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My checklist of the day; WORK! 

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

Amazing day at my patch, lots of birds moving and singing right now, which led to lots of new high counts for my patch. these were, Lincoln's sparrow, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Anna's hu

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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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6 hours ago, Avery said:

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!

Turns out BN #2 was just looking into this and it looks like we're supposed to use the Singing Bird code: https://ebird.org/atlasny/about/breeding-codes

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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.


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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