What was your last lifer?...

All things winged, in the field or your own private aviary.

Moderator: Scott Waters

Post Reply
User avatar
Tim Borski
Posts: 1855
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 6:28 am
Location: FL Keys
Contact:

What was your last lifer?...

Post by Tim Borski » June 9th, 2010, 8:26 am

I loved this thread; it needs to be reinstated...
Tim

Carribean Short-Eared Owl. 10 Jan 2010

Image

User avatar
dezertwerx
Posts: 809
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 3:05 pm
Location: So Cal

Re: When was your last lifer?...

Post by dezertwerx » June 9th, 2010, 9:18 am

That would be last Saturday night in Arizona...

Lichanura trivirgata gracia - Desert Rosy Boa
Image
Image

User avatar
herpseeker1978
Posts: 1137
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 7:05 am
Location: Albuquerque

Re: When was your last lifer?...

Post by herpseeker1978 » June 9th, 2010, 5:46 pm

Image
Vermillion Flycatcher

Josh

User avatar
wayne_fidler
Posts: 165
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:50 pm
Location: onslow co NC
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by wayne_fidler » June 10th, 2010, 7:15 pm

well not a technical lifer its the first one I got pics of anhinga


Image

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » June 11th, 2010, 8:09 am

Botteri's Sparrow - not a lifer, but my first ABA record for the species.

Image

User avatar
Mike VanValen
Posts: 2073
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 3:41 pm
Location: Connecticut
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Mike VanValen » June 11th, 2010, 5:29 pm

My last lifer was a clapper rail in Virginia. I'm not that big on birding but I like to keep track.

User avatar
Gyri
Posts: 919
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 3:18 pm
Location: Northern New England

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Gyri » June 12th, 2010, 6:46 pm

Sandhill Crane. There is a pair nesting in the wetland below my house. Odd thing is that I live in Vermont...

User avatar
Curtis Hart
Posts: 595
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:07 pm
Location: Hillsdale County, Michigan

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Curtis Hart » June 13th, 2010, 5:47 pm

Black-footed Albatross
Image
Image

User avatar
pete
Posts: 745
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 6:11 pm
Location: cape cod ma.

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by pete » June 14th, 2010, 6:36 pm

not a technical lifer but i picked up a ruff on my way to work this am. it's been over 20 years since i've seen one.

Gyri that's really cool about the cranes!! I've seen several singles here this spring and two pairs flying by(pretty unmistakable birds). is that a first breeding record for vt?

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » June 16th, 2010, 12:48 pm

Curtis,

Cool lifer. Procellariform lifers always trump passerines!

Chris

Josh Vandermeulen
Posts: 28
Joined: June 14th, 2010, 8:11 pm
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Josh Vandermeulen » June 16th, 2010, 3:11 pm

Latest "lifer" - not technically a lifer but new to my Ontario list. Had a Snowy Egret fly over my study area a few days ago. ON bird #303 I think.

User avatar
Gyri
Posts: 919
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 3:18 pm
Location: Northern New England

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Gyri » July 3rd, 2010, 8:47 pm

pete wrote:not a technical lifer but i picked up a ruff on my way to work this am. it's been over 20 years since i've seen one.

Gyri that's really cool about the cranes!! I've seen several singles here this spring and two pairs flying by(pretty unmistakable birds). is that a first breeding record for vt?
Technically yes though the same two birds have been nesting here for the past 8 years. In the past couple years their young have been returning to the area as well. I only moved to this spot a year ago and had not seen them before.

User avatar
Kent VanSooy
Posts: 1100
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 6:51 am
Location: Oceanside

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Kent VanSooy » July 9th, 2010, 11:54 am

CA Condor

Image

Image

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » July 9th, 2010, 1:51 pm

Kent VanSooy wrote:CA Condor
Of course, depending on how big an ABA rules stickler you are, you can't count that bird as a lifer.
AFAIK, there are no countable CA Condors in the wild right now because they are all "hacked" birds.

