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  1. how do you find out which birds are rare in other countries? do they have codes like ABA does? or do you just have to go through all their bar charts?
  2. Little Bunting in SE Arizona! and i am going there in about 10 days. what are the chances it will stay???
  3. the welcome center is only open from December to March. so i don't know if that means no one stocks the feeders there the rest of the year. but most of the bog is just driving up and down farm roads, and there is a couple more feeder places that are not at the welcome center. you can easily drive over 50 miles just criss-crossing back and forth on the roads.
  4. i finally got #400 for the state. Black Swift. yes i am lagging behind all these young birders. and sadly i had my first birding accident. i tripped on my shoelace and fell and sprained my wrist. this was before i saw the Swift so i could barely hold my camera up to take pictures of it. but, miraculously my camera was not damaged. my wrist can heal but my camera can't!
  5. ha! yep that is my story also. i kept saying, *i don't need to drive all the way down to San Jacinto Wildlife Area to see the gyrfalcon, i am happy with the birds i see already* and now i am soooo furious at myself!
  6. i dream of seeing a Hawfinch. because it would probably mean that i finally got to go to Alaska.
  7. how many miles??
  8. you should be able to get most of those shorebirds and terns at Bolsa Chica. if you miss any, you could also try San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, which could also be good for warblers and the Thrasher. The closest place to L.A. area for White-headed Woodpecker that i can think of might be Chilao campground. you would also find Oak Titmouse and Mountain Chickadee there.
  9. awesome! and funny too. your *poor* photos are pretty much the quality of my usual photos. ha. and falling off a cliff is one of my greatest fears! i'm glad no one was hurt. i have not been to Oaxaca but i've driven thru some scary mountains in central Mexico on narrow roads with no guard rails, and trucks in front of you piled 20 feet high with furniture and stuff...yikes. once again i am amazed how you just show up to a spot and pick off most of your targets the first visit. it seems like i have to work so hard for every bird and try at least 2 or 3 times for each one. congratulations on a successful trip!
  10. it's still flooded though. if she's coming in 2 or 3 weeks it might not be passable yet.
  11. i have house sparrows a couple miles from my house too
  12. agree with brewer's blackbird, grackles have longer and sharper bills
  13. i guess i will leave it as unidentified, thank you all for your help though
  14. is this an iceland gull? or some kind of glaucous-winged hybrid? in Half Moon Bay, California, last week.
  15. what is the point of this?