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    Gambel's Quail, female by jeffroscoe, on Flickr
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    Palm Warbler at sunset by Mike, on Flickr
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    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher by Mike, on Flickr
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    THERE WE GO. Red-tailed Hawk "You’re smart and curious, strong and determined. Your voice is so magnificent that you could make a living in Hollywood. You understand strategy, and sometimes work with a partner, but overall most of the time you are happy to be alone."
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    Or a Starling or House Sparrow!!
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    DAY 4 (continued): To round out the trip, I stopped at 3 smaller local parks: Northshore Park, Sawgrass Lake Park, and Weedon Island Preserve. Northshore was unplanned, but I decided to make a quick visit there to try for Sandwich Tern, which I had missed at Fort De Soto. I was unsuccessful on that front, but I did get to see over a hundred Black Skimmers, which are always a delight. It turned out that this stop had another fortunate consequence: on the drive from Northshore to Sawgrass Lake, I spotted some Nanday Parakeets perched in a tree along the road. I stopped and watched them mingle with some fellow nonnative House Sparrows and European Starlings. My primary target at Sawgrass Lake Park was Short-tailed Hawk, which nests there. After a short while, I spotted a dark raptor soaring very high up, took a photo, and was able to identify it as a Short-tailed Hawk. The park has an observation platform from which the nest is visible, so I hung out there for a while in hopes of getting better looks. However, the hawk didn't show again, and I would have to be satisfied with my earlier views of the speck in the sky. I did get to see 2 pair of nesting Anhingas, one of which offered great photo opportunities. I arrived at Weedon Island Preserve a bit before sunset. It was very quiet overall, though I did see some birds flying in the distance, probably to their nighttime roosts. Among these was a group of American White Pelicans, my only ones of the trip. I stuck around after sunset, listening for the Chuck-will's-widows that had been reported there previous years during late winter and spring. Of all my target species, I thought that this was one of the ones I was less likely to find, given how unreliable nocturnal birds can be in general. At sunset, I began pacing around the parking area, and after about 30 minutes, I heard a Chuck-will's-widow calling from a patch of pine trees at the edge of the lot. It was a bit faint at first, but it relocated itself and must have been about 50 feet away from me for most of the time it was calling. I listened to it call for about 5 minutes and didn't attempt to get a visual. I was ecstatic to find this bird, and it was the perfect way to end my time in Florida. TRIP SUMMARY: 125 total species 24 lifers ~25.4 hours spent birding 7 counties visited 326 county ticks 104 Common Gallinules Favorite lifers: 1) Purple Gallinule 2) Chuck-will's-widow, 3) Red-cockaded Woodpecker
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    At least you're not a mourning dove.
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    We both took the test (not knowing that the other had taken it as well) and to our surprise we were the same bird - Mallard! But both of us thought that didn't fit our personalities very well...
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    I misread you! Thought you were a Peregrine (go fast, turn left).
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    Northern Mockingbird.
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    I like the way the field rises up behind it, but here is the cropped version, too. I will miss these guys, they won't be with us much longer.
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    Finally had time to take a couple of pictures today
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    Yep, Red-shouldered Hawk, western style.. Nice flight shot, too!!
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    Lack of wing bars, gray head...I think Orange-crowned Warbler.
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    Definitely adult Red-shouldereds.
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    Personally, I think I'm an Eeyah bird. I just can't decide if I'm a Nothern Eeyah or a Southern Eeyah.
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    psweet never said it was a falcon. He said it's a falconer's bird.
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    Maybe the party that banded this bird knows it's sex.
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    Males do have a little bit of red right behind the eye -- hence the "Red-cockaded" part of the name. But it's very small, and you frequently can't see it without handling the bird. So I wouldn't try to sex this bird.
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    Ooopspssss .... I didn't say thank you guys ... I really appreciate it. God bless you for helping me as always!
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    You have an Orange-crowned Warbler there! You can even see the little orange spot on its head. :-)
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    Maybe the quiz needs a little work.
