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creeker

Lifers found, but not when birding...........

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creeker    4167

So where is the strangest place you ever got a non-birding lifer? I've gotten several while driving, hunting, running, fishing, etc., but the best was many years ago I was out having dinner with a date at a restaurant located on the bay, overlooking a bunch of docked boats. It was dark out, and a Black Skimmer was skimming the areas between the boats. It was cool because back then Skimmers were rarely seen here.

 

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Melierax    2700

Awesome topic! I'm not sure where the STRANGEST place is that I've accidentally gotten a lifer... but here's a few:

Barn Owl and Short-eared Owl on the highway (separate instances). Awesome birds! Too bad I couldn't really enjoy them.

Ring-necked Pheasant on my street was a good one.

Red Crossbill while hiking, not birding at all. I actually got to see them and take photos and everything! By far the most enjoyable Crossbill experience I've had.

I'm sure I've got a lot more, but that's it for now.

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creeker    4167

I think owls are one of the most common lifers gotten while driving, due to the fact that they hunt on the roadside. My first Burrowing Owl was a roadside bird. Back when I was in college, we used to load up a van of guys and head to Santa Cruz for the beach. There was one interchange where this Burrowing Owl would sit on top of a road sign. I used to see him each weekend in the summer. My first sighting of a wild Western Screech Owl was a close flyover at night while driving. Have seen countless Barn Owls and more than a few Great Horneds in night flyovers while driving.

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IvoryBillHope    1408

My first owl was a Barred Owl that flew up out of nowhere and landed in a tree along the side of a parking lot I was walking through.  

 

Another somewhat odd location for a lifer was my first (and only) Limpkins, a pair walking along the side of a pond right outside the hotel I was staying at in Walt Disney World.  I was in eighth grade at the time, and my family and I were walking to the hotel pool when we happened upon them.  Definitely a big bonus of that vacation!

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The Bird Nuts    1722

We were getting out of the vehicle in a Taco Bell parking lot when we heard and saw our first Fish Crows perched on the powerlines across the street.  We watched them out the windows while we ate our tacos. :-)

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creeker    4167

Ha! Our local taco bell had a Greater Roadrunner near the drive thru last year....but they're not uncommon around here.

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Astrobirder    3419

I guess it was the bunch that I've gotten in the car on various roadtrips (Mississippi Kite, Wood Stork, RTHA when I started out, etc.)

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creeker    4167
1 hour ago, The Pumaman said:

There is no such thing as "not birding."

Well, my first example was looking out a window at night while on a dinner date, so not birding then. :P

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patbirddude    3015

Mine is probably a Eurasian Wigeon, that I saw at the local library swimming in a pond while looking through the windows.

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Melierax    2700
16 hours ago, creeker said:

Well, my first example was looking out a window at night while on a dinner date, so not birding then. :P

I would bird at a dinner date :lol:

But I see what you're saying. Not birding itself, more like not on a birding trip. 

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darknight    4946

I'm with Pumaman. I am not familiar with this concept of "not birding" of which you speak. There is simply birding, and being stuck inside away from the window. 

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creeker    4167
2 hours ago, darknight said:

I'm with Pumaman. I am not familiar with this concept of "not birding" of which you speak. There is simply birding, and being stuck inside away from the window. 

Lol! 

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Shyanni    623

Black-necked Stilt while driving past a slough in southern Alberta -- no one behind us for a hundred miles, hadn't seen another car for over an hour, and my husband would not pull over for two seconds so I could take a picture out the window, because we might 'block traffic'. Need I say -- he's not a birder.

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Aveschapines    2107

I got my first Turquoise-Browed Motmot on the bus on the way to Coban, a work trip. There it was, perched by the side of the road waiting for me! Definitely not a birding trip, and there was nobody to tell because my coworkers were totally unimpressed. I actually called a friend to get some proper appreciation! 

And my very first lifer, an Eastern Bluebird, was sitting in a tree behind my house while I was looking at the sign two blocks away I was using to evaluate my eyesight after my cataract surgery. That's how all this got started!

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spyonabird    770

Ovenbird on the streets of Baltimore.  I was attending a conference for NAEE ( National association of Enviromental Educators) 

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IvoryBillHope    1408
 

Ovenbird on the streets of Baltimore.  I was attending a conference for NAEE ( National association of Enviromental Educators) 

Interestingly, my first Ovenbird was seen on the streets of Washington, D.C., as was my first Common Yellowthroat. 

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