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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

https://ebird.org/checklist/S88783128   This list highlights one of my favorite eBird things to do: Hit poorly-visited hotspots hard. Four species on this list were new for the hotspot and it i

My checklist of the day; WORK! 

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3 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Is "Territorial Defense" used for drumming woodpeckers?  I thought that was only for chasing or fighting birds.  Or are we supposed to use "Courtship, Display or Copulation?" I've always wondered why there isn't a breeding code for drumming.

I am not sure on that either. I decided to use Territorial Defense since drums are used to declare territory or attract a mate, which is also the purpose of bird song. But really, I could go either way. So, would “Singing Bird” be accurate? Probably not. If they have a tag for singing, they should definitely add one for drumming!

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Also, what about RWBL display flights? The females aren’t here yet! So, I put it under Territorial Defense when I see it. Once the females arrive, I don’t know what to do. 

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26 minutes ago, The Bird Nuts said:

Nevermind...

I just went in and read the definitions for the breeding codes. Territorial Defense is chasing or attacking, as you said. I’ll switch to using Courtship!

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This is yesterday’s but I got my first checklist over 40 for the year and I was 3 species away from my all time record of 45 for this location. Pretty good considering that it’s early April and the other one was from June! There were several birds seen later and today that would have probably made be almost break 50, so hopefully they all converge tomorrow.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S85136227
 

Today was also pretty good. Added Snow Geese, Townsends Solitaire, a Peregrine Falcon and a contested Cackling goose to my hotspot for a total of 145 species. 
Hoping for Sandhill cranes and snow buntings in the morning! 

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I started this one initially as I saw a Rough-legged Hawk which was bird #146 for the hotspot (the 6th new bird in 3 days), and continued as a group of Crossbills came to drink out of my pond. But of course they ignored the bird bath area I made and drank with their backs to me. Then an American tree sparrow showed up out of no where, FOY NRW swallows and a FOY chipping sparrow also appeared, a large raft of ring-necked ducks appeared, and a bald eagle flew right in front of me. It was a pretty good hour despite the wind. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S85276212
 

I have fallen behind on updating my checklists 😪

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8 hours ago, Aidan B said:

I attempted to see as many species as I could at my patch with a few friends, trying to beat my high count for number of species I could see there in a single day. I missed my record by one species! The numbers were crazy though, I can't wait until a week or so when migration is is full swing!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S85201233

What a list!

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