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31 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

I must say that I can’t. My brother isn’t a birder, but he knows/understands a lot more about birds/birding than most people. He sometimes gets excited too if it’s a really good bird. :classic_laugh:

one of mine too. 

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38 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

I must say that I can’t. My brother isn’t a birder, but he knows/understands a lot more about birds/birding than most people. He sometimes gets excited too if it’s a really good bird. :classic_laugh:

Well, the thing is both of my sisters think I'm slightly crazy, but one of them is actually a little interested in birding and is sort of my 'apprentice' now.

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On 8/9/2021 at 1:15 PM, kansabirdguy said:

Black Terns on their way south. My siblings who are not birders have found my elation quite amusing.

This is extremely embarrassing- I'm pretty sure that most, and probably all, of the birds I have been calling Black Terns are just congregating Common Nighthawks. I just somehow missed the white stripe on the wings.  

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Did my first pelagic trip yesterday out of Westport, WA and ended the day with 16 lifers, including a couple of bonus shorebirds coming into the marina. Pretty sure this is the order I first saw them in...

  • Rhinoceros Auklet
  • Pink-footed Shearwater
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Pomarine Jaeger
  • Cassin's Auklet
  • Black-footed Albatross
  • Short-tailed Shearwater
  • Sabine's Gull
  • Arctic Tern
  • Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
  • Leach's Storm-Petrel
  • South Polar Skua
  • Common Tern
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
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10 minutes ago, neilpa said:

Did my first pelagic trip yesterday out of Westport, WA and ended the day with 16 lifers, including a couple of bonus shorebirds coming into the marina. Pretty sure this is the order I first saw them in...

  • Rhinoceros Auklet
  • Pink-footed Shearwater
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Northern Fulmar
  • Pomarine Jaeger
  • Cassin's Auklet
  • Black-footed Albatross
  • Short-tailed Shearwater
  • Sabine's Gull
  • Arctic Tern
  • Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
  • Leach's Storm-Petrel
  • South Polar Skua
  • Common Tern
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Bar-tailed Godwit

WOW!!!

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Just now, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Went up to Mount Greylock today and did some birding, but it wasn't that good for birding. Drove through the North Adams area as well. @TKbirdnear where you are, correct? We drove up near the three way point of Massachusetts, Vermont and New York, so really in a corner.

Also heard a Red-eyed Vireo, but I didn't see it so does it count as a lifer?

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7 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

Also heard a Red-eyed Vireo, but I didn't see it so does it count as a lifer?

Your life list, your rules. I personally count heard only birds, but it's up to you to decide what you want to do.

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I really encourage people to count heard-only birds on their life list. When I first started out, I scoffed at the idea and was determined to lay eyes on every lifer, but that did two things: made me miserable trying to see birds like owls, rails, and nightjars, but most importantly, de-incentivized me to improve my auditory birding skills. Now, some of my fondest memories are of birds I didn’t see, like Whiskered Screech-Owls in AZ, among many others. 

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2 hours ago, blackburnian said:

I really encourage people to count heard-only birds on their life list. When I first started out, I scoffed at the idea and was determined to lay eyes on every lifer, but that did two things: made me miserable trying to see birds like owls, rails, and nightjars, but most importantly, de-incentivized me to improve my auditory birding skills. Now, some of my fondest memories are of birds I didn’t see, like Whiskered Screech-Owls in AZ, among many others. 

Thanks for this take. I'm still in the mindset of having to see it to count it but this has got me second guessing myself. Especially since I'm still quite poor at birding by ear. There's only a handful of species I feel confident in recognizing by calls, and even then I often double-check myself with BirdNET.

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Sorry these are all off one number. It should start at 229 and end at 349. These are my birds from Colombia, and Peru.

