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Some interesting birds observations from me, and who knows what else!
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Early Spring

Posted Saturday 12th April 2008 at 22:52 by birderbf
Over the last two weekend I soaked up most of the new arrivals for this year. Last weekend at Hempstead Lake State Park I was running out of luck on Fox Sparrow and Winter Wren, until I got some hot tipoffs from 2007 2nd state Smith's Longspur finder Ed Coyle. We were wacking the bushes (not literally) for wrens, but only found gnatcatcher after gnatcatcher. Still wonderful! Then we both heard a song, and he called it as a Fox Sparrow. We ambled off in the general direction and eventually I spotted it after it made it's distinctive CHWP call (which sounds like a YRWA on steroids).

Today I did my first bike Bigby, to a small bird sanctuary about 2.5 miles away. At first it seemed like nothing was about, but then I found a small pocket of sparrowes (incl juncos), a skittish flicker, Eastern Phoebes, a Hermit Thrush and Palm Warblers. I also had a surprisngly drab warbler that looked more like a fall-plumaged bird than anything else. I quickly lost it, so I'll never know. Also on the way home I added Brown-headed Cowbird and Killdeer to my Bigby yearlist, which stands at a pathetic 41. Highlights are Great Egret and Scott's Oriole (the latter using mass-transit Bigbying of course!).
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Ed Coyle

That's so funny that you bird with Ed - I actually bumped into him one day Spring 2006 in Jamaica Bay (this is pre-Smith's Longspur, mind you) - he birded with me and a friend for a bit that day. Then I bumped into him AGAIN in Feb 2007 for the Smith's! (and Western Tanager - which we missed by a few minutes. This was also right after the Sunday of the Ivory Gull).
Posted Thursday 17th April 2008 at 02:35 by AlexC AlexC is offline
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That Ivory Gull was the worst misID a person has ever made. They reported the thing on the very night of the last day of my two-week vacation, even though it was found a day or two before (and called an Iceland!!).

But anyway, Ed must be the most bumpintoable person there is :)
Posted Sunday 20th April 2008 at 23:05 by birderbf birderbf is offline
 
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