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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 13:35   #51
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I got three shore birds with some local experts locating them. I have notes somewhere. I think the last one was American Golden Plover, which I saw earlier in the spring but could not be 100% sure that time. This one I spotted out of a group with just binoculars, and other people got a good look with scopes at the same time. I never did get to a scope, but it was pretty obvious.

My scope was home, as they changed the day's area to visit at the last mimute.
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 14:07   #52
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A self found Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) on my local (to work) patch about 2 hours ago!
Still buzzing about it - no chance of getting anything meaningful done this afternoon!
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 14:41   #53
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Latest lifer would be the White-breasted Nuthatch found yesterday making it my 48th yard bird for the year and a lifer as well.
That would be quite exciting to get a "lifer" in one's own yard! I have never gotten a "lifer" in our yard.

I have had a number of *one timer yard birds, though. Some which come to mind are Northern Bobwhite, Wild Turkey, Red-headed Woodpecker, Brown-headed Cowbird, Eastern Phoebe, Olive-sided Flycatcher, White-winged Dove, Prothonotary Warbler, Eastern Kingbird and (perhaps the most unusual for our yard) an American Woodcock.

We have lived in our present location for about 30 years.

* one timer = a species of bird which I have observed only once in our yard.
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 14:54   #54
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I had a few, maybe 3, warblers from my yard. I think one was a Tennessee Warbler. I played the song off my computer, with the door open, and the real bird responded.
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 17:41   #55
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Lifers in my yard would have included Brown Creeper, Indigo Bunting, White-Crowned Sparrow, and Fox Sparrow. I didn't count them on my life list because I had seen them a few years before I even knew what a life list was but have since been able to add them to my list anyway.
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 23:09   #56
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Just yesterday had another "lifer" -- two Vaux's Swifts on Burro Creek in western Arizona. I've seen lots of the White-throated species in southern California, so it was a real treat to see the difference and watch how they worked the cliffs above the creek.
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 23:23   #57
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Just yesterday had another "lifer" -- two Vaux's Swifts on Burro Creek in western Arizona. I've seen lots of the White-throated species in southern California, so it was a real treat to see the difference and watch how they worked the cliffs above the creek.

I thought I read somewhere that you didn't keep a list, Katy
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 23:29   #58
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Barn Owl (!!!) and Hobby the other day at blacktoft. 2 more towards my target of 150 in my first year. I'm now on 146 - not high, but i've only been doing this for less than 9 months, so i'm pretty pleased.
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 23:37   #59
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A self found Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) on my local (to work) patch about 2 hours ago!
Still buzzing about it - no chance of getting anything meaningful done this afternoon!
Congratulations, Simon. Very nice! I bet that'll make a few people here jealous (including me!)
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 23:39   #60
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I thought I read somewhere that you didn't keep a list, Katy
LOL, Trevor, I don't keep a life list, never have. Don't have a clue how many birds I've seen around the world over the years and don't care. But I still always know when I'm seeing a new species for the first time, and I keep track of species I see on trips (primarily for letting others know what's available where, and directions to get there). Oh, and the yard log, which is also just for documenting species that are seen at this elevation in this part of the state.

So there. Thought you had me, huh?
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Old Monday 12th September 2005, 23:45   #61
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So there. Thought you had me, huh?
I was hoping so, yes
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Old Tuesday 13th September 2005, 09:28   #62
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Congratulations, Simon. Very nice! I bet that'll make a few people here jealous (including me!)
Cheers Jason, Definitely my birding highlight of the year (if not the last 4 or 5 years!)
I managed to get the news out very quickly (thanks to a timely call to a very well known birder) and luckily quite a few managed to see it. Unfortunately, me old mate Roger (rogerk) didn't manage it as he only had 1/2 hour before he had to go to work so no doubt i'll get slated for even mentioning it in his presence for a while now
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Old Tuesday 13th September 2005, 09:59   #63
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Just last Friday (after not getting a new bird for quite a few months). I went in a twitch to a lake where I was told Green Pygmy Geese had been seen and I saw 'em! A pair bobbing among the pink-eared ducks and grey teal. Lovely. :)
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Old Tuesday 13th September 2005, 15:54   #64
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I just now went back through this thread, reading all the posts of the various, latest "lifers" which people have been able to see.

It makes for quite interesting reading!

Whether you have 50, 500 or 5000 on your "life list", getting a "new bird" is always so exciting!
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Old Tuesday 13th September 2005, 20:40   #65
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Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Patuxent Research Refuge, Maryland 3 days ago.

edit: I have removed this from my life list :( After reading up on the Empids in a book of mine I found out that all empid flycatchers can have a lot of yellow in their breasts and many will have yellow up through their chin areas. I knew it was an empid the second I saw it, and the all yellow breast and chin were (I thought at the time) diagnostic, so I ticked it.

I'm bummed because that was the only one I thought I would be able to identify by sight.

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Old Tuesday 13th September 2005, 21:00   #66
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Clay-colored Sparrow - self found on my patch this very morning (I love my patch - for a community garden and an acre or two of open fields and a couple of soccer pitches it turns up some really cracking birds in migration) - not quite a 'mega' but following fairly close behind - new state and life bird for me and an absolute beauty. Just hoping my mate can meet me after work to get it. Took me a couple of good looks to rule out the possibility of some abnormally plumaged Chipper.

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Old Friday 16th September 2005, 14:25   #67
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Hi,

A White-bellied Antbird along the trail above Canopy Lodge, El Valle, Panama in March this year. The last of 144 lifers, of 275 total species, on our trip there this Spring.

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Old Friday 16th September 2005, 15:21   #68
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That Sooty Tern at Cemlyn in July (it was the 10th, I think, that I managed to catch up with it). Off to Brazil on Monday, so I'll have a new "most recent life bird" to post in a few weeks!

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Old Friday 16th September 2005, 20:38   #69
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Today, in New York's Central Park, an American redstart. I saw one, ysterday, as well, but I could not identify it until today.

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I saw a Kingfisher in my local patch last week and whether its on my "life list" or "year list" is of little consequence - its just great to see one. I have one worry - the presence of mink (feral) in the area.
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In early August this year, I saw both Greater and Cory's Shearwater on the way back from Newfoundland to Cape-Breton Island (West of St. Pierre & Miquelon). There was also a storm petrel but I didn't see it close enough to decide if it was Wilson's or Leach's. But on the same trip I also saw another lifer at JT Cheesman park at Port aux Basque, Newfoundland - piping plover.

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Today I saw my first Northern Parula (but it was not that exciting to me because a group of 6 birders saw it first and had to point it out to me.) I also saw a first year Lark Sparrow which had been reported on a birding hotline. This was the 3rd time I went to find it. It was probably right in front of me the other two times but I was in abit of a rush before. I could not pick it out with the naked eye. It was mixed in with chipping sparrows on the grass in a cemetery. The head/face patterns only became obvious after the sky brightened on what was an overcast day. I also caught a flash of white from the back when it flew away. I imagine the first guy to find it must really know his stuff. Surprisingly Pine and Palm Warblers were also landing on the ground and headstones in plain view. Also saw a very white albino bird. 5 people said it was a cardinal but I wasn't convinced of that.

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Spotted Crake around 2pm this afternoon at Kelling Quags
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