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I'm excited to see how far I go. One of my goals this year is to get out and hike the trails around my world and visit the beaches more.. So I hope I remember to take the camera with me. Here's to 2018!

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TonyQ

Welcome aboard! I look forward to seeing birds from your part of the world

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Peter Connan

Looking forward to your thread Lyss!

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Dave Williams

Should be good indeed. Might even persuade me to revisit Florida. Haven't been to the USA for 19 years now and would love to revisit the Everglades.

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michael-ibk

Welcome aboard, @Lyss, wonderful to have a new participant. I look forward to seeing birds from your part of the world!

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Treepol

@Lyssits great that you are participating in the 2018 Big Year. I will be very interested to see bird photos from your part of the world, which is on my longlist of places to visit.

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elefromoz

@Lyss, looking forward to seeing your local Birds, and their habitat. I love your great, diverse country and will certainly be back, I've never ventured down your way so it will all be new to me.

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xelas

Same here, @Lyss, looking forward with interest to see the birdlife of your back garden. 

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lmSA84

@Lyss - add my name to list of those looking forward to your list

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  • 4 weeks later...

I'm sorry It's taken so long to get to my first post. I don't get to go out and bird often, and real life is a bit demanding at the moment, but without further adieu my first birds of 2018. 

 

Date photos were taken: January 13,2018

Location: Chain of Lakes park in Titusville, FL on the Space Coast.

Equipment: Nikon Coolpix 510p

Additional Info: It was quite cold and overcast so the birding was no where near where it could of been.

Bird count: 14

 

1)  Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

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2) Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

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3) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

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4) Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)

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5) Great Blue Heron (male) (Ardea herodias)

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6) Great Egret (Ardea alba)

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7) Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

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8) Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

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9) Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula)

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10) Rock (Feral) Pigeon (Columba livia) *These are considered exotic species in FL.

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11) Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

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12) White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

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13) Palm Warbler (Dendrocia palmarum)

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14) Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

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Sometimes the weather just do not want to cooperate ... but birds are always out there! 

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14 species photographed is still a nice tally.

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elefromoz

@Lyss, off to a flying start there. Some of your Birds are familiar, some are completely new and some have the same name as ours but are completely different. I was intrigued by the "Space Coast", but a quick search cleared that up, Im probably the only one who wasn't aware of that :huh:. You learn so much here...

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@Lyss

A great start. I have not heard of a Grackle so I am learning as well as enjoying.

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Galana

A very good start. 14 is a good days work.

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Thanks all. Hoping to go out again this weekend. Possibly to one of the marshes to get a few of those. I'm hoping to get a Spoonbill before they leave.

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It's been awhile since my first post, but it's time to update my bird list.

This will be compiled from two different dates but at the same location during different weather conditions.

2/3/2018 & 2/17/2018

 

15) Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)

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16) Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus)

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17) Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)

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18) Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)

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18) Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

It's a bit tricky as there is a gull in the way, but it is the bird with the black tip to its red bill.

Caspian_Tern.thumb.jpg.8be325449b8286c1f0191ba70bef0c45.jpg

 

19) Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)

I made an error on my previous list the bird at #2 is actually a Snowy Egret (Egretta thula). I'm not sure if I can edit the post itself anymore.

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20) Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)

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21) Dunlin (Calidris alpina)

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22) Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)

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23) Fish Crow (Corvus ossifragus)

Fish Crow

 

24) Sanderling (Calidris alba)

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25) American Coot (Fulica americana)

Foraging Coot

 

26) Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri)

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27) Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

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28) A pair of Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

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29) Killdeer (CHaradrius vociferus)

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30) Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)

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31) Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor)

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32) Osprey (Pandion haliaetus)

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33) Semipalmated Plover (Charadrius semipalmatus)

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34) Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens)

Reddish_Egret-2.thumb.jpg.a14ab9ecc38a66e2a70878aff1c9abdc.jpg

 

35) Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

Ring-billed_Gull.thumb.jpg.d086239fc3eb4cda047b9dfe2c3438ed.jpg

 

36) American Robins (Turdus migratorius)

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37) Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

Royal_Tern.thumb.jpg.3cc1e0163d0b8f32240c22ea1a331431.jpg

 

38) Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja)

Rosette_Spoonbill.thumb.jpg.a2f66ff2f2ae86fa655148afd2801816.jpg

 

39) Barred Owl (Strix varia)

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40) Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)

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On 1/31/2018 at 0:18 AM, Lyss said:

I'm sorry It's taken so long to get to my first post. I don't get to go out and bird often, and real life is a bit demanding at the moment, but without further adieu my first birds of 2018. 

