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    Inaccessible bird species

    The latest issue of Bull. B.O.C. has a paper on Dulit Partridge, which dates the last confirmed report to 1902 instead of 1937, so this bird has been missing for over 120 years. The paper suggests areas where it may be looked for, though it looks like at least a moderate amount of time has been...
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    Inaccessible bird species

    I was curious about this one so I looked into it. Nauru has an international airport with direct flights to/from Brisbane several times a week, so this should be a very easy bird to see for anyone that can find the motivation to make the trip. A whopping 15 bird species have been recorded for...
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    Inaccessible bird species

    This one has been found to occur on the outskirts of Araracuara, which can be reached by plane (I'm not sure if there are commercial flights at the moment, but charter flights are not too expensive) so Colombian and foreign birders are starting to make the trip. It should be fairly easy to find...
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    OK, so we understand it the same way. That's actually what the HBW taxonomy is at the moment (relicta a separate species, and everything else lumped with Blue Seedeater), so in other words subproposal b) means "adopt HBW taxonomy"
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    Sandpiper from Washington State (USA)

    Yes, as stated above it's a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper
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    In conjuction with subproposal a) to split relicta, subproposal b) would just bring the taxonomy in line with HBW, by lumping all other taxa into a polytipic Blue Seedeater (A. concolor), right? If so then I think he makes it pretty clear, otherwise I'd have to call myself baffled as well
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    Inaccessible bird species

    Having recently returned from Guatemala, I think the difficulty of seeing Horned Guan is often overstated. Some of the sites near Lake Atitlan where it is nearly guaranteed don't require too strenuous a hike (one hour of steep but very manageable pre-dawn hiking), and there are other sites such...
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    Inaccessible bird species

    It looks like a healthy population has now been found in Colombia, at what appears to be a pretty accessible site:
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    Best BoP garden list

    A four-way tie at 23.... From my balcony in southern Italy I have 18 diurnal raptors and five owls: 1. Honey Buzzard 2. Black Kite 3. Red Kite 4. Short-toed Eagle 5. Marsh Harrier 6. Hen Harrier 7. Pallid Harrier 8. Montagu's Harrier 9. Goshawk 10. Sparrowhawk 11. Common Buzzard 12. Golden...
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    A pdf of the paper on which this proposal is based is available here and is a really great read: https://nachoareta.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/musher-et-al.-2022.-pachyramphus-albogriseus-p.-salvini-taxonomy-ornithology-eol.pdf
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    Good birding regions in the tropic jungle areas of Colombia: Your recommendations

    Leticia, Mitù and Puerto Inirida are three excellent options with direct flights from Bogotà and fantastic birding opportunities in Amazonian rainforest
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    How many lifers seen in a single day?

    Turns out this wasn't my best total of lifers in one day, as I had 74 on my first truly full day of birding in Ethiopia at Bishangari Lodge, which was also my first time in East Africa. I would think that 100 lifers or more should be possible even for a well-traveled birder if their first day in...
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    Anyone on a guess with this bird? New Bern, North Carolina. 12/19/2022.

    The photo is too poor to be sure, but my best guess would be Swamp Sparrow
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    How many lifers seen in a single day?

    Around 70 on my first day in Cameroon, traveling from Douala to Nyassoso at the foot of Mount Kupé, which was also my first time in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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    Waders from Ecuador

    #1 is indeed a Baird's but # 2 looks like a Least
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    I'm kind of bummed they didn't suggest Stellar Jay as the English name for one of the two daughter species, I mean they're pretty fantastic birds!
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    Best bird guides by region...North America

    That would be Steve Howell, Michael O'Brien, Chris Wood and Brian Sullivan, with illustrations by Ian Lewington and Lorenzo Starnini. Should be a great one!
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    Montreal Empid

    I would suggest Least with that large head, fairly short primary projection, white throat and teardrop-shaped eyering
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    More small Passerines, Montreal

    This one makes me think Ruby-crowned Kinglet should be in play. It seems to have bright edges to the secondaries, and the eyering is much narrower at the top and bottom. Plus the bill looks quite thin and pointy. The first picture looked quite yellowish below, which made me think of the warbler...
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    More small Passerines, Montreal

    3 is a Cape May Warbler, even on the original photo the very thin, slightly downcurved will was a clue. 4 is at a very difficult angle, maybe Nashville with what looks like a big, full eyering?
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    Informal Contest- Highest Species Count in ONE Sitting- Lets Hear it !

    I think our best day was 72 species (31.10.21) but there are basically 6 resident landbirds and zero wetland habitat so high species counts are tough. But our species list that day included RF Bluetail, Olive-backed Pipit, Rustic & Little Buntings, YBW, Common Rosefinch and Marmora's Warbler...
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    Informal Contest- Highest Species Count in ONE Sitting- Lets Hear it !

    The concept of "Big Sits" has become pretty popular lately. I know the 150 barrier was reached at Cape May (Big Sit, Big Success!) but I don't know if others have done better since
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    Warbler, Italian Mediterranean coast (near Sanova), August 7 2022

    Yes, this does look like an Icterine. Aug 7 is a little on the early side for an autumn migrant but certainly a plausible date
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    Warblers, Wren, and Flycatcher August 8 Hamilton, Ontario

    Yes, Iooking at the photo again I definitely think you're right about the wren. I struggle with the flycatcher though, it does seem to have yellow on the throat, the eyering seems maybe a little too marked for a Willow/Alder (and it looks teardrop-shaped in the second photo, though it might...
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    Warblers, Wren, and Flycatcher August 8 Hamilton, Ontario

    The warblers are all Blackburnian and the wren is a House, I'm leaning Yellow-bellied on the flycatcher