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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher in Gainesville, FL 11-2021 - some rare birds especially the small birds you usually have to put in some effort to find. Not the case with this rare flycatcher. It had been being reported so my husband and I set out to see if we could get it added to our life list. We got the residential address (owner allowing birders on property) and were walking down the long dirt driveway toward the house when I saw a bird fly into a tree right in front of us. I put my binoculars up and low and behold the bird we were looking for. Immediately put up my camera and managed a few shots. This the best of them. You have to love when the first bird you see is the bird you are looking for.

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You have to love when rare birds just show up in your own backyard. Today in our backyard a Western Tanager rare in Florida. This is the 2nd time we have had one show up in our backyard since we moved here in 2018.

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On 1/21/2024 at 12:47 PM, Aidan B said:

SELF FOUND Black-throated Green-Warbler!!! Third Humboldt county record and the first since 1994. By far my best ever find!!!

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Congrats! Such a rippin’ find. Even more impressive that some extremely good local birders found a VIWA and missed the BTNW, only for you to show up and find that gem.

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18 minutes ago, DLecy said:

Congrats! Such a rippin’ find. Even more impressive that some extremely good local birders found a VIWA and missed the BTNW, only for you to show up and find that gem.

Thanks! So stoked about that find!

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Clay-colored Sparrow-Gainesville, FL This sparrow is rare any where in Florida. We had one in our backyard our first winter here hanging out with all the Chipping Sparrows at our feeders. Saw them fairly often in Colorado in the spring.

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Lark Sparrows are rare in Florida. I found both of these on my own in Florida within the 1st year we moved here. The first in winter 2019 the 2nd in the summer 2019. I have not seen any since. I saw them in Colorado often in the summer and they are my favorite sparrow. I like the face pattern.

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Terrible photo but this is a rare in Florida Snow Goose that I found on my own back in 12-2019. I have seen 4 others here originally found by others. Seems a couple show up every winter. 

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9 hours ago, Clip said:

Are Eastern Bluebirds rare in Palm Beach County, FL? I know they are not in Duval County, FL.

Yes, and they are normally only found at one location.  I was the first person to have found one at this hotspot.

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Four entries today.

I don't understand some local filters for the Gull-billed Tern, but I get to show off this one as well.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614069888

1200


A known location for a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was on the way home, and it was right where it was supposed to be as soon as I pulled up:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614058204

1200


Three more rare birds were in a nearby park, and I needed them for county year birds, but I was tired and was planning on going home, but the park was literally just a right turn off one of the roads I was taking, so I couldn't help myself. 🙂  These flycatchers were all easy pickings.  We (I ran into a birder friend) found what we were looking for pretty quickly on some fencing and a nearby snag.

Vermillion Flycatcher:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614059035

1200

Tropical Kingbird:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614059050

1200

Western Kingbird:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614059065

1200

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48 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

Four entries today.

I don't understand some local filters for the Gull-billed Tern, but I get to show off this one as well.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614069888

1200


A known location for a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was on the way home, and it was right where it was supposed to be as soon as I pulled up:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614058204

1200


Three more rare birds were in a nearby park, and I needed them for county year birds, but I was tired and was planning on going home, but the park was literally just a right turn off one of the roads I was taking, so I couldn't help myself. 🙂  These flycatchers were all easy pickings.  We (I ran into a birder friend) found what we were looking for pretty quickly on some fencing and a nearby snag.

Vermillion Flycatcher:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614059035

1200

Tropical Kingbird:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614059050

1200

Western Kingbird:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/614059065

1200

Nice list! Pretty sure the Tern isn't a Gull-billed though. Bill is to thin & long. Forster's maybe? Hard to tell from picture.

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11 minutes ago, stitch58 said:

Nice list! Pretty sure the Tern isn't a Gull-billed though. Bill is to thin & long. Forster's maybe? Hard to tell from picture.

Yeah, that's a Forster's Tern.

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10 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

A Crested Caracara showed up in Northern California a few days ago. Made the three hour drive up there this afternoon and got some distant views of the bird. Brings my California state list up to 499.

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What are you hoping to get for 500?

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13 hours ago, stitch58 said:

Nice list! Pretty sure the Tern isn't a Gull-billed though. Bill is to thin & long. Forster's maybe? Hard to tell from picture.

 

13 hours ago, DLecy said:

Yeah, that's a Forster's Tern.

Ty guys.  This is already on a few other shared checklists after my apparent bad correction.  I'm leaving it up for now. I assume, I'll be hearing from one of the Martin County reviewers soon and will make the appropriate change then.

@DLecy - Can you pls take a look and let me know the reasoning why Gull-billed Terns were marked rare in Palm Beach and Martin Counties yesterday?  Last Year, in Palm Beach County, I reported the bird from 01/15 - 09/16, and none of the observations were flagged as rare.

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2 hours ago, dragon49 said:

 

Ty guys.  This is already on a few other shared checklists after my apparent bad correction.  I'm leaving it up for now. I assume, I'll be hearing from one of the Martin County reviewers soon and will make the appropriate change then.

@DLecy - Can you pls take a look and let me know the reasoning why Gull-billed Terns were marked rare in Palm Beach and Martin Counties yesterday?  Last Year, in Palm Beach County, I reported the bird from 01/15 - 09/16, and none of the observations were flagged as rare.

If you know it's a Forster's Tern, why wait and make extra work for the reviewer? I would highly recommend making the change yourself.

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2 hours ago, dragon49 said:


@DLecy - Can you pls take a look and let me know the reasoning why Gull-billed Terns were marked rare in Palm Beach and Martin Counties yesterday?  Last Year, in Palm Beach County, I reported the bird from 01/15 - 09/16, and none of the observations were flagged as rare.

Both counties have Gull-billed Tern set to "zero" year round.

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50 minutes ago, DLecy said:

If you know it's a Forster's Tern, why wait and make extra work for the reviewer? I would highly recommend making the change yourself.

I already had reported two bad IDs for the bird.  First, in the field, I had misidentified it as a Caspian Tern, and then I effectively told the entire group that it was a Gull-billed Tern by changing the observation before everybody had accepted the original.  So, now, my "cred" is already tainted, and I feel like my recent reputation with this ID from the bad photos isn't solid enough for the other participants to believe me.  I'd like to let a reviewer responsible for that county define reality here.  

 

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