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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

self found or a continuing bird?

Continuing.  I'm still relatively new at this and do well when I follow others.  The only time I made the County Rare Bird Alert without following a report or without birding with our gurus or on a tour, was when my Louisia Waterthrush was flagged as rare as it was late.

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2 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

Continuing.  I'm still relatively new at this and do well when I follow others.  The only time I made the County Rare Bird Alert without following a report or without birding with our gurus or on a tour, was when my Louisia Waterthrush was flagged as rare as it was late.

Nice! When a bird is a continuing rarity, consider writing “continuing bird” in the species comments so other know. 

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4 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Along with the other descriptions, obviously.

That reminds me… IMG_6772.thumb.jpeg.6b2dc0dbc2358f2f564e9e7ccd3091df.jpeg

Even if you had an incredible reputation nothing like this should be confirmed IMO(not telling the reviewers how to do their job, just speaking my opinion). Also I’ve seen a lot of this lately, why? Even if it’s continuing… at least write that it is rather than just the location… 

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43 minutes ago, Snake Fingers said:

That reminds me… IMG_6772.thumb.jpeg.6b2dc0dbc2358f2f564e9e7ccd3091df.jpeg

Even if you had an incredible reputation nothing like this should be confirmed IMO(not telling the reviewers how to do their job, just speaking my opinion). Also I’ve seen a lot of this lately, why? Even if it’s continuing… at least write that it is rather than just the location… 

Ridiculous. 

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1 hour ago, IKLland said:

Nice! When a bird is a continuing rarity, consider writing “continuing bird” in the species comments so other know. 

I know I don't need to do this for the county birders who would care, as they all get the Rare Bird Alerts and can figure out themselves that the bird is "continuing," and have other ways of knowing, but it might make sense to do this for others who live farther away, see the checklist, and may want to chase the bird.

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11 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I know I don't need to do this for the county birders who would care, as they all get the Rare Bird Alerts and can figure out themselves that the bird is "continuing," and have other ways of knowing, but it might make sense to do this for others who live farther away, see the checklist, and may want to chase the bird.

I’m just putting this out there for everyone to read, not specifically you:

https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000803130-how-to-document-your-sightings

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3 minutes ago, IKLland said:

I’m just putting this out there for everyone to read, not specifically you:

https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000803130-how-to-document-your-sightings

In my documentation, in addition to describing the bird and differentiating it from a Red-bellied Woodpecker, I did state, "Known location," which should be synonymous with "continuing," so I think I adhered to the standards.  

In any event, I do often see lazy documentation for rarities on Ebird.  I think it often comes down to the poster only being concerned with getting the observation confirmed, and not realizing that they have a greater responsibility to the community.  
 

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1 minute ago, dragon49 said:

In my documentation, in addition to describing the bird and differentiating it from a Red-bellied Woodpecker, I did state, "Known location," which should be synonymous with "continuing," so I think I adhered to the standards.  

In any event, I do often see lazy documentation for rarities on Ebird.  I think it often comes down to the poster only being concerned with getting the observation confirmed, and not realizing that they have a greater responsibility to the community.  
 

I wasn’t criticizing your description, as a matter of fact I thought it was quite good. I just thought that as the topic was brought up, I’d post that link for everyone to read. 

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I got the mega-rare Large-billed Tern lifer!! 

I was originally going to resume the chase tomorrow morning, but I really didn’t feel like waking up before 4:00 A.M., in order to arrive on-site by sunrise, so I changed my plans, as I knew I could get to the site early in the afternoon.  I packed a change of clothes, chargers for my camera batteries, and other essentials.  If I didn’t spot the bird today, I was going to stay at a hotel four minutes away from the stakeout and resume the quest by dawn. 

I was on my way to a different stakeout location when I saw a car parked by a nearby, secondary site.  Nobody other than birders would be there, so I pulled over.  Two guys were leaving, and one of them told me the bird was there.  By the time I arrived at the spot, the tern had left.  From having researched the sightings for more than a week, I knew where to walk to, and an hour or so later, got my first view.  I hung around approximately twenty more minutes and got enough photos to call it a day.

I couldn’t, however, responsibly go home without driving 1.2 miles down the road to the other stakeout location, in order to let the birders there know where to find what they were looking for.  I then lead a small caravan of mostly out of state birders to the right spot.  One of them found the bird pretty quickly, and everybody got a view and photos!  I received a lot of profuse thanks.  The second trip worked out well for me, as on the first checklist, I only got one really good photo.  Here, I was able to get closer to the bird when it was perched on a stick, and I got a lot of great photos of those poses.

I’m about to share my best photo of the day, and then my checklists.  I’ll come back after dinner.  If we need the Long-billed Tern in our Birds of North America thread, please let me know and send me a link.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/583308301


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16 hours ago, dragon49 said:

I got the mega-rare Large-billed Tern lifer!! 

I was originally going to resume the chase tomorrow morning, but I really didn’t feel like waking up before 4:00 A.M., in order to arrive on-site by sunrise, so I changed my plans, as I knew I could get to the site early in the afternoon.  I packed a change of clothes, chargers for my camera batteries, and other essentials.  If I didn’t spot the bird today, I was going to stay at a hotel four minutes away from the stakeout and resume the quest by dawn. 

