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As someone who lives in California, a state with large counties, I've always wondered, in sites with more smaller counties, is it easier to find newer birds for the counties, like 1-10th county recs, since less birding is generally being done in the county, or harder, because there is less Habitat?

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11 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

As someone who lives in California, a state with large counties, I've always wondered, in sites with more smaller counties, is it easier to find newer birds for the counties, like 1-10th county recs, since less birding is generally being done in the county, or harder, because there is less Habitat?

VERY. I have 3 county firsts for my yard. I live in Twin Falls county, a very large county that is very underbirded, definitely no lack of habitat.

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2 minutes ago, Melierax said:

VERY. I have 3 county firsts for my yard. I live in Twin Falls county, a very large county that is very underbirded, definitely no lack of habitat.

It's pretty much the opposite where I am. Chances of finding a county first are almost 0. Over 500 species have been seen in my county, for example, a few days ago we had a Bristle-thighed Curlew, and that was a 3rd county rec. 

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For example, It took 4 years to get the past 5 species, and they have included the 2nd pacific coast record of Purple Sanpiper, The northernmost (of the time, and I believe it still is) Nazca Booby, a Common-ringed Plover, a Redpoll 600 miles or so south of its normal range of vagrancy and a Vermilion Flycatcher and Wedge-rumped Storm Petrel, a bird that not even in most North American field guides.

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20 hours ago, Kevin said:

Something is wrong here.

It sure looks like the same bird, positioned in the same spot, on the same wire. Was it photographed and posted by the same person under two different names, or is someone posting photos other than their own? Or some other explanation? Curious minds want to know.

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27 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

It sure looks like the same bird, positioned in the same spot, on the same wire. Was it photographed and posted by the same person under two different names, or is someone posting photos other than their own? Or some other explanation? Curious minds want to know.

Or maybe they were birding together, and took the photos at slightly different times

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18 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Or maybe they were birding together, and took the photos at slightly different times

That's definitely another possible explanation. The virtually identical composition of the two photos makes me suspect that these were a series of photos taken with the same camera from the exact same spot, burst mode perhaps, but that's pure speculation on my part.

While we can speculate on the reason for the similarities, only @Bird-Boys and/or @BirdNrd know what's really going on here. Hopefully one or the other will enlighten our(my) curious minds.

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