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1 minute ago, Trevor L. said:

I was joking with my parents about how I don’t even live here yet and I’m already making the Orange Co. Rare Bird Alerts.

Dude I know! I’ve yet to find my own rarity, and you’re here for two days and find one!

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Just now, IKLland said:

Dude I know! I’ve yet to find my own rarity, and you’re here for two days and find one!

Pick a spot that people don’t bird often, set your expectations low, and you’ll almost always be surprised. I’ve been learning that more and more recently.

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Just now, Trevor L. said:

Pick a spot that people don’t bird often, set your expectations low, and you’ll almost always be surprised. I’ve been learning that more and more recently.

I get it. My problem is that being super busy during the week( I assume you are too), makes me want to definitely have an incredibly good chance of seeing rarities. So I usually chase all the birds, hen never have time to do that. 
 

A great example of this was in December. This one birder apparently lives right near this tiny park that had only had 25 or so species reported. They FOY d a great crested flycatcher there, then the hotspot ended up with a bunch more species, and eventually in a few days, somebody else found two other rarities. Those were only found because it started to get birded. 

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1 minute ago, IKLland said:

I get it. My problem is that being super busy during the week( I assume you are too), makes me want to definitely have an incredibly good chance of seeing rarities. So I usually chase all the birds, hen never have time to do that. 
 

A great example of this was in December. This one birder apparently lives right near this tiny park that had only had 25 or so species reported. They FOY d a great crested flycatcher there, then the hotspot ended up with a bunch more species, and eventually in a few days, somebody else found two other rarities. Those were only found because it started to get birded. 

I’m always in the same situation as you: never any time during the week. Always gotta bird the weekends, and half the time I’m too tired to get out of the house. 

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Just now, Trevor L. said:

I’m always in the same situation as you: never any time during the week. Always gotta bird the weekends, and half the time I’m too tired to get out of the house. 

At least you’ve  got a big life list! I’m at 262. But, I haven’t even been birding two full years….not sure how good that is….

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39 minutes ago, IKLland said:

At least you’ve  got a big life list! I’m at 262. But, I haven’t even been birding two full years….not sure how good that is….

My life list is big because I'm blessed enough to have a travel agent as a mother. So we travel quite a bit. For how long you've been birding, 262 is not bad at all.

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On Sunday, 2/20 I flushed this Short-eared Owl during a grassland sparrow survey in Cherokee County, Texas. This is first record of this species in the central pineywoods region since 1997 and the first in the entire pineywoods region since 2007. It was also my Texas #384.

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2 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Soooo jealous.

Yeah, same. Only one I’ve seen was hunting at dusk, but I’ve got such horrible luck finding perched owls. Not for lack of trying. Still haven’t even seen a screech, or even the face of a Great Horned. 

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