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Old Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 15:23   #3801
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Even a schmo like me can rack up the lifers while on a CBC here in Costa Rica
Wow! That sounds great! I've done a bunch of CBC's up here in the GWN, but always wanted to do one in the tropics.

Who organizes the Carara one, anyway? I have lots of great memories of birding there, would love to go back...

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Old Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 14:17   #3802
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I had a good close to the year, with 4 lifers seen on December 30.

1)Merlin- hunting a dove unsuccessfully

2)Vesper sparrow- seen in the same area as the Merlin and 2 birds I had been chasing for a while

3) Rufous hummingbird

4) Common loon- a group of 8 seen a couple hundred yards from shore just outside of Houston

When I started birding 18 months ago, I thought I'd never be able to identify a sparrow, and now I have seen 14 new world sparrow species! The lifers are fewer and farther between now, but that just makes them all the more exciting.

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Old Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 17:07   #3803
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Wow! That sounds great! I've done a bunch of CBC's up here in the GWN, but always wanted to do one in the tropics.

Who organizes the Carara one, anyway? I have lots of great memories of birding there, would love to go back...

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Hey Peter,
Johan Fernandez, a birding guide, is the organizer for the Bird Count at Carara. If you contact him and ask he may be able to arrange for you to join one of the teams. There are about 15 teams and they usually consist of 3 to 5 people per team. Each team is assigned a route.
We were given accommodations at Serra Lodge for two nights gratis for the count. The local birding lodges are aware of the importance of the CBC's
The La Selva CBC was a success this year as well. They are a big deal down here.
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Old Thursday 4th January 2018, 00:42   #3804
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Old Thursday 4th January 2018, 01:28   #3805
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Purple-backed Thornbill, Ecuador

Male and female. Lovely little hummers with tiny little bills. Clinging to flowers, chickadee-like, while feeding.
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Old Thursday 4th January 2018, 13:04   #3806
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Johan Fernandez, a birding guide, is the organizer for the Bird Count at Carara. If you contact him and ask he may be able to arrange for you to join one of the teams. There are about 15 teams and they usually consist of 3 to 5 people per team. Each team is assigned a route.
Thanks for the info., Bryan. I have to hope that some day I'll be able to be there at the correct time of year, which I have never managed yet (free nights a Cerro are quite a draw!)
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Old Monday 8th January 2018, 09:31   #3807
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Pale Martin and Streak-throated Swallow, Ajman WTP, UAE.

Verraux's Eagle and Arabian Spotted Eagle Owl, nr Salalah, Oman. Both real monkeys off my back.
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Old Saturday 13th January 2018, 19:47   #3808
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Got my first new one for 2018, and a pretty one. Red-flanked Bluetail in Belgium.
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Old Monday 15th January 2018, 01:28   #3809
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Black throated gray warbler in Galveston for #300. Failed on bullocks oriole 3 straight days, so I will take it.

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Old Monday 15th January 2018, 21:52   #3810
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Rough-legged Hawk (Buzzard for those so inclined) - brief but very nice looks at a dark morph about 10 minutes' drive from my house!
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Old Tuesday 16th January 2018, 00:04   #3811
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Rough-legged Hawk (Buzzard for those so inclined) - brief but very nice looks at a dark morph about 10 minutes' drive from my house!
OOC, was it the one at Green Lane, or a different one?
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Old Tuesday 16th January 2018, 15:19   #3812
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OOC, was it the one at Green Lane, or a different one?
Yes, that was it. A second one was reported in eBird as well, but I didn't catch that one while I was there.
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Old Thursday 18th January 2018, 18:46   #3813
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An unremarkable Blackish Cuckooshrike after some 145 other lifers in the Philippines. No monkey-eater, but plenty of consolation, e.g. 12 out of 12 possible owls, Slaty-backed Jungle-Flycatcher, Japanese Night Heron and Mindanao Wattled Broadbill. Finally seeing Greater Painted-snipe was nice as well!
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Old Thursday 25th January 2018, 08:54   #3814
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Old Monday 12th February 2018, 11:31   #3815
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I have a great friday (without even being smashed ). Firstly, after work I went to twitch Glacous Gull just a couple of km from home. And when I came back to home I got second lifer from my neighbours fir:

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Old Monday 12th February 2018, 19:22   #3816
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Harlequin Duck is my latest (and long-awaited) lifer. I had great looks at almost a dozen of them at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park a couple days ago. It was my first trip there, and I was not disappointed in the least!
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Old Saturday 24th February 2018, 17:01   #3817
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Ross's Gull, today at Radipole Lake, Dorset. Very nice it was too!
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Old Saturday 24th February 2018, 18:33   #3818
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Old Sunday 25th February 2018, 11:59   #3819
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Seems I picked the wrong week to be in Dorset. Did have 2 lifers last week though.

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Old Sunday 25th February 2018, 15:36   #3820
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Old Monday 26th February 2018, 12:52   #3821
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Seems I picked the wrong week to be in Dorset. Did have 2 lifers last week though.

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Story of my life rich. Replace week with day, hour etc and any place you care to mention on far too many occasions.

At least your trip came up trumps with the Cirls. Anything else was always going to be a bonus but it is always so frustrating when something turns up days after you have left. (or leaves just before you arrive). On my first recent trip back to Scotland the Aberdeen Harlequin duck decided to do a runner (or should that be Flyer) about a week before we got there, and there was an Icterine Warbler that did the same the day before we arrived. And for the sake of my sanity, I try not to think about the Citril Finch that rocked up around the time we had just got back to Leicester having left the car park at Wells about three hours earlier.

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Old Thursday 1st March 2018, 17:29   #3822
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Swallow-tailed kite. It had a distinct high pitch sound.
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Old Sunday 4th March 2018, 13:37   #3823
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Not a new species but yesterday I saw my first female Painted Finch.
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Old Tuesday 6th March 2018, 02:07   #3824
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I'm still relatively new at this (4 months or so), so new lifers are pretty common for me. I've had two in the past two days:

Yellow-billed magpie
Northern Flicker (red-shafted)

Both in Sacramento, California. I'd been looking for the magpie for months and was thrilled to finally see one, and the flicker is one of the most gorgeous birds I've seen yet.
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Old Thursday 15th March 2018, 23:07   #3825
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