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Birding has been SO GOOD these last couple of weeks. Got my mom 3 lifers in one 10-minute jaunt across the street from her house. I got one -- Townsend's Warbler. Plus I almost got my ass kicked by a turkey that was displaying like whoa. Today I barely missed another lifer: Mourning Warbler. Saw it fly, but didn't get a good enough look for it to count (it was positively ID'd by the people I was birding with). This weekend I'm going to try to knock another lifer off the list: Golden-winged Warbler. Gotta travel upstate a bit to do that.

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We went to a park over the weekend, a bit out of our normal way.

We saw lyrebirds! We heard them well before we saw them because they were making the sounds of traffic! They're completely amazing imitators, they can make pretty much any sound.

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On 5/23/2018 at 8:08 PM, Xray the Enforcer said:

This weekend I'm going to try to knock another lifer off the list: Golden-winged Warbler. Gotta travel upstate a bit to do that.

And mission accomplished. Went to Sterling Forest state park and got three Golden-winged Warblers. Also got Mr. X another lifer in the form of a Prairie Warbler. And we saw two Yellow-billed Cuckoos, which is always a gas.  

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Congrats on the sightings, Xray!  One question, though:  What's a "lifer"?  Is this a birding term? 

 

We've had people working on the back of our house for the last several weeks, which has disrupted the feeding of our birdies tremendously.  And our ducks haven't been around either.  :cry: 

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2 hours ago, Tears of Lys said:

Congrats on the sightings, Xray!  One question, though:  What's a "lifer"?  Is this a birding term? 

It’s when you see a bird you’ve never seen before in your life.

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Birding has been frustrating since I've been home.  

1.  The fledgling / juveniles are to learn all over again.

2.  The FROGS.  OMG, The young frogs sounded like cat-sheep-ducks for about two weeks.  We have standing water that starts two blocks away regularly, but creeps towards us when it's very, VERY rainy.  I thought I had some crazy new birds. The juvie frog voices were NUTS.

I do love the frogs, now that I know what they are,  and the water is attracting lots of crows, gulls, starlings and the odd egret.

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