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Another day, another 3 lifers!  

Common Nighthawk - yes, I'm well aware my photos suck.  They were extracted from a video I took 3 minutes after sunset.  The experienced birder who took me to the spot to get the lifer didn't think I had a chance of getting any photos, but it would have been painful to get my only lifer without either photo or audio evidence, so I worked hard aiming my monster zoom P1000 and got enough of the bird in some frames to use as evidence.  Had I not gotten anything recognizable, I'm not certain I would have reported and taken credit for the lifer based on his word, as the badly lit flyover didn't present my eyes with any solid characteristics.  

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/482238361

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Great Crested Flycatcher:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/482240101

Red-eyed Vireo:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/482238481

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In the last few weeks I got lifers:

Purple Martin, Connecticut warbler (rare), White-tailed ptarmigan (!), rose-breasted grosbeak, and Mourning Warbler. 
 

And county lifers: black-and-white warbler, chestnut-sided warbler, green heron (rare), black-throated green warbler (rare), blue-headed vireo, bay-breasted warbler, townsends warbler, rufous hummingbird, calliope hummingbird, olive-sideded flycatcher, and palm warbler.
 

First time I’ve been home for peak migration, I’m usually in BC for the last few weeks of August into September so I always miss it by a few days.  Though, the lifers and excitement have definitely stalled out the last few days ?.  

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On 9/7/2022 at 6:22 PM, Kevin said:

WHAT! You mean your supposed to be a birder, and don't have a camera or bins with you at all times?

The D'backs are by the kitchen window, convenient to the deck.  

The Vipers are always in my car, ready at all times.  I bring the camera in at night or when I get to work.

I confess I don't have an optics in my Darling Bride's car.  :classic_ohmy:  However, two days ago she asked, "Don't you have binoculars in this car?", so I may use that as my excuse.

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2 hours ago, Birding Boy said:

Love the vibe of this pic!

Thanks!  I ripped off the first shots necessary to confirm the sighting.  The bird wasn't in any hurry or alarm, so I had time to try getting artistic.  Congaree NP is a flood plain, dense with huge trees, and abundant with wet areas.  It's an easy place to get those moody swamp shots.

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On 9/10/2022 at 12:29 PM, Charlie Spencer said:

Limpkin, Congaree National Park, central SC.

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Ugh, dipped on one of those yesterday. Made up for it though with lifers Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Louisiana Waterthrush and Canada Warbler!!

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19 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

Ugh, dipped on one of those yesterday.

I don't normally chase, but the park is only 50 minutes away.  The bird has been reported daily for a couple of weeks, hanging out in a narrow area a few tenths of a mile long.  Earlier observers included excellent directions in their checklists.  It's a 1.5 miles or so from the parking lot but well over a mile of that is on boardwalk.  Even I couldn't miss it.

23 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

Made up for it though with lifers Black-bellied Plover, American Golden-Plover, Louisiana Waterthrush and Canada Warbler!!

Where were you?

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48 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I don't normally chase, but the park is only 50 minutes away.  The bird has been reported daily for a couple of weeks, hanging out in a narrow area a few tenths of a mile long.  Earlier observers included excellent directions in their checklists.  It's a 1.5 miles or so from the parking lot but well over a mile of that is on boardwalk.  Even I couldn't miss it.

Where were you?

Crawford county KS. It had been reported twice the day before, with the last one being in the evening. We thought we had a pretty good shot because it seemed like the bird had stayed the night so it should've been there the next day. Maybe it was, but we just couldn't find it.

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51 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Where were you?

 

1 minute ago, Seanbirds said:

Crawford county KS. It had been reported twice the day before, with the last one being in the evening. We thought we had a pretty good shot because it seemed like the bird had stayed the night so it should've been there the next day. Maybe it was, but we just couldn't find it.

Oh, I'm sorry, you were asking about the lifers! Yeah, we started the day at Quivira NWR where we got the plovers, and then got the warblers at the Limpkin spot about three hours southeast.

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

I cannot imagine birding two areas that far apart in the same day AND having to get home too.

It really wasn't as stressful as it seems. The driving didn't seem to take very long (probably because we were having so much fun actually being able to talk birder stuff with each other) and we weren't rushed at all.

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I got two lifers today: continuing Roseate Spoonbills and I finally caught up to a Franklin’s Gull. Not great looks at either unfortunately, but a good day nonetheless! The Anhingas at this spot continue to evade me. One more time and they are officially a nemesis. 

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