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Major dips in 2018

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37 minutes ago, Sean C. said:

Isabel (the traveler) did one for 2017, so here's the 2018 one ;)

Maybe a little early yet? ;):P

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2 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

Maybe a little early yet? ;):P

:lol:

the last one was created on January 16th, so not really early :P

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2 minutes ago, Sean C. said:

:lol:

the last one was created on January 16th, so not really early :P

FIVE days isn't early? :huh:

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Just now, MerMaeve said:

FIVE days isn't early? :huh:

:lol:

I meant mid January isn't early for this :rolleyes::P

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1 minute ago, Sean C. said:

:lol:

I meant mid January isn't early for this :rolleyes::P

I knew that!  I just had to tease you tho!

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2 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

I knew that!  I just had to tease you tho!

oh ok :lol::lol:

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2 minutes ago, Sean C. said:

oh ok :lol::lol:

I come from a large family who is always teasing each other. :wacko::P

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1 minute ago, MerMaeve said:

I come from a large family who is always teasing each other. :wacko::P

me too :P so I understand

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Too early?  Not at all.  While they may not be members here, I'm sure there are plenty of people in central SC who struck out earlier this week, chasing the Snowy Owl  photographed on the north shore of Lake Murray and reported in the local media.

For the record, I wasn't among those making the attempt.

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There was an American Tree Sparrow here in Georgia that I attempted last week but was unsuccessful. Did get the Greater White-fronted Geese, though, as a well out of season Painted Bunting, so the day wasn't a total loss!

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It's never too early to dip on a bird. 

I haven't had any major dips in 2018, but have missed several birds that I looked for (Dusky-capped Flycatcher, Red-throated Pipit, Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Magnolia Warbler, Northern Parula, and Rusty Blackbird).  To balance that out, I have seen Greater Pewee, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Thick-billed Kingbird, Nazca Booby, Harris's Hawk, Ovenbird, Pine Warbler, and Neotropic Cormorant.  Best of all, I was able to see the first state record of Tropical Parula.

Yes, Southern California is a great place to bird.

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I (and many others) dipped on a Varied Thrush spotted near the Maine/NH border.  It's a tale as old as time, a non-birder posted a picture of a "robin" which in fact was the VT. There was a mad rush to get down the next day, and sure enough, nothing. There was an overwintering Hermit Thrush which was nice, but no VT. 

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When you get off work early,  grab your birding buddy and you are 60 minutes in to a 90 minute drive to see a glaucous gull and you get an email from another birder telling you they are there and can't locate it.  Then,  5 minutes later get an email from another birder who went at 8:30 this morning and also couldn't locate it, but didn't tell anyone until 4... AND long tailed duck and lesser black backed gull also decide to no-show...triple dip. 

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I did finally get my American Tree Sparrow from my post above. 

On my recent South Georgia trip, I got some birds I REALLY wanted, but also dipped on some others I really wanted: Snow and/or Ross Goose, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Sandhill Crane. Will be a long time before I have a shot at any of them again, so it was disappointing.

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5 hours ago, meghann said:

Sandhill Crane.

Really?  They are all over the place come spring at the marshes/fields/ponds/wetlands.

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3 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

Really?  They are all over the place come spring at the marshes/fields/ponds/wetlands.

Yep. I even stopped for hours in an area where people had been reporting mass migrations overhead for days. Nothing. 

Sigh.

They don't tend to migrate over my side of the state, it's more over the Atlanta side. I have a better chance and getting those or snow geese at some point, but those Vermillion Flycatchers are only going to be found down where I was on the trip, which is a long drive.

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Oh yeah, dipped on Trumpeter Swans on that trip, too. Birder at the lake was like "they were here yesterday!" 

<_<

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2 minutes ago, meghann said:

Oh yeah, dipped on Trumpeter Swans on that trip, too. Birder at the lake was like "they were here yesterday!" 

<_<

Come up here and you'll get both Sandhills and Trumpeters!

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1 minute ago, MerMaeve said:

Come up here and you'll get both Sandhills and Trumpeters!

That would be great. . . .except I'm working on my Georgia list.

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15 minutes ago, meghann said:

That would be great. . . .except I'm working on my Georgia list.

Well, I wish I could help you but........

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2 minutes ago, MerMaeve said:

Well, I wish I could help you but........

Ok, you're going to need a really big net, and a van. . .

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