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  1. Nothing blockbuster today. Saw the Riv Co Painted Redstart and LA Rusty Blackbird. Tried for gulls in LA Co. Lesser Black-backed, Iceland and Glaucous-winged, but not the hoped for Slaty-backed or even the Glaucous Gull.
  2. Congrats, JB. Glad you got to see it. I heard it is starting to get less responsive, so it may only be a matter of time until it will no longer be possible.
  3. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    Good luck. Did they keep you guys on a waiting list, or will you have to respond again quickly after the next announcement?
  4. Ebird Unusual Checklists/Hotspots

    This is how So Cal becomes exotic central: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41825231 Unfortunately, this problem often arises from the practice of "life release". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_release
  5. Big Bear Lake, San Bernardino, Ca...Help please!

    I live nearby, but down in the valley and not up in the mountains.
  6. Major dips in 2018

    It's never too early to dip on a bird. I haven't had any major dips in 2018, but have missed several birds that I looked for (Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Red-throated Pipit, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, and Rusty Blackbird). To balance that out, I have seen Greater Pewee, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird, Nazca Booby, Harris's Hawk, Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, and Neotropic Cormorant. Best of all, I was able to see the first state record of Tropical Parula. Yes, Southern California is a great place to bird.
  7. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    I'm sure by now you guys have seen that they have arranged for some official access to the Tropical Parula. Hope you've already got your spot in line! Who knows how long the access will remain, and how long the bird will continue at that spot.
  8. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    Yes, I should have been more clear. Was in SD yesterday. Saw those SD birds, but sure wish I had been in OC for the Tropical Parula and then LA for the Slaty-backed.
  9. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    It's now 2018, but I'll post here anyway. Not often you see a Greater Pewee, Nazca Booby, and Harris's Hawk, and feel like you should have been somewhere else...
  10. Long-term Birding Goals

    Per eBird he had 401, but knowing Florida, I am sure there are a lot of noncountable exotics. Wonder what the real number is?
  11. Long-term Birding Goals

    Hah, according to 'Listing Central', someone set the Florida big year record at 14,238! http://listing.aba.org/#annual/state/all/10
  12. Long-term Birding Goals

    Let's see how I've done... 1. Still working on this one. Technically I did surpass 700, but that is only because of Hawaii. Have another ten or so until lower 48 #700. 2. Done. CA countable list is now 511. Some really good birds for CA this year like Ross's Gull, Dusky Warbler, Nazca Booby, Garganey, Groove-billed Ani, Emperor Goose, Bohemian Waxwing, and Louisiana Waterthrush. 3. Doing well here. Now just down to one ABA bird on my list that I haven't photographed (Yellow Rail). Got photos of Black Rail, Mexican Whip-poor-will, Buff-collared Nightjar, Montezuma Quail, and White-collared Seedeater. 4. Since then I've done two Mexico trips and one Ecuador trip.
  13. Major Dips in 2017

    I think it was mainly you and I that had the bad luck. That was my third day trying for the wagtail, and my fourth visit. Of course, now it has been easy for the last two days. Maybe I'll have to go back again and get it for a year bird!
  14. County Lifers?

    Hah, I thought about that, but after spending about 11 hours at that park in the last two days, I think I'll pass!
  15. County Lifers?

    SBE Co #354. A first county record found on 12/21, but has been pretty hit and miss. Mainly was hit while I was stuck at work, and miss on my first three attempts. White Wagtail by mattag2002, on Flickr