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18 minutes ago, BirdNrd said:

Two days ago we had Mountain Quail, Rufous Hummingbird, Pac-slope and Ash-throated Flycatchers, Cassin's Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Black-chinned Sparrow, Bell's Sparrow, MacG Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Black-throated Gray Warbler

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Mountain quail?!

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This morning I chased, and saw, a rare in my county (especially in spring) Clay-colored Sparrow. With it was a Vesper Sparrow, which had not been reported by other CCSP observers. Several Broad-winged Hawks appeared from somewhere and started circling higher and higher with some Black Vultures. Field and Chipping Sparrows were present and some were singing; however, the Clay-colored was not. It was sunny and pretty warm, with temperatures in the 70s heading up to the mid 80s.

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3 minutes ago, Peromyscus said:

This morning I chased, and saw, a rare in my county (especially in spring) Clay-colored Sparrow. With it was a Vesper Sparrow, which had not been reported by other CCSP observers. Several Broad-winged Hawks appeared from somewhere and started circling higher and higher with some Black Vultures. Field and Chipping Sparrows were present and some were singing; however, the Clay-colored was not. It was sunny and pretty warm, with temperatures in the 70s heading up to the mid 80s.

Nice!! Wow, jealous of the warm temperatures.

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On 4/13/2022 at 9:42 PM, Peromyscus said:

Hoping they'll make it up your way soon.

It's still in the mid and upper 70s in my county, right now! That's too warm for mid-April.

 

On 4/13/2022 at 9:44 PM, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Yeah, probably a tad too warm. I don't want to accelerate global warming...

It broke 100 for the first time this year three weeks ago....

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20 minutes ago, Kevin said:

 

It broke 100 for the first time this year three weeks ago....

And Falcon Lake and either Rio Grande City or Roma had the earliest ever 110 degree temperatures in the US earlier this month iirc 🤯

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FOYs from this morning:

Indigo Bunting, Black-throated Green Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, Summer Tanager, and Scarlet Tanager

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7 FOY (and counting I hope) - Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Egret, Ring-necked Pheasant, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Pine Warbler and the always random Merlin.  Very proud of my puppy for stopping when I told him to so I could get binoculars on it, and not have them jerked out of my face by him.  

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5 hours ago, chipperatl said:

7 FOY (and counting I hope) - Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Egret, Ring-necked Pheasant, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Pine Warbler and the always random Merlin.  Very proud of my puppy for stopping when I told him to so I could get binoculars on it, and not have them jerked out of my face by him.  

8 FOY with a Double-crested Cormorant.  Also managed a new April "Big Day" high.  Didn't start out great, but ended up with 83 birds today.  Had to drive around a while to find some Trumpeter Swans, after somehow not finding any Rock Pigeons.  

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6 hours ago, chipperatl said:

7 FOY (and counting I hope) - Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Great Egret, Ring-necked Pheasant, Barn Swallow, Purple Martin, Pine Warbler and the always random Merlin.  Very proud of my puppy for stopping when I told him to so I could get binoculars on it, and not have them jerked out of my face by him.  

Nice! Hoping to get GREG tomorrow.

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Crazy great weekend.  11 FOY birds, adding Northern Pintail, early Palm Warbler and first county record of Whimbrel.  Big Day yesterday, and 89 total species this weekend.  Now tied with my high of 121 birds in county at this point.  

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This morning, Cliff Swallows at a place where the species breeds, along with Chimney Swifts. This afternoon, I went to a rather large colony of Black-crowned Night-Herons in my county. I'm still waiting for House Wrens to show up in my neighborhood.

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I'm gunna have a doozy this May 😁

 

I have this friend that's not really a birder but he knows a lot about them and you guys would probably have fun talking to him about birds if you knew him. Great guy. Anyway, He lives out in the country and he has some EXCELLENT habitat on his property. Open fields, riparian hardwood forest, and a bird feeder and brush piles and stuff like that around the house. So, he says I can come out to his place in early May and have a morning full of birding on a day in good weather in that awesome habitat when songbird migration is in full swing. So yeah I'm really excited about that. The herping's really good down thataway too!!

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