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2 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Yes! They are a nemesis. Not as common here as elsewhere, they are a species of special concern in New York State.

They are pretty uncommon in VT too. Down south they are EVERYWHERE

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13 hours ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Yes! They are a nemesis. Not as common here as elsewhere, they are a species of special concern in New York State.

Become familiar with there sound. They are often noisy and it is likely you may hear one before you see them. They like grassy areas and may or may not be near water. Even if you are not good out bird sounds you will recognize these guys when you hear them.

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55 minutes ago, Clip said:

Become familiar with there sound. They are often noisy and it is likely you may hear one before you see them. They like grassy areas and may or may not be near water. Even if you are not good out bird sounds you will recognize these guys when you hear them.

Yeah, they're one of the few I can ID by call.  They often do it just before taking flight, making them even easier to locate.  In breeding season, they aren't flying far away from the nest.

And yeah, they don't care much if there's nearby open water.  Reliably damp drainage ditches or retention ponds are good enough.

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13 hours ago, DLecy said:

Just gotta give a shout-out. This is impressive! 

Indeed! Not trying to belittle Charlie's 29 years, it's quite an accomplishment, but that makes me think though. There is a guy around here, Mr. Ray, he is the ag teacher at a local school here. Anyway I believe(I could be a year or two off, I am not totally sure.) Mr. Ray started in 1969, he is still there doing it. 

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10 hours ago, Kevin said:

Indeed! Not trying to belittle Charlie's 29 years, it's quite an accomplishment, but that makes me think though. There is a guy around here, Mr. Ray, he is the ag teacher at a local school here. Anyway I believe(I could be a year or two off, I am not totally sure.) Mr. Ray started in 1969, he is still there doing it. 

That would put him in his mid-70s.  My father was still working at the county ag extension office at that age.

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8 FOY today!! Tree Swallow, American Coot, Common Loon x2, Horned Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser and Green-winged Teal.  Plus bonus of Wilson's Snipe calling, and winnowing.

Highlight though is what would be the earliest record of Solitary Sandpiper for Michigan on eBird.  I only know this because our county had the first March record ever last year.  

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On 3/19/2022 at 8:56 PM, Charlie Spencer said:

That would put him in his mid-70s.  My father was still working at the county ag extension office at that age.

Early 80's, but he worked at a different school for a few years before going to this one.

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FOY Blue-winged Teal! We have domestic ducks (pets) and that makes the wild waterfowl much more comfortable on our property. The wild/domestic birds get along very well together. I’ve also found that BWTE are quite approachable if you do it the right way (which apparently I did) as I got some good photos.

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1 hour ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

It's nice to hear the Common Grackles singing, they are everywhere now. I don't find their song too unmusical.

Aren’t you a grackle? Lol. Anyways, they’re singing here as well. It’s nice to hear all the birds singing again.

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Just now, PalmWarbler said:

Aren’t you a grackle? Lol. Anyways, they’re singing here as well. It’s nice to hear all the birds singing again.

I may be a grackle, but I don't think I've been singing much lately! It is nice to hear the birds again. Going to try to identify more bird songs, identifying call notes is generally easier for me.

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28 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I may be a grackle, but I don't think I've been singing much lately! It is nice to hear the birds again. Going to try to identify more bird songs, identifying call notes is generally easier for me.

Interesting! Kinda the opposite for me. Of course the real distinctive ones are easier, but sparrow chip notes? I could maybe narrow down the options. Their song? Got it easily. 

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3 minutes ago, Avery said:

Interesting! Kinda the opposite for me. Of course the real distinctive ones are easier, but sparrow chip notes? I could maybe narrow down the options. Their song? Got it easily. 

Well, definitely not warbler chip notes for me, but I'm getting a little better at sparrows, and of course there are the more distinctive calls from cardinals and others.

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