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30 minutes ago, Sean C said:

@MerMaeve thanks for creating this! it's been a long time.

look at my signature for an update :classic_wink:

I've missed my internet home. :classic_biggrin:

Song sparrows? :classic_ohmy:  Sending all the eggs from the nests on our property.....Will need to be incubated....and not broken in transit....

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Hey, what's up guys! I haven't been on here (or discord) for a while. How have you all been? Thanks @Sean C for the mention or else I may not have found that this group is back for a while lol. 

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19 hours ago, patbirddude said:

Hey, what's up guys! I haven't been on here (or discord) for a while. How have you all been? Thanks @Sean C for the mention or else I may not have found that this group is back for a while lol. 

hey pat! long time no see lel.

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1 hour ago, crazed4birds said:

hey pat! long time no see lel.

How's that "amazing" July birding going? lol. There's literally nothing of note being reported in RI. A few days ago I didn't receive my Rhode Island Rare Bird Alert from ebird, because NOTHING was seen at all. 

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13 hours ago, patbirddude said:

How's that "amazing" July birding going? lol. There's literally nothing of note being reported in RI. A few days ago I didn't receive my Rhode Island Rare Bird Alert from ebird, because NOTHING was seen at all. 

good question, haven't been out this month. going to chiri in a week tho sooooooo

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6 hours ago, crazed4birds said:

good question, haven't been out this month. going to chiri in a week tho sooooooo

Lucky! I went to SEAZ last year, but not camp Chiri. 

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If I may stick my aged head in the door, Cornell U. pointed me to this article that may describe some of y'all in a few years.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/23/style/birds-are-cool.html?utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=979f02ab5e-Cornell-Lab-eNews-2018-07-04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-979f02ab5e-312922501

Okay, I'm closing the door behind me.  Go back to dancing the twist and playing Ouija, or whatever it is you kids do these days.  :classic_biggrin:

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What, nobody's tagging me? :classic_tongue: I'm still only 15 ya know! Soon to be 16, ahh, just the thought of being able to (legally) drive makes me excited...

Lots of happenings recently, including finishing Grade 10, a breeding bird survey near my chalet with some quality birds, I've recently gotten back into the iNaturalist craze, because sometimes birds just aren't enough! I can't remember how far back I've posted on here about, but in May I did a big day after my week at Pelee, and nailed down 154 species in a little less than 24 hours, the last bird being a Black-crowned Night-heron at about 10pm. Not called Night--herons for nothing! I've been hitting pretty much all my birding targets, recently adding Fish Crow to my Ontario list, a surprisingly rare but rapidly increasing bird in Ontario, as well as yearbirds Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Loggerhead Shrike (endangered here!), Golden-winged Warbler (also endangered!), Brewer's Blackbird (incredibly restricted range-wise), Piping Plover (my favourite all time bird- also endangered), and a couple others like Upland Sandpiper, Alder Flycatcher etc. It's shaping up to be a pretty fantastic bird year for me, sitting at 247 Ontario this year (my all time record is 259), and 362 world this year, which blew my last record of 273 out of the water (thanks Mexico and Florida!). In the near future, I hope to get Ontario birds Louisiana Waterthrush and Common Gallinule (argh!), and by the end of the month I'll be done Grade 11 physics in summer school, then I'll have a week to relax, then I'm off to James Bay for two weeks doing shorebird monitoring! James Bay is pretty legendary in Ontario, and probably the world. It's incredibly remote, starting with an 8 hour drive to Cochrane, which in itself is quite remote, riding the Polar Bear Express (a train) for 5 hours, then chartering a helicopter to our base camp, which is here. The area is legendary because of the thousands of shorebirds that pass through it every year, most being Semipalmated Sandpipers, White-rumped Sandpipers, Hudsonian Godwits and Red Knots. It's going to be awesome! A couple lifers would be nice, or at least a few Ontario birds. Here's a sample of the peeps:

 

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I must admit, I never used this too topic much, but I’m planning on changing that. @MerMaeve, thanks for continuing this.

On a side note, just saw a Great-tailed Grackle for the first time. Much excitement!!!

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3 hours ago, Nighthawk01 said:

I must admit, I never used this too topic much, but I’m planning on changing that. @MerMaeve, thanks for continuing this.

On a side note, just saw a Great-tailed Grackle for the first time. Much excitement!!!

Congrats! You're on your trip now?

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Sadly, not yet. In Nebraska for a wedding. So far, I’ve seen both a Western Kingbird and Great-tailed Grackle. And to think I wasn’t expecting to see anything new.

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7 hours ago, Melierax said:

Wow! Looks like you've been pretty busy! Also you can drive legally at 14 in Idaho 😛

 

What!!?? I gotta move (and take Ontario with me)!

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Not exactly sure. I think we go to Denver two and a half weeks from now and get back a day or two before August 1st. I’m probably wrong, though.

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I’ve made the decision to take a pair of binoculars and/or a camera wherever I go and hope for the best (i.e. Golden Eagles).

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