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#1 JimBob

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 06:37 PM

Right now I am in CA, as you may know. I'm in the San Diego area. . . Which is very good for birding, so I will pick up lots of lifers.

I've already gotten one confirmed lifer; Bullock's Oriole. I also think I saw a Great-tailed Grackle, but I didn't get a good enough look at it to confirm. When I get pictures downloaded I will post them.

I have seen a lot of the common CA birds (bushtits, Anna's hummingbirds, crows, and jays, just to name a few.)

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:00 PM

Welcome JimBob! Once you get your fill of the common birds, I can help direct you to the less common. What part of town you staying in?
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Posted 02 July 2012 - 12:38 AM

Have a great trip. Let me know if you will be heading up north to the general San Bernardino area at all and I might be able to point you in the right direction for some birds. I am not too familiar with San Diego area. All I know is that there is a Curlew Sandpiper around.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:20 AM

Check out Cabrillo National Monument and San Diego River Estuary. At the National Monument ask the Rangers about the 'Drip'. Also the cemetery just before the National Monument. I got 24 lifers there last year.

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#5 JimBob

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 03:09 PM

I'm somewhere in Escondido. . . not sure which part of it.

I got another common summer bird. (I'm asuming it's common here) Western Kingbird. That one I got a picture so when I download it I will post.

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 04:16 PM

Oh and the house next door has several Cliff Swallows nests. . . they're active, not sure on how many babies.

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#7 JimBob

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:40 AM

Got two more; Acorn Woodpecker, and Eurasian-collard Dove. At
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#8 DianeD

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 04:23 AM

Welcome to California! I have been watching for a while now and not seen as many as you have already! (I'm a newbie, so I got alot more excited about the swarm of bushtits that visited my yard, and I figured out what those hoppy little puff balls were.)

All those great new birds to see - you are an inspiration. Have fun in your new location!

#9 fisherman1313

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:05 AM

DianeD, come over to the Central Valley and I'll help you increase your list.

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#10 JimBob

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:38 PM

I'm going to some park today. . . Hoping for another lifer. Also going to the beach, not the best place for birds but I bet I can manage one lifer. I'll give a report when I get back.

@ DianeD- Thanks a ton!

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#11 JimBob

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 06:33 PM

Just got another lifer! Hooded Oriole. Also didn't get a picture of it. When I saw it I had my binocs, so I did confirm it. I went back inside and came out with my camera, and it was gone. Still haven't gone to that park. . . leaving soon.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 01:23 AM

Well I didn't get to go to that park. . . because my older siblings took to long getting ready. -_- But I did spend four hours at the beach. Sadly I didn't get any new birds. But I did see lots of Brown Pelicans, Western Gulls, and my favorite gull; Heermann's Gull! I also saw crows and pigeons.

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#13 JimBob

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:31 AM

Got one lifer on the 4th. . . Lazuli Bunting. Several males singing. . . it was at my aunt's house.

Today I got one while house hunting, Yellow-breasted Chat. Heard it and asumed it was a mockingbird. . . but for some reason I stayed; looking for it. It popped out and boy was I surprised!

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:47 AM

Nice, a Yellow-breasted Chat while house hunting. Wish I had chats at my house (also wish I had Lazuli Bunting)!

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#15 JimBob

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:29 AM

:D

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 05:28 PM

I'm somewhere in Escondido. . . not sure which part of it.


How funny...Escondido in Spanish means "hidden". Maybe that is why you aren't sure where you are!

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#17 JimBob

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 04:56 PM

Murray Lake was awesome! Got 8 lifers.

Cassin's Kingbird, Nuttal's Woodpecker, Caspian Tern, Forster's Tern, Osprey, and Common Yellowthroat. The other two I got two more, but I'm going to post an I'd my lifer thread.

I also saw lots of Kites, wrens, gulls, pigeons, and mallards.

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Posted 09 July 2012 - 04:58 PM

No Great-tailed Grackle or Tri-colored Blackbird????? :)
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#19 JimBob

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 04:28 PM

Well I managed to sneak one more lifer in, Hutton's Vireo. It took me a while to id it, but I finally got a good enough look to id it. I did get two pictures that aren't good at all, you can just make out that there's a bird.

I'm going to download the pictures of the trip, and post some.

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Posted 14 July 2012 - 04:37 PM

Picture time!

Anna's Hummingbird was the first western bird that greeted me.

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Black Phoebes were also abundant, but only one let me get a photo.

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Orange variant House Finches are common in CA compared to Missouri.

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More coming up. . .

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