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Black-vented Shearwater - Santa Barbara Channel, California.
Hi Larry,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
I had the same experience- the farm yards were eerily empty- I stayed in paphos. This was when I had only been birding for a couple of years so I was not as experienced but I only came back with a couple of birds. A blue rock thrush, crested lark, chukar, black kite and apparently a “bonellis eagle” which I highly doubt I properly identified.Had a quick break in Cyprus, which the guides said would be great for birds, but it was intensely disappointing. I was there more for the archaeology, but even on that sort of trip I usually get something fun, like hoopoe in North Macedonia or green bee-eater in Egypt. I think I only saw about half-a-dozen species in toto, and very few birds overall, out in the countryside it was eerily silent. I usually spot more species walking to Sainsburys. I saw more species of lizard. Has there been ecocide there?
The only new one I got was a whinchat up in the Troodos Mountains...