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Most pathetic bird that you're missing on your life list

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My most pathetic bird that I'm missing on my life list is the Red-shouldered Hawk.

I'm hoping I'm not the only one missing a common bird.

( not for birders over 250 lifers, they probably have all the more common birds )

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Most people would think not having Black-capped Chickadee is pathetic, but I'm always too far south for them. We get tons of Carolinas, though.  :rolleyes:

 

For me, Horned Grebe is a great gap on my list. They're regular Winter residents here but I guess I've just never been in the right place at the right time.

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Most people would think not having Black-capped Chickadee is pathetic, but I'm always too far south for them. We get tons of Carolinas, though.  :rolleyes:

 

For me, Horned Grebe is a great gap on my list. They're regular Winter residents here but I guess I've just never been in the right place at the right time.

 

I actually have both of those! No painted buntings or yellow-throated warblers, though. Sigh.

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And you are in Georgia meghann! Black-capped chickadee would be very rare in GA but you could probably nab a horned grebe down there Liam

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Blue-winged Teal

Bonaparte's Gull

Yellow Warbler

Ivory, come on  :)  ;)

BW Teal- had about 100 at Mattamuskeet in February

Bonaparte's Gull-Mattamuskeet or Ft. Fisher area in winter

Yellow Warbler-had about 10 at Valle Crucis this summer

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Ivory, come on  :)  ;)

BW Teal- had about 100 at Mattamuskeet in February

Bonaparte's Gull-Mattamuskeet or Ft. Fisher area in winter

Yellow Warbler-had about 10 at Valle Crucis this summer

 

I think my biggest problem is I rarely get to go to these places.  North Carolina has such great birding opportunities, yet my parents don't take me birding very often.  Virtually all my birding is done in or near my yard.

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My most pathetic bird that I'm missing on my life list is the Red-shouldered Hawk.

I'm hoping I'm not the only one missing a common bird.

( not for birders over 250 lifers, they probably have all the more common birds )

Watch the powerlines in FL, Tru! RSHA are the most common raptors in FL!

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I finally knocked off a couple this spring: Western Screech-Owl and Cassin's Vireo.

 

I still don't have a Pacific Wren yet (but I do have Winter Wren).

 

One of the more common birds I don't have yet is Black-billed Magpie, but in fairness I've never been in the right part of the country.

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Watch the powerlines in FL, Tru! RSHA are the most common raptors in FL!

 

I agree.  You have a good chance to see them on your trip!

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And you are in Georgia meghann! Black-capped chickadee would be very rare in GA but you could probably nab a horned grebe down there Liam

 

Yeah, the black-capped was at my grandparent's house, which is not in Georgia. The horned grebe wasn't in Georgia, either, for that matter. Apparently yellow-throated warblers are everywhere here in Georgia, except wherever I'm at.

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I know you may laugh, but I still need Passenger Pigeon! Others say they have hundreds of thousands fly over their house, but not me!

( not for birders over 250 lifers, they probably have all the more common birds )

I agree, having 256 species in Michigan, I don't have an obvious nemesis. The birds I need take some work to find.

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I think my biggest problem is I rarely get to go to these places.  North Carolina has such great birding opportunities, yet my parents don't take me birding very often.  Virtually all my birding is done in or near my yard.

That sucks. But really, I would suggest a mountain trip in summer.

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Watch the powerlines in FL, Tru! RSHA are the most common raptors in FL!

I am on a golf course that is closed right now, I've wandered a few times hoping to find a Red-shouldered Hawk. Every time I look, they are never there, or they call a few times, them become silent! They should be all over the golf course, right?

So far, I've seen these raptors:

4 Osprey

5 Coop

3 Red-tails

Hell, I've even seen a Bald Eagle!

The closest I've come to finding one is when a Mocker imitated the hawk, when I looked in the tree, it flew down, and mocked me.

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My most pathetic misses are Brown-Headed Nuthatch (I've been to FL every year of my life and never seen one).

 

The worst of them all is Red Knot. I simply cannot find one, in FL or in MA. Its annoying.

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I know you may laugh, but I still need Passenger Pigeon! Others say they have hundreds of thousands fly over their house, but not me!

Are you talking to others with a ouija board? I don't think I'll ever see a Passenger Pigeon, either.

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I am on a golf course that is closed right now, I've wandered a few times hoping to find a Red-shouldered Hawk. Every time I look, they are never there, or they call a few times, them become silent! They should be all over the golf course, right?

So far, I've seen these raptors:

4 Osprey

5 Coop

3 Red-tails

Hell, I've even seen a Bald Eagle!

The closest I've come to finding one is when a Mocker imitated the hawk, when I looked in the tree, it flew down, and mocked me.

That's pretty incredible luck...I've been in FL for about three weeks since I got back from NV and seen one Red-tail, one Coop, and about 100 RSHA! I'll send some down your way ;)

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Marsh Wren. I've listened and looked and looked but cannot seem to find them where others have. But i am NOT giving up:)

 

Edit:  Found it! Two, actually. I spent over an hour listening to them. Finally!

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Good topic!

 

I won't count Eastern birds; only ones I have a chance of seeing in CA:

 

Black-billed Magpie -- saw it before I started keeping my life list (at Tahoe). Same with Bald Eagle.

Brown Creeper -- I want this one badly!

Golden-crowned Sparrow -- supposedly common wintering birds here, hoping to see it this winter. Same with Fox Sparrow.

GC and RC Kinglets -- Also want to see them this winter

CA Gull, Herring Gull, Common Loon, grebes, Pelagic and Brandt's Cormorants, rocky shore birds, you name it -- I need a trip to the coast!

Lots of ducks and sandpipers -- hoping to grow my list this winter

Marsh Wren, Wilson's and Orange Crowned Warblers, Olive-sided and Pac-slope Flycatchers

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