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
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Life list: 159
Yard list (old house): 73
Yard list (new house): 63
2014 so far: 74 1/2
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: 381 Latest- Glaucous Gull
Yearlist: 162 Latest- Rufous Hummingbird
Yard List- 95 latest: Mountain Bluebird
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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
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 367
Birds in Peru 90
Birds in the U.S. 292
Latest- Barn Owl, American Tree Sparrow, Eared Grebe, Common Merganser, Mute Swan
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
Year list- 128
Latest- Barn Owl
Posted 05 May 2012 - 04:12 PM
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: 71
ABA 2013 List: 227 -/+
Posted 05 May 2012 - 05:06 PM
My Recent Lifers: Iceland Gull, Thayer's Gull, Ferruginous Hawk, Prairie Falcon, Whooping crane, Golden Eagle, Snowy Owl, Ross's Goose, Harris's Sparrow
Recent Yard List: Merlin, Eastern Screech Owl, White throated sparrow
My Year list: 122 / FOY'S: Eastern Screech owl, Red Throated Loon, White Winged Scoter, Glaucous Gull, Great Black Backed gull, Rough legged hawk, Snow goose, Eastern Meadowlark, Lapland Longspur, Red breasted Nuthatch, Barred Owl Snowy Owl, Hooded Merganser, Merlin, Greater white fronted goose, Cackling goose, Northern Shoveler,
My life list: 294
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: Black Scoter, Sinaloa Wren, Nutting's Flycatcher, Virginia's Warbler, Black-headed Gull, Red-throated Pipit, 23 in Texas!
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
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Life list 279. Latest: Brown Creeper, Mute Swan, 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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