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On 1/29/2020 at 1:42 AM, AlexHenry said:

Tufted Duck in San Mateo CA!

Does anyone know if Red-masked Parakeets in San Francisco are ABA countable?

As a rule of thumb, if it isn't listed on eBird for an area even with the 'Rarities' option enabled, I assume it isn't ABA countable. 

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Well... We went skiing in, New Mexico. And I got five lifers! Prairie Falcon, Horned Lark, Black-billed Magpie, Rough-legged Hawk! Unfortunately I fell and broke my leg. So we had to cut our trip short.

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29 minutes ago, Kevin said:

Well... We went skiing in, New Mexico. And I got five lifers! Prairie Falcon, Horned Lark, Black-billed Magpie, Rough-legged Hawk! Unfortunately I fell and broke my leg. So we had to cut our trip short.

Oh, gosh!  So sorry to hear about your leg!!

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34 minutes ago, Kevin said:

Well... We went skiing in, New Mexico. And I got five lifers! Prairie Falcon, Horned Lark, Black-billed Magpie, Rough-legged Hawk! Unfortunately I fell and broke my leg. So we had to cut our trip short.

Bummer!!! Hope you heal quickly. Hmmm, I think I might break a leg to get 5 lifers myself!! ☺️

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20 hours ago, MerMaeve said:

Oh, gosh!  So sorry to hear about your leg!!

 

20 hours ago, Bird Brain said:

Bummer!!! Hope you heal quickly. Hmmm, I think I might break a leg to get 5 lifers myself!! ☺️

Thaks for your prayers!

I am about to go into surgery. They are going to have to put a plate on my tibia.(leg bone.)

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On my recent trip to Costa Rica my main target bird was a Resplendent Quetzal.  I last visited Costa Rica in 2018 and stayed in the Monteverde area for a few days.  While there I had walked the Curi Cancha Reserve several times hoping to see a Quetzal, there had been eBird reports of recent sightings, but I came up empty. 

On this trip I decided to use a bird guide and told him above anything else, I really wanted to see a Quetzal.  He recommended that we go back to Curi Cancha.  Being a good guide, he knew where to look for a Quetzal and within ten minutes he spotted a female in a mini-avocado tree.  He told me that if we waited a bit we would probably see a male as well.  I had no problem waiting and within 15 minutes a male made his appearance.  Eventually there were at least four Quetzal’s, maybe five, in that tree, which was really something.

Although the two males did some jousting and were briefly in the open, most of the time the birds were fairly deep within the tree.  (It was a massive tree)  I managed a few decent photos and was happy to get them.   I think this is my best shot…  

49531766951_e91ce7845e_b.jpgResplendent Quetzal by Mark Goodwin, on Flickr 

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Anybody on here seen the Siberian Accentor hanging around Woodland, WA? There have been a steady stream of birders from all over the NW showing up to see it. Been by briefly twice myself but it wasn't out at the moment either time and I didn't have time to stick around and wait. 😔

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

@Kevin, how's the leg?

It is doing good! I go to the doctor Tuesday, hopefully he says I can start putting weight on it.

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