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32 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

I've got a kinda exciting possible plan for this next spring. School is over with the first week of May, which leaves a good chunk of the month open for birding. I'm thinking of camping out at Tawas Pt. State Park, which is one of the best places to observe passerine migration in Michigan, but I'll have to do some research into how that works. If it doesn't, then there's some family property a half hour's drive away I could use. I can't imagine listening to NFC's, and the vismig has got to be insane, and the rarity potential is pretty good. Probably a little early to be looking into next migration, but hey, something I've been wanting to do for a good while.

You get out of school the first week of may? How early do you start?

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23 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

You get out of school the first week of may? How early do you start?

We started the first week of September, how about yourself? I can imagine my homeschool program is quite different from yours. Probably a lot fewer holidays haha. 

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2 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

We started the first week of September, how about yourself? I can imagine my homeschool program is quite different from yours. Probably a lot fewer holidays haha. 

We started in late August and we end in early June. I go to a Catholic school so we get less holidays in general. 4 weeks off (1 Thanksgiving, 2 Christmas, 1 Easter) and virtually no 3 day weekends. The public schools in the area get a lot more break time. 

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On 10/1/2021 at 12:51 AM, Connor Cochrane said:

We started in late August and we end in early June. I go to a Catholic school so we get less holidays in general. 4 weeks off (1 Thanksgiving, 2 Christmas, 1 Easter) and virtually no 3 day weekends. The public schools in the area get a lot more break time. 

Whoah ok, I hadn’t realized that most private and public schools go that long. My classes probably cram a lot more stuff over the shorter time period.

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On 10/2/2021 at 1:29 PM, Birding Boy said:

Whoah ok, I hadn’t realized that most private and public schools go that long. My classes probably cram a lot more stuff over the shorter time period.

Yeah, same here. We usually end pretty early, but this year I think we end a bit later, early June I think.

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You can click on ‘near threatened’ (also Least concern, endangered, etc) and it tells you the reason why.

Takes a lot more than perceived local levels to downgrade/upgrade the conservation status of the species. Need to look at population trends, habitat quality/availability, range, etc. of the whole population. 
Which is why barn owls are considered locally endangered in Canada (very small range), even though globally they’re considered least concern (found on every continent, so it would be very hard for the whole population to crash). 

As for the grackles, they are still relatively numerous, but the overall population trend has been significantly negative over the last how many years suggesting that if that trend continues they eventually could be upgraded to vulnerable then all the way down the line to extinct.

Seems unlikely, but look at the passenger pigeon that once numbered in the billions…. Though of course there’s a big difference between the factors currently effecting grackles and the factors that effected the pigeons, both human wise and life history wise. 

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57 minutes ago, Kevin said:

I'm wishing you luck.

 

14 hours ago, BirdNrd said:

Tomorrow morning I’m going to chase an adult male Williamson’s Sapsucker! Hopefully it sticks around until then. Wish me luck!

Got it! Beautiful adult male! Will post photos later.

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