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Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Augusta, GA; today.  I saw my first Common Yellowthroat but he was too fast for me to get photos.  I did get this Yellow Warbler and a couple of Bobolinks!

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I started birding in November 2017 and the bird I most wanted to photograph, but really didn't expect to see, is the Painted Bunting, the most beautiful bird in my state. Just eight months later, I accidentally found one when I heard a beautiful birdsong at Emerald Isle Woods Park and looked up and saw the rainbow! 🤩

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Florida Scrub-jay

Lifer #199 and long-time nemesis Florida Scrub-Jay!

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36 minutes ago, Sean C said:

Florida Scrub-jay

Lifer #199 and long-time nemesis Florida Scrub-Jay!

Nice, Sean C

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59 minutes ago, Sean C said:

Lifer #199 and long-time nemesis Florida Scrub-Jay!

Now you have to find a new nemesis.  I nailed by Purple Finch last October and I'm still taking auditions.

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Now you have to find a new nemesis.  I nailed by Purple Finch last October and I'm still taking auditions.

I think it is a Song Sparrow by his signature.
 

(and I still need a Song Sparrow :classic_laugh:)

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16 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

I think it is a Song Sparrow by his signature.
 

(and I still need a Song Sparrow :classic_laugh:)

Oh, yeah, I totally forgot about that!

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Oh, yeah, I totally forgot about that!

 

3 hours ago, MerMaeve said:

I think it is a Song Sparrow by his signature.
 

(and I still need a Song Sparrow :classic_laugh:)

Yeah, I still haven't found one.... 🙄

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Had my best day birding my local hotspot on Friday.  80 species, 23 warbler species including lifer Golden-winged Warbler.  I looked at it and went "Chestnut-side...WAIT!!!....where did it go?"  Luckily it was noisy and active so eventually managed a decent shot after a few rather blurry behind branch ones.  

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Mississippi Kite.

Black chinned Hummingbird.

PANTED BUNTING!

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25 minutes ago, Kevin said:

PANTED BUNTING!

Keep your eyes open for the un-panted bunting. They're even more flashy. 😲:classic_laugh:

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2 hours ago, lonestranger said:

Keep your eyes open for the un-panted bunting. They're even more flashy. 😲:classic_laugh:

I see what you did there.

I like the Un-Miniskirted Buntings, myself.

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Despite being poured on multiple times yesterday (and also managing to get sunburned. . .), I had a really good day yesterday.

The two I was most excited about, as they were both nemesis birds for me:

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Here is my AAR on our families Spring Break trip to Corpus Cristi (Padre Island).

Stayed at the El Constante Condominiums from 5/14 to 5/19.  Wife and kids were happy.  Plenty of beautiful weather and all the beach they could want.

14 life birds for me.  Most seen just driving around.  On Mustang Island there are plenty of places to park on the west side of the island and walk around.  We found a fenced off plover breeding area with many Wilson's and Piping plovers running around.  You can also get photos like this:

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This was taken out the window of my car car.   The birds were perhaps 10 feet away.

So no great accomplishment getting most of these birds.  The only one I am proud of is this one my wife spotted by the side of the road driving to the National Seashore visitor's center.  She made me stop and back up.  I am glad she did.

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Here is my complete list of new birds:  White-winged Dove, American Acovet, NT Cormorant, White-tailed Hawk, R Spoonbill, Scissortail flycatcher, LB Curlew, Whimbrel, W Plover,  Reddish Egret, Sandwich Tern, Caracara, Upland Sandpiper, Great-tailed Grackle.

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