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I’m up to 168 for the year, with the most recent additions being Broad-winged Hawk and Cliff Swallow. I’m currently 39 species behind last year, which doesn’t surprise me, since I didn’t make a trip to Alabama last month like I did last year. I doubt I’ll beat last year’s record (my best yet: 313) but I’m on pace for 2nd best, as I’m 52 species ahead of my 2021 list! Definitely going to get another sizable boost this weekend with more migrants starting to trickle in. 

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I heard my first House Wren of the year this morning (#119). I expect that I'll pick up a few more year birds this coming weekend. I'm still a few days ahead of when I hit 119 species last year, which was my best year since 2017 (which is the last time I left my home area).

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Purple Finch at the feeder a couple of days ago to get me to 104, but the big disappointment is an Evening Grosbeak showing up at another birders feeder today.  Would have been a lifer, and county bird #250…..but I was stuck in a meeting till well after 6, after a crappy day.  

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12 minutes ago, chipperatl said:

Purple Finch at the feeder a couple of days ago to get me to 104, but the big disappointment is an Evening Grosbeak showing up at another birders feeder today.  Would have been a lifer, and county bird #250…..but I was stuck in a meeting till well after 6, after a crappy day.  

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Surely it will be there tomorrow!

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Migrants are really starting to flow in! Added 19 FOY's the past two days (187 total), with the best from Friday being a Nashville Warbler, and the best from today being Swainson's Warbler and Black-throated Blue Warbler!

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Six year birds this morning, on little sleep. This American Bittern is the best: https://ebird.org/checklist/S133820711. I was standing next to the photograph when he was taking these photos. We may have been 20 or 25 feet from the bird.

The birds that I set out at 5 am to look for I did not hear or see. This is the earliest I've gone birding in many years. I did see a Purple Martin though, and a Prothonotary Warbler.

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2 FOY with White-throated Sparrow and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker today.   A report of a Red Crossbill about 30 minutes from me seemed a little dubious as it was in a McDonald’s parking lot that I don’t think would have the right habitat around it.  

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Really nice day today.  7 FOY birds including very, very rare American White Pelicans.  Viewed it on a nearby lake from Nature Area.  Another birder was able to get to the lake just prior to them lifting off, and a second birder showed up just before they got too far out of sight from the lake.  I can now put that bird in the self-found column also.  House Wren and Virginia Rail were also nearby.  Then at our “big” lake I managed Forster’s Tern (90% sure), Cormorants, Barn Swallow and Purple Martins.  

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Got my lifer Lapland Longspur and 5 more FOY today - Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, Greater Yellowlegs, Common Yellowthroat, and Savannah Sparrow. Up to 151 which is still 10 behind last year's pace and 3 behind 2021.

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