What was your "Spark" bird?
Posted 04 May 2012 - 03:33 PM
As for me it was the Dickcissel. I was driving home from work one morning and I saw a bird sitting on a powerline that I had not seen before. It was colored like a Meadowlark and shaped like a Sparrow. I thought I knew about the wildlife in my area and wanted to know what this bird I did not know was. I got on the internet and found the Illinois Birder's Forum. Quickly I realized that I did not know even half the birds that come through my area. That was the spark that led me to where I am today.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:08 PM
Yellow Shafted Flicker by midgetinvasion, on Flickr
-Army wife, homeschooling mom to 4, photographer, insomniac ninja
Life list: 152
Yard list (old house): 73
Yard list (new house): 55
So far this year: 142
Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:29 PM
Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:57 PM
The following year we went out west in an RV for a couple of weeks, then the next year we went to Florida for spring vacation. Going to the Everglades pretty much finished me off as a birder!!
Posted 04 May 2012 - 06:17 PM
Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:30 PM
ABA list: 370 Latest- Greater Scaup
Yard List- 94 latest: Hermit Thrush
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I may live in San Diego County, but my home and heart will always be in Missouri.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:35 AM
Latest Lifer~Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Bobolink, Groove-billed Ani, Cerelean Warbler, Ovenbird, Veery, Northern Bobwhite, Golden-winged Warbler
2012 Big Year List~351
2013 Year List~ 299
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 12:46 AM
Life list: 158
Yard list: 82 - latest yard bird : Wood Duck
Latest Lifers: Ring-billed Gull, EVENING GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Snow Goose, Canada Warbler
Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:01 PM
Bird lifers 356
Birds in Peru 90
Birds in the U.S. 281
Latest- Say's Phoebe, Long-tailed Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Marsh Wren, Nelson's Sparrow, White-winged Scoter
Butterfly lifers- 68
Latest- Long-tailed Skipper, Palmades Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary, Baltimore Checkerspot, Meadow Fritillary
Dragonfly and damselflies lifers- 17
Latest- Great Blue Skimmer, Powdered Dancer, Ebony Jewelwing, Halloween Pennant, Black Saddleback
2013 Va Big Year 246
Recent- Say's Phoebe
Year list 346
Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:12 PM
Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:04 PM
Latest Lifers: Iceland Gull, Snowy Owl, Tufted Duck, Barnacle Goose, Northern Saw-Whet Owl, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler
ABA Life List: 242
ABA 2013 List: 227 -/+
Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:06 PM
My Recent Lifers: Ross's Goose, Tundra Swan, Glaucous Gull, Short Eared Owl, Black scoter, Sabines gull, Great Black backed gull, Snow bunting,
Recent Yard List:Purple finch, Hermit thrush, Golden crowned kinglet, Brown creeper
My Recent FOY'S: Redhead, White winged scoter, Greater white fronted goose, Common Merganser
My life list: 286
Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:35 PM
Horsecheeks, nice to see you posting again, amigo. Funny you should mention an oriole, mine was an oriole as well. They can be exceptionally striking birds.
Baltimore Oriole when I was little. It was the point when birds stopped being "birds" and became all different species to me. Got me thinking what else is out there.
The one I saw was a male Hooded Oriole (in southern California). When I first tried to I.D. it, thought it was Bullock's... but that turned out to be bollocks
Posted 05 May 2012 - 06:58 PM
Here is a picture I just got this morning, probably my best yet of a Western Tanager.
Latest lifers: 23 in Texas!
ABA Year list: 514
Trip reports: Texas 12/2013, Central CA 8/2013, Arizona 6/2013, Midwest 5/2013, Hawaii 2/2013, Florida 9-10/2012, Monterey 8/2012, Salton Sea 7/2012, SE AZ 6/2012, Chicago 5/2012, Arizona 3/12, Arizona 12/11, Chicago 9/2011, Monterey 8/11, Arizona 12/10
Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:29 PM
~ Pat ~ I eBird. Do you?
Life list 277. Latest: Surf Scoter, Sabine's Gull, Solitary Sandpiper, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black Tern, Ruddy Turnstone, Snowy Plover
Posted 05 May 2012 - 10:34 PM
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