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2 hours ago, Peromyscus said:

Blackpoll Warbler already!!??

It’s an early one that’s been sticking around in the same place. I think I posted a photo in the Head On Bird Shots thread. I’m on my iPhone or I’d put the photo In this post

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SOOOO MANY BIRDS!!!!!!!  Wish I could have birded longer.  6 or 7 FOY, depending on COTE/FOTE ID conundrum.  The birds swarmed in after the rain last night.  Rain that created great shorebird landing spots all over the place.  Now the birds just need to find them.   Trees dripping with birds well past the time of day I would have expected.   A Pine Warbler has been serenading me all afternoon in the yard, in between whistling White-throated Sparrows.  

Birdcast says 350,000 birds crossed over my county last night!!

FOY - Sora, Yellow Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, House Wren and Forster's Tern.  

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Today was good for me but nothing compared to you guys. I'll bore you all by sharing anyway ?

FOY Eastern Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, House Wren, and Cattle Egret!

 

I was excited about the wren for two reasons.

1. I almost never see those little buggers

2. I got some decent photos!! ?

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SOOOOO MANY MORE BIRDS!!!!!  10 FOY today, with 4 of them tagging as rare.  eBird Migration Dashboard said 1.6 Million birds passed through last night.  The shorebird spots ended up requiring double looks as new birds popped up from other birders in the area.  

Eastern Kingbird (flagged as early), Black-throated Green Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Warbling Vireo, Blue-headed Vireo and Green Heron all at first spot.  Confirmed my Common Tern (rare) from yesterday.  Flooded farm fields gave up 23(!!!!) American Golden-Plover (rare) including a full breeding plumage bird, Dunlin and tagged early Semipalmated Plover.

 

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Got 7 new county FOYs today: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Purple Martin, Ash-thraoted Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, Hermit Warbler, and Swainson's Thrush. I'm currently 43 behind pace from last year, but I'm still missing a bunch of easy birds that will catch me up to the mid 220's if I just make a single trip out to the western part of the county.  The Cassin's Vireo and Hermit Warblers were nice, they're both uncommon birds in the county and are very hard to see on their breeding grounds. I'm done borrowing the R5, so I'm back to taking digis.

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7 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Got 7 new county FOYs today: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Purple Martin, Ash-thraoted Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, Hermit Warbler, and Swainson's Thrush. I'm currently 43 behind pace from last year, but I'm still missing a bunch of easy birds that will catch me up to the mid 220's if I just make a single trip out to the western part of the county.  The Cassin's Vireo and Hermit Warblers were nice, they're both uncommon birds in the county and are very hard to see on their breeding grounds. I'm done borrowing the R5, so I'm back to taking digis.

 

 

How did you like the R5?

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9 minutes ago, chipperatl said:

How did you like the R5?

I've used it a couple of times in the last year and a half. It's an amazing camera. I don't think I was ever trying to get a good photo down in Texas, I was birding way more than photographing, yet I was able to get a ton of great shots. Definitely canons best birding camera. It's crazy how large the files are, it takes my computer close to a minute just to get them loaded in Lightroom. They're great though, they allow you to crop much more than on any other camera.

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1 hour ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Got 7 new county FOYs today: Olive-sided Flycatcher, Cassin's Vireo, Purple Martin, Ash-thraoted Flycatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, Hermit Warbler, and Swainson's Thrush. I'm currently 43 behind pace from last year, but I'm still missing a bunch of easy birds that will catch me up to the mid 220's if I just make a single trip out to the western part of the county.  The Cassin's Vireo and Hermit Warblers were nice, they're both uncommon birds in the county and are very hard to see on their breeding grounds. I'm done borrowing the R5, so I'm back to taking digis.

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I still need an olive sided and a swainson’s somehow.

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First of years this morning: Red-eyed & Warbling Vireos, Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, Wood Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Ovenbird. I even saw the Warbling Vireo and both orioles.

This afternoon, I jetted up to Columbia, Maryland, to see the 13 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks found this morning. They were sleeping on a dead tree leaning over the lake, and were so close to the lake-side trail. I didn't expect them to be that close tome.

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