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Got 8 lifers today!

The first 6 were pointed out to me by one of our county reviewers on a guided tour:

Bay-breasted Warbler.  No photos or sounds, but I got a clear look.

House Finch.  No photos or sounds, but I got a clear look.

Brown Thrasher.  This photo is from today's second checklist.  I had already spotted the bird in the first checklist, but didn't get any photos:

https://media.ebird.org/catalog?taxonCode=brnthr&regionCode=US&mediaType=photo&userId=USER2742255

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Peregrine Falcon.  No photos or sounds, but I got a clear look.

Merlin:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/489332051#_ga=2.239238726.453906290.1662158216-1648492956.1640720797

1800

Yellow-billed Cuckoo.  No photos or sounds, but I got a clear look.

Barred Owl:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/489445431#_ga=2.37942886.453906290.1662158216-1648492956.1640720797

Chuck-will's-widow:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/489439801#_ga=2.202694612.453906290.1662158216-1648492956.1640720797

1800


 

 

 

 

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14 minutes ago, IKLland said:

That’s a lifer?

Funny you should mention that.  In the field, I didn't think it was a lifer, but when I got home, I saw my Ebird species count was 1 higher than expected and found this was a new lifer.  I've been on fire lately but have only been on Ebird since mid-January of this year.  I did catch up with all of my pre-Ebird lifers pretty quickly after I joined, and it looks like prior to today I indeed never saw a House Finch.

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I GOT 2 NELSON’S SPARROWS!!!!!!!

They got the last laugh though… Anhinga is now a nemesis, and while I was looking for the sparrows the guy I ran into flushed a f#&*ing YELLOW RAIL across the field from me. He basically almost stepped on it, and barely had enough time to see it in flight and see where it went back down. He called me over but we couldn’t reflush it, but did kick up a few Sora throughout the walk, which was still cool. Next week is Fall Break, and I plan on going on a rail hunt, and getting photos of the sparrows. 

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Black-throated Blue Warbler.  Richland County, central SC.  08 Oct 22.

Someone else in the group had spotted one earlier in the walk.  I got a glimpse of it but not enough to ID it for myself or to confirm her ID.  Half an hour later I picked this one up on my own.

This is #150 on the year, tying my previous best year (2020).

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18 hours ago, dragon49 said:

House Wren.  I saw the bird as well, but was unable to get a photo:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/491736781#_ga=2.193690216.453906290.1662158216-1648492956.1640720797
 

Scratch that - I deleted the observation.  Although I did get one confirm here, a few much better birders than I had doubts about the audio.  Still possible that I did see the bird, but absent photo evidence, I can't take credit for it.

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I got 5 lifers today!

Caspian Tern, Eastern Meadowlark, Northern Harrier, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, and Northern Shoveler.

The below Northern Shoveler is the only photo evidence, and I generally do not take credit for a lifer without photo or audio evidence, but I was travelling with a county reviewer who pointed out the other sightings:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/492033171#_ga=2.202561108.453906290.1662158216-1648492956.1640720797

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On my trip to Tennessee and Alabama 2 weeks ago, I saw 28 species and the following 10 were lifers:

Black-and-White Warbler
Blue Jay
Brown Thrasher
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Common Grackle
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Cardinal
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse

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51 minutes ago, Dan P said:

On my trip to Tennessee and Alabama 2 weeks ago, I saw 28 species and the following 10 were lifers:

Black-and-White Warbler
Blue Jay
Brown Thrasher
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Common Grackle
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Cardinal
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Tufted Titmouse

Nice! As an Northeasterner, I still need Brown Thrasher and Carolina Chickadee.

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