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Black-backed Oriole – Probable Excapee

On January 31st a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania, found a very strange oriole in their yard.  Someone quickly identified it as a Black-backed Oriole.  If this bird is accepted it could be potential 1st ABA record. The bird was seen … Continue reading

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That Damned Gull with the Yellow-Legs

This trip with Chris Feeney would be my 3rd try for the Yellow-legged Gull, that has been seen of and on every winter for a few years. We decided to make this a crazy, go for the rarities trip….first 3 … Continue reading

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Greylag and Slaty-backed Gull – #719 and #720 ABA

After Chris Feeney and I missed the Yellow-legged Gull in St. John’s, Newfoundland and the 3 Shelducks in St. John, New Brunswick we were more than a little discouraged.  We drove the 750km  to Providence,  Rhode Island, hoping that at least the … Continue reading

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A Mad Dash to Texas and Florida

It never fails rare birds always show up just as I start my shift and disappear when I approach my days off. In early January a Rose-throated Becard was being seen at Estero Grande Park, Texas, in Florida there was a Western … Continue reading

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Smith’s Longspur – Crazy Day in the Life of a Birder

Time to start catching up with my posts. I heard about the Smith’s Longspur being seen, near Long Point, Ontario on December 17th, a few weeks before the January 1st 2017,  date I planned to get going again after a few months … Continue reading

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AutoCentrics – Oiltrell, 106-30 Stafford Rd, Nepean ON K2H 8W1

I just returned from a trip to Europe expecting to sign a contract with the owner of Oiltrell in Bells Corners for a 1991 Mazda Miata, as per our verbal arrangement on the 27th of October. I was so excited … Continue reading

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Rarotonga Cook Islands

We arrived in Rarotonga, Cook Islands after a relatively short flight. Petrified Coral could be found anywhere on the beach, huge pieces of coral and shells are everywhere. Not many shorebirds but Wandering Tattlers were common Lovely Flowers… First day … Continue reading

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