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    To clarify the status of Rosy Finches in Arizona: eBird has one record of Gray-crowned, a few miles south of Utah in NE Arizona. The Arizona Bird Records Committee database includes that one, and lists Black Rosy Finch without any entry in their on-line database. It's likely a historical record. That's all I can find.
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    Rosy Finch would be unheard of in the Phoenix area. This looks like a rather dirty Junco to me.
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    Might be a Rosy-Finch.
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    That's hilarious, because while I DO participate in my epic birding walks once a week, I am super laid back as a person. Most chill hummingbird, ever. I should take it again and redo the questions I was on the fence about.
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    Better a mourning dove than a cowbird! But there's good news! I took the quiz again, pretending I was you, and your actually a hummingbird! Of course I had to do a lot of guessing. I'm curious what @The Bird Nuts are. I might have to take the quiz again on their behalf. I wish there was a way to see the entire quiz and watch how the result changes with different answers. There were a few questions I could have gone slightly different on.
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    Wilson's Snipe and what appears to be a Spotted Sandpiper.
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    I took it, and it says I am a Blue Jay. Then I remembered that I had taken it before, and it also said I was a Blue Jay!
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    Mourning Dove was my actual result on that quiz. . .
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    That's what I was leaning towards, so thanks for the confirmation! (just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something) Super sunny and these guys were zipping around with the tree swallows. Had to fire off a lot of shots and just hope I got something!
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    Sure looks like my cousin, the Band Tail, to me.
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    DAY 4: I started this day off at Circle B Bar Reserve, which was the spot I enjoyed the most during this trip. The birds were abundant, and many were visible at very close range. Along the road to the visitor's center, there was an area blocked off around a tree with a Great Horned Owl nest, which pleased many photographers. I did pretty well with passerines, with White-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos, 5 warbler species including the only Black-and-white of the trip and tons of Yellow-rumpeds, several Carolina Wrens, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Phoebes, etc. But the stars of the show were the wading birds. Early on, I saw many Snowy Egrets flying out of the marsh in groups; they were the most numerous species. Other numerous ones included Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, and White Ibis. I also saw a couple of Great Blue Heron nests and plenty of Anhingas. After about an hour, I came across 5 Roseate Spoonbills, the first lifer of the day. By the time I had finished up, I had tallied 3 Purple Gallinules and 67 Common Gallinules, including 5 fledglings. The only disappointing thing was the lack of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, which I thought I was almost guaranteed to see here and would have been a lifer. I talked to a birder who said there had been over a hundred present a week ago, but they had nearly all disappeared. Next, I headed to Fort De Soto State Park, which I probably should have scheduled earlier in the morning, as it was absolutely swarming with beachgoers by the time I arrived. As a result, I only succeeding in finding one of my 5 main targets for this spot. Towards the west end, there was an island tantalizingly close to the beach that had nearly a hundred Royal Terns and various shorebirds that were largely unidentifiable without a scope. The water was too deep to wade across. I saw many cinnamon-colored blobs that were likely Marbled Godwits (one of my targets), but I couldn't be positive. I did salvage the visit, however, when I made a stop at the east end and found roughly a hundred small shorebirds, the highlights being 7 Wilson's Plovers and one Piping Plover. I had also gotten nice close-range looks at a Brown Pelican an hour or so earlier.
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    Ha, I must have missed that. Took it now though. I think I'd rather have been a shorebird than a raven.
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    You might be a birder if you took the quiz What bird are you like quiz that MerMaeve posted this link to and are happy with the bird that you were chosen to be most like, and argue with others that you are a better bird than they are!!!
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    Photo? And it would be helpful to know where Organ Pipe National Monument is.
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    Yes, head shape varies from moment to moment. But we've got three shots, all with the head up in an alert posture, and there's nothing to indicate a Greater.
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    Update from Dept of Natural Resources. It is confirmed as a juvenile Black Backed Gull and as such is under the us and canada migratory bird treaty. No chance of getting a permit to keep It, will be donated for educational purposes. So I don' get to keep it under any circumstancs. Oh Well, interesting none the less. Thank to all for your help/advice.
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    It looks more consistent with a female. I would think the black throat patch would be visible, even with its rough appearance.