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  1. Yes, Rails can be notoriously difficult to see.  Sometimes this bird shows well, but other times it may not be seen for a few hours at a time.  You would definitely need to go in with the willingness to spend a few hours if needed.  That said, hundreds (if not thousands) of birders have been able to see this bird, and have traveled from all over the country to see it.

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  2. On 6/22/2020 at 7:00 AM, blackburnian said:

    Yes, then it isn’t an additional record. 

    Also, in general, records are counted by the number of birds.  IF all the prior were single birds, then you would have the 6th through 13th county records.  However, since Whistling-Ducks are often in flocks like yours, I suspect there have been more than 5 prior county records.

  3. I went back to NC to do two Hatteras pelagic trips.  First trip went out, but the second was cancelled due to rough seas.  Before the trip I got a lifer Chuck-will's-widow, but no photos.

    Five lifers on the boat.  Only had a few Audubon's Shearwaters, and they stayed really far away so I only got a terrible photo:


    Audubon's Shearwater by mattgrube, on Flickr


    Band-rumped Storm-petrel by mattgrube, on Flickr


    Black-capped Petrel by mattgrube, on Flickr


    Cory's Shearwater by mattgrube, on Flickr

    We actually had at least two Trindade Petrels as well!


    Trindade Petrel by mattgrube, on Flickr


    Trindade Petrel by mattgrube, on Flickr


    The day of the cancelled boat was when the White-winged Tern was reported, so that turned into an excellent consolation prize for my 7th lifer of the trip.


    White-winged Tern by mattgrube, on Flickr

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  4. On 4/30/2020 at 1:00 AM, Benjamin said:

    #415 - Berylline Hummingbird, and I'm hoping #416 will be Crescent-chested Warbler later this week😉 

    Congrats, and I'm sure you got the CCWAs!


    The Berylline has become less reliable.  Previously it was seen throughout the day, now it seems to be only around 5:30 am and 7 pm.  I found that out when I was there for multiple hours, but it finally showed up at 7 pm.


    Berylline Hummingbird by mattgrube, on Flickr


    The next morning the warblers were found pretty easily.  Usually were way high up, but we found a couple about 100 yards up the trail which were much closer to the ground.


    Crescent-chested Warbler by mattgrube, on Flickr

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  5. Nice picture of the Black-backed Woodpecker!

    I've struggled with Pine Grosbeak in CA, too.  Tried a few times, and have only briefly seen one.  Sooty Grouse can also be a pain, but often the Glacier Point lookout in Yosemite can be good.

  6. On 2/22/2020 at 9:47 PM, SirVive said:

    Anybody on here seen the Siberian Accentor hanging around Woodland, WA? There have been a steady stream of birders from all over the NW showing up to see it. Been by briefly twice myself but it wasn't out at the moment either time and I didn't have time to stick around and wait. 😔

    Yup, got it for lower 48 #700.  It was seeming to be fairly reliable early in the morning.  Not so the day I was there, but finally after 6 hours of waiting it showed up!


    Siberian Accentor by mattgrube, on Flickr

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