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.
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: 140
Yard list (old house): 73
Yard list (new house): 46
So far this year: 126
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 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 252
Latest- Gray-cheeked Thrush, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Red-necked Phalarope, Yellow-throated Warbler, Cerulean Warbler
Butterfly lifers- 55
Latest- Juvenal's Duskywing, Spring Azure, Mourning Cloak, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Falcate Orangetip
Dragonfly and damselflies lifers- 12
Latest- Black Saddleback, Carolina Saddleback, Green Darner, Familiar Bluet, and Violet Dancer
2013 Va big year 178
Recent- Gray-cheeked Thrush
Year list- 212
Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:12 PM
Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:04 PM
ABA Life List: 236
ABA 2013 List: 201 -/+
Coolest Sightings: Whip-poor-will, Yellow & Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-breasted Chat, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Clapper Rail, Least Tern, Piping Plover
Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:06 PM
My Recent Yard List: White Crowned Sparrow, Northern Parula, Yellow throated Warbler, Black and White Warbler,
Canada Warbler, Blue Winged warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Ovenbird, Swainsons thrush, White throated sparrow, Tennessee warbler.
My Recent FOY'S: Swainson's Thrush, Summer Tanager, Blackburnian Warbler, Palm Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Red Headed Woodpecker, White Eyed Vireo, Red eyed Vireo, Least Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Indigo Bunting, House Wren, Magnolia Wabler, Ruby Throated HummingBird, Spotted Sandpiper, Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Baltimore oriole, Orchard oriole, Fox Sparrow, White throated sparrow, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Yellow bellied sapsucker!
My recent Vacation lifers:Ruddy Turnstone, Wilsons plover, Semipalimated Plover, Black bellied Plover, Sandwich Tern, Least Tern, Gull Billed Tern, Clapper Rail!
My life list: 242! Finally in the 200's!!!!
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: Nelson's Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper, Clay-colored Sparrow, Cerulean Warbler, Bobolink, Henslow's Sparrow, Philadelphia Vireo, Kirtland's Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, American Woodcock, Monk Parakeet, Field Sparrow, Blue-headed Vireo, Black-billed Cuckoo, Veery
ABA Year list: 357
Trip reports: 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 273. Latest: Black Tern, Ruddy Turnstone, Snowy Plover
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