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  1. Last-minute Mojave advice

    Fort Mohave can be tough since it is so big. It normally doesn't get birded much, but two years ago several of us went multiple times and it certainly produced a bunch of good birds. Over a few trips I saw McCown's, Lapland, and Chestnut-collared Longspur, Sprague's Pipit, Short-eared Owl, Lark Bunting, Sandhill Crane, and Mountain Plover! Between all of our cumulative effort we eventually figured out where to find the birds during that winter. Since it is an active agriculture area it can be subject to change from year to year. So yes, it certainly has potential for good birds, but it is far out there and it could take a lot of effort to eventually find something.
  2. Last-minute Mojave advice

    Even though it is getting pretty late in the year, if you have the time, it may still be worth checking some of the migrant traps. It was the day before Thanksgiving a few years ago that a Bohemian Waxwing was found. Zzyzx, Chet Huffman Park in Baker, and the Baker sewage ponds are all close together. If you're in the area, Kelso Depot is worth a quick check. Fenner is almost never near any intended stop, but if you find your way out there, it is worth checking out the fountains and surrounding vegetation at the gas station. It seems that Gilded Flicker has been getting reported fairly frequently, so worth reviewing eBird for those areas. Mid Hills campground is good for Juniper Titmouse and Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay. We've also had Crissal Thrasher in that area frequently. LeConte's Thrasher is always a bit of a pain in the butt. Sometimes you'll randomly see them while driving. In general they are found in washes, so best to focus your attention there. Most of the Bendire's Thrashers will be gone by now. Also remember to keep an eye out for "Sage" sparrows. Both canescens Bell's and Sagebrush can be out there, so you'll really want to look carefully at their backs and malars (assuming it really is possible to ID them in the field). If you really want to get Chukar, ponying up the money to visit Calico Ghost Town is the most reliable. They can be found occasionally elsewhere, but I would never expect to get them. Any other major targets? Newberry Springs could have some decent birds, but probably nothing that would be new for you (Ferruginous Hawk, Tricolored Blackbird, and maybe Mountain Plover).
  3. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    The Ruby-throated Hummingbird may still be around. I know it was missed yesterday during an afternoon visit, but it has plenty of feeders to go to in the area, and never was very cooperative to start with. I wouldn't write it off yet, but I also wouldn't drive 3 hours to get there until someone else confirms it is still around! Problem is, not many will be looking for it anymore (it was somewhat surprising how few looked for it in the first place).
  4. Sanibel shore bird

    My vote is for unidentifiable, unfortunately.
  5. Point n Shoot camera for my husband

    Depends on how big his pockets are, but a "bridge" or "superzoom" camera can do a fantastic job on a budget. It is now a few years old, but the Canon SX50 is a favorite. You could probably find a used or refurbished one for pretty cheap (I got a refurb from Canon when it was on sale for $150). If that is too bulky, other cameras are slimmer, but have less zoom. I know nothing about this camera, but the Canon SX620 still has pretty good zoom at 25x while in a slimmer package.
  6. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    We'll see if this one in Vista will be publically accessible. Got the Ruby-throated Hummingbird today. Not a cooperative bird.
  7. New York 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    And sadly, as I'm sure we all know, the inevitable happened.
  8. Share your milestone birds

    Congrats Ginger. Looks like you had some other nice birds, too. Jealous of the Yellow Rail photos! I don't know, Ginger, I think you'll be to 700 within a year or two. I'm sure there are a few places in the lower 48 with double digit lifers possible, and it's only a matter of time until you go to Alaska.
  9. #ABArare

    Not fair. Common Greenshank and now a Corn Crake in the NY/NJ area!
  10. New Jersey 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    Congrats. Nice pictures! That appears to have been it's last day, too.
  11. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    I'd completely be in the same boat. I generally want to get nice photos, but I also just like to have an "identifiable" photo for a photo list. For the Broad-billed I'd live without getting a great photo of that bird since I've seen many and have good photos from AZ, but since it would have been a new state bird for me, I was fairly bummed. At least it is a bird that I should have a decent chance at in the foreseeable future (not like dipping on a Ross's Gull or Olive-backed Pipit).
  12. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    Just another day in SD Co... Tricolored Heron by mattag2002, on Flickr Painted Redstart by mattag2002, on Flickr Bobolink and Lapland Longspur by mattag2002, on Flickr And Orange Co Red-throated Pipit by mattag2002, on Flickr Too bad JB scared off the hummer so he could get a state bird on me
  13. Unusual Shorebirds (California)

    Surfbirds, not Rock Sandpipers.
  14. Petrel / Storm-petrel off Mexico October 2015

    With the caveat that I'm at work without reference materials...my first guess would be Townsend's Storm-Petrel. Psweet, did you mean to say Wedge-rumped instead of Galapagos?
  15. California 2017 Whatbird Big Year

    Hoping the Broad-billed Hummingbird will stay!