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Jul 18, 2015 21:30 |  #1

OK, this post will be filled with lots of capitalized words and exclamation points.

Short version of a very long story is this: I'm not lucky when it comes to getting out for rare bird sightings, much less finding them. This bird was reported wednesday. Its now saturday and I FOUND IT!!!!!!!11 The lighting was tough, partly cloudy sky, very flat with harsh afternoon light. So the photos arent the best, but im very excited about them.

After finding the bird WAY out in the lake, I flagged another birder who was looking for it, at which point we teamed up and ended getting some awesome viewing time with this bird and it flew over me 3 times!!!!!! For those that dont know, these are an Arctic predator, all 3 species will come through this area but rarely are they actually observed, much less hang out for 4 days. So before I continue to blabber more, enjoy one of my first "lifer" species!!

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Jul 19, 2015 01:00 |  #2

Good job! I don't usually go looking for rare bird sightings unless there are photos/reliable persons doing the reportings so I probably miss out. Plus my busy work schedule makes it tough to get out.


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Jul 19, 2015 01:55 |  #3

Excellent, these start passing back along our coast over the next few months. The Long tail Skua as we call them is always the hardest to come by, and usually out to sea. Nice bird to photograph.


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Jul 19, 2015 07:42 |  #4

Congratulations on an exceedingly rare find, especially this time of year.


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Jul 19, 2015 07:42 |  #5

Thanks. Apparently all 3 species of Jaeger will come through here, with the long tailed being the first to arrive. however this is like months early. Still cant really believe that I actually got out there and saw this bird. I checked ebird for the area and since ebird was launched there have only been 6 sightings of it in my area.


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Jul 19, 2015 13:14 |  #6

Congrats, you did really well under the conditions. I'd be very happy to have these in my collection and to have such a rare sighting.


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Jul 19, 2015 13:37 |  #7

Nice! Didn't realize they ever come that far inland. I saw my first LTJ about 30 miles off the coast of Oregon on a pelagic birding trip, and it was a rare bird even there apparently.


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Jul 21, 2015 07:38 |  #8

Yes, it quiet far inland but they do show up.

As of monday, the bird hasnt been spotted. We got some storms that pushed thru sunday evening and monday morning, hasnt been seen since then. Looks like I got my chance and nailed it!!


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Jul 21, 2015 12:58 |  #9

Great shots and congratulations Geoff.


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