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Everything posted by chipperatl

  1. I don’t think there is any subspecies difference, just one light-headed and one darker-headed Cowbird.
  2. A December RCKI was close, but finding an adult GBBG and a Glaucous Gull when I was trying to find a report juvenile that would be a county first makes this checklist of the day. https://ebird.org/checklist/S77692251
  3. Got a report of a juvenile Great Black-backed Gull at the largest lake in the county. After quickly wrapping up CBC duties and letting dogs out I booked out there. I couldn't locate the juvenile, but as I scanned I came across an adult. County lifer #240. This is a long overdue bird for us here.
  4. I posted this in the LOL thread, but I'd like to see what everyone else can come up with.
  5. Puff the Magic Dove....lived by the sea........
  6. 1. Summer Tanager - county first. Showed up at my bird bath for a few minutes and gone. I just happened to look out the window at the right time. I was less than 6 months into actively Birding. 2. Barred Owl family. I was watching a couple of adult Barred Owls checking me out when I had a weird feeling I was being watched above my left shoulder. I looked up and this little guy was staring right down at me. More here. 3. American Golden-Plover - I made a random turn down a road and came across a flooded farm field. It was filled with shorebirds. As I scan
  7. Possible descriptors: Hey I don’t have one of those! What are you looking at? My eyes are up here!
  8. I signed up for eBird to report Common Nighthawks calling. Going back through pictures, and creating older checklists, my earliest is Eastern Kingbird.
  9. Brown-headed Cowbird flags as rare for this time of the year. I found a farm field with what I estimated as at least 500 of them. How many Kirtland's Warblers could be spared just by this flock "disappearing"? https://ebird.org/checklist/S77090988
  10. eBird Rare Bird Alerts Sign up for local listserv - http://birding.aba.org if you are on Facebook check to see if there is a rare bird alert page there for your state/area some locations have text or Whatsapp lists if you can find your way into those. get out a lot and eventually you will find stuff. ABBA - Always Be Birding Always
  11. Upload to YouTube, or I think Flickr does video also.
  12. I know our reviewer is a busy person, so maybe he hasn't gotten back to me to change these if I am wrong. If not I'll leave as is. Just looking to see if anyone here can point out if I am wrong in my ID, so I can correct it. All are in lower peninsula Michigan. Hermit Thrush - tagged as out of season as it was January 1st, 2017. Tundra Swan - tagged as out of season May 24, 2013. A couple of us disagreed with him on this one as Tundra Swan. It was a Big Day bird, so there is some ego involved. May 2nd, 2018. Blackburnian Warbler - now th
  13. Gotta love the ones that don’t fit perfectly. The far right one has the small bill and large, indented white patch. So the two far left and one next to it have a good case for Cackler also based on size. The eBird team in Michigan says we should not expect to see parvipes Canada Geese here. That is the only other option I can see for the two you can see for the two with bills showing. It doesn’t look like parvipes is even an eBird option anymore.
  14. Also posted in Lifers, but it was easily my best of the day.
  15. I don’t think there is a way to quantify it, but I think I see more eBird rarities in the winter than I do the rest of the year. In the past few days I’ve seen Cackling Goose at a small cow pond, 4 Snow Geese lifting with Canada Geese out of a farm field, 4 Surf Scoters on the local large lake, and flock of 50 plus lifer Common Redpoll between a farm field and a factory. Traffic tends to be less in the winter, and if you bundle up you can still walk some trails.
  16. Finally!!!! Common Redpoll. I almost ignored this flock of 50+ birds I drove by, thinking "More American Goldfinches", but then I've never seen a flock that big of them. Turned around and they gave me great looks.
  17. I always liked this. Northern Pintail flying in CANG formation.
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