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From yesterday:

I did go ahead and chase the mega-rare large-billed Tern but picked a bad day to have done so. 😔 Every other day this week, including today, the bird was spotted EXACTLY (second checklist) where I had been looking, but yesterday, nobody found it!

To add insult to injury, my ABA Rarities email alerts showed that people chasing the other Florida Large-billed Tern in Brevard County were seeing the bird all day.  Also, the area in Brevard where the bird can be found, is only accessible to vehicles two days a week, and yesterday was one of them.  I haven't verified reports of walking distance from the pedestrian entrance to the bird, but I've heard between 7-14 miles!  

I was originally planning the chase for Sunday but was worried about the bird leaving town by then, so I was able to get a day off yesterday.  I put 268 miles on my car for the four hour and forty-minute round trip, stayed at the second place until it was too dark to see, but the bird was nowhere to be found.  It was otherwise a good birding day.  See the checklist notes and Black-necked Stilt species notes from the second checklist for some additional details. 

I may be back on Sunday morning.


https://ebird.org/checklist/S140882199

https://ebird.org/checklist/S140938428


 

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2 hours ago, dragon49 said:

From yesterday:

I did go ahead and chase the mega-rare large-billed Tern but picked a bad day to have done so. 😔 Every other day this week, including today, the bird was spotted EXACTLY (second checklist) where I had been looking, but yesterday, nobody found it!

To add insult to injury, my ABA Rarities email alerts showed that people chasing the other Florida Large-billed Tern in Brevard County were seeing the bird all day.  Also, the area in Brevard where the bird can be found, is only accessible to vehicles two days a week, and yesterday was one of them.  I haven't verified reports of walking distance from the pedestrian entrance to the bird, but I've heard between 7-14 miles!  

I was originally planning the chase for Sunday but was worried about the bird leaving town by then, so I was able to get a day off yesterday.  I put 268 miles on my car for the four hour and forty-minute round trip, stayed at the second place until it was too dark to see, but the bird was nowhere to be found.  It was otherwise a good birding day.  See the checklist notes and Black-necked Stilt species notes from the second checklist for some additional details. 

I may be back on Sunday morning.


https://ebird.org/checklist/S140882199

https://ebird.org/checklist/S140938428


 

That really sucks. If you do decide to go back Sunday, good luck!

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10 mile run in Beaverdam WMA with my father. Insane checklist! The YCNH was super cool, and we got great looks at it, and the WEWA was a lifer for the hotspot. Too bad it was rare, because now it won't be confirmed without media which I don't have.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S141088637

I am trying to submit at least 25 checklists today  all at least ten minutes long, and with at least 20 species. So far I am 1/5 of the way there. (It's to make up for the days I will be away in Alabama.

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I kept a checklist going while I gave a quick boardwalk tour to one of my cousins and his friends.  I heard that the Barred Owls were out before I got there.  Quite possible they were still there when I was walking around, and I missed them:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S141085937

Took a road trip and got the mega-rare Long-billed Tern lifer I was after:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S141123418

I went back to the same spot, guiding other birders, and ended up getting better photos of the Long-billed Tern:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S141133387



 

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I took a slow day, as I'm tired for a lot of birding related travel.  I need a Blue-crowned Parakeet lifer and they sometimes fly over the lake that the park shares with a local golf course.  They also sometimes mingle with the local Monk Parakeets.  No luck today, just some common species.  It is always nice to see some Monks though.  

https://ebird.org/checklist/S141256138

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I was planning on walking around, but stayed in place as soon as I heard the Barred Owls.  I wrapped my microphone around a tree facing the nest, but the calls had stopped as soon as I was all setup.  I can't explain why I didn't start the Merlin recording as soon as I heard the first call.  I missed an opportunity to get some great audio of those birds.  In any event, I need to have some recording device running when I'm outside ALL THE TIME.  I'll be back and will be better prepared next time.

Not all the best quality audio, (one of the Common Nighthawks clips is very good) but I got a lot of it, including 14 + minutes of Northern Parula Audio.  I do wonder though why the spectrogram goes blank after 4:22 of the long Parula clip.  The spectrogram is normal for the entire recording with Audacity, and listening via eBird, the audio does not cut out after than mark.  I deleted the audio, but the spectrogram cuts out at the same point after the new upload.  

Normal species for that length of a stationary checklist at that spot, at that time of the day.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S141378078

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12 hours ago, dragon49 said:

I was planning on walking around, but stayed in place as soon as I heard the Barred Owls.  I wrapped my microphone around a tree facing the nest, but the calls had stopped as soon as I was all setup.  I can't explain why I didn't start the Merlin recording as soon as I heard the first call.  I missed an opportunity to get some great audio of those birds.  In any event, I need to have some recording device running when I'm outside ALL THE TIME.  I'll be back and will be better prepared next time.

Not all the best quality audio, (one of the Common Nighthawks clips is very good) but I got a lot of it, including 14 + minutes of Northern Parula Audio.  I do wonder though why the spectrogram goes blank after 4:22 of the long Parula clip.  The spectrogram is normal for the entire recording with Audacity, and listening via eBird, the audio does not cut out after than mark.  I deleted the audio, but the spectrogram cuts out at the same point after the new upload.  

Normal species for that length of a stationary checklist at that spot, at that time of the day.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S141378078

I don’t see the point of adding a 14+ minute recording to eBird. Perhaps that’s also why the spectrogram went blank-it’s too long. 

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2 hours ago, IKLland said:

I don’t see the point of adding a 14+ minute recording to eBird. Perhaps that’s also why the spectrogram went blank-it’s too long. 

Ebird does specify that they want long audio clips for birds that call infrequently, such as owls.  They don't list any other standards for length, and will accept audio up to 500 meg, which my file didn't exceed.  I find it odd that their database would have some sort of logic that would cut off the spectrogram at a certain point.  I suspect something is wrong with my file, but it's not relevant enough to troubleshoot. I did however delete the audio and only upload a clip containing the first 4:19.  It makes logical sense to me that any audio without a spectrogram wouldn't count for science and didn't want to unnecessarily waste eBird file storage space.

I don't remember the bird and didn't know whether it calls infrequently, but I was recently exploring the top audio for some species, and one of the recordings was much longer than 14 minutes.
 

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Two days ago, we went to the bird preserve. Activity was fairly slow. https://ebird.org/checklist/S141364331

Yesterday, a trip up the mountain proved more fruitful, presenting three firsts of the year (two of which were audio lifers):

  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Green-tailed Towhee (audio lifer)
  • White-throated Swift (audio lifer)

https://ebird.org/tripreport/138915

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5 hours ago, Zoroark said:

Two days ago, we went to the bird preserve. Activity was fairly slow. https://ebird.org/checklist/S141364331

Yesterday, a trip up the mountain proved more fruitful, presenting three firsts of the year (two of which were audio lifers):

  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Green-tailed Towhee (audio lifer)
  • White-throated Swift (audio lifer)

https://ebird.org/tripreport/138915

Nice!

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