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Out to the lake again for the first time since May, and I managed a few rarities today.

  • Swamp Sparrow (new for Clark County): I only heard this one, and I only knew to listen for it because of another birder. Its chips were sporadic, so I didn't get a recording. A pair of Soras and a Marsh Wren were quite active in the same area.
  • Mexican Duck: probably the same one that stuck around last winter.
  • African Collared-Dove: also probably the same one from last winter.

Four checklists compiled into a trip report:
https://ebird.org/tripreport/88762

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3 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

I see you mentioned the low Lincoln's Sparrow numbers on that list. It's not just down there, I've seen a worryingly low number of Lincoln's in the valley this fall and winter.

It was the case down here last year too, the whole winter. Really low numbers. 

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45 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I don't think theres particularly low numbers, definitely less than normal, but they're still really common here in good habitat.

According to my reviewer on March 5, 2022, 

It sounds like there is definitely a drop in Lincoln's Sparrows all around the county (and presumably regionally?) this winter. Apparently my 5 observations TOTAL in 2022 are actually better than many other people. That's the one that I know I've noticed as I typically have Lincoln's daily in my yard in winter and the lack of them this year caused me to start to think about not seeing them elsewhere, but if anybody has noticed any other trends this winter with other species please let me know.”

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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

According to my reviewer on March 5, 2022, 

It sounds like there is definitely a drop in Lincoln's Sparrows all around the county (and presumably regionally?) this winter. Apparently my 5 observations TOTAL in 2022 are actually better than many other people. That's the one that I know I've noticed as I typically have Lincoln's daily in my yard in winter and the lack of them this year caused me to start to think about not seeing them elsewhere, but if anybody has noticed any other trends this winter with other species please let me know.”

Wow. This year (2022) I’ve had 25 observations, with a total of 38 birds. But, it does seem a little less than what I can remember.

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Great day at some hotspots.

Zonolite Park in Atlanta. Great photos of multiple species.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S123884173

E. L. Huie Ponds. Many ducks, and a close-up of a Great Blue

https://ebird.org/checklist/S123883823

Newman's Wetlands Center. Very friendly birds. Photo lifers Mallard, Swamp Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Swamp Sparrow.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S123883824

 

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30 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

Great day at some hotspots.

Zonolite Park in Atlanta. Great photos of multiple species.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S123884173

E. L. Huie Ponds. Many ducks, and a close-up of a Great Blue

https://ebird.org/checklist/S123883823

Newman's Wetlands Center. Very friendly birds. Photo lifers Mallard, Swamp Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Swamp Sparrow.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S123883824

 

Mallard is a photo lifer?

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According to my stats, I've have 76 observations with 231 total birds this year. Last year, I had 118 observations with 624 total birds. I also had about four times as many lists in 2021 that had five or more Lincoln's Sparrows than in 2022. 

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I got the lifer that I was expecting to get, as a fair number of Bonaparte's Gulls have been reported at the hotspot.  I was hoping for one or two additional lifers, as a few rare, Black-legged Kittiwakes have been reported there, as well as a rare, solitary Little Gull, but those will have to wait for another day. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S123970758

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