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Hi guys, just got back to a computer! Had a busy weekend birding! Lots of great birds. In addition to Northern Shrike, I added 2 new birds to my Texas list - Common Loon and Horned Grebe (way overdue), putting me at 372. Hoping to be at 400 soon. All I need is a trip to the trans-pecos... @Kevin you should join me!

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On 11/18/2021 at 12:05 PM, Liam said:

Heads up - tomorrow I will be traveling to Arlington to chase a continuing Northern Shrike. If I post the scoreboard, it will be tomorrow evening or maybe even later...

Try the Fort Worth Nature Center. should be a lot of winter bird there by now.

 

 

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Thank you for your submissions!!

This week's bird includes two species - Neotropic Cormorant (left three birds) and Double-crested Cormorant (right bird). Firstly, note the difference in size. This is a nice comparison of the two species - the Double-crested is noticeably larger and the Neotropic are all similar in size. The two right Neos have traces of the white line around the gape (they are adults), but the one on the far left does not (it is a juvenile/imm). However, we can tell the left bird is a Neo by its size relative to the other corms, plus its long tail. Proportions are helpful too - the Neos are shorter and stockier in appearance with apparently shorter necks.

This photo was taken in Palo Pinto County, Texas on March 24th. It was taken by user @Kevin at Possum Kingdom Lake Dam. (Please somebody tell me they know the song "Possum Kingdom" by The Toadies.)

Those who guessed Neotropic on the left 3 birds get 3 points per bird and Double-crested on the right bird get 3 points. Anyone who guessed any species within the genus Phalacrocorax ("bald raven") for any bird gets 2 points and anyone who guessed any species in the family Phalacrocoracidae for any bird gets 1 point.

1 additional point was awarded for guessing juvenile/imm. on the left bird; 1 additional point was awarded for guessing adult on the remaining birds; As far as I know, corms are not sexually dimorphic so no points were awarded for sex.

Here's the 11/19/21 scoreboard.

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1. Kevin - 57 points

2. BirdingBoy - 56 points

3. ConnorCochrane, TheBirdNuts - 54 points

4. Kerri - 53 points

6. stitch58 - 51 points

7. AidanB - 50 points

8. meghann - 48 points

9. Avery - 46 points

10. BirdNrd - 44 points

11. MichaelLong, Peromyscus - 41 points

12. IKLland, PalmWarbler - 41 points

13. SeanBirds - 39 points

14. EdHogg - 26 points

15. PaulK, Quiscalusquiscula - 25 points

16. Kansabirdguy, TrevorL - 24 points

17. DanP - 22 points

18. Bird-Boys, SirVive - 15 points

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Here is the November scoreboard:

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1. ConnorCochrane, Kerri, Kevin, MichaelLong, stitch58, TheBirdNuts - 25 points

2. AidanB, BirdingBoy, meghann, SeanBirds, TrevorL - 24 points

3. Avery, Peromyscus - 23 points

4. BirdNrd - 22 points

5. DanP - 20 points

6. EdHogg, IKLland, PalmWarbler - 17 points

7. Bird-Boy, PaulK, SirVive - 15 points

8. Quiscalusquiscula - 10 points

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Let me know if I missed you on the scoreboard or if I made any other errors.

Thanks again for your submissions! This week's quiz will be posted shortly.

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PSA: I will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday and won't be able to post the scoreboard on 11/26. I anticipate the scoreboard will be posted on 11/29. You are given until then to get quiz guesses in. I'll get back to a consistent schedule eventually ...

 

Thanks all!!

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On 11/20/2021 at 7:20 PM, Birding Boy said:

Let the man take his time, he's clearly still in rare bird induced awe paralysis 😛

 

On 11/21/2021 at 9:45 AM, MichaelLong said:

Clearly @Liam has fainted out of pure joy of finding the Northern Shrike

 

On 11/21/2021 at 10:45 AM, Birding Boy said:

And probably in intensive care now, having a difficult time explaining how and what happened.

Well if it took @liam two days to recover from one bird, it probably will take me at least four days to recover from two birds. 

I'm going to look for the Northern Shrike + Long-eared Owl tomorrow!

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1 minute ago, Kevin said:

Well if it took @liam two days to recover from one bird, it probably will take me at least four days to recover from two birds. 

I'm going to look for the Northern Shrike + Long-eared Owl tomorrow!

Thinking upon it some more, it might even take me five days to recover. Of course I will try to get my photos on eBird before I faint, so y'all won't have to be in suspense for five days wondering. 

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On 11/24/2021 at 8:39 PM, HamRHead said:

It's called potential rare bird delirium induced distracted Whatbirding. I'll be looking forward to more posts that you aren't aware of

Well I had found a Prairie Falcon earlier, so I think I was already under the effects of rare bird delirium. 

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On 11/22/2021 at 9:35 AM, Liam said:

PSA: I will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday and won't be able to post the scoreboard on 11/26. I anticipate the scoreboard will be posted on 11/29. You are given until then to get quiz guesses in. I'll get back to a consistent schedule eventually ...

 

Liam said it would be later than usual, perhaps today for the update. No urgency here.

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