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2 hours ago, Aidan B said:

County bird 253! Yellow-bellied Sapsucker!!! There hasn't been a chaseable YBSA (or at least one that cooperated once birders tried to refind it) since around 1994 in the county. 

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Nice shots! I see how hard sapsuckers can be to chase. The one here in Orange was found in December, for one day. Fifteen people or so saw it, then it wasn’t refound at the same location until January. A few people saw it that day, then it was refound three weeks ago. It has now been coming one day every week or so. I’ve tried fourteen times, and finally saw it last week. 

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2 hours ago, IKLland said:

Nice shots! I see how hard sapsuckers can be to chase. The one here in Orange was found in December, for one day. Fifteen people or so saw it, then it wasn’t refound at the same location until January. A few people saw it that day, then it was refound three weeks ago. It has now been coming one day every week or so. I’ve tried fourteen times, and finally saw it last week. 

Sapsuckers often have pretty regular feeding patterns. See what time the birds are being reported at that tree then go there at its time. Their wintering territories also aren't usually too large, so try to find all the trees with holes and it'll likely be at one of them.

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9 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Sapsuckers often have pretty regular feeding patterns. See what time the birds are being reported at that tree then go there at its time. Their wintering territories also aren't usually too large, so try to find all the trees with holes and it'll likely be at one of them.

I’ve realized that for sure! It’s just that the location had a ton of trees with holes and it liked pretty much all of them….

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Red-flanked Bluetail!!! My first code 4 bird.

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Spent 2+ hours staking out a neighborhood with _a lot_ of other local birders to only get very brief looks. And of course all my photos were back of the head shots, but I'll take it.

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Just now, neilpa said:

Red-flanked Bluetail!!! My first Code 4 bird.

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Spent 2+ hours staking out a neighborhood with _a lot_ of other local birders to only get very brief looks. And of course all my photos were back of the head shots, but I'll take it.

Awesome!

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This would be the earliest record of Solitary Sandpiper in Michigan, after our county recorded the first March record last year.  Almost couldn't believe it.  I thought it was a really early Spotted Sandpiper when I put binoculars only on it.  It was doing some bobbing up and down.  

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Finally managed to get photos of a Calliope Hummingbird from my patch. They're quite rare in the county, and my patch is definitely the best place to look for them. They're very hard to photograph though. I only saw 24 there before I managed to get a photo of one! 

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