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Old Friday 2nd September 2005, 21:27   #1
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Your Most Recent "Life" Bird

I know that we have birders of all ages and number of years participating in this
pastime we all enjoy.

But, I thought that it would be interesting to see when it was that you observed your last "life" bird. *A "life" bird is one which you now have seen, but have never seen it in the wild before.

What was it? When? and Where?

My last "life" bird was:

Sharp-tailed Grouse seen in Sax-Zim bog area of northern Minnesota, USA, January 30, 2005
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Old Friday 2nd September 2005, 21:38   #2
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Hi Larry,

My last 'life' bird was the golden-crowned kinglet. I stumbled across a whole flock of them in the trees at our cottage in Hillsport, Ontario last weekend, Aug. 27'05 and it was wonderful! I've been waiting to see these little wonders for years.
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Toco Toucan seen near Sisters, East Bank Berbice, Guyana on August 29, 2005.
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Orchard Oriole.
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Pacific Golden Plover, last Sunday (28 August), at Levington, Suffolk (UK east coast).

Excellent bird - more distinctive than the field guides suggest.
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Ivn600, do you remember when and where you saw the Orchard Oriole?
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My last life bird was at about 8:30 this morning before work, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, which was in a flock of European Golden Plovers and one American Golden Plover. My 29th lifer of 2005, (4 in Iceland, 4 in England and 21 in Spain).

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Little Shearwater on the Portsmouth-Bilbao ferry crossing, a couple of weeks ago. First bird was nice, then found one myself, always more satisfying! Seen very well - the pale panel on secondaries very noticeable, which surprised me, as it has only recently been cited as a feature, and is not shown in most field guides.
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Ivn600, do remember when and where you saw the Orchard Oriole?
7/17/05 at haddam Meadows boat launch in Haddam CT.
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My most recent was little bittern (3 individuals) in the Ebro Delta, Catalunya, Spain last month, on the 7th.
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Well since I'm relatively new at all this, my last lifer was:

Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Maine, USA, just last month (8/21)
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Red-eyed Vireo in northeastern oregon (just south of Joseph in the wallowas). Stumbled across the bird in a bush and was able to id it. also heard an Olive-sided flycatcher (still need to see one) but was unable to locate it.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Larry Lade
I know that we have birders of all ages and number of years participating in this
pastime we all enjoy.

But, I thought that it would be interesting to see when it was that you observed your last "life" bird. *A "life" bird is one which you now have seen, but have never seen it in the wild before.

What was it? When? and Where?

My last "life" bird was:

Sharp-tailed Grouse seen in Sax-Zim bog area of northern Minnesota, USA, January 30, 2005
Lewis's Woodpecker, Okanagan Falls, July 2005.

Not uncommon, but it has eluded me for two years.

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Confirmed: Northern Pygmy-Owl, June 28, 2005, seen near dawn while on survey in one of our national forests.

Unconfirmed: Mourning Warbler, August 31, 2005.
(I'm waiting ID confirmation of the warbler from our AZ records committee since this species can closely resemble MacGillivray's Warbler. Sadly, it was also a window strike and has died. When I get the photos back, I'll post here, see what you guys think. )
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Azure Kingfisher 1/9/05.Crackling bird.Also got my first leech bite while observing it!
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two recent lifers for me were in portugal on holiday - short toed eagle - very close about 30 foot from car -spectacular, and wryneck -great views and one ive wanted to see since childhood,
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I had a good start to this year's birding with an average of two new lifers each month but since my last one I seem to have hit a dry spell!
BUT i'm out birding today and tomorrow and DETERMINED to see something new!

My last Lifer was Razorbill (Alca torda)on 30th May 2005, just off Coquet Island, Nortthumberland.


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Western Sandpiper, Brownsea Island, Dorset, U.K. 30-9-04.
Or am I allowed to count Black-headed Wagtail, West Charleton Marsh, Devon, in June?
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Couple of weeks ago, I got my 512th, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at a local patch, A E Sea (not a sea under any view, but a large, almost dry pond) at Fermi Lab. He's not a rare bird here during spring and fall migration, just one I had never seen to ID before.

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Scratch the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Larry. I was out birding with friends today on the coast when I heard a noise I didn't recognise, so I looked down from the seawall and saw a Spotted Sandpiper on the rocks, the fifth record for Iceland. Two American lifers in two days! A great day's birding was rounded off by a Gyr Falcon flying just by my house as I was dropped off.

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Old Saturday 3rd September 2005, 21:45   #23
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Chinese Song Thrush

two weeks back at Laoshan, near Xining, in China

me n Dave Showler spent 4 days looking for one at Xiaolongmen not far from Beijing and didn't get a sniff... then mid morning while watching Kessler's, Chestnut and Eye-browed Thrushes one sat right out in the open for a good few minutes. They actually look very much like a Zoothera and you can see why they were recently split. Cracking bird.

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Purple Martin, Point clear, Alabama 13/08/05, no. 642 (give or take a few lumps, splits and dodgy ticks here and there)
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My last life bird was Baird's Sandpiper today at Saltholme Pools, Cleveland, had my first Sooty Shearwater yesterday too, but that was quickly over taken!!

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