The same is true for Aplomado Falcons in south Texas (although not West TX and NM).
I don't get hung up on those rules strictly, but I haven't bothered to chase any of the Aplomado Falcons in the Rio Grande Valley for the same reason.

Chris

User avatar
Kent VanSooy
Posts: 1100
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 6:51 am
Location: Oceanside

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Kent VanSooy » July 9th, 2010, 3:06 pm

I'm not a stickler at all, and I was REALLY jazzed to see that dinosaur, so for this non-serious birder, it counted! But I understand your point Chris.

User avatar
Tim Borski
Posts: 1855
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 6:28 am
Location: FL Keys
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Tim Borski » July 10th, 2010, 8:55 am

chrish, what is a "hacked" bird? I assume, one that was born in captivity and then released in the wild?

User avatar
Nick Scobel
Posts: 232
Joined: June 10th, 2010, 8:35 pm
Location: Southeast Michigan
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Nick Scobel » July 16th, 2010, 10:57 am

Large-breasted Bed Thrasher :lol:

User avatar
Gyri
Posts: 919
Joined: June 8th, 2010, 3:18 pm
Location: Northern New England

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Gyri » July 19th, 2010, 1:17 pm

Tim Borski wrote:chrish, what is a "hacked" bird? I assume, one that was born in captivity and then released in the wild?
Hacking generally means hatchlings, either captive born or collected in an area where that species is common, are raised in outdoor enclosures in habitat where the population restoration is taking place and with extremely limited contact with humans. Ideally the birds never even see the humans that are caring for them.

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » July 23rd, 2010, 8:12 am

Just got back from a very quick trip to Spain.

Didn't get to do much birding, but I added 9 lifers:

Montague's Harrier
Eurasian Kestrel
Crested Tit
Spotless Starling

and five that I got crappy photos of:

European Green Woodpecker
Image

Short-toed Treecreeper
Image

European Nuthatch (no, really...it is! :lol: )
Image

European Griffon
Image

and finally a bird that had eluded me on all my other European trips - the European Jay!
Image

Chris

Josh Vandermeulen
Posts: 28
Joined: June 14th, 2010, 8:11 pm
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Josh Vandermeulen » August 2nd, 2010, 6:44 am

Black-bellied Whistling Duck - will probably be the 3rd accepted record for Ontario. Excuse the poor digiscoped shots.

Josh

Image

Image

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » August 3rd, 2010, 6:12 am

BBWD? Wow, that bird seems a long way out of the way. The fly over my house ever morning and breed on the pond at work, but I'm a wee bit south of you.

Are they sure it isn't an escapee from somewhere?

Josh Vandermeulen
Posts: 28
Joined: June 14th, 2010, 8:11 pm
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Josh Vandermeulen » August 3rd, 2010, 9:09 am

Chris,

It certainly was a bit out of its range, that is for sure! Most birders seem to think that this is a wild bird - there is no evidence of it being captive, and this is a good Whistling Duck year for Ontario (if there is such a thing!). Two seperate flocks were seen in late spring, as well as this bird. I guess there is no way to know for sure... I guess we will just have to wait and see if the record gets accepted.


Josh

Josh Vandermeulen
Posts: 28
Joined: June 14th, 2010, 8:11 pm
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Josh Vandermeulen » August 10th, 2010, 10:34 am

To continue the string of southern rarities this summer.....I saw a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher last Saturday (will post some poor digiscoped photos up when I get to it). Hatch year bird by the looks of it. It is shaping up to be a good year for vagrants!

Josh

User avatar
Curtis Hart
Posts: 595
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:07 pm
Location: Hillsdale County, Michigan

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Curtis Hart » August 27th, 2010, 4:35 pm

I'm out in New Brunswick looking for whales. I did manage a few lifer birds as well.


Red Pharalope
Razorbill
Atlantic Puffin (I saw one flying in '93, don't know if I counted that)
Greater Shearwater

I only have a picture of the Greater Shearwater. I'll add others if I get them tomorrow.
Image

User avatar
Andy Avram
Posts: 897
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 9:37 am
Location: NE Ohio

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Andy Avram » August 28th, 2010, 1:10 pm

No pictures but I finally got my Yellow-throated Warbler the other day while on a field trip for work. That was a long awaited bird that I should have seen many times over.

