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49 minutes ago, Zoroark said:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S106977426

With a friend of mine, I went up to a small oasis north of town called Corn Creek, which I might visit weekly through May. Lots of interesting birds stop there during migration. Quite a few Lucy's Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers have shown up, plus an FOY Bank Swallow and Gray Flycatcher.

 

I've got 12 checklists from home already. ūüėÄ

Edit - My checklists aren't official yard lists, so I can't qualify.  Good for me to have gone on the extra walk anyway.

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1 hour ago, dragon49 said:

 

@Quiscalus quisculareminded me of the April Ebird Challange, so I went for a quick walk after dinner.  Really boring checklist and the only one I've submitted without photos:

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S106978282
 

 

What may be boring to you, may be exciting to others! Birding is sooo place-based. White Ibis and Boat-tailed Grackle would be lifers for me, since I'm this far north.

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Good walk.  Mostly the usual species, but more Mottled Ducks and Eurasian Collared-Doves than I normally see in the area.  I saw the four Nanday Parakeets flying and heard their screeches but was disappointed they didn't perch anywhere for me to capture their beauty.  I didn't bother trying to try and capture them in flight, as the lighting was bad, and they were going to fast anyway:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S107038747

 

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https://ebird.org/checklist/S107102421

Early on, I saw my first Florida Gray Catbird.

I had to stop and get shelter briefly during a heavy rain, and then headed for the exit.  Then, it suddenly stopped raining and I went back on the path, completing a good trip.  I may have spotted a lifer Red-breasted Merganser, but I couldn't get any photos of a pair in flight, and it may have been two Common Mergansers.  I've been looking at pictures of the two species in flight and can't say with certainty which one it was.  I've already spotted Common Mergansers.

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Bumping my thread with a dilemma:

Ibird Pro doesn't have Common Mergansers anywhere near Florida, and Ebird only has some sightings, but much farther north than I am, so I'm guessing that my mystery pair in flight were Red-breasted Mergansers.

I spotted the issue while playing around with my checklist which didn't have the option to add Common Mergansers.

As a now serious birder, I have to be conservative and can't take credit for the Red-breaster Merganser lifer, which I'm also reasonably sure I spotted earlier in the year as well.  So, I guess I'm just posting to share my frustration.  

Anyway, the second probable but unconfirmed sighting gives me another goal to set.  I'll be back at the checklist hotspot many more times and strive to get photo evidence, or at least a better look.

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11 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

Bumping my thread with a dilemma:

Ibird Pro doesn't have Common Mergansers anywhere near Florida, and Ebird only has some sightings, but much farther north than I am, so I'm guessing that my mystery pair in flight were Red-breasted Mergansers.

I spotted the issue while playing around with my checklist which didn't have the option to add Common Mergansers.

As a now serious birder, I have to be conservative and can't take credit for the Red-breaster Merganser lifer, which I'm also reasonably sure I spotted earlier in the year as well.  So, I guess I'm just posting to share my frustration.  

Anyway, the second probable but unconfirmed sighting gives me another goal to set.  I'll be back at the checklist hotspot many more times and strive to get photo evidence, or at least a better look.

You can put the mergansers as merganser sp. on a checklist if you're not sure.

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59 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

Bumping my thread with a dilemma:

Ibird Pro doesn't have Common Mergansers anywhere near Florida, and Ebird only has some sightings, but much farther north than I am, so I'm guessing that my mystery pair in flight were Red-breasted Mergansers.

I spotted the issue while playing around with my checklist which didn't have the option to add Common Mergansers.

As a now serious birder, I have to be conservative and can't take credit for the Red-breaster Merganser lifer, which I'm also reasonably sure I spotted earlier in the year as well.  So, I guess I'm just posting to share my frustration.  

Anyway, the second probable but unconfirmed sighting gives me another goal to set.  I'll be back at the checklist hotspot many more times and strive to get photo evidence, or at least a better look.

I think it would probably be safe to put them on your list, at least for eBird purposes, as Red-breasted. Common Mergansers are super rare in Florida, and there aren't any as far south as Palm Beach Co. (Referencing eBird sightings map). Its up to you if you want to count them though. I understand if you'd want a more satisfactory view for a lifer sighting.

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18 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

I think it would probably be safe to put them on your list, at least for eBird purposes, as Red-breasted. Common Mergansers are super rare in Florida, and there aren't any as far south as Palm Beach Co. (Referencing eBird sightings map). Its up to you if you want to count them though. I understand if you'd want a more satisfactory view for a lifer sighting.

Ty - I had considered it but will wait for a better sighting. Also, I know that it's OK to have lifers without any photos, but so far, all of my lifers have undisputable photo evidence and it bothers me not having any pics of these, so I'm going to pass on taking credit for the sighting.

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52 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S107121886

It's a good day when I can get 20 or better in the back yard.  Today I was aided by a first-of-year female Ruby-throated and only the third Cape May Warbler I've seen.

Nice! Carolina Chickadee, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Brown Thrasher would be lifers for me, and I really want Brown Thrasher this summer.

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10 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Nice! Carolina Chickadee, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Brown Thrasher would be lifers for me, and I really want Brown Thrasher this summer.

Brownies are nowhere near as common in my yard as their NOMO cousins, showing up maybe once a week in the off-season.  They have become more frequent in the last few years.  Maybe the foliage in my yard reached a critical mass?  For the last couple of summers, I've had one or two parents escorting fledglings around in the summer.

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2 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Brownies are nowhere near as common in my yard as their NOMO cousins, showing up maybe once a week in the off-season.  They have become more frequent in the last few years.  Maybe the foliage in my yard reached a critical mass?  For the last couple of summers, I've had one or two parents escorting fledglings around in the summer.

Nice! Catbirds are the most common Mimid here, and I haven't had mockingbirds in my yard yet, though there is one that lives in the neighborhood.

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1 hour ago, dragon49 said:

Also, I know that it's OK to have lifers without any photos, but so far, all of my lifers have undisputable photo evidence and it bothers me not having any pics of these, so I'm going to pass on taking credit for the sighting.

As your ID skills develop, you'll become more comfortable taking credit without photos.  It's great to have them but don't let not having them stop you from marking a bird when you're sure.

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