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When is a Vulture Not a Vulture?

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Alas, although I was once a California boy, I have never seen a California Condor. Here in Mexico, I can almost always count on Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures to pad each outing’s list by two species. Occasionally I have been lucky enough to see Lesser Yellow-headed Vultures in tropical Mexico.

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Myiarchus Mysteries

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Alas – both Trinidad and Tobago each have two Myiarchus flycatchers. Notorious for being difficult to identify, the ideal situation would be to have no possible overlap of species. One is found on Trinidad only, the other on Tobago only – and the third is found on both islands.

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Maine Jumpstarted My 2021 Birding

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You’d think I could have begun my 2021 year list with something less familiar in Florida. A Red-breasted Nuthatch perhaps? A Hairy Woodpecker ? Even a Black-capped Chickadee. On the morning of January 1st, I woke up to Mourning Doves pecking beneath my parents’ bird feeder. Birding from a Maine beach. But still!

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Another Look

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Alas, I must wait for another opportunity. So we waited, and waited. It preened, looked around, preened some more, fluffed up a bit. After about half an hour, it began to vocalize – and then flew off into the darkness. Thankfully I had seen it earlier this year and there were no powerlines around that time.

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Afforestation

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Alas, only 12 plants remain from that season, victims of my inexperienced care. Alas, this is what I must trim. (The neighbors had advised me, from experience, that planting trees without excluding the local free-ranging livestock would be an exercise in futility: first challenge overcome.)

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2020)

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Alas, I didn’t locate any but found enjoyment in a prolonged standoff between mobbing Red-eyed Vireos and a Blue Jay who refused to take the hint. How am I supposed to enjoy a pre-summer weekend dressed in all these layers? Despite my disdain for this unseasonable chill, I chased a variety of Rochester rarities this weekend.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of March 2020)

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Alas, the pickings were slim apart from one freezing raptor counter. Sometimes the little things really do mean the most. Ivy and I braved what I hope is the last bout of winter cold in these parts to see what was happening at the Braddock Bay Hawk Watch platfrom.

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