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
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Life list: 179
Yard list (old house): 73
Yard list (new house): 71
2014 so far: 144
Posted 04 May 2012 - 04:29 PM
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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 - 07:30 PM
ABA list: 425 Latest- Black-chinned Sparrow, Mountain Quail
Yearlist: 326 Latest- Black-chinned Sparrow
Yard List- 100!! latest: Olive-sided Flycatcher
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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
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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
Yard list 142
Bird lifers 374
Birds in Peru 91
Birds in the U.S. 300
Latest- Eastern Whip-poor-will, Golden-winged Warbler, Chuck-will's-widow, Purple Gallinule, Bachman's Sparrow
Butterfly lifers- 85
Latest- Brazilian Skipper, Twin-spotted Skipper, Clouded Skipper, Hayhurst's Scallopwing, Southern Broken Dash
Moth Lifers- 182
Latest- Southern Emerald, Showy Emerald, Virginia Creeper Sphinx, Walnut Sphinx
Dragonfly and damselflies lifers- 42
Latest- Rambur's Forktail, Needham's Skimmer, Banded Pennant, Blue-fronted Dancer, Swift Setwing
Year list- 259
Latest- Kentucky Warbler
Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:04 PM
Best 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?
World Life List: 271?
ABA 2014 List: 72?
ABA 2013 List: 227 -/+
Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:06 PM
My Recent Lifers: Black-billed cuckoo,Black bellied Whistling duck, Olive Sided flycatcher, Alder Flycatcher, Worm-Eating Warbler, Eurasian Wigeon, Brewer's Blackbird, Scissor Tailed Flycatcher- All seen in Indiana this year.
My Recent FOY's: Least Bittern, Philadelphia Vireo, Golden Winged Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Yellow billed Cuckoo, Black throated Blue Warbler, Black Bellied Plover, Acadian Flycatcher.
My Yearlist for Indiana: 250
My life list: 322
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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
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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: Northern Gannet, Tufted Puffin, Pacific Wren, Blue-winged Warbler, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Chestnut-collared Longspur, McCown's Longspur, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, White-tailed Ptarmigan, Pine Grosbeak
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:29 PM
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Life list 281. Latest: Little Blue Heron, Bobolink, Brown Creeper, Mute Swan, Surf Scoter, Sabine's Gull, Solitary Sandpiper, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black Tern, Ruddy Turnstone
Posted 06 May 2012 - 06:30 AM
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 11:06 AM
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