Jacked About Lifers

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Once you start getting into birding, it’s pretty hard to not keep a list of who you see and it’s pretty exciting to get a lifer (a bird when it is first seen and positively identified by a birