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Try this.  Click the link below, enter the name of your county (or any other county), then click 'Target Species'.  You'll get a list of the birds in your county that you haven't seen yet, sorted by the most common to least common.  

https://ebird.org/targets

Also, you may want to get a field guide.  While there are several good ones for the western US (Sibley, Peterson, National Geographic, etc), I suggest you start with a guide to the birds of California.

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As somebody who's looked 15+ times unsuccessfully for Indigo Bunting, They come down (or more often, up) the coast fairly often. I think you are inLake County, where there aren't many records, but to the south there are.

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They are regular  breeders in the state, at Palo Verde ecological preserve, where I probably had a female, but I couldn't eliminate LAZB.

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On 10/28/2020 at 9:05 AM, Connor Cochrane said:

As somebody who's looked 15+ times unsuccessfully for Indigo Bunting, They come down (or more often, up) the coast fairly often. I think you are inLake County, where there aren't many records, but to the south there are.

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They are regular  breeders in the state, at Palo Verde ecological preserve, where I probably had a female, but I couldn't eliminate LAZB.

Ok thanks! 🙂 

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On 10/28/2020 at 7:14 AM, Charlie Spencer said:

Try this.  Click the link below, enter the name of your county (or any other county), then click 'Target Species'.  You'll get a list of the birds in your county that you haven't seen yet, sorted by the most common to least common.  

https://ebird.org/targets

Also, you may want to get a field guide.  While there are several good ones for the western US (Sibley, Peterson, National Geographic, etc), I suggest you start with a guide to the birds of California.

I have a field guide actually. It is Stoke's field guide to birds Western Region. Thanks so much! 🙂 

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On 10/28/2020 at 9:05 AM, Connor Cochrane said:

As somebody who's looked 15+ times unsuccessfully for Indigo Bunting, They come down (or more often, up) the coast fairly often. I think you are inLake County, where there aren't many records, but to the south there are.

2099450346_ScreenShot2020-10-28at9_01_46AM.thumb.png.130b5e834d55197ae14d3521208f6dfd.png

They are regular  breeders in the state, at Palo Verde ecological preserve, where I probably had a female, but I couldn't eliminate LAZB.

I will be on the lookout too, i a, checking if there are any Orange County ones right now

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Haven't seen one in California (seen plenty on the East Coast) but I did see a Lazuli Bunting, at Pt. Reyes (about an hour north of San Francisco). Lazuli Bunting is an absolutely gorgeous bird.

By the way, in the list of Buntings in the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunting_(bird) , neither Indigo nor Lazuli Bunting is listed.  Anyone know why?

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24 minutes ago, Leviticus Plews said:

Haven't seen one in California (seen plenty on the East Coast) but I did see a Lazuli Bunting, at Pt. Reyes (about an hour north of San Francisco). Lazuli Bunting is an absolutely gorgeous bird.

By the way, in the list of Buntings in the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunting_(bird) , neither Indigo nor Lazuli Bunting is listed.  Anyone know why?

That’s right where I live. I wouldn’t recommend point Reyes though for Lazuli Bunting. They are really tricky out there. I would suggest going to mount burdell. It’s the best place in the county for them, and it’s only 10 minutes of the 101. 

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1 hour ago, Leviticus Plews said:

By the way, in the list of Buntings in the Wikipedia article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunting_(bird) , neither Indigo nor Lazuli Bunting is listed.  Anyone know why?

From the top of the Wikipedia article:

"This article is about the bird genus Emberiza in the family Emberizidae or "Old World buntings". For bird genus Passerina or "New World buntings", see Passerina."

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