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1 hour ago, stitch58 said:

Good luck if you do. I can’t go until Friday at the earliest so hopefully it will stick around. From what I’ve read it’s the first record in the eastern US!!

Thanks! I was being too optimistic. A twitching friend emailed me an hour ago asking about going up there together on Friday. For me the trip would be at least 3 1/4 hour one way, so it's pretty far for a one-day solo or duo trip; the earliest I could do an overnight trip would Monday after the big rain system will have passed through the mid-Atlantic.

This is the first *North American* record east of Wyoming.

eta: and good luck if/when you go!!

 

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12 hours ago, Peromyscus said:

Thanks! I was being too optimistic. A twitching friend emailed me an hour ago asking about going up there together on Friday. For me the trip would be at least 3 1/4 hour one way, so it's pretty far for a one-day solo or duo trip; the earliest I could do an overnight trip would Monday after the big rain system will have passed through the mid-Atlantic.

This is the first *North American* record east of Wyoming.

eta: and good luck if/when you go!!

 

If you do end up going the bird is being seen in a private retirement community. In case you haven’t seen there are suggested guidelines to avoid aggravating the residents. So far they have been accommodating. Here’s what was posted;

I never expected to get a life-bird 1.1 miles from our house, but did this morning. IF you're going to chase this, keep in  mind that this is a 55+ private community. Please park on Wranglebrook, and walk in the short distance to where the bird is being seen, either Spring or Juniper. So far the residents have been nice and mildly curious, but it only takes one person walking on someone's lawn to trigger a lot of hostility.  Good luck if you chase. 
Larry Zirlin
Whiting, NJ
 

It has only been seen briefly once this morning so far.

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3 hours ago, stitch58 said:

If you do end up going the bird is being seen in a private retirement community. In case you haven’t seen there are suggested guidelines to avoid aggravating the residents. So far they have been accommodating.

It has only been seen briefly once this morning so far.

Thanks! I have pretty much decided not to go. Any overnight trip would be Tuesday or later, after my Monday dentist appointment I keep forgetting about.

Good luck if you go.

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44 minutes ago, Birds are cool said:

Mangrove Cuckoo in Lee County Florida!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S155962829

@dragon49, @Clip

 

Ty - I didn't know it was ABA rare.  I can get one much closer, at a Marina/Park outside of Miami.  You did remind me to chase it though.  Not until 2024 though, as I'm busy doing all I can for my county 2023 year list.

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Yellow-footed Gull in Randall County, Texas; it would be a state first! 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156222279

From the Texas state email list:

1) Date: 12/12 2:49 PM
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] YELLOW-FOOTED GULL, Amarillo (Randall Co.)
Texbirds,

Yesterday, 11 December, Janice Tidwell Allen documented a first cycle
YELLOW-FOOTED GULL at Southeast Park. This would be the first record for
Texas. I will post an update if someone relocates the bird today.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
San Marcos, Texas

2) Date: 12/12 3:16 PM
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: YELLOW-FOOTED GULL, Amarillo (Randall Co.)
Texbirds,

A search of Macaulay Library media for Herring Gull in Randall County
yielded the same first cycle Yellow-footed Gull misidentified on 5 November
as a Herring, so it has been present for well over a month.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S153836239

The park is located here: https://maps.app.goo.gl/fQPzHdABrvEdbcz17

Justin Bosler
San Marcos, Texas

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4 minutes ago, Birding Boy said:

Are you going to go for it? If it sticks I may eventually, but my car is currently in the shop.

If I get to feeling better I might.  1st bad day today in the past week, or I'd have probably headed there today.  Its about 90 minutes away.

 

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Talk of the town here has been the second BC record of pinyon jay. Some folks doing the Christmas bird count logged a steller's stellar's STJA high in a 5 storey conifer in a residential neighbourhood, but there was something odd about it, and it stayed just long enough to get a scope on it. The rather bemused locals have been seeing it at their feeders for weeks and didn't know what it was.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156591039

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On 12/10/2023 at 3:12 PM, Birds are cool said:

Mangrove Cuckoo in Lee County Florida!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S155962829

@dragon49, @Clip

 

Sorry I just now saw this. I would love to see one and have gone to locations in the past where they have been reported but did not find them. Sadly, they keep to south Florida and I live in north Florida. Plus both my husband and I have been battling health issue that have pretty much sidelined us since July. The year 2023 has not been a good one and I am looking forward to 2024 being better. Thanks for thinking of me.

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Ancient Murrelet in Ohio -- in Lake Erie in and near Lorain. It was first found on Thursday, and seems to have moved a little east of its initial spot

https://ebird.org/checklist/S156946660

eta: Possibly the second state record? eBird shows a historical 1951 record as the only other state record.

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2 hours ago, MichaelLong said:

Potential Stellers Sea Eagle in Oregon

https://ebird.org/checklist/S157340092

Shawneen Finnegan posted about 45 minutes ago on the Lane birding list (that I saw on the ABA birding list collection site https://www.aba.org/birding-news/):

"I tried to post it [a video from the observer--Pero] also. I have been chatting with the observer who lives in Juneau and sees Bald Eagles all the time.

I have looked and looked at photos and texts and can’t get to sea-eagle. The brown tail doesn’t look deeply wedge-shaped and the tail even on a young birds should be white with black mottling at the tip.

Plus there should be white on the upper side of the wings, etc. I can’t find any pic of a young sea-eagle with that white belly like a young Bald Eagle will show.

Cheers,
Shawneen Finnegan"

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