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There’s been a pattern of rare birds popping up during the week at a “nearby”  WMA. 3 Weeks ago I was able to successfully chase the Mottled Ducks that week. The next week the Anhingas and Neotropics were reported frequently, so I went for them that weekend and got them. Last week was a by week, and now there is a young Cave Swallow and some Spoonbills… hoping the swallow sticks around for this weekend! I’ve been successful so far with the rarities there, but this one will be a challenge, lots of walking, will have to take preventative measures for chiggers and ticks, and be prepared for miles in the heat. Oh, and not enough time to sleep after work. What a fun hobby! 😅

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2 hours ago, Kevin said:

Please define "heat".

I just looked and it dropped down to a lovely 89 for the low last night 

Fair 😂 

We have an excessive heat warning paired with the air quality warning from the wildfires in Canada, high is set at 95 for Saturday. 

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4 hours ago, Snake Fingers said:

How do you sleep? In the freezer???

Not quite. Air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a frozen block of ice. The ice is a plastic rectangle maybe 2x6x10 or so(simply place in the freezer every morning your all set again), put it between your legs and I guess because of the major arteries so close it does an excellent job of cooling you down. If your not that hot you can set it on your stomach or chest and it will cool you some without effecting your body temperature so much.

Once your asleep it is not as much of a problem of course with your body slowing down and all you stay cooler.

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15 hours ago, Kevin said:

Not quite. Air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, and a frozen block of ice. The ice is a plastic rectangle maybe 2x6x10 or so(simply place in the freezer every morning your all set again), put it between your legs and I guess because of the major arteries so close it does an excellent job of cooling you down. If your not that hot you can set it on your stomach or chest and it will cool you some without effecting your body temperature so much.

Once your asleep it is not as much of a problem of course with your body slowing down and all you stay cooler.

This sounds like some kind of punishment from a novel about a boarding school 

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16 minutes ago, PaulK said:

This sounds like some kind of punishment from a novel about a boarding school 

I'll keep my ice block thank you very much.

On 2/21/2023 at 4:53 PM, Aaron said:

Snow and cold? Dunno what you’re talking about….BB28DB46-5FBC-4028-9B91-E90FD840A603.thumb.jpeg.d45f78118ad7a5912145fb0c6a56c8a5.jpeg

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Welp, didn’t get the Cave Swallow, though with the recent storms I’m not too surprised, and this was the earliest record of a basically annual species so I’ll get more chances. However, I did find a Bank Swallow and saw one the resident Neotropic Cormorants and the visiting Roseate Spoonbills! A long, hot, exhausting trip on 2 hrs of sleep, but worth it. https://ebird.org/checklist/S143236225

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My lens had barely been surviving for the past year and a week ago it finally kicked the bucket and decided to quite literally explode on me. I had a tough decision on what to do next, but I bit the bullet and purchased the canon RF 100-500 lens for a large portion of my savings. It should arrive before my road trip to Arizona which is nice. 

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6 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

My lens had barely been surviving for the past year and a week ago it finally kicked the bucket and decided to quite literally explode on me. I had a tough decision on what to do next, but I bit the bullet and purchased the canon RF 100-500 lens for a large portion of my savings. It should arrive before my road trip to Arizona which is nice. 

Hope you like it!

That'd take about 1/3 of my savings. Personally I need a vehicle next...

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12 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

My lens had barely been surviving for the past year and a week ago it finally kicked the bucket and decided to quite literally explode on me. I had a tough decision on what to do next, but I bit the bullet and purchased the canon RF 100-500 lens for a large portion of my savings. It should arrive before my road trip to Arizona which is nice. 

So I assume that means you’re not selling it anymore…..

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Guys what is more worth it one lifer that would be pretty hard to get in my home county or several lifers that would be only moderately hard to get in my home county. Thinking of either going to Gilchrist Crossing for Northern Waterthrush or Cabin Lake for Gray Flycatcher Loggerhead Shrike Sage Thrasher Brewers Sparrow Sagebrush Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. I can get most of the Cabin Lake birds as vagrants at my local patch if I grind it enough. Oh and I guess Pinyon Jay and Lewis’s Woodpecker at Cabin Lake if I miss those in Bend.

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16 minutes ago, MichaelLong said:

Guys what is more worth it one lifer that would be pretty hard to get in my home county or several lifers that would be only moderately hard to get in my home county. Thinking of either going to Gilchrist Crossing for Northern Waterthrush or Cabin Lake for Gray Flycatcher Loggerhead Shrike Sage Thrasher Brewers Sparrow Sagebrush Sparrow and Vesper Sparrow. I can get most of the Cabin Lake birds as vagrants at my local patch if I grind it enough. Oh and I guess Pinyon Jay and Lewis’s Woodpecker at Cabin Lake if I miss those in Bend.

Go for all the lifers. I usually get 5 or more waterthrush along the coast in the fall, i doubt it will be a problem for you to pick up. 

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