 

Date photos were taken: January 13,2018

Location: Chain of Lakes park in Titusville, FL on the Space Coast.

Equipment: Nikon Coolpix 510p

Additional Info: It was quite cold and overcast so the birding was no where near where it could of been.

Bird count: 14

 

1)  Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Anhinga-3.thumb.jpg.efb95376c9d3b934ad905049947279ad.jpg

 

2) Snowy Egret (Egretta thula)

5a7149d83901f_CattleEgret.thumb.jpg.1767b81e54502661598cb8c15a3a4601.jpg

 

3) Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus)

5a7149df1816d_Double-crestedCormorant.thumb.jpg.b93f5a4b811eccff61168783987f4e58.jpg

 

4) Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major)

Grackles.thumb.jpg.2b7c051d671a943a2cf49395faca24cd.jpg

 

5) Great Blue Heron (male) (Ardea herodias)

5a714a091293b_GreatBlueHeron.thumb.jpg.c2c77971d64c8d733a3c5f7c50bff526.jpg

 

6) Great Egret (Ardea alba)

5a714a0dda0b1_GreatEgret.thumb.jpg.92dce36c3dc8e871d6ca5edf9e2ae431.jpg

 

7) Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea)

5a714a147ccb7_LittleBlueHeron-2.thumb.jpg.eeae5d63ba9e1cd4be5ab1d28e9200d0.jpg

 

8) Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

5a714a207a485_LoggerheadShrike-4.thumb.jpg.5036afe315499f29276b8e9a40e867f2.jpg

 

9) Mottled Ducks (Anas fulvigula)

5a714a35c56fc_Cominginforlanding.thumb.jpg.8a2cd2c86ca60f6a8952c927f63c5ce5.jpg

 

10) Rock (Feral) Pigeon (Columba livia) *These are considered exotic species in FL.

5a714a4d4b0bc_RockPigeon(Feral).thumb.jpg.d67760775ff6c559cc2285afe632a60d.jpg

 

11) Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

5a714a4fcf1bf_SoaringTurkeyVulture.thumb.jpg.3a68b2896e0e48b605364df1c5882c67.jpg

 

12) White Ibis (Eudocimus albus)

5a714a5388569_WhiteIbis.thumb.jpg.492f6416869d350d79ea51acc1563193.jpg

 

13) Palm Warbler (Dendrocia palmarum)

5a71506f536eb_PalmWarbler(2).thumb.jpg.86dd49d02000513838af424435ee6dfb.jpg

 

14) Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)

5a714eee16f3c_GlossyIbis-2.thumb.jpg.1735691e75d6db96e2e65e83adb5e40e.jpg

I wanted to fix my identification error. You will now see that #2 says Snowy Egret and not Cattle Egret like it was before.

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Kitsafari

Nice additions! love that colourful roseatte spoonbill. 

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TonyQ

Well done with excellent additions. The hooded Merganser is a beauty. I find it very interesting to compare similarities and differences between your birds and those in the UK.

 

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Galana

Good to note the correction with the Egret and the growing collection.

In a previous life I did visit USA so knew Grackles but never heard of a Fish Crow. Never too old as they say.

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elefromoz

@Lyss, what a range of diverse additions over only two days, you've got a little bit of everything in the mix. My ignorance knows no bounds, "Black Vultures", what a surprise to me.

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Peter Connan

What fascinating birds you find! Thank you.

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On 3/21/2018 at 7:22 AM, elefromoz said:

@Lyss, what a range of diverse additions over only two days, you've got a little bit of everything in the mix. My ignorance knows no bounds, "Black Vultures", what a surprise to me.

 

Florida is very lucky in it's diverse habitats we are able to see birds of all types.

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