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On 4/3/2021 at 9:03 AM, BlueJay said:

Just got back from a road trip to Florida and ended up getting 28 lifers. They were House Wren, Anhinga, Northern Harrier, Glossy Ibis, Common Gallinule, Blue-winged Teal, Royal Tern, Dunlin, Wilson's Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilt, Semipalmated Plover, American Oystercatcher, Cattle Egret, Indian Peafowl, Black-crowned Night-heron, Sandhill Crane, Purple Gallinule, Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern Screech-Owl, Swallow-tailed Kite, Reddish Egret, Florida Scrub-Jay, Mottled Duck, Tree Swallow, Sora, and Northern Shoveler.

congrats! Awesome birds!

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Western-Screech owl(heard only), Red-crowned parrot, Lilac-crowned parrot, Warbling Vireo, Lawrence's Goldfinch, continuing white-throated sparrow, rufous-crowned sparrow, and yellow warbler!

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8 hours ago, Colton V said:

Mountain Bluebird! They are a rare bird in my county. Photo conditions were crap but I still got photos so I'm happy.

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My goodness, your life list is 194 and mine is 193. 

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Just now, Colton V said:

I would say let's race to 200, but you live in California so you'd win by default.

Sure! But I’m not going to be doing much birding coming up, can you send a CASJ to my house, please? Where are they? They are regularly seen in my town, and I haven’t seen one anywhere!

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Just now, IKLland said:

Sure! But I’m not going to be doing much birding coming up, can you send a CASJ to my house, please? Where are they? They are regularly seen in my town, and I haven’t seen one anywhere!

I see them the most in neighborhoods. My advice is just walk around a neighborhood with a good amount of trees and bushes in it and listen for their distinct calls. 

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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

Sure! But I’m not going to be doing much birding coming up, can you send a CASJ to my house, please? Where are they? They are regularly seen in my town, and I haven’t seen one anywhere!

It's certainly possible you've heard them eand called the Spotted Towhee. The calls confused me when I was starting out.

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9 hours ago, Connor Cochrane said:

It's certainly possible you've heard them eand called the Spotted Towhee. The calls confused me when I was starting out.

Possibly, but shouldn’t I have seen one by now? They are not secretive, right? I hear they are very friendly!

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Little Gull showed up at this small marshy area south of Kalamazoo today.  Waited over an hour for it.  I almost didn't put my glass on it thinking it was just another Killdeer flying over the water at first.  Bird hung around for about 7 minutes and then gained a bunch of altitude and headed North.  

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Woke up Sunday morning with plans to do hit a couple local birding spots with no target birds in mind but...After checking ebird alerts I saw that a Fork-tailed Flycatcher was being seen about 3 1/2 hours away. Seven hours round trip driving is a lot so I talked my husband into a spur of the moment overnight road trip. We ran around throwing things in a suitcase, closed up the house and were on the road in 1/2 hour. We got the Fork-tailed Flycatcher fairly easily and set off towards Celery Fields a birding hotspot, I have been curious about for sometime. It was raining when we got there but we had raincoats and were going to bird it any way but then lightening started up so we traveled a bit further and got a House Crow in Sarasota County. I guess it has been hanging out on a beach there for years but it was a life bird for us. Lightening was still a problem so we birded by car for most it. Played a "lightening" round of miniature golf near our Hotel. When we got to the Miniature golf place the rain had let up and there was no lightening. About 7 holes in we were told lightening was within 5 miles and they highly suggest for people to stop play and come in but told us we could finish if we wanted to risk it. We risked it and finished in record time. I won but our score card was too soggy to calculate by how much. Back in the car ready to go it started to pour. Had a fun dinner at a hole in the wall pizza joint across from our hotel. Birded some of Celery Fields yesterday and came home.  Our spur of the moment road trip netted us two life birds and few year birds. Photos of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher below. Photos of the House Crow are horrible due to rain and lens fogging and won't be posted. All in all even with the all the rain we had a great time.

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