I was on my way to a different stakeout location when I saw a car parked by a nearby, secondary site.  Nobody other than birders would be there, so I pulled over.  Two guys were leaving, and one of them told me the bird was there.  By the time I arrived at the spot, the tern had left.  From having researched the sightings for more than a week, I knew where to walk to, and an hour or so later, got my first view.  I hung around approximately twenty more minutes and got enough photos to call it a day.

I couldn’t, however, responsibly go home without driving 1.2 miles down the road to the other stakeout location, in order to let the birders there know where to find what they were looking for.  I then lead a small caravan of mostly out of state birders to the right spot.  One of them found the bird pretty quickly, and everybody got a view and photos!  I received a lot of profuse thanks.  The second trip worked out well for me, as on the first checklist, I only got one really good photo.  Here, I was able to get closer to the bird when it was perched on a stick, and I got a lot of great photos of those poses.

I’m about to share my best photo of the day, and then my checklists.  I’ll come back after dinner.  If we need the Long-billed Tern in our Birds of North America thread, please let me know and send me a link.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/583308301


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Atta boy!

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17 hours ago, dragon49 said:

I got the mega-rare Large-billed Tern lifer!! 

I was originally going to resume the chase tomorrow morning, but I really didn’t feel like waking up before 4:00 A.M., in order to arrive on-site by sunrise, so I changed my plans, as I knew I could get to the site early in the afternoon.  I packed a change of clothes, chargers for my camera batteries, and other essentials.  If I didn’t spot the bird today, I was going to stay at a hotel four minutes away from the stakeout and resume the quest by dawn. 

I was on my way to a different stakeout location when I saw a car parked by a nearby, secondary site.  Nobody other than birders would be there, so I pulled over.  Two guys were leaving, and one of them told me the bird was there.  By the time I arrived at the spot, the tern had left.  From having researched the sightings for more than a week, I knew where to walk to, and an hour or so later, got my first view.  I hung around approximately twenty more minutes and got enough photos to call it a day.

I couldn’t, however, responsibly go home without driving 1.2 miles down the road to the other stakeout location, in order to let the birders there know where to find what they were looking for.  I then lead a small caravan of mostly out of state birders to the right spot.  One of them found the bird pretty quickly, and everybody got a view and photos!  I received a lot of profuse thanks.  The second trip worked out well for me, as on the first checklist, I only got one really good photo.  Here, I was able to get closer to the bird when it was perched on a stick, and I got a lot of great photos of those poses.

I’m about to share my best photo of the day, and then my checklists.  I’ll come back after dinner.  If we need the Long-billed Tern in our Birds of North America thread, please let me know and send me a link.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/583308301


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Congratulations!!!!!!!

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23 hours ago, dragon49 said:

I got the mega-rare Large-billed Tern lifer!! 

I was originally going to resume the chase tomorrow morning, but I really didn’t feel like waking up before 4:00 A.M., in order to arrive on-site by sunrise, so I changed my plans, as I knew I could get to the site early in the afternoon.  I packed a change of clothes, chargers for my camera batteries, and other essentials.  If I didn’t spot the bird today, I was going to stay at a hotel four minutes away from the stakeout and resume the quest by dawn. 

I was on my way to a different stakeout location when I saw a car parked by a nearby, secondary site.  Nobody other than birders would be there, so I pulled over.  Two guys were leaving, and one of them told me the bird was there.  By the time I arrived at the spot, the tern had left.  From having researched the sightings for more than a week, I knew where to walk to, and an hour or so later, got my first view.  I hung around approximately twenty more minutes and got enough photos to call it a day.

I couldn’t, however, responsibly go home without driving 1.2 miles down the road to the other stakeout location, in order to let the birders there know where to find what they were looking for.  I then lead a small caravan of mostly out of state birders to the right spot.  One of them found the bird pretty quickly, and everybody got a view and photos!  I received a lot of profuse thanks.  The second trip worked out well for me, as on the first checklist, I only got one really good photo.  Here, I was able to get closer to the bird when it was perched on a stick, and I got a lot of great photos of those poses.

I’m about to share my best photo of the day, and then my checklists.  I’ll come back after dinner.  If we need the Long-billed Tern in our Birds of North America thread, please let me know and send me a link.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/583308301


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Congratulations!

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My N.C. trip netted me 17 lifers (16 with photos) and 2 photo lifers.

  1. Bachman's Sparrow (audio only)
  2. Prairie Warbler (photo lifer)
  3. Northern Bobwhite ("photo" lifer)
  4. South Polar Skua
  5. Pomarine Jaeger
  6. Long-tailed Jaeger
  7. Roseate Tern
  8. White-tailed Tropicbird
  9. Red-billed Tropicbird
  10. Wilson's Storm-Petrel
  11. Leach's Storm-Petrel
  12. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
  13. Trindade Petrel
  14. Black-capped Petrel
  15. Cory's Shearwater (and eventually Scopoli's when it splits)
  16. Great Shearwater
  17. Sotty Shearwater
  18. Manx Shearwater
  19. Audubon's Shearwater
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