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https://ebird.org/checklist/S151220981

I went out to the bird preserve today with my mother, and we had a very active day. A Prothonotary Warbler had been hanging around (and others saw it today), but unfortunately we didn't get to see it. We did get a few special birds, though, including a ton of Orange-crowned Warblers and Common Yellowthroats, 18 Red-necked Phalaropes and a FOY Western Meadowlark.

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1 hour ago, Birds are cool said:

Yellow Rail!!! Sweet bird!

It appears to be a first county record, according to eBird!

I decided to walk that field and was hoping for maybe a Sora, but really just seeing what was there, and scoping out habitat for the next few weeks. When this bird popped up I thought it might be a meadowlark because of the super intricate pattern on the back. But then the next thought was that it couldn’t be, it flushed wayyyyyy too close, and lacked the white tail, and had all these white spots. Then I realized it must be a rail, and at this point I had been looking at the bird for about a second as it was flying. The yellow color, the white at the secondaries, so either a Yellow or a young Sora, but young Sora don’t have the white spots! I then had a good three seconds of appreciative viewing as it banked and dropped down, showing me its face. I almost had to sit down, still kinda absorbing that it actually happened! Gotta love birding, anything can happen!

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From a pure birding standpoint, it would have been more responsible to have chased rare lifers, as today people reported Scaly-breasted Munias at the same hotspot where I keep missing the Thick-billed Vireo.  The problem is that I got skunked looking for the TBVI the last three times I was there, and I recently got skunked looking for a Wild Turkey county lifer.  So, after work today, I felt like chasing lifers was a job-like responsibility I didn't want to have to deal with.  I decided to head over the refuge boardwalk for peace and relaxation.  I was however, hoping for, but not expecting an Acadian Flycatcher lifer, as it has been spotted there recently.  I got what I wanted.  It was, otherwise, a decent checklist for the place.  

https://ebird.org/checklist/S151438814

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10 hours ago, dragon49 said:

it would have been more responsible to have chased rare lifers

I’m very confused by this statement. Nobody is going to get upset at you for not chasing lifers. It’s purely a personal opinion. One of the top birders my county refuses to chase any birds. I’m not saying don’t chase birds(as a matter of fact I’m for chasing), BUT it’s not a responsibility to do so. 

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9 hours ago, dragon49 said:

I went back to lifer chasing, but once again, I was unable to locate the Thick-billed Vireo.

Species wise, it was OK, but the gnats were so bad, it was overall, an unpleasant trip.  I do have some "natural" repellant, but it is 100% ineffective.  

https://ebird.org/checklist/S151517599

In case you’ve missed this, it seems like it’s frequenting the area are “shelter or site 9”. 

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4 hours ago, IKLland said:

In case you’ve missed this, it seems like it’s frequenting the area are “shelter or site 9”. 

Ty - I'm well aware, and that's where I was concentrating my efforts.  I'm joining a guided tour tomorrow A.M. there.  Hopefully the guide will get all of us on the bird.

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I love these Audubon Everglades guided tours.  I've gotten lifers on all of these trips, except for one which was in June, a tough month for birding here.  Great trip.  The Orchard Oriole, and Sharp-shinned Hawk were lifers:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S151611701

I stuck around the hotspot to get the Thick-billed Vereo (finally!) lifer.  I also ended up getting a Scarlet Tanager lifer:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S151623592

 

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https://ebird.org/checklist/S151642594

My father and I went up to Corn Creek for the morning. While there weren't a lot of birds, there were a lot of special birds. Three were firsts for me in Clark County, and three were firsts for the year. The first two are continuing rarities.

  • Eastern Phoebe (county first)
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (FOY, county first)
  • Evening Grosbeak  (FOY, county first)
  • American Redstart (FOY)

Incredibly, I actually decided to edit my photos immediately. 😁

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From Sunday.  I hadn't slept late in months but needed the rest.  Wasn't sure what to do.  Lately, I'd been going to the refuge on Sunday mornings, but it can be really dead this time of day.  I decided to travel a little farther to a place that's been hot lately and chase a lifer Wood Thrush which I got.  Also got a bonus photo lifer Bay-breasted Warbler.  Thanks to some birders whose names I don't remember for having pointed it out. 

Good checklist as well:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S151740804

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