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Old 11-23-2014, 11:35 AM   #1 
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Anyone else a Birder?

I'm a bird watcher, Or a birder for short, and I was just wondering if anyone else here is a birder?

Also, I would love to hear your guys Favorite lifer ( Once in a life time sorta thing) bird, And where you guys saw it :)
and how long have you been birding?
Also, What type of bird are you burning to see?
Oh! And whats your favorite bird?

For me, My favorite lifer bird, was a common grackle. Yes they are common, but I remember it was my first ever lifer bird, I saw it at my house, in Ohio.

I started birding when I was pretty young, I officially started about two years ago, But I was always pretty good at bird IDs, and I remember I would always run in to the house and start telling my mom about how I had just seen a robin caring for her babies, or what ever bird I had seen. lol.

I REALLY REALLY want to see a Snowy Owl, a ruddy duck and a snow goose. But a snowy owl is on the top of my want to see list. They are just sooo majestic! It would Really be a beautiful sight to see!

My Favorite type of bird. OOO, now thats hard. I actually have three, ruddy ducks, red shouldered hawks and snowy owls. :)

Looking forward to hearing from any other Birders! and feel free to share any funny or cool stories!
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Old 11-23-2014, 06:09 PM   #2 
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I wouldn't call myself a birder but I think birds a nice. I've seen many from the common ones like blue jays, cardinals, and hawks to the more uncommon (in my area at least) such as vultures and bald eagles.

I remember seeing a turkey vulture up close, like 5 feet away. Those things are massive with what had to be six foot wingspan. And I see where they get their namesake because I've seen actual wild turkeys and they look very much alike.

The bird I would like to see is a minah bird. Supposedly one of the most intelligent birds able to speak.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:07 PM   #3 
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I love birding and have been doing it for many years!

My lifer bird was definitely a Bobwhite which was a few weeks ago. I spotted them in the Adirondacks in Northern NY. I love Common Loons (here them every night up at school) and Osprey!

I saw Snowy owls last winter, they were incredible.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:22 PM   #4 
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I wouldn't call myself a birdwatcher, but I like looking at birds and IDing the more unusual ones I spot when I next get online.

Best bird experience was coming around a corner in our car on the way to a country property and there was a wedge-tail eagle trying to lift a dead fox off the side of the road. Second to that, was when a hawk or something similar went right over my head at my grandparent's old farm chasing after a smaller bird.

Our suburb is full of native trees and has a lot of bushland and parks, so we get a decent number of neat birds here like the family of Tawny frogmouths I see when walking at night (and sometimes in the day), as well as the more common birds such as noisy miners, wattle birds, butcherbirds, kookaburras, kurrawongs, cockatoos, galahs, lorikeets, magpies, and corellas.

At my grandparent's farm because they backed onto National park and had no cats, they would get the lovely little wrens that all the predatory birds and cats chase off here.
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