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1 minute ago, chipperatl said:

Must have just done it.  I think the debate was still ongoing on it.  

Yup. I read the original text of that checklist with the (self) debate as to whether it was King Rail or Limpkin, about 55 minutes ago.

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8 hours ago, DLecy said:

Early July tends to be the slowest time of year in CA, but by the end of the month southbound shorebirds start to shake things up.

As a school administrator, it’s always a little painful to have this (July) be my biggest chunk of time off. It would be so sweet to have time off in September and October!

That’s what I’ve noticed too, in my first year and a half of birding. I’m trying to just get some decent images right now when there’s not much to see. 
 

I have free time now for other reasons, but also would live to have free time in September and October! That just happens to be my busiest time of year, unfortunately. Looking forward to my trip to NY in a couple weeks. I won’t be there in time for warbler migration, but can still hopefully get some lifers. 

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26 minutes ago, IKLland said:

That’s what I’ve noticed too, in my first year and a half of birding. I’m trying to just get some decent images right now when there’s not much to see. 
 

I have free time now for other reasons, but also would live to have free time in September and October! That just happens to be my busiest time of year, unfortunately. Looking forward to my trip to NY in a couple weeks. I won’t be there in time for warbler migration, but can still hopefully get some lifers. 

Yes, you WILL get some lifers in NY...many, I predict!

Right now is the time for all the mundane but important birding tasks...such as studying young/juvenile birds. Many birds are also molting after having bred, providing good/unique ID challenges. For example, here in the North Bay I have been engaged in discussion with others about how often mis-reported "Red-winged" subspecies of Red-winged Blackbirds are in June/July, as our local "Bicolored" RWBLs are molting their coverts, making them appear like nominate RWBLs, but they typically aren't and they are being reported as such.

Anyways, there is always something to be learned.

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