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14 hours ago, Peromyscus said:

A Merlin on a birdwalk this morning is #76. I missed the *seven* Sandhill Cranes (a high number for Maryland afaik) on Monday. The cranes have not been seen since Sunday, sadly.

I missed 1000 cranes on Saturday that were five minutes away from the hotspot that I went to, and then they were reported the next day.

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3 hours ago, Birds are cool said:

Not pretty? BTW did you get any photos of the Whooping Cranes? Congrats!

They were a mile and a half (at least) away with HEAVY heat distortion. Barely was able to solidify the ID when they flew. So no photos 😂 here’s a Sandhill though!

 

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Got to 29 today by birding in the foothills. Was actually a pretty good checklist. Got a chickadee hat trick which finally allowed me to defeat County nemesis mountain chickadee, and also saw my second ever Northern Pygmy-owl which was a surprise. 

Hoping to add a few more species in the next couple days before the polar vortex comes and ruins the fun!

 

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14 hours ago, Peromyscus said:

I'm up to 81 species with Wild Turkey, Common Loon, Red-headed Woodpecker, Winter Wren. The last 3 years that I saw over 200 species I didn't reach 81 until late February or March. Of course, I am usually nowhere this active in January.

Last year I got to 81 in January, and it took until mid march to get to where I am now!

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I'm at 194 for Marin County now, picked up Greater White-fronted Goose, Heermann's Gull, Spotted Owl, Redhead and a rare (county bird) Summer Tanager in the past few days. I've got most of the easy wintering birds for the year in the country so far, but am missing a few higher elevation species, most notably Red-breasted Nuthatch, at the moment. I don't think I'll get to 200 before the end of the month, as I'm going to be pretty bust this week, and the remaining easy birds are pretty far separated from each other. 

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13 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I'm at 194 for Marin County now, picked up Greater White-fronted Goose, Heermann's Gull, Spotted Owl, Redhead and a rare (county bird) Summer Tanager in the past few days. I've got most of the easy wintering birds for the year in the country so far, but am missing a few higher elevation species, most notably Red-breasted Nuthatch, at the moment. I don't think I'll get to 200 before the end of the month, as I'm going to be pretty bust this week, and the remaining easy birds are pretty far separated from each other. 

Dang, that's a lot of birds. Is this a high for January, or have you hit 200 before?

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I’m up to 181 for the year(180 ABA countable), 135 for California, and 130 for my county. I haven’t been able to get out much at all lately except for the pelagic last weekend, and I may not get out for a real outing again this month other than tomorrow, so I doubt I’ll reach 150 for the county before February 1. 

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35 today and I think that’ll be it for January.

Still a lot of easy birds around, but with the weather taking a nose dive tomorrow, I doubt I’ll be going anywhere until February. 
Mostly missing ducks, but they’re all on the opposite side of the city where the river isn’t frozen over. So I’ll probably make a trip over there once the weather warms back up. 

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With a late push today got to 167 (166 in the county). Those birds included Yellow-billed Magpie, Common Raven, Mountain Bluebird, Phainopepla, Horned Lark, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Lark Sparrow, Ferruginous Hawk, Barn Owl, Prairie Falcon, Rock Wren, Mountain Plover, and Rough-legged Hawk.

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