cassin's Kingbird
      • Western Kingbird
      • Eastern Kingbird
    • Vireos
      • White-eyed Vireo
      • Cassin's Vireo
      • Blue-headed Vireo
      • Plumbeous Vireo
      • Warbling Vireo
      • Red-eyed Vireo
    • Shrikes
      • Loggerhead Shrike
    • Corvids
      • Steller's Jay
      • Blue Jay
      • California Scrub-Jay
      • Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
      • Mexican Jay
      • Black-billed Magpie
      • Clark's Nutcracker
      • American Crow
      • Fish Crow
      • Chihuahuan Raven
      • Common Raven
    • Chickadees and Titmice
      • Carolina Chickadee
      • Black-capped Chickadee
      • Mountain Chickadee
      • Bridled Titmouse
      • Oak Titmouse
      • Juniper Titmouse
      • Tufted Titmouse
    • Penduline-Tits
      • Verdin
    • Larks
      • Horned Lark
    • Swallows
      • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
      • Purple Martin
      • Tree Swallow
      • Violet-green Swallow
      • Bank Swallow
      • Barn Swallow
      • Cliff Swallow
    • Long-tailed Tits
      • Bushtit
    • Parrotbills
      • Wrentit
    • White-eyes
      • Swinhoe's White-eye
    • Kinglets
      • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
      • Golden-crowned Kinglet
    • Nuthatches
      • Red-breasted Nuthatch
      • White-breasted Nuthatch
      • Pygmy Nuthatch
      • Brown-headed Nuthatch
    • Treecreepers
      • Brown Creeper
    • Gnatcatchers
      • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
      • Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
      • California Gnatcatcher
    • Wrens
      • Rock Wren
      • House Wren
      • Winter Wren
      • Marsh Wren
      • Carolina Wren
      • Bewick's Wren
      • Cactus Wren
    • Dippers
      • American Dipper
    • Starlings and Mynas
      • European Starling
    • Mimids
      • Gray Catbird
      • Curve-billed Thrasher
      • Brown Thrasher
      • California Thrasher
      • Crissal Thrasher
      • Sage Thrasher
      • Northern Mockingbird
    • Thrushes
      • Eastern Bluebird
      • Western Bluebird
      • Mountain Bluebird
      • Townsend's Solitaire
      • Varied Thrush
      • Hermit Thrush
      • Wood Thrush
      • American Robin
      • Rufous-backed Robin
    • Waxwings
      • Bohemian Waxwing
      • Cedar Waxwing
    • Silky-Flycatchers
      • Phainopepla
    • Olive Warbler
      • Olive Warbler
    • Estrildids
      • Scaly-breasted Munia
    • Indigobirds
      • Pin-tailed Whydah
    • Old World Sparrows
      • House Sparrow
    • Wagtails and Pipits
      • American Pipit
    • Finches
      • Evening Grosbeak
      • House Finch
      • Cassin's Finch
      • Red Crossbill
      • Pine Siskin
      • Lesser Goldfinch
      • American Goldfinch
    • New World Sparrows
      • Rufous-winged Sparrow
      • Chipping Sparrow
      • Brewer's Sparrow
      • Black-throated Sparrow
      • Lark Sparrow
      • Fox Sparrow
      • Dark-eyed Junco
      • Yellow-eyed Junco
      • White-crowned Sparrow
      • Harris's Sparrow
      • White-throated Sparrow
      • Bell's Sparrow
      • Savannah Sparrow
      • Song Sparrow
      • Lincoln's Sparrow
      • Swamp Sparrow
      • Abert's Towhee
      • California Towhee
      • Green-tailed Towhee
      • Spotted Towhee
      • Eastern Towhee
    • Yellow-breasted Chat
      • Yellow-breasted Chat
    • Blackbirds
      • Yellow-headed Blackbird
      • Western Meadowlark
      • Eastern Meadowlark
      • Orchard Oriole
      • Hooded Oriole
      • Bullock's Oriole
      • Baltimore Oriole
      • Scott's Oriole
      • Red-winged Blackbird
      • Bronzed Cowbird
      • Brown-headed Cowbird
      • Rusty Blackbird
      • Brewer's Blackbird
      • Common Grackle
      • Boat-tailed Grackle
      • Great-tailed Grackle
    • Wood-Warblers
      • Black-and-white Warbler
      • Prothonotary Warbler
      • Orange-crowned Warbler
      • Lucy's Warbler
      • Nashville Warbler
      • Virginia's Warbler
      • MacGillivray's Warbler
      • Common Yellowthroat
      • Hooded Warbler
      • American Redstart
      • Northern Parula
      • Yellow Warbler
      • Palm Warbler
      • Pine Warbler
      • Yellow-rumped Warbler
      • Yellow-throated Warbler
      • Prairie Warbler
      • Black-throated Gray Warbler
      • Townsend's Warbler
      • Hermit Warbler
      • Wilson's Warbler
    • Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies
      • Hepatic Tanager
      • Summer Tanager
      • Western Tanager
      • Northern Cardinal
      • Pyrrhuloxia
      • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
      • Black-headed Grosbeak
      • Blue Grosbeak
      • Lazuli Bunting
      • Indigo Bunting
      • Painted Bunting
      • Dickcissel

     

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  4. 51 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

    The link doesn't show 'American' anywhere on the web page when I look at it. Could you take a screenshot of whatever it is that you're seeing that says American Black Vulture.

    If you set it to English (UK) on the page I linked, it'll show up as "American Black Vulture." The Bank Swallow will also show up as "Sand Martin," as an example. That's why I figured their language settings may have gotten changed.

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  5. birdie 🦉 #223: 🟥🟨🟨🟩

    I've photographed this bird before.

     

    8 hours ago, IKLland said:

    birdie 🦢 #223: 🟩

    I'm rather impressed by this one in particular, mostly because »I'm surprised you didn't pick the Great-tailed first.«

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  6. I gained the Tundra Swan yesterday, but I also lost one. I reviewed my rarities for the year and noticed I still had the Stilt Sandpiper marked. I had corrected my photo but forgot to remove the entry from the checklist, and no other birders positively identified it on the day I was there. Oh well, that means I can get excited about it the next time I (actually) see it. That leaves me at 368 for the year.

    A few of those are escapees and thus not countable, however. Off-hand, I can think of these:

    Swan Goose
    Muscovy Duck
    Indian Peafowl
    African Collared-Dove

    I'm going to keep the provisional ones like the Pin-tailed Whydah.

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  7. 58 minutes ago, DLecy said:

    I’m curious as to the reasons people on this thread want to keep honorific names? 

    My guess, at least for the general population, would be tradition and familiarity.

    The simpler answer is the magnitude of the changes. Species splits usually aren't a big deal, and the old name can still be used to refer to an individual that is difficult to identify further (e.g. Western Flycatcher in Southern Nevada). Occasional name changes aren't that much effort to make a note of if you're using an outdated paper field guide. However, if a hundred birds in the field guide suddenly changed names, there are going to be many uninformed birders out there ignorant of the sweeping changes who still comment on the Allen's Hummingbirds, Nuttall's Woodpeckers, and Cooper's Hawks in their yards because that's what their field guide they bought last year says they are. More conservative birders may prefer using the honorific names because they've used them for 40 years, and learning new names can be seen as a lot of effort.

    The less friendly answer may be fairly politically charged, with some of the opposed sharing the same beliefs as those opposed to the removal of Confederate monuments. I digress, however, because I don't want this thread to turn into a feud, and I doubt this reason applies to many people here. 🙂

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