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Recent content by madpitta

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    Barrow, Alaska - Birds of the Arctic Tundra

    Imho the only summer mega that is missable is Yellow-billed Loon. Ross's Gull call be seen (and missed) later in the year but few would want to go there later than summer or early fall. Sabine's Gull in breeding season is another missable attraction in summer but most birders catch up with it...
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    Barrow, Alaska - Birds of the Arctic Tundra

    Both Rock and Willow Ptarmigan are present but rarely seen by birders. Not sure why. There is quite a bit of hunting in Barrow - not sure if that has something to do with it.
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    Barrow, Alaska - Birds of the Arctic Tundra

    Highly recommended. Just the abundance of breeding birds can keep any birder happy. That puffed up look of Pectoral Sandpipers is bizarre no doubt.
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    Barrow, Alaska - Birds of the Arctic Tundra

    Thanks kb57. Yeah the Dunlins up there winter in E Asia. Bill is visibly longer and seemed very colorful too. How/Why populations from different parts of Alaska ended up wintering in different ranges is an interesting natural history question.
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    Barrow, Alaska - Birds of the Arctic Tundra

    Eiders and the Snowy Owl have fascinated me since I first saw them in pages of the Sibley Guide. Recently I was finally able to do a quest I had been dreaming about - to see all 4 species of eiders, plus the incomparable Snowy Owl in its tundra home, all in one day. There is only one place in...
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    Accommodations along Denali Hwy

    Its 2022 and looks like most are still closed even for the busy June season. Tangle River Inn is definitely closed for this season. Maclaren is open. Does anyone know if Denali Hwy Cabins in Paxson is open?
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    Prairie birding: Eastern Colorado & Western Kansas

    Thanks MKinHK. Funny that I too missed the Mountain Plover in the Sacramento River Valley. I missed it in 3 more places, 2 of which required a special effort in CA and of course missed in my last trip to CO off of Hanover Rd. So this time I had prioritized it even above the Greater Prairie-Chicken.
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    Prairie birding: Eastern Colorado & Western Kansas

    Link to the thread for the Western Colorado trip: Colorado chickens: First birding trip after 17 months
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    Prairie birding: Eastern Colorado & Western Kansas

    Colorado is world famous for its chickens and last year April I visited western Colorado to look for 5 out of the 7 North American chickens possible there, among other great birds like all 3 rosy-finches and Pinyon-Juniper specialties. I had then resolved to come back the next year to check out...
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    Colorado chickens: First birding trip after 17 months

    Yeah the DUGR are bold and comical, although I did not know it at that time. They are not common so I was not expecting them to be pecking at cars and humans. I have a feeling testosterone might have something to do with these ill advised behaviors. The individual I encountered wasn't pay much...
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    Colorado chickens: First birding trip after 17 months

    Thanks. Lesser Prairie Chicken have always been reliable in west Kansas. However there were a few reliable leks even in south east CO - especially near Lamar and these were used by tour companies until a 2016 I think. The last 7 years have been especially bad afaik (although conservation efforts...
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    Colorado chickens: First birding trip after 17 months

    Yes its not a very easy trip. Plenty of driving required and very early mornings. It can be a little less hectic than my trip but of course someone still has to drive (average 5 hours daily) and you have to keep up with the cold, wind, snow and generally unpredictable weather (although I got a...
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    Colorado chickens: First birding trip after 17 months

    Sooner the better. It should not have taken me so long to get there. Note that among the 7, the Lesser Prairie Chicken & Gunnison Sage Grouse are in serious trouble. The Lesser Prairie Chicken is almost extinct in CO and now you have to go to private ranches in extreme west Kansas to see them...
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