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I believe he just put his whole life list in one list, which is one way of putting it on eBird, but at least hide it from the output for pete's sake!

He saw BTGO in Florida?

He probably just entered everything offered on the species list.

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No, he probably lives in Florida, but put his whole life list in as one checklist. He didn't see them all in Florida.

Or, we're checking off House Finch in Florida, and he's seeing the same bird and going "Score! Hoary Redpoll!" :D

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There's a small beach park about 30 minutes from here, called Venetian Shores, that wouldn't look very significant at a first glance. It has a small gravelly beach, some playgrounds a large parking lot, some ball fields and a seasonal eatery. It just looks like the place where you'd find a big flock of House Sparrows, Starlings and Pigeons, with maybe a few Mourning Doves.

Guess again:

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L4009428

The checklist from November 14, 2015 is very interesting.

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Wow! 67 species! :P

Half of them are either somewhat common species in peculiar places (like Gannets diving into the Great South Bay) or extreme rarities (A SANDHILL CRANE!!!).

I'm going there on Thanksgiving to see what rarity will cross paths with me.

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You understand I was kidding, right? I would say at least 100 is a good hotspot, not saying that this one isn't.

Sandhill Cranes actually aren't too rare in the Northeast. They are regular migrants and breed very locally.

But they're rare on Long Island. It's sorta like Pileated Woodpeckers, common on the mainland but an extreme rarity on Long Island.

Last 10 years of reports show only a few:

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The red point is Venetian Shores

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Levee Pond Park in Fife, WA, is a tiny little pond with a walking path around it, as well as a little bit of overgrown grass. Despite the small size, it's racked up 103 species so far (with 84 seen by me. ^^) It's a surprisingly good place for shorebirds in fall when the water level drops and has seen rarities (yes, rarities) such as Short-billed Dowitcher, Redhead, Eastern Kingbird, and some more regular, but still scarce, species.

http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L2687167?yr=all&m=&rank=mrec

Sadly, variety has dropped over the last few months, likely due to cutting back blackberry bushes and other plant life. Waterfowl aren't as abundant as last year either...

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It was literally a huge dump, one of the largest in the world. It was heavily polluted, but now it's a wildlife reserve.

Oh ok.

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