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On 11/27/2021 at 9:44 PM, Seanbirds said:

If only I had my pilot’s license…

 

On 11/27/2021 at 9:47 PM, Birding Boy said:

Are you actually a learner pilot?  Careful, or else everyone here is going to be asking for rides 😛 

Pilot license? It seems I am not familiar with that terminology. 

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I went to Arizona for a week around Thanksgiving -- and my first birding excursion outside of Southern California.  I went to 6 birding hotspots, but 2 of them were a bust.  I saw a lot of birds at 4 of the locations -- 2 southeast of Phoenix and 2 in Prescott.  I got 11 lifers.  Was hoping for a few more (especially a Cactus Wren), but I'm happy with what I got:

Abert's Towhee
Black Vulture
Canvasback
Common Gallinule
Curve-billed Thrasher
Gambel's Quail
Gila Woodpecker
Greater Roadrunner
Northern Harrier
Tundra Swan
Verdin

 

 

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2 hours ago, Dan P said:

I went to Arizona for a week around Thanksgiving -- and my first birding excursion outside of Southern California.  I went to 6 birding hotspots, but 2 of them were a bust.  I saw a lot of birds at 4 of the locations -- 2 southeast of Phoenix and 2 in Prescott.  I got 11 lifers.  Was hoping for a few more (especially a Cactus Wren), but I'm happy with what I got:

Abert's Towhee
Black Vulture
Canvasback
Common Gallinule
Curve-billed Thrasher
Gambel's Quail
Gila Woodpecker
Greater Roadrunner
Northern Harrier
Tundra Swan
Verdin

 

 

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I’m surprised you’ve never seen a harrier, roadrunner, or gallinule living in SoCal, all birds I often see. I’m in Orange County, Ca. 

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30 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I’m surprised you’ve never seen a harrier, roadrunner, or gallinule living in SoCal, all birds I often see. I’m in Orange County, Ca. 

Well, I have seen Roadrunners (decades ago), but not since I've become a birder -- and I doubt that I ever photographed one.  And it's possible that I have photographed a Northern Harrier before I started trying to identify and keep track of all the birds I see.  I'd have to look back through a lot of old photos.

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13 hours ago, Dan P said:

I went to Arizona for a week around Thanksgiving -- and my first birding excursion outside of Southern California.  I went to 6 birding hotspots, but 2 of them were a bust.  I saw a lot of birds at 4 of the locations -- 2 southeast of Phoenix and 2 in Prescott.  I got 11 lifers.  Was hoping for a few more (especially a Cactus Wren), but I'm happy with what I got:

Abert's Towhee
Black Vulture
Canvasback
Common Gallinule
Curve-billed Thrasher
Gambel's Quail
Gila Woodpecker
Greater Roadrunner
Northern Harrier
Tundra Swan
Verdin

 

 

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Wait, it Abert’s not Albert’s?!? How have I missed that?

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