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It was a good trip.  I knew there would be a good chance to see a RSH and it's always a pleasure spotting non-vulture raptors.  I was hoping to get a lifer Red-breasted Merganser, but the probable pair I saw yesterday were nowhere to be found.  Looks like the Black-necked stilts are going to be there for a while.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S107198042

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3 hours ago, Aaron said:

This morning was pretty good. Got my lifer Eurasian wigeon! Missed a few common species which would have pushed me over 50, but still the highest species count so far this trip. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S107191489
 

I cannot imagine any circumstances under which I would voluntarily expose myself to -4c to 2c for 3 hours!

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3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I cannot imagine any circumstances under which I would voluntarily expose myself to -4c to 2c for 3 hours!

I’ve been through much worse. -4 to 2c is eaaaasy 

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35 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Nope, not happening.  Three childhood winters in the UP were enough for me to never live where highway department owns plows.

Childhood winters in the Great White North involved hours of walking to and from school in three feet of snow...uphill...both ways.

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31 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

You forgot being barefoot.

We weren't that fortunate. Our mom made us wear 20 pound boots straped to each foot just so she wouldn't have to drive us to the hospital because of our frost bitten toes. 

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Great walk today.  The most Egyptian Geese and Eurasian Collared-Doves that I've spotted in the area.  My having spotted the Brown Pelican flyover was the first sighting of the species in this hotspot.  I did spot a potential lifer warbler but couldn't capture any pics and am not killing myself to take credit for a new ID - it can wait.  I'll make sure to revisit that tree. 🙂

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S107460898



 

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1 minute ago, dragon49 said:

Great walk today.  The most Egyptian Geese and Eurasian Collared-Doves that I've spotted in the area.  My having spotted the Brown Pelican flyover was the first sighting of the species in this hotspot.  I did spot a potential lifer warbler but couldn't capture any pics and am not killing myself to take credit for a new ID - it can wait.  I'll make sure to revisit that tree. 🙂

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S107460898



 

When you see a bird that is very hard to get a photo of, it's much better to observe the bird through your binoculars in person, rather than try and get a crappy image. If you observe it, and it's nothing interesting, so what. If it is a lifer or a rarity, then you can attempt a crappy image after you ID it for proof. 

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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

Are you also having trouble finding Hermit Warblers? I can’t find one anywhere.

Ugh, don't even get me started on how hard it is to find those. I think I've had a total of 3-4 in the county, and I bird almost every day during migration. It's funny because the can be soooooo abundant in the mountains.

Just as an example, https://ebird.org/checklist/S89292335

 

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46 minutes ago, IKLland said:

When you see a bird that is very hard to get a photo of, it's much better to observe the bird through your binoculars in person, rather than try and get a crappy image. If you observe it, and it's nothing interesting, so what. If it is a lifer or a rarity, then you can attempt a crappy image after you ID it for proof. 

Ty - I don't have binoculars.  I just scope things out with my 60x zoom point and shoot camera.  Something is not right with my vision though, or at least how I use the lens.  I saw the bird clearly a few times with my eyes, but when I switched to the camera, was unable to point it at the correct spot.  I frequently encounter this problem when trying to take pictures of warblers in trees.

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2 hours ago, dragon49 said:

Ty - I don't have binoculars.  I just scope things out with my 60x zoom point and shoot camera.  Something is not right with my vision though, or at least how I use the lens.  I saw the bird clearly a few times with my eyes, but when I switched to the camera, was unable to point it at the correct spot.  I frequently encounter this problem when trying to take pictures of warblers in trees.

I really recommend binoculars. They’re pretty much the only thing you absolutely NEED to be a birder. 

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3 hours ago, Aidan B said:

Ugh, don't even get me started on how hard it is to find those. I think I've had a total of 3-4 in the county, and I bird almost every day during migration. It's funny because the can be soooooo abundant in the mountains.

Just as an example, https://ebird.org/checklist/S89292335

 

Yeah, wow. I know, I bird a lot during migration too. There’s been a few reports every year during my county in spring, but very few in fall for some reason. They only pass through here. 
 

Ive been checking every spot they’ve been showing up, and just can’t locate one. I’m busy this week, hopefully I can try again Friday. 
 

 

They’re my second biggest nemesis bird, just canvasback is worst. 

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