Jump to content
Whatbird Community

Lifers


Recommended Posts

On 8-5-2022, I went to Malibu Lagoon in Malibu, CA for the first time.  It was only the second time I had been to a coastal location.  I got at least eight new lifers (unless I've misidentified anything):

Snowy Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone

Elegant Tern, Heerman's Gull, Pelagic Cormorant and Brown Pelican.

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_2781_cher.jpg

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_2552_cher2.jpg

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_4448_chesr.jpg

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_2506_chesr2.jpg

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_4156_chesr2.jpg

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_2521_cher2.jpg

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_0598_cher.jpg

2022-08-05_Malibu_Lagoon_4168_chessr3.jpg

  • Like 10
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.  Recently, Merlin had flagged the audio for the species twice at a different hotspot, however I didn't take credit for the lifer, as I didn't see the birds, and I was suspicious of the faint audio mixed in with lots of other calls going on at once.  Today, however, I did see two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in a tree at the time Merlin recognized the call, so I'm finally taking credit.  Unfortunately, I was unable to get any photos.  So, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher will have to join the Chimney Swift, and the White-eyed Vireo, as my only lifers without photo evidence.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/476481581

  • Like 5
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Two lifers today on a short walk!

Carolina Wren:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/477180971

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/477187471

Louisiana Waterthrush:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/477177901

Unfortunately, they are going to have to join the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Chimney Swift, and White Eyed Vireo, as my lifers without photo evidence.  I did see the Louisiana Waterthrush, but I had a 0% chance of capturing the surprise flyover.  I've also seen Chimney Swifts, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, so the White Eyed Vireo belongs in its own unseen category.

Anyway, I have my new friend Merlin to thank for these IDs!
 

Edited by dragon49
  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

6 hours ago, IKLland said:

What!?

Yeah! @Bombycilla Cedorum is going to Castle Valley Academy so I got to do a weekend of birding out there! It was AWESOME. Also got (lifers) Say's Phoebe, Black-chinned and Calliope Hummingbirds, and a completely random Juniper Titmouse!

 

Sorry I didn't tell y'all about the trip in advance, but I've made it a habit not to tell people online when I'm going to be away from home.

Edited by Seanbirds
  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I've been in contact with one of the guides from my Kenyan safari about two months back, and had recently sent some pictures to them for any possible identification. They wrote back today, and it turns out I got 5 more lifers on that trip. They are White-winged Widowbird, White-rumped Swallow, Pin-tailed Whydah, Blue-billed Teal, and Ruppell's Griffin.

  • Like 7
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 hours ago, BlueJay said:

I've been in contact with one of the guides from my Kenyan safari about two months back, and had recently sent some pictures to them for any possible identification. They wrote back today, and it turns out I got 5 more lifers on that trip. They are White-winged Widowbird, White-rumped Swallow, Pin-tailed Whydah, Blue-billed Teal, and Ruppell's Griffin.

You had to go to Africa to see a Pin-tailed Whydah?  You could have just come to Los Angeles.

  • Haha 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

×
×
  • Create New...