08-13-2021

349. Yellow-crowned Tyrannulet
348. Turquoise Tanager
347. Ruddy Pigeon
346. Red-throated Caracara
345. Fork-tailed Palm-Swift
344. Great Black Hawk 
343. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
342. Black Caracara

08-12-2021

341. Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
340.Thick-billed Euphonia
339. Horned Screamer
338. Black-throated Mango
337. Red-bellied Macaw
336. Blue-and-yellow Macaw
335. Ruddy Woodcreeper
334. Wedge-billed Woodcreeper
333. Spotted Tody-Flycatcher
332. Gray-headed Tanager
331. Variable Seedeater

08-10-2021

330. Short-tailed Parrot
329. Festive Parrot 
328. Mealy Parrot
327. White-headed Marsh Tyrant
326. Black-capped Donacobius 
325. Yellow-hooded Blackbird
324. Tui Parakeet
323. Wattled Jacana
322. Ringed Kingfisher
321. Chestnut Woodpecker
320. Black-tailed Flycatcher

08-09-2021

319. Sand-colored Nighthawk
318. Capped Heron
317. Boat-billed Heron
316. American Pygmy Kingfisher
315. Green Kingfisher
314. Black-chinned Antbird
313. Silvered Antbird
312. Tropical Screech-Owl
311. Sunbittern
310. Striated Heron
309. Amazon Kingfisher
308. Lesser Kiskadee
307. Undulated Tinamou
306. Plumbeous Pigeon
305. Dark-billed Cuckoo
304. White-bearded Hermit
303. Fasciated Tiger-Heron
302. Slate-colored Hawk
301. Green-and-rufous Kingfisher
300. White-eared Jacamar
299. Scarlet-crowned Barbet
298. White-throated Toucan
297. Great Antshrike
296. Buff-throated Woodcreeper
295. Straight-billed Woodcreeper
294. Thrush-like Wren
293. Silver-beaked Tanager

08-08-2021

292. Shining-green Hummingbird
291. Glittering-throated Emerald
290. Roadside Hawk
289. Black-tailed Trogon
288. Black-fronted Nunbird
287. Many-banded Aracari
286. Crimson-crested Woodpecker
285. Scarlet Macaw
284. Plum-throated Cotinga
283. Yellow-olive Flycatcher
282. Fork-tailed Flycatcher
281. Southern Rough-winged Swallow
280. Gray-breasted Martin
279. Yellow-browed Sparrow
278. Hooded Tanager
277. Chestnut-bellied Seedeater
276. Caqueta Seedeater
275. Collared Plover
274. Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture
273. Black-collared Hawk
272. Muscovy Duck
271. Yellow-billed Tern
270. Black Skimmer
269. Neotropic Cormorant
268. Cocoi Heron
267. Yellow-headed Caracara
266. Brown-chested Martin
265. White-winged Swallow

08-07-2021

264. Pale-vented Pigeon
263. Greater Ani
262. Smooth-billed Ani
261. Large-billed Tern
260. Orange-breasted Falcon
259. White-winged Parakeet
258. White-eyed Parakeet
257. Great Kiskadee
256. Tropical Kingbird
255. Southern Martin
254. Black-billed Thrush
253. Purple-throated Euphonia
252. Russet-backed Oropendola 
251. Yellow-rumped Cacique 
250. Red-capped Cardinal 
249. Palm Tanager 

08-06-2021 

248. Green-tailed Trainbearer 
247. Azara's Spinetail 
246. Sparkling Violetear 
245. Cinnamon Flycatcher 
244. White-throated Tyrannulet 
243. Pale-naped Brushfinch
242. Yellow-backed Oriole 
241. Black-backed Grosbeak 
240. Black Flowerpiercer 
239. Band-tailed Seedeater
238. White-tailed Kite 
237. Tropical Mockingbird 
236. Blue-gray Tanager 
235. Saffron Finch 
234. Southern Lapwing 
233. Great Thrush 
232. Eared Dove 
231. Brown-bellied Swallow 
230. Rufous-collared Sparrow 
229. Shiny Cowbird 
 

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