Your Most Recent "Life" Bird (1 Viewer)

Larry Lade

Moderator
Staff member
I know that we have birders of all ages and number of years participating in this
pastime we all enjoy.

But, I thought that it would be interesting to see when it was that you observed your last "life" bird. *A "life" bird is one which you now have seen, but have never seen it in the wild before.

What was it? When? and Where?

My last "life" bird was:

Sharp-tailed Grouse seen in Sax-Zim bog area of northern Minnesota, USA, January 30, 2005
 

Tammie

Well-known member
Hi Larry,

My last 'life' bird was the golden-crowned kinglet. I stumbled across a whole flock of them in the trees at our cottage in Hillsport, Ontario last weekend, Aug. 27'05 and it was wonderful! I've been waiting to see these little wonders for years.
 

dbradnum

Well-known member
Pacific Golden Plover, last Sunday (28 August), at Levington, Suffolk (UK east coast).

Excellent bird - more distinctive than the field guides suggest.
 

Edward

Umimmak
My last life bird was at about 8:30 this morning before work, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper, which was in a flock of European Golden Plovers and one American Golden Plover. My 29th lifer of 2005, (4 in Iceland, 4 in England and 21 in Spain).

E
 

MSA

I may be relaxed but I'm not drunk....
Little Shearwater on the Portsmouth-Bilbao ferry crossing, a couple of weeks ago. First bird was nice, then found one myself, always more satisfying! Seen very well - the pale panel on secondaries very noticeable, which surprised me, as it has only recently been cited as a feature, and is not shown in most field guides.
 

AlexC

Opus Editor
Opus Editor
Well since I'm relatively new at all this, my last lifer was:

Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Maine, USA, just last month (8/21)
 

tyrannulet

Deranged but fun...
Red-eyed Vireo in northeastern oregon (just south of Joseph in the wallowas). Stumbled across the bird in a bush and was able to id it. also heard an Olive-sided flycatcher (still need to see one) but was unable to locate it.
 

alancairns

Well-known member
Larry Lade said:
I know that we have birders of all ages and number of years participating in this
pastime we all enjoy.

But, I thought that it would be interesting to see when it was that you observed your last "life" bird. *A "life" bird is one which you now have seen, but have never seen it in the wild before.

What was it? When? and Where?

My last "life" bird was:

Sharp-tailed Grouse seen in Sax-Zim bog area of northern Minnesota, USA, January 30, 2005

Lewis's Woodpecker, Okanagan Falls, July 2005.

Not uncommon, but it has eluded me for two years.

Alan
 

Katy Penland

Well-known member
Confirmed: Northern Pygmy-Owl, June 28, 2005, seen near dawn while on survey in one of our national forests.

Unconfirmed: Mourning Warbler, August 31, 2005.
(I'm waiting ID confirmation of the warbler from our AZ records committee since this species can closely resemble MacGillivray's Warbler. Sadly, it was also a window strike and has died. When I get the photos back, I'll post here, see what you guys think. ;) )
 

russkie

Well-known member
two recent lifers for me were in portugal on holiday - short toed eagle - very close about 30 foot from car -spectacular, and wryneck -great views and one ive wanted to see since childhood,
nigel
 

Gill Osborne

Well-known member
I had a good start to this year's birding with an average of two new lifers each month but since my last one I seem to have hit a dry spell! :-C
BUT i'm out birding today and tomorrow and DETERMINED to see something new! ;)

My last Lifer was Razorbill (Alca torda)on 30th May 2005, just off Coquet Island, Nortthumberland.


Gill
 

Terry Smith

Walking Birder
Western Sandpiper, Brownsea Island, Dorset, U.K. 30-9-04.
Or am I allowed to count Black-headed Wagtail, West Charleton Marsh, Devon, in June?
 

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