Andy

Josh Vandermeulen
Posts: 28
Joined: June 14th, 2010, 8:11 pm
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Josh Vandermeulen » August 28th, 2010, 2:53 pm

Curtis,
Looks like a sweet trip out there! Nice shot of the Greater Shearwater.

Andy,
they are a stunning bird, aren't they? Did you see it in Ohio?


Recent lifers here in Ontario include Great Gray Owl, Spruce Grouse (both up in Algonquin) and Buff-breasted Sandpiper I found the other day at my favorite sewage lagoon.

Josh

User avatar
Andy Avram
Posts: 897
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 9:37 am
Location: NE Ohio

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Andy Avram » September 1st, 2010, 7:25 am

Andy,
they are a stunning bird, aren't they? Did you see it in Ohio?

Recent lifers here in Ontario include Great Gray Owl, Spruce Grouse (both up in Algonquin) and Buff-breasted Sandpiper I found the other day at my favorite sewage lagoon.

Josh
Yeah, I saw it outside of Columbus, Ohio where they are pretty common. They just don't make it up to me. I did get to spend many minutes watching it gleening insects above my head though. A great view of the bird.

Algonquin... my friend is the head naturalist for that park and I had to pass up an opportunity to go to conference up there where I told him to show me wolves. He produced the wolves for the conference and everyone got great looks, but I wasn't able to make it. Still bitter about one.

User avatar
Mysticete 2.0
Posts: 2
Joined: September 18th, 2010, 6:10 am
Location: Laramie, Wyoming

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Mysticete 2.0 » September 18th, 2010, 6:22 am

Technically my last lifer was Tristram's Storm Petrel, which was something like one of 76 new bird species I got in Japan, including Blakiston's Fish Owl, Red-footed Booby, and Red-crowned Crane. Also this is my first post since the site went down way back at the beginning of summer, so hopefully will add a few notes on the herp fauna

Ecto Hunter
Posts: 276
Joined: August 27th, 2010, 2:00 pm
Location: AL & GA

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Ecto Hunter » November 11th, 2010, 12:38 am

my FIRST lifer was a cedar waxwing way back when i was about 9 or 10

tarzan
Posts: 2
Joined: June 10th, 2010, 6:31 pm

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by tarzan » November 20th, 2010, 10:43 am

Ecto Hunter wrote:my FIRST lifer was a cedar waxwing way back when i was about 9 or 10
Does that mean you didn't see any birds for the first ten years of your life? :lol:
I had three lifers a couple of days ago when I went for a boat ride: Common Murre, Ancient Murrelet and Thayer's Gull.

User avatar
Curtis Hart
Posts: 595
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:07 pm
Location: Hillsdale County, Michigan

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Curtis Hart » January 4th, 2011, 12:30 am

Green Peafowl and Wreathed Hornbill in Baluran NP, E JAva.

mikez
Posts: 201
Joined: October 3rd, 2010, 5:43 am
Location: north central Ma

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by mikez » January 4th, 2011, 5:17 pm

Started 2010 back in Feb with a long eared owl. Very cool bird, doing the bent stick impression so often pictured in books and online. Being in search of bunnies, I had a gun but no camera. :( Too bad 'cause I got a very close look. He trusted his camo and sat firm till I could almost touch him.

Ended '10 with pink footed and barnacle geese [see post below]. There was also a white fronted goose in the same area but I never found it. :? Now that the ponds are frozen and fields snow covered, the big canada flocks which harbored the rare vagrants have finally moved on. If you're in the mid atlantic, I suggest you take the time to carefully glass the recently arrived canadas. None of those birds will jump out at you, you have to look close.

