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  1. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    that doesn't seem like something to look forward to
  2. Nocturnal Migration

    FYI, if you want a NFC mic, you can buy one or make one yourself from this site: http://oldbird.org/
  3. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    Well, to be fair, the majority of the YBA chat isn't on whatbird...
  4. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    I had a pretty good weekend, did some NFCing on Friday night and got Solitary Sandpiper (yard/county lifer), lots of Swainson's Thrushes, and a few others I have to sort through. Saturday I had to work, but I had a singing male Blackpoll Warbler down the street from my house. Sunday was pretty fun, I had 60 species (a personal best) at my patch, highlights being Northern Waterthrush (missed last year), Scarlet and Summer Tanager males on the same branch, singing Wood Thrushes and a Veery, Acadian Flycatchers, Indigo Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks, and a total of 12 warbler species, including chat. Here's the list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36418660 I also went to Pee Dee NWR later that morning (at a later time than we normally go) and we got 71 species, including Kentucky and Swainson's Warbler. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36436619 I'm now around 220 species for the year... ^^^
  5. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    I know, but it's still annoying. You literally photographed like 100 gulls, how could you not put that on the list? But apparently species like EUCD and KILL are important enough to put those on your list? C'mon, guy.
  6. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    I guess gulls don't count as birds... http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S36307189 (note the distinct lack of any gull sp on that list)
  7. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    http://tempest.aos.wisc.edu/radar/se3comphtml5.html Look at all that movement on the gulf coast!
  8. The first and the last birds are female/young Chaffinches. I'm not experienced enough with European warblers and I don't have my guide I have with me, but Cetti's Warbler seems to be a good guess.
  9. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    Actually SC, check out Lyonia Preserve in Deltona. We stopped there on our way out because I'd heard of how friendly the jays were there. It was, however, late afternoon, and we only had one jay who couldn't care less about us, but it's an easy walk and closer to Orlando. Merritt was indeed very dry, which was kinda sad. I know the wet season is about to start, so hopefully the drought will stop soon.
  10. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    Just a quick trip report- I got back from Florida late Saturday night, after a week of hanging out in Orlando. I visited many areas of the state, including Cedar Key, Merritt Island, Lake Apopka, and St. Cloud! I got 4 lifers- Gray Kingbird, Short-tailed Hawk, Fulvous Whistling-Duck and Groove-billed Ani. I also got most of my target yearbirds, like Florida Scrub-Jay, Limpkin, Snail Kite, Mottled Duck, White-winged Dove, Common Ground-Dove, Reddish Egret, Purple Gallinule, and Roseate Spoonbill. The only thing I wanted but missed was Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, but I'll get those later this year. Here are some lists, I'm going to add photos and videos later: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35858213 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35929205 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35947143 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35947005
  11. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    Dude you should've said yes
  12. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    Also in Orlando, had a dark morph Short-tailed Hawk fly over my resort this morning! I had decided to double check and make sure it wasn't a vulture... Thank god I did! My only other lifer thus far has been Gray Kingbird at Cedar Key, an overdue lifer. Also had Snail Kites and Limpkins in St. Cloud!
  13. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    I start my NFCs around 10-11 pm, and normally stop around 12-1 am. I believe the best time is early morning, between 3-5am, but I never stay up that late.
  14. 2017 Splits

    I guess the really old Audubon guide I have won't need updating then! (It lists Magnificent as Rivoli's Hummingbird.) I'd hope they keep it Magnificent Hummingbird, mainly because I dislike having birds named after people. (There's no description in that, plus it seems rather selfish... birds like Sabine's Gull, Ross's Gull, and McCown's Longspur deserve better names than that.) I'm definitely okay with Calaveras Warbler, like I said in the YB thread it sounds pretty awesome and reminds me of rarer species (like Colima Warbler). Rusty-capped could be better, but I'm not really sure what else I'd name it. Northern and Hen Harriers are considered separate species by other organizations, so I agree with this. Same with Northern and Great Gray Shrikes, no problem there. I'd like Brown or Boreal Creeper, and I've heard Mexican Creeper the most for the SW ssp.
  15. Whatbird's Young Birders!

    A good way to check if it'll be a good night is to keep an eye on this map: http://tempest.aos.wisc.edu/radar/us3comphtml5.html Check it around 9-10pm and if it lights up as green around you, that's probably a good night to try. I think it's too early in the season to reliably hear NFCs... I mean, you might get 1 or 2 calls but IMO that isn't worth staying up late for. lol my dinner is normally between 7:30-9:30... my parents come home late, though.