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I ran down to a community pond looking for a lifer Hooded Merganser, as they've been spotted there lately, but none were to be found.  A friend told me I'll have better chances in the morning.  Turned out to be a decent stationary, as I stayed until after sunset hoping my birds would fly in.  

Be sure to check out the hilarious photos of the ducks enjoying the fountain spray whilst standing on the fake Canada Geese. 🙂

https://ebird.org/checklist/S155822030

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10 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I ran down to a community pond looking for a lifer Hooded Merganser, as they've been spotted there lately, but none were to be found.  A friend told me I'll have better chances in the morning.  Turned out to be a decent stationary, as I stayed until after sunset hoping my birds would fly in.  

Be sure to check out the hilarious photos of the ducks enjoying the fountain spray whilst standing on the fake Canada Geese. 🙂

https://ebird.org/checklist/S155822030

What’s the point of the fake geese?

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14 minutes ago, IKLland said:

So much so that I thought i had actual Canada geese last year! I didn’t know they were rare!😂

I remember. 🙂

Not only are they rare, in Palm Beach County, eBird will classify them as "Exotic - escapee," so your observations will get recorded, but will not count towards anything.  They are so rare and may all be escapees, so this makes sense.  

 

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On 12/5/2023 at 11:30 PM, dragon49 said:

I remember. 🙂

Not only are they rare, in Palm Beach County, eBird will classify them as "Exotic - escapee," so your observations will get recorded, but will not count towards anything.  They are so rare and may all be escapees, so this makes sense.  

 

Correction - Not marked as "Exotic - escapee," in my county, but our reviewers know a location where these birds are known to be pets and they change the category to "Exotic - escapee," when observations come up in that area.

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From yesterday.  I normally don't get a lot of species on these Seawatches, but I did get the lifer, Long-tailed Duck I was after, so it was a great afternoon!  I still have 600+ photos to go through, and I may be adding a Common Eider and/or a King Eider to the list.  If so, I'll post them in the "Rare Birds!!!" thread.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156033875

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A quick stop here before the main checklist to get an Ash-throated Flycatcher (rare) for the year, but it was nowhere to be found.  OK stuff for just the parking lot and what I heard coming from the surrounding areas:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156073371

Then, off to the main hotspot.  Fewer species than last time I was here, but that's because I was target birding lifers.  I did get the White-crowned Sparrow I was after, but the Yellow-headed Blackbirds haven't yet showed up.  Always nice to make the County rare Bird alert - I made is 2x with the Tropical Kingbirds and White-crowned Sparrow.  Great trip!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156094752

Then, on the way home, I again looked for the Ash-throated flycatcher, but it wasn't there:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156096570

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Never tons of species at the inlet, but had I stuck around longer and walked around I would have gotten more.  I don't share too many seven species checklists, but I was really only here to get the Harlequin Duck lifer.  Any checklist with a lifer, especially one very rare for the county, is an awesome checklist!

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156216909

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Nothing big today as I was running around the county targeting birds.  Here is one of my rare checklists without media.  I was chasing a rare Ash-throated flycatcher which I need to the year, but it was nowhere to be found.
 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156635076

Later, I ran down to Green Cay and finally got my county lifer Ruddy Duck.  Just a quick hit for that bird:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156640033

 

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I ran down to this hotspot in a failed attempt to get a Northern Pintail which I need for the county year.  It was a very good day, nonetheless.  Had I spent at least another two hours there to cover the rest of the grounds, and climbed the observation tower, I would have had a chance to surpass 50 species, but I wanted to get on with my day.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156696901

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A quick hit here in yet another futile attempt to get the Ash-throated Flycatcher (rare) that I need for the year:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156865976

I then ran down the road.  I spent more time here than I had planned, but still, considering I started at 12:33 P.M., I'm pleasantly surprised at the number of species I found:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156880024

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It's always a great checklist when I get a lifer - the Lincoln's Sparrow I was after.

Good number of species for the time spent and distance travelled.  I got ten species before I even had a chance to open the trunk of my car to get my equipment out.  I spent most of the time in one spot chasing down the sulky Lincoln's Sparrow.  I had planned on spending the day at the refuge, but left when the rain came, with no end in sight for at least two hours.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156923632

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2 hours ago, dragon49 said:

It's always a great checklist when I get a lifer

Indeed it is, and it was for me as well.

https://ebird.org/tripreport/185178

I went up to Corn Creek and Floyd Lamb Park with my father. I snagged the Sagebrush Sparrow (with a photo) as a lifer, and the Rufous-backed Robin for the year list. No luck with the Burrowing Owl or LeConte's Thrasher, though.

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