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Great map found by @PaulK! Be sure to check it out.

https://kiwifoto.com/rba/plot.php

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2 hours ago, Peromyscus said:

And not to clutter this thread too much more, there is a Black-headed Gull at the Heerman's location, the Mountain Bluebird in the same town that meghann reported earlier, and a Pacific Loon nearby. All those are rare in the state. I wonder what else will be found there.

I have family down there, and I hit those spots when I’ve visited.  Crazy they are all in that area!!!

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I didn’t know where to post this, but my dad and I check several live bird cams on a daily basis, and today I was fortunate enough to catch what I believe to be a female Shiny Cowbird on a birdbath in Key Largo. The quality isn’t great though. The bird appears at at 11:53 AM and stays on the drip for most of 4 minutes. You can rewind and view it at the link below. 
 

 

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39 minutes ago, chipperatl said:

I was surprised this was that big of a bird for OK, then I looked at the range map and saw a huge hole in their range in the South-central part of the U.S.  

According to the poster, it's only the third state record.

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Apparently somewhere in Alberta (within an 80km circle of my city) there is—or was—a red-bellied woodpecker.

Its been added to the winter bird list, but no ebird reports or any other talk about it that I can find. Nor any special spotlight about it from the people running the winter bird list, just a mention that it was added. 

Not sure what’s happening there

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6 hours ago, Aaron said:

Apparently somewhere in Alberta (within an 80km circle of my city) there is—or was—a red-bellied woodpecker.

Its been added to the winter bird list, but no ebird reports or any other talk about it that I can find. Nor any special spotlight about it from the people running the winter bird list, just a mention that it was added. 

Not sure what’s happening there

Are things “cliquey” up there?   

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8 hours ago, Aaron said:

Apparently somewhere in Alberta (within an 80km circle of my city) there is—or was—a red-bellied woodpecker.

Its been added to the winter bird list, but no ebird reports or any other talk about it that I can find. Nor any special spotlight about it from the people running the winter bird list, just a mention that it was added. 

Not sure what’s happening there

I wonder if it's in someone's yard that doesn't want visitors. With the pandemic, that has become common. I've often wondered what I would do if something rare showed up at my house. . .

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2 hours ago, meghann said:

I wonder if it's in someone's yard that doesn't want visitors. With the pandemic, that has become common. I've often wondered what I would do if something rare showed up at my house. . .

You are not alone with wrestling with that thought.  The early Eastern Towhee I had, I was worried about maybe being a Spotted until it reappeared to confirm.  Spotted would have brought quite a few people.  I had a Summer Tanager show up one year, and did get an e-mail from a birder about it.  It was a 5-minute wonder though.  Not sure my neighbors would like it.  

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6 minutes ago, chipperatl said:

You are not alone with wrestling with that thought.  The early Eastern Towhee I had, I was worried about maybe being a Spotted until it reappeared to confirm.  Spotted would have brought quite a few people.  I had a Summer Tanager show up one year, and did get an e-mail from a birder about it.  It was a 5-minute wonder though.  Not sure my neighbors would like it.  

Yeah, I have high risk kids in my house, so can't just let people in, and we don't have a gate, so that's the only way to get in our backyard. The only way to see into our backyard would be to go around our fence, which the neighbors wouldn't like. Not to mention, my dog is a psycho about people being near our yard. . .

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6 hours ago, chipperatl said:

Are things “cliquey” up there?   

I’ve sorta found it to be that way, but that’s more just a hunch. One time I figured out the stakeout location of a gyrfalcon and when I went there the group of 10 or so people didn’t seem to thrilled or welcoming when I pulled up. However, I’ve had very limited interaction with other birders here overall so can’t say for sure, but I follow a few on social media who are nice. There definitely seems to be a group of big cheeses that go around together though, but rare birds are always reported.

4 hours ago, meghann said:

I wonder if it's in someone's yard that doesn't want visitors. With the pandemic, that has become common. I've often wondered what I would do if something rare showed up at my house. . .

That could be it. Alberta is the worst for Covid here in Canada, but still just seems odd that they wouldn’t mention that it was on a private residence that wasn’t accepting visitors ??‍♂️. I’ve wondered too what would happen if a chaseable bird came in this yard. Seems like a logistical nightmare. 
 

Not that it matters to me really, I probably wouldn’t have gone to look for it!

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12 hours ago, meghann said:

First (and then later that morning, second) state record Atlantic Puffin off the coast of Chatham County, GEORGIA. (I am dying at this, a bucket list bird for me!)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S103862068

 

That is a “drop all things and chase” type bird.  Good Luck if you head out for it.  

 

Looks like they should have used the Pelagic code, not traveling.  Thing was way off the coast.  

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14 hours ago, IKLland said:

Are you going to chase it?

 

1 hour ago, chipperatl said:

That is a “drop all things and chase” type bird.  Good Luck if you head out for it.  

 

Looks like they should have used the Pelagic code, not traveling.  Thing was way off the coast.  

Yeah, I do not own a boat, so won't be able to chase this one.

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A first state record Trindade Petrel was photographed in Nueces County, Texas on 22 Feb 2022 by Skip Cantrell. If accepted, this will be Texas' 659th species after Bat Falcon is accepted as #658.

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Also this was taken by someone chasing HADU so it's proof that the Patagonia Picnic Table Effect exists...
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