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  1. BRDL 115 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  2. #248 for the county showed up today. Birder reported a Connecticut Warbler at my favorite hotspot. Was tearing me up to wait to go, as I had to wait on a FedEx package to sign for. Just before 5, when I was going to give up and head out anyway, the package showed up. Booked over there, and nothing. It took maybe 90 minutes before I got the heads up that it was singing, and I needed to beat feat back to the spot. I had wandered off to try some other areas. Never saw the bird, but got recordings of it. Will have to try tomorrow morning to see if I can catch a glimpse of it.
  3. Hot and probably humidπŸ˜„. Likely plenty of mosquitoes. Where I work we have had people working at our Iowa plant marvel at how many trees we have, and I am in much less wooded area than is up there. I know from past RBA reports there always seems to be something showing up cool at the Shiawasee Wildlife Drive, so that would probably be #1 get, unless you really want a Kirtland's. The Wildlife Drive is the 6th best hotspot in the whole state.
  4. Was given this link as something that should be helpful. http://www.saginawbaybirding.org/ https://www.sblc-mi.org/nature-preserves
  5. I've only been up in that area to chase King Rail and Fork-tailed Flycatcher. Tawas Point always seems to have good birds, 90 minutes away. If you are coming all this way though, I'm guessing you would be willing to go a little farther and get Kirtland's Warbler? Grayling is only 90 minutes away from Saginaw also. Evening Grosbeaks shoud be on the feeders at the campground. Let me put a note on the Michigan Discord in the Saginaw Chat. You could join that also. They have a Saginaw specific channel for RBA and Chat. Doesn't look very active, so not sure if others are just using other means or not.
  6. B&H got the 100-500mm in stock, so I pulled the trigger on it. Just to top off my insanity of the past week. Looking forward to the combination though. I saw where one of the YT photographers was using CRAW to save on space. I may have to give that a try as my Photo HD is basically filled up. Need to make some more room on other drives. I did pick up a 5 TB portable for travel. Also looks like my old batteries won't charge via USB-C, only the new batteries will do that. I did order second battery from Canon, as they were only ones in stock that weren't gouging the price, even with shipping.
  7. BRDL 114 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  8. Lewis's Woodpecker in Michigan - https://muskegonbirdblog.blogspot.com/2022/05/lewiss-woodpecker.html?m=1
  9. The last bird to show up in the county that I don't have, it never showed up on my Needs List. It was not released to eBird until much later after it was banded and they wouldn't allow visitors anyway (Rufous Hummingbird). Prior to that was a Long-eared Owl in Jan '21 and the finder was very nondescript even in e-mails on specifically where it was. I think less than 5 birds in past 2 years have really showed up on my Needs List. Motivates me to get out there more and find new stuff.
  10. I think it is a male, just a lot of the chest feathers that would show the spotting have been blown back.
  11. Your county has about 162 more birds in eBird than mineπŸ˜†. I'd barely be top 50 with my number there. It was good days when there was opportunities to find more new birds. It isn't a bad position to be in.
  12. Since last I've added #247 (county first Whimbrel), out of my #250 lifer goal for the county. I am going to have to become a member of a local conservation club to get access to a site that has reported Louisiana Waterthrush in a previous year. Also maybe if this Evening Grosbeak audio pans out that will get me #248. Everything beyond those is <6 eBird reports ever or likely extirpated from the County, or would need to be another 1st for the County.
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