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Finally after more than a month I was able to get a photo of the Harris’s Sparrow where you can actually tell what it is. Still poor quality however. Think I’m doomed to never get a good photo but alw

Lifer 300, the great and mighty Whooping Crane.

Been real busy at work to post but did get out to see this Black Guillemot when it showed up in december here on the jersey shore  

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On 12/6/2020 at 12:42 AM, blackburnian said:

Rare birds seen in NC over the past month: 

Rough-legged Hawk (my 2nd in NC)

Ash-throated Flycatcher (3rd)

Black-legged Kittiwake (2nd)

Red-necked Grebe (several)

Snow Bunting (2nd)

Black-chinned Hummingbird (2nd)

VARIED THRUSH (state bird) 

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL (state bird and lifer) 

I've been meaning to go see the Varied Thrush. It's only about 10 minutes from my house.

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11 hours ago, Aaron said:

@IKLland you have to select: Rock Pigeon (feral type), selecting just Rock Pigeon or Rock Pigeon (wild type) are the ones that get flagged by eBird.

This link explains it: 

https://ebird.org/news/rock-pigeon/

The main thing reason I guess is ‘unpure’ feral birds messing up the genetics of true Rock pigeons 

Ok so the normal looking gray with white rump ones are the wild types and the variants are the freaks?

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Mostly just guessing here, but I read an article the other day that crossbills moult  slowly due to the unpredictability of their food, so that they can always fly southwards to find more food, rather than being stuck where they are moulting and/or putting in a huge amount to resources at once. 

Looks like it’s moulting  from its juvenile plumage into adult. 

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10 minutes ago, Aaron said:

Mostly just guessing here, but I read an article the other day that crossbills moult  slowly due to the unpredictability of their food, so that they can always fly southwards to find more food, rather than being stuck where they are moulting and/or putting in a huge amount to resources at once. 

Looks like it’s moulting  from its juvenile plumage into adult. 

They seem to base their cycles off of food. The migrate when they want, breed when they want, and apparently molt when they want! Lazy birds 😆 

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Had a crazy CBC weekend a week ago! WWSC, I think the 4th or so for the county? 2nd for the CBC. GWFG, 1st for the CBC. YBLO!!! 2nd one in Idaho this year, first for the CBC and the county. Insane birds, all self found. (Oh, and a bonus CACG. I had 15 total on both CBCs)

Ended with 61 species for each CBC. 

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A lot of people have been coming to see this Orchard Oriole in Portland, OR. It is frequently seen eating old apples from an apple tree in someone's front yard. I feel bad for the people who live there. I didn't find this bird, but someday I'll find my own rarity... someday....

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