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    Quote Originally Posted by giegs View Post
    Not especially, but I was working at Bosque del Apache NWR as the Sandhill Cranes were beginning to arrive recently. Honestly I don't care much for the birds themselves but the management scheme for the refuge was absolutely fascinating. Glad I was able to help it along .
    That sounds amazing. How'd you land that job, if I may ask?

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    I work for a youth conservation corps. We basically function as a subcontractor for land management agencies or anybody else that has money to throw at conservation related work. I spent 3 weeks there cutting tamarisk/saltcedar and russian olive to move their restoration efforts along. Such a small dent in what needs to be done, but it was a nice change from office work.

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    I went through a birding phase. Got up early a few mornings to 'track' this bird I could hear calling. Couldn't really see it too well (lol....my Se sucks), but by the second day I had Id'd it as a .......

    common robin.

    I wish I knew every bird song and call by ear, but I don't. My proudest moment as a birder was tracking down and identifying the semi-elusive Swainson's Thrush. I even used the written chord in a book to nail the diagnosis down between it and another kind of thrush. Consequently, it is now my fav bird.

    I despise crows. nestrobbers that they are.

    I <3 this bird. It sings at dusk and dawn only.

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    and for those intersted, here is its song:

    [YOUTUBE="G-pgV6-A8ZA"]It has a most beautiful warble at the end of its song. <3[/YOUTUBE]
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    I began birding in late 5th grade and was very occupied with it through high school, learning all of the species, trying to learn many of their songs, documenting what I saw during migration, etc. Once college began I dropped it for a while, but picked it up again after and am still always very interested in seeing new species. I've seen close to 400 species in the U.S., and worldwide, close to 600 (or over that? I don't really know, I'd have to look at my list which I don't have with me right now )

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    I like to watch birds outside my home. Once in a while, I'll spot something interesting like a great horned owl but usually I just see scrub jays, house finches and white crowned sparrows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crayons View Post
    I like to watch birds outside my home. Once in a while, I'll spot something interesting like a great horned owl but usually I just see scrub jays, house finches and white crowned sparrows.
    Keep your ears open as well as your eyes. Once I heard a very high-pitched call, just barely within hearing range, and after looking around with my binocs for a while I spotted the source: a tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet.
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    I saw a few cedar waxwings today. I also saw that they managed to build a nest in a tree of my front yard. Aww. Never seen them IRL before even as common as they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crayons View Post
    I saw a few cedar waxwings today. I also saw that they managed to build a nest in a tree of my front yard. Aww. Never seen them IRL before even as common as they are.
    Ever seen any Bohemian Waxwings?

    My birding days are really over with. I tried to watch the lunar eclipse through binoculars and ended up with a very sore neck the rest of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mal12345 View Post
    Ever seen any Bohemian Waxwings?
    Pictures yes in person no. I don't think they go this far south in the winter. The ones I spotted today had yellow feathered bellies and red spots on their wings, so I'm assuming they're cedar waxwings...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crayons View Post
    Pictures yes in person no. I don't think they go this far south in the winter. The ones I spotted today had yellow feathered bellies and red spots on their wings, so I'm assuming they're cedar waxwings...
    They don't go much farther south than the southern boundaries of Idaho, Colorado, and South Dakota.
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