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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

If you’re positive you saw the birds, why not count it? EBird wants you to report every bird you heard or saw. If you saw the birds and don’t report them, you’ll have to change it to an incomplete checklist. And I’m pretty sure you have a few bird on your life list without photos, so…?

I was certain I saw the birds up until yesterday, but after carefully examining photos and the situation, I am now I'm positive I did not see the birds.  I distinctly remember the order of photos and remember the exact shots I took when the guy with a scope called out the Northern Gannets in the distance.  I use my monster zoom camera as a binocular, and at that moment, did not see anything other than the flock of birds that were not Northern Gannets.  

I did report two lifers without photo evidence, the flock of Pomarine Jaegers, and the one Reddish Egret.

 

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I saw a lifer today - I just don't know which one 😄     I was out at the Oregon Coast for a couple of hours with my wife today. A really nasty rainy, blustery day but we had one of the most popular beaches in the state to ourselves for a few minutes and only saw a very few people.  Saw a couple of scoter sp. (all 3 of which would have been lifers) out in the surf but wasn't able to get good enough looks to decide which one and I didn't have my camera with me 

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2 hours ago, IKLland said:

Those are lifers? 

That's the second time you've made that comment about my lifers.  I believe you were also surprised at my House Finch lifer from October 1st.  I've been on this forum for a long time.  I probably joined in 2015 to get an American Goldfinch identified.  However, I'm really new to being a birder.  I joined Ebird this past January.  Not sure when I can officially state I became a birder, but it wasn't too long before the beginning of this year when I started taking things seriously, so lots of birds that you consider very common are going to be new to me. 

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29 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

That's the second time you've made that comment about my lifers.  I believe you were also surprised at my House Finch lifer from October 1st.  I've been on this forum for a long time.  I probably joined in 2015 to get an American Goldfinch identified.  However, I'm really new to being a birder.  I joined Ebird this past January.  Not sure when I can officially state I became a birder, but it wasn't too long before the beginning of this year when I started taking things seriously, so lots of birds that you consider very common are going to be new to me. 

No problem! Sorry if you feel like I’m being annoying.

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10 hours ago, IKLland said:

Well, it’s just that those species were all over.....

Keep in mind that a person can see a species of bird their whole life but it wouldn't become a lifer until after they started birding, learned how to identify the bird and put a name to it, and then added it to their list.

Lifers accumulate differently for all birders, the American Robin was the first bird I ever identified with a field guide and would be my first lifer on my list, if I kept one, I'm sure it's not the first bird on every other birder's list though. 😉

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I have some catching up to do. 🙂

American Wigeon from Saturday:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/500995691

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Florida Scrub Jay from yesterday.  This bird is endemic to Florida, so you guys who need it have to come on down to sunnier skies. 🙂

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/501315661

1800

 

Wilson's Snipe from yesterday:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/501324161

1800

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1 hour ago, dragon49 said:

Florida Scrub Jay from yesterday.  This bird is endemic to Florida, so you guys who need it have to come on down to sunnier skies. 🙂

I’m going to go to that hotspot when I’m down there in December/January. Any tips for them at that location? Thanks!

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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

I’m going to go to that hotspot when I’m down there in December/January. Any tips for them at that location? Thanks!

In addition to my below advice, also ask the parking collection attendant, as they know the place well.  FYI - The fee for 1 person was only $4.00.  I think it may go up something like $2.00 for additional passengers.

Once you pass the parking collection booth, go straight, then take the first left into that parking area.  If you then turn right to park facing forward, there is a trail that starts heading in the direction your car will be facing.  I walked for less than five minutes before I saw the first Florida Scrub Jay.  

There is such thing as "a sure thing," however, spotting Florida Scrub Jays in Jonathan Dickinson State Park is as close as you can get.

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35 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

I'm really glad that bird stuck around for you! That's a great bird for Orange isn't it, especially in recent years. 

Yep! There’s basically zero habitat for them here. Really happy to have gotten one. I managed excellent scope views despite the rain. Thanks!

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American Crow.  Extremely rare in my county.  Last month, I drove the bulk of an 80-mile trip to chase it, but the final road leading to the spot was closed.  😡 The area opened back up, and I got it!  I was also working hard to get a county lifer, as I enjoy the friendly species count competition.  See the checklist notes for more details:

Maybe the following is confirmation bias, but I do think they look slightly different than the Fish Crows I see every day of my life now.  

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/503020341

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/503022571

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https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/503041401

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#239, Common Goldeneye, wastewater treatment plant in central Lexington County, central SC.

Waterfowl routinely spend winters on this easily accessible 2+ acre pond.  Two Gadwall were here for a few weeks in the spring, another very uncommon bird for central SC.  You can't get into the facility but the birds are visible from the fence.  The female COGO was reported by a friend two days ago, and birders have been turning in reports ever since. 

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I got three lifers today.  My plan was to remain at the first hotspot until after dark, but the Great-horned Owl started calling earlier:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/504995261

Orange-crowned Warbler:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/504995561

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After the long, first checklist, I started a brief, stationary, nocturnal checklist here, and heard an Eastern Whip-poor-will:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S122630033

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