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Probably the best bird I have ever found.  Bucket List bird - Self-found, Michigan Review Species, and in my home county.  This potentially great shorebird spot had normal SOSA, WISN and KILL there, a

My checklist of the day; WORK! 

Lifer Yellow-billed Loon! https://ebird.org/checklist/S80713862

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2 hours ago, PaulK said:

Starlings make it really hard to hear what else might be around. If anyone has time, I'd love some tips on how to make sense of the chaos of a large mixed group of birds all in one place (in this case starlings, robins, sparrows, finches, chickadees, flickers)

 

I feel that for starlings. I had to leave a possible snow bunting as passerine sp as the call came from the vicinity of a starling that had a surprising vocabulary. 
 

As for a mixed flock, there are a few ways to do it. I’ve been doing it with waterfowl a recently, though there are mainly just Greater/Lesser scaup with a few other species sprinkled in. For one, working from photos and counting on the photos. You could also try to get a feel for ratios. Take a sample of a group, either in a photo or in the field, and count how many birds of each species there are. Do it a few times to get an accurate estimate, then count all the birds present in the group, either getting an actual count or a conservative estimate. You can then estimate the breakdown of species. Or, you could just go through the flock a few times counting all the birds of one species, recording it, and moving on. 

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Went to a new area and got a lifer American three-toed woodpecker! Missed the ruffed grouse again but got attacked by the most aggressive chickadees I’ve ever seen. They’d hover around your head and fly at ya in gangs. Had one land on my head so I went to take a picture with my phone and then it flew down and perched on my phone! They almost landed on my camera a few times as well.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82448133

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5 minutes ago, Aaron said:

Went to a new area and got a lifer American three-toed woodpecker! Missed the ruffed grouse again but got attacked by the most aggressive chickadees I’ve ever seen. They’d hover around your head and fly at ya in gangs. Had one land on my head so I went to take a picture with my phone and then it flew down and perched on my phone! They almost landed on my camera a few times as well.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82448133

Bring seed next time, as they might think you have it! I had chickadees and nuthatches landing on my sandwich as I was trying to eat it a Moose Bog!

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1 hour ago, Aaron said:

Went to a new area and got a lifer American three-toed woodpecker! Missed the ruffed grouse again but got attacked by the most aggressive chickadees I’ve ever seen. They’d hover around your head and fly at ya in gangs. Had one land on my head so I went to take a picture with my phone and then it flew down and perched on my phone! They almost landed on my camera a few times as well.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82448133

15 species is pretty good for you at this time of year, right?

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22 minutes ago, Kevin said:

15 species is pretty good for you at this time of year, right?

Yeah, I think the last time I got over 20 species was in early November or October. I did get to 18 last week, but most people’s checklists seem to be between 10-20 species. Though I guess it was possible to get more than 20 this trip looking at the stuff found there within the last week. 
Most high species checklists are around ice free sections of the river due to all the waterfowl. 

Should slowly start increasing though as the ice melts and the birds start migrating. 
The area where I got to 18 species has a boreal owl(!!!) there currently, so I might go there next week which might be able to get me over 20 species, especially with the warm weather. 

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2 i liked today. 

70 species, though could have been much higher if it wasn't so windy out. The wind was CRAZY! I missed the mountain plover again, but got lifers Dunlin and Red Knot!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82517126

This one was an awful area with weird people everywhere, nothing good here, but I found the continuing Mexican Duck, also a lifer! @Connor Cochrane

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82522649

overall a great day!

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Went looking for a Boreal owl (as did many other people) but saw a Northern-saw whet instead! Wasn’t sure I’d ever see one out in the open again, but this guy was right beside the path. A little too many people up in his business unfortunately. 
Still no luck with a ruffed grouse or mountain chickadee 😒

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82590265

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Went looking for a Boreal owl (as did many other people) but saw a Northern-saw whet instead! Wasn’t sure I’d ever see one out in the open again, but this guy was right beside the path. A little too many people up in his business unfortunately. 
Still no luck with a ruffed grouse or mountain chickadee 😒

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82590265

Great pictures!

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https://ebird.org/checklist/S82608129

Got the best pictures I've ever taken of gulls.

 

 

Yeah, most of my best shots are of gulls! They are super easy to photograph!

@IKLland I wasn't trying to say that these are the best shots I've taken. Just the best I've got of gulls. I have better pictures of other birds.

ps. maybe that's not what you were meaning...

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1 hour ago, Jefferson Shank said:

 

@IKLland I wasn't trying to say that these are the best shots I've taken. Just the best I've got of gulls. I have better pictures of other birds.

ps. maybe that's not what you were meaning...

I meant that your gull pics were great, and I was saying how easy gulls are to photograph because my best photos are of gulls.

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