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Tropical Kingbird:

Can't claim self found, as they are known to be at this hotspot, but I wasn't looking for them, so it was a nice treat.  Funny how these things work out sometimes and birds show up when you literally aren't looking for them: 🙂

I was in my car, about to drive a little but farther down the road, when I saw one of the birds fly in to  perch.  I got some quick ID shots from inside, and then went outside and took tons of photos.  

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611555583

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I got a county Rare Bird notification for this bird yesterday afternoon, which I also needed as a lifer.  I was dead tired from a long day of birding, so I passed, and hoped it would still be around when I woke up late as planned today.  As soon as I separated myself from my mattress, I checked my phone and saw it was "continuing," so I ran down and found it:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611594504

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A bunch of entries from yesterday:

1 - Snow Goose.  This was one of those exciting birding moments.  This was one of these guided field trips with a caravan of vehicles birding by car and communicating via walkie talkies.  When the field guide decides to, we all get out around.  Whenever I'm not 100% certain of what type of bird I'm looking at, I always take photos.  While driving, I saw a flock of white birds approaching that I didn't recognize.  I didn't ask the driver to stop but managed to get my camera out the window at an uncomfortable angle and was able to get ID shots.  When I looked at my viewfinder, I had no idea what kind of birds they were.  I'd never seen Snow Geese, whether in-person, or in any photographs, or on the internet or TV.  We shortly got out of our cars, and I showed the birds to the field guide for an ID.  He replied, "Holy s***, those are Snow Geese."  

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611657415


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Tropical Kingbird:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611657502

 

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Vermilion Flycatcher:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611657478


 

 

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The entrance/exit borders a different county.  The trip organizer wanted the group to be recognized in the other county, so when we were about to leave and she saw the Tropical Kingbird had crossed the border, she asked the guide to start a new checklist:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/611657549

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2 hours ago, IKLland said:

Can you DM these two to me? Thanks!

Done - but my spot will probably be much better for you.  The bird was right off a trail and very close.  The problem is that I didn't pin the spot, and something went wrong with my setup and the GPS location never made it to that batch of photos.  I'm planning on relocating it this weekend, and I'll DM you the PIN.

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Not self-found Long-Tailed Duck, but it was a hard chase.  I spent 2-hours on the beach Friday looking for it, as I needed the lifer.  A friend told me I was looking at a pair of these birds from his scoped video, but I didn't notice the white and can't find the bird in my video of his video and wasn't about to take a lifer on that scant evidence.  Yesterday, I went back to the spot and took >1,100 pictures of the rafts and ducks in flight.  On-site, I couldn't find the bird on my viewfinder, but finally, this morning, I found what I was after!

I showed up on-site at 4:00 P.M and found the main raft pretty quickly.  The couple came into frame at 5:11 P.M, just fifteen minutes before sunset, and with barely enough light on the water to get an ID shot:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612046716

Here's an Imgur link because I can't get the embedded URL to populate with the known trick:

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On 12/10/2023 at 8:04 PM, dragon49 said:

I got my lifer White-crowned Sparrow and the Tropical Kingbirds at known locations on the same road:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612099835

 

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https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/612099807

 

West Coasters might know better, but that White-crowned Sparrow might be a Gambel's subspecies.  

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