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January Happenings

Posted Sunday 3rd February 2008 at 21:59 by birderbf
I haven't posted in a while, but so far this year I have had an astonishing amount lifers considering how many years I've been at this game. Here we go:

Short-tailed Hawk: one at Loxahatchee NWR, near West Palm Beach, in early January. Dark morph.
Rough-legged Hawk: second new hawk species of the year, and another dark morph bird. Vermont, late January.
Pine Grosbeak: the day after my 1st RLHA, in VT on Lake Champlain.
Northern Shrike: dodgy view from the road...
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Cbc

Posted Monday 31st December 2007 at 00:09 by birderbf
Today I took part in my first (!) CBC. It was a wonderful experience. My partner and I tallied 46 species in five hours, covering 5.7 miles on foot. Out of the 46 a few stood out, in order of appearance:

Forster's Tern: usually far from here this time of year, considered casual in winter.
Northern Pintail: shovelers are usually found instead here.
Marsh Wren: very picky about their habitat, so we were lucky to find them.
Hairy Woodpecker: irrupt out onto the barrier...
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Winter Surprises

Posted Saturday 1st December 2007 at 19:26 by birderbf
... don't include finches for me yet. Just this mroning I struck out again. NW winds and all were there, but they were too strong, and only a few goldies were chippering about. The only noteworthy bird of the day was an American Pipit, calling atop a house there.

Last weekend I sacrificed a day of finching (crossbills and Cave Swallows were at my local patch that day) for twitching waaay out at the end of the world - Montauk, NY. You have to pay for the good stuff - the geese I was...
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Fall Migration's Last Swipe

Posted Sunday 11th November 2007 at 19:32 by birderbf
And I thought fall migration was slowly ending! Besides the headline-grabbing winter finches and other boreal birds (3 shrikes reported on LI so far, both crossbills, redpolls, siskins, and Purple Finches), passerines had long ago seemed to have moved south. Yet today they tried to fight back, in the form of Blue-headed Vireo and Orange-crowned Warbler! Blue-headed is a typical late-autumn migrant, but Orange-crowned shows up on the east coast sort of erratically and can only be found by whacking...
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Nothing like Endorsing the Forecast Firsthand!

Posted Saturday 3rd November 2007 at 00:29 by birderbf
Here's how the winter finch (+) forecast is shaping up:

Bohemian Waxwing: indeed showing up upstate, extra early
Red Crossbill: may be invading the north in small numbers, nothing major as predicted
Common Redpoll: don't know what's happening up north, but they were reported on Long Island for the first time in my birding career last October!
Pine Siskins: are moving through, even in the NYC area and LI, and appear to be difficult to locate after the morning flight...
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