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ABA-Area Bird Number 500!

10,000 Birds

This post is old news to those who pay attention to what I say on Facebook but I am still pleased as punch to point out that I have finally reached the 500-bird milestone in the American Birding Association area (basically North America north of Mexico). After my adventure on 22 December with Seagull Steve during which we saw Gray Hawk , Chestnut-collared Longspur , and Yellow-billed Magpie , a magnificent trio of lifers, I was stuck at 499 birds.

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Painted Redstart at Irvine Lake

10,000 Birds

I have been relatively negligent about having blogged about the birding I did while I was there so I thought I would try to rectify my lackadaisical attitude with a quick post about a quick twitch for a rather stunning bird. In 2012 I got my 500th bird in the ABA area when I twitched a Painted Redstart at Lacy Park in San Marino, California. In fact, as of this post the bird is still present.) And, yeah, it was no problem at all to see this bird.

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