Mysticete
Posts: 10
Joined: December 30th, 2010, 11:10 am
Location: Laramie, Wyoming

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Mysticete » January 8th, 2011, 5:43 am

I twitched the Denver Ross's Gull Last November; that was my last lifer.

on the nonbird front should hopefully get Southern Flying Squirrel here in D.C. tonight

User avatar
Curtis Hart
Posts: 595
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:07 pm
Location: Hillsdale County, Michigan

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Curtis Hart » January 9th, 2011, 1:39 am

Good luck with the squirrel Morgan. Is John Fox taking you?
Last lifers for birds were Maroon Woodpecker and Crested Fireback.
Last Mammal was Siamang, in Way Kambas along with the birds.

Mysticete
Posts: 10
Joined: December 30th, 2010, 11:10 am
Location: Laramie, Wyoming

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Mysticete » January 13th, 2011, 5:26 pm

Yep...John Fox took me and I did indeed get great looks at the squirrel. Much smaller than I imagined. Glad to finally get that species under my belt.

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » February 20th, 2011, 4:22 pm

Although a Little Gull or two shows up in Texas almost every winter, it is usually up in NE Texas and usually at a time when I can't go.
Even if I have time, NE Texas is an otherwise boring area to bird so I haven't made the trip.
However, last week someone found one (two?) down on the coast around 150 miles from me, so off I went yesterday.

Image

Picking him out from the large numbers of Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls (and Royal Terns) wasn't that tough. It looked like they brought their baby brother to the beach.

Image

I didn't get a great flight shot, but that's just an excuse to go back next weekend!

Image

Of course, since we were only a few miles away, we did a drive-by to the park where the Yellow-faced Grassquit is currently being seen. We saw a lot of this...

Image
Image

but no Grassquit. That's OK, I've seen a lot of Yellow-faced Grassquits where they are supposed to live, but Little Gull was a lifer. Spmeone spotted a Rufous-backed Robin about an hour west of me while I was down at the coast, and we talked about going out there today, but I'm getting too lazy to chase birds I've already seen just because they don't know which side of some river to stop on! :lol:

Chris

User avatar
herpseeker1978
Posts: 1137
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 7:05 am
Location: Albuquerque

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by herpseeker1978 » February 20th, 2011, 4:40 pm

I got this lifer last week while at my in-laws. I have probably seen one before, but never id'd one.
Image
Ruby Crowned Kinglet
Image

Josh

User avatar
Marc Dubois
Posts: 70
Joined: June 9th, 2010, 3:52 am
Location: Sherbrooke, Qc, Canada
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Marc Dubois » February 21st, 2011, 4:29 pm

My last lifer it's a Saw-whet Owl in january...

Image

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » February 25th, 2011, 4:13 am

Josh,

That's pretty cool. While RCKI is an abundant bird down here, getting a photo with the crown showing is really great.

Marc,

Wow. For those of us "stuck" living in the snow free zone (highs in low 80s yesterday ;) ), the idea of seeing a Saw-whet or other "northern" owls is a pipe dream!


C

User avatar
herpseeker1978
Posts: 1137
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 7:05 am
Location: Albuquerque

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by herpseeker1978 » February 25th, 2011, 8:36 pm

chrish wrote:Josh,
That's pretty cool. While RCKI is an abundant bird down here, getting a photo with the crown showing is really great.
yeah, I was quite impressed myself. I got several pictures but those two were the best ones. It was dusk and the flash kept bringing out the bushes instead of the trees. After I got home and read the field guide to id the bird, it said that getting the ruby crown was difficult, and it was!

Josh

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » March 25th, 2011, 10:24 am

I was in California last week looking for these.....

Image
Image

and I saw a quail run up the hillside in front of me. Didn't think much about it (I thought probably CA Quail or maybe Gambel's, both of which I have seen many times).

I snapped a blurry photo just for fun and when I looked at the photo, I was delighted to find out it was a Mountain Quail!!! Lifer! This is a bird I should have seen before now, but never had identified.

Image

I didn't have binoculars but I'm sure I missed a CA Thrasher as well. Oh well, 1 new bird (and a couple of boas) make up for that.

Chris

J-Miz
Posts: 372
Joined: October 28th, 2010, 3:26 pm

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by J-Miz » March 25th, 2011, 11:25 am

Wow...that is one "sexy" quail, Chris. Awesome on the boas, too.

*Edit* Just re-read and found out you only realized it was a Mountain Quail after reviewing the just-for-fun photo. Neat! I was scrolling down quickly and first thing I thought was California/Gambel's Quail...oh "big" deal...I can see how you could miss that!

User avatar
Steve Barten
Posts: 162
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:13 pm
Location: NE Illinois

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Steve Barten » March 27th, 2011, 8:34 am

3/18/11. Visiting my Dad in Clemson SC, and a warbler landed briefly in his tree.
Image

Image

Pine warbler. New one for me.

User avatar
Ted
Posts: 312
Joined: December 30th, 2010, 10:02 am
Location: SoCal and Cape Cod

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Ted » April 2nd, 2011, 9:45 am

No pics sadly, but my last lifer was a bunch of steller's jays I came across on my last trip to yosemite. I'm pretty new to birding, my last lifer was also my first! :lol:

Mysticete
Posts: 10
Joined: December 30th, 2010, 11:10 am
Location: Laramie, Wyoming

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Mysticete » April 4th, 2011, 10:13 am

My last lifers were on another whirlwind trip to South Texas. In order:

Little Gull (same birds photographed above!)
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Whooping Crane
Nelson's Sparrow
White-throated Thrush (Estero Llano)
Green Parakeet
Crimson-collared Grosbeak

The Black-vented Oriole disappeared a few days before I arrived, and I missed the Blue Buntings and Tropical Parula.

Freddy81
Posts: 96
Joined: September 20th, 2010, 2:11 am

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Freddy81 » April 5th, 2011, 12:17 am

Nice lifters you all got ther. Special the europ birds..hehehe. :lol:

My lifters from last year was.
The Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
The Great Shearwater (Puffinus gravis)
The Grasshopper Warbler (Locustella naevia)
The Eurasian Spoonbill or Common Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

Lifters from this year.
The Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus)

All seen here in Sweden.

/Freddy

Pedter
Posts: 12
Joined: February 8th, 2011, 5:16 pm

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Pedter » April 5th, 2011, 1:02 am

My three most recent lifers were:

Arctic Redpoll (froze my ass off)
Tundra Swan (froze my ass off)
And a nice Slavonian Grebe that turned up at one of my old spots.

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » April 5th, 2011, 9:07 pm

Mysticete wrote:My last lifers were on another whirlwind trip to South Texas. In order:

Little Gull (same birds photographed above!)
Yellow-faced Grassquit
Whooping Crane
Nelson's Sparrow
White-throated Thrush (Estero Llano)
Green Parakeet
Crimson-collared Grosbeak
The Black-vented Oriole disappeared a few days before I arrived, and I missed the Blue Buntings and Tropical Parula.
The pathetic thing for me is that although you saw all those within a few hours of my house, four of them would be US lifers for me and I haven't bothered to chase them. I suck at birding. :lol:

User avatar
chrish
Posts: 3298
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 10:14 pm
Location: San Antonio, TX
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by chrish » April 20th, 2011, 5:50 am

FINALLY!! Got the damn Prairie Warbler last weekend (along with 18 other species of warbler).

Wasn't very cooperative as a photo subject, but it's on the list. :)

Image

User avatar
Hunter-MX
Posts: 183
Joined: June 7th, 2010, 4:21 pm
Location: Guerrero, Mexico
Contact:

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Post by Hunter-MX » April 22nd, 2011, 3:52 pm

Was out this morning, and while shooting this gruesome but cool site...

Image

Turned around and saw the most brilliant flash of green I have ever seen. Muttered an audible "oh, my god" and it stayed long enough to fire off 5 shots, 2 of which were decent...
Image

Image

Golden-crowned Emerald, native only to West Mexico :beer:

Add a Spot-breasted oriole...

Image

and an olive sparrow, no pic, and it was a pretty good morning for lifers all in my neighborhood. Gotta love Mexico sometimes!

Post Reply