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Old Thursday 19th July 2007, 05:05   #1251
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Hello everyone, I'm a "young" birder, too. I'm 18 and heading off to college this fall. I plan to major in zoology with an emphasis on ornithology at Humboldt State (my minor will be creative writing).
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Old Thursday 19th July 2007, 13:31   #1252
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Hello everyone, I'm a "young" birder, too. I'm 18 and heading off to college this fall. I plan to major in zoology with an emphasis on ornithology at Humboldt State (my minor will be creative writing).
Welcome John, wecome to our "little" thread and Birdforum! Always glad to hear about people working toward professions in this field.

Sometime this moring I hit 1,000 posts. I think it was in the ID help section. I had to help 4 other people and update my quiz before I could even get back here, so sorry for the "late" heads up!

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Old Thursday 19th July 2007, 15:25   #1253
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Hello everyone, I'm a "young" birder, too. I'm 18 and heading off to college this fall. I plan to major in zoology with an emphasis on ornithology at Humboldt State (my minor will be creative writing).
Hi John and welcome. Are you from the Humboldt area? I stayed in the dorms there for a week a few summers ago. It's an amazing place and it's got some great birds.

Congrats on reaching 1000 Brendan, it must have taken awhile. Don't you a job, or some sort of hobby to occupy your time though ?

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Old Thursday 19th July 2007, 18:18   #1254
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Welcome to Birdforum. youll find me to be the pesky, annoying type of guy!

just a heads up! and also gl on the crescent-chested Warbelr cole!
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Old Thursday 19th July 2007, 20:17   #1255
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Hi John and welcome. Are you from the Humboldt area? I stayed in the dorms there for a week a few summers ago. It's an amazing place and it's got some great birds.
I'm actually from the suburbs outside Los Angeles. I'm going to Glendale Community College for two years to complete my lower division work, then I'll transfer to Humboldt in 2009. I can't wait!
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 02:05   #1256
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Congrats on reaching 1000 Brendan, it must have taken awhile. Don't you a job, or some sort of hobby to occupy your time though ?

Chiricahuas in 4 hours, 35 minutes.
Thanks. I helped somebody move stuff out of his flooded basement today, but otherwise I'm quite unemployed.

Maybe you will discover the reason why some poeple see a drab CCWA and others a bright one! I think it's very veeeeery mysterious!
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 03:41   #1257
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I think the reason is quite obvious. There is more than one staying there, one is brighter than the other. btw ive created my blog with much thanks to birdphotography for helping me upload pictures. here it is:

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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 14:00   #1258
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Blogs, blogs, blogs, everywhere! :-D

I'm very naughty, I haven't updated mine in eons. :-( (I have an excellent excuse, though, mwahaha). My USB cable still missin' :'(
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 14:13   #1259
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I think the reason is quite obvious. There is more than one staying there, one is brighter than the other. btw ive created my blog with much thanks to birdphotography for helping me upload pictures. here it is:

www.BPbirder.blogspot.com
That was a joke, Storm-Petrel. Somebody on one of the AZ listservs actually wondered that out loud. Hmmm there's a fledgling and one adult that seems to change colors. How strange...

Have fun with the blog. I think I'll refrain from making one. There are too many!!
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 14:33   #1260
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I'm finally back from ringing camp, unfortunately no rarities ;-).

But here some photos:

www.przyroda.zhp.info/grafa/sbf/a.jpg
spotted flycatcher

www.przyroda.zhp.info/grafa/sbf/b.jpg
juv. blackcap

www.przyroda.zhp.info/grafa/sbf/c.jpg
and here's why it's juv. :)

www.przyroda.zhp.info/grafa/sbf/d.jpg
young european robin

www.przyroda.zhp.info/grafa/sbf/e.jpg
it doesn't want to fly away

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lesser withethroat

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juv. great spotted woodpecker

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lesser spotted woodpecker

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moulting collared flycatcher (female)

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blue tit

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strange colored great tit

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young redstar

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crested tit

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juv. penduline tit

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sedge warbler

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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 16:35   #1261
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nice pics and nice birds! The shrike looks truly magnificent, like a raptor.
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 19:00   #1262
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Actually it is one.

When I've found it in net, there was killed wood warbler next to it.
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 21:03   #1263
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Actually it is one.

When I've found it in net, there was killed wood warbler next to it.
I guess you could call them raptors, but only in teh sense that they eat meat.
They are not taxanomically related (but nor are the owls to the hawks or the condors to hawks)
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 21:08   #1264
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Yeah, I forgot to put there.
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 22:11   #1265
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i just discovered the surfbirds website! lotsa fun and i entered myself in the YB world life list contest. Im 30-something place but oh well. and i saw a familiar person on it: jyothi ray. heh heh, im rite behind you jyothi! jk lol
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Old Friday 20th July 2007, 23:15   #1266
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Actually raptors are only Hawks and Falcon families, not including owls or shrikes, but all these birds fit in the birds of prey category, along with the african Secretary Bird.
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Old Saturday 21st July 2007, 00:00   #1267
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This is the official defenition of raptor:

Any bird of prey that uses its feet to capture prey; for example the owls, falcons, and buteos. The term is not taxonomical.


so when i looked it up, it does actually include the owls, but not the vultures as they dont catch their prey with their feet. since it is not an actual group used as scientific classification, the old world raptors that are related to the eagles are not raptors, and the owls are raptors even though not closely related to the eagles at all
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Old Saturday 21st July 2007, 15:48   #1268
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Brewer's Blackbird and Western Grebe are latest lifers. I searched thoroughly for the White-Tailed Ptarmigan again yesterday, and it eludes me still (officially biggest nemesis). Currently in Glacier NP in Montana. In addition to hiking, today we have to restock at a Wal-Mart. Keep your fingers crossed for me, I plan to pick up Deathly Hallows if they have it!! Soon we'll head for the Pacific Northwest.
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ha im halfway thru with the book. man, i can tell you, its unexpected turns keep u on the edge of your seat. and its really dark, but has lotsa lotsa action.

but really really bad news guys...my dad isnt taking me to portaL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what the heck!!!! rite now im trying to convince my mom to take me... but things arent looking so brite. but when theres a will theres a way! wish me luck with convincing my mom. and i wont be on birdforum for a while, im leaving for ruidoso until sometime in august .
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Wow, I finished it a 4, and I got the book at 9. Looks like I beat you SP!
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i got the 5th book at 12 midnight and finished it at 5 in the morning. i can be a fast reader but this is the last book and im savoring every word. I am in one (*)^&*&%$^%*() bad mood. Im not going to see the warbler and im not going to the hotel on the way that has teh gila woodpecker and hooded oriole and cassins kingbird and all the nightbirds. Ive decided to just not go to ruidoso because everything i wanted to go there for is screwed. Ill go up with my dad because hes going to rocky mountain NP so i mite get WTPT and other alpine and coniferous birds. maybe my mom will take me back to Bitter Lake NWR?
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okay it turns out i am going to ruidoso today adn i mite go to portal and chiricahuas. In ruidoso im not sure if ill get any lifers, but i do love the birds there: acorn woodpeckers, northern flickers, turkey, graces warbler, raven...

hmmm... someone on the forum was rather rude to me just a second ago... oh well, i guess i learned my lesson
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i got the 5th book at 12 midnight and finished it at 5 in the morning. i can be a fast reader but this is the last book and im savoring every word. I am in one (*)^&*&%$^%*() bad mood. Im not going to see the warbler and im not going to the hotel on the way that has teh gila woodpecker and hooded oriole and cassins kingbird and all the nightbirds. Ive decided to just not go to ruidoso because everything i wanted to go there for is screwed. Ill go up with my dad because hes going to rocky mountain NP so i mite get WTPT and other alpine and coniferous birds. maybe my mom will take me back to Bitter Lake NWR?
Hold on I'm confused. You finished the book in five hours but you are trying to save every word of it?

And I'm very confused about your trip. Whatever, whenever, have fun.
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I got back from Arizona yesterday, we had a pretty awesome trip. Our species total was about 127, not bad for mid-July.

The trip got off to a good start with a life herp (Green Toad) near Rodeo. We camped in the Chiricahuas and headed for Paradise Junction the next morning. Almost right after I got out of the car I noticed a hummingbird up in the trees. I got on it and it turned out to be a male White-eared, my second one ever (first time in the ABA). Mexican Chickadees were all over, but the Crescent-chested Warbler did not appear. After that we headed to Barfoot, and got Short-tailed Hawk.

Since we didn't want to spend two full days walking around Paradise Junction, we headed for Sycamore Canyon. On the way we stopped at Willcox, Patagonia, and Kino Springs. Willcox had a good assortment of shorebirds, the highlight at Patagonia was a nice Violet-crowned Hummingbird, and Kino Springs had Tropical Kingbirds, Common Ground-Doves, and a Gray Hawk nest. When we stopped in Nogales for supplies, a Black-bellied Whistling-Duck came over the parking lot. We hiked into Sycamore Canyon the next morning. The highlight was a prolonged look at a pair of Montezuma Quail from only 20 feet away.

I'm off to Colorado tomorrow for some backpacking, my goal is to find a Ptarmigan, but I'd also like to see Rosy-Finches on the breeding grounds.
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Wow...I have been away too long! Everyone seems to be doing something but me...I can't wait till I can drive...
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