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16 minutes ago, Connor Cochrane said:

Bar-tailed Godwit, also California #480

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Man! Really hoping that bird sticks. I need Bar-tailed Godwit, but I'm not sure when I'll be able to get over there. It's a bit of a drive from my house.

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Not a bird I even had on my radar.  The only other place they have showed up in the county is a restricted access military base.  I just happened to catch this chunky-monkey fly up into a dead tree as I stopped to listen for Sedge Wrens.  I had to convince myself I wasn't seeing some Rose-breasted Grosbeak youngster at first.  #251 for the county Lark Sparrow.

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2 hours ago, chipperatl said:

Not a bird I even had on my radar.  The only other place they have showed up in the county is a restricted access military base.  I just happened to catch this chunky-monkey fly up into a dead tree as I stopped to listen for Sedge Wrens.  I had to convince myself I wasn't seeing some Rose-breasted Grosbeak youngster at first.  #251 for the county Lark Sparrow.

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Wow, congrats!

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I got both lifers I was targeting today:

1 - Black Tern:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/592255121

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2 - Blue-crowned Parakeet.  I also made the County Rare Bird Alert with this one, after following one of our best birders to the site.  I just realized we have a "Rare Birds!!!" topic, so I'll get to show off this finding again. 🙂

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/592240361

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53 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I got both lifers I was targeting today:

1 - Black Tern:

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/592255121

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2 - Blue-crowned Parakeet.  I also made the County Rare Bird Alert with this one, after following one of our best birders to the site.  I just realized we have a "Rare Birds!!!" topic, so I'll get to show off this finding again. 🙂

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/592240361

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in case you see this thread first, your “black terns” are least sandpipers. 

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3 hours ago, IKLland said:

in case you see this thread first, your “black terns” are least sandpipers. 

I double-checked with one of our county Gurus and he agrees with you.  Only 1 lifer today. 🙂  I'll be back tomorrow.

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6 minutes ago, dragon49 said:

I double-checked with one of our county Gurus and he agrees with you.  Only 1 lifer today. 🙂  I'll be back tomorrow.

Just out of curiosity, what to begin with made you think BLTE here? Simply the size of the birds should’ve been a dead giveaway that these weren’t terns. 

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Just now, IKLland said:

Just out of curiosity, what to begin with made you think BLTE here? Simply the size of the birds should’ve been a dead giveaway that these weren’t terns. 

Other than least terns, of course 😂

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9 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Just out of curiosity, what to begin with made you think BLTE here? Simply the size of the birds should’ve been a dead giveaway that these weren’t terns. 

I thought I had it from my view and the photo, (dark top - also, I've had very few, if any, good looks at Least Sandpipers in flight), and made the mistake of trusting Merlin who reported BLTE from the first crop I gave it.

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I got back from Germany yesterday to visit my family there and on the trip I got 15 lifers.

Song Thrush: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/593506571

Song Thrush - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Lesser Whitethroat - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Long-eared Owl: Seen but not photographed
 
Little Ringed Plover - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Eurasian Golden Oriole: Bad picture because I only had my phone with me. https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/593507531
Eurasian Golden Oriole - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Red-backed Shrike: Seen but not photographed
 
Eurasian Skylark - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Common Firecrest - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Eurasian Treecreeper - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Common Kingfisher: Seen but not photographed
 
Marsh Warbler - Johannes Hogrefe
 
Icterine Warbler: Heard only
 
Reed Bunting: Heard only
 
Black Woodpecker: Seen but not photographed
 
Common Reed Warbler - Johannes Hogrefe
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36 minutes ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I'm not seeing a complete breast band...what's differentiating this from an immature Tree Swallow?

The other photos on the list are definitely Bank Swallows though. Maybe this is just a weird angle or a different bird. 

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1 hour ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I'm not seeing a complete breast band...what's differentiating this from an immature Tree Swallow?

 

37 minutes ago, IKLland said:

The other photos on the list are definitely Bank Swallows though. Maybe this is just a weird angle or a different bird. 

 

4 hours ago, dragon49 said:

@Quiscalus quiscula is right, the above bird is an immature Tree Swallow. Check out the difference in size between the Tree, Cave, and Bank Swallows in the below photo. 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/594698721

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1 hour ago, Quiscalus quiscula said:

I'm not seeing a complete breast band...what's differentiating this from an immature Tree Swallow?

 

40 minutes ago, IKLland said:

The other photos on the list are definitely Bank Swallows though. Maybe this is just a weird angle or a different bird. 

 

3 minutes ago, Aidan B said:

 

 

@Quiscalus quiscula is right, the above bird is an immature Tree Swallow. Check out the difference in size between the Tree, Cave, and Bank Swallows in the below photo. 

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/594698721


I went ahead and deleted the immature Tree Swallow and will add it.

This one proves my lifer though - it's a crop of the 4 birds in the other photo.

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/594698701

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