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50 minutes ago, MichaelLong said:

I wholeheartedly agree although my local park had far less diversity than yours, still produces a small amount of rarities though, mostly waterfowl.

I have many more local parks, the issue is that I don’t bird them as much as I should be.

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https://ebird.org/checklist/S137135005
https://ebird.org/checklist/S137134858

I went out to Corn Creek again this morning to see the latest migrants and to check for rarities. Another Northern Parula decided to pass through, but the real treat was getting a lifer Pinyon Jay (with audio)! I also saw five additional firsts of the year (bringing me up to 305):

  • Indigo Bunting (uncommon out west)
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Pacific-slope Flycatcher (verified with playback)
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Black-throated Sparrow

In addition, several of the birds I recorded today were audio lifers.

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On 5/11/2023 at 3:31 PM, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Any day with a lifer is a pretty good day! Quite a good assortment of shorebirds for my shorebird-starved county (it's uncommon to find Killdeer here!). Got a couple FOY as well, bringing me up to 79.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S137105296

The top birder in my county on eBird went to the same location for the shorebirds and his checklist comments said "Nice collection of shorebirds found by P. erythrophthalmus here yesterday!"!!

 

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14 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

The top birder in my county on eBird went to the same location for the shorebirds and his checklist comments said "Nice collection of shorebirds found by P. erythrophthalmus here yesterday!"!!

 

He knows that’s not your real name, right?

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Just now, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I should think so! I haven't directly communicated with him before, only seen him once or twice. I should probably put that on my profile though.

Yeah, BAL Land(my eBird name) isn’t my real name, but on my profile I have “Just FYI, BAL Land is not my real name”. 

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I needed somewhere to go this afternoon, and the Lantana Reserve has gotten dead and boring.  I was hoping to get a Virginia Rail lifer, as a good birder reported one here last Friday, but I was unable to locate the bird.  A great trip, nonetheless, with two hotspot lifers, the Bald Eagle, and Black-necked Stilts.  Good number of species for the time of day I was there.  Had I stuck around at least 30 minutes longer, I would have observed at least 100 more Common Grackles, probably a Limpkin, and perhaps some additional species flying in to roost, but I got enough out of the place and wanted to get on with my day.

It was awesome seeing our national bird here, as I'd hadn't seen any on the refuge, and they are rarely reported here.  I wish I had some in focus pictures of the bird though, but I uploaded the best I had.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S137275005

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21 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I needed somewhere to go this afternoon, and the Lantana Reserve has gotten dead and boring.  I was hoping to get a Virginia Rail lifer, as a good birder reported one here last Friday, but I was unable to locate the bird.  A great trip, nonetheless, with two hotspot lifers, the Bald Eagle, and Black-necked Stilts.  Good number of species for the time of day I was there.  Had I stuck around at least 30 minutes longer, I would have observed at least 100 more Common Grackles, probably a Limpkin, and perhaps some additional species flying in to roost, but I got enough out of the place and wanted to get on with my day.

It was awesome seeing our national bird here, as I'd hadn't seen any on the refuge, and they are rarely reported here.  I wish I had some in focus pictures of the bird though, but I uploaded the best I had.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S137275005

For the Rails, listen for them. It’s much more likely to heard the bird either before you spot it, or if you see it at all. 

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2 minutes ago, IKLland said:

For the Rails, listen for them. It’s much more likely to heard the bird either before you spot it, or if you see it at all. 

This reminds me to make myself familiar with Virginia Rail calls, just like I familiarized myself with King Rail calls before I claimed that lifer this past Saturday from a call.  

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I normally only attend these Audobon Everglades tours to get lifers.  There was very little chance of getting any lifers here, but I wanted to participate in World Migratory Bird Day with a group and spend some time with local birders I know, doing what we love together.  Surprisingly dead though.  I only got 26 species from 4 checklists.  I did get three FOY birds though.  The American Oystercatcher, Chimney Swift, and Red Knot were new IDs for 2023.  I hadn't considered FOY possibilities before signing up.  I'm glad I went, and not having gotten any FOY birds wouldn't have changed my opinion:
 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S137453474

https://ebird.org/checklist/S137455394

https://ebird.org/checklist/S137461332

https://ebird.org/checklist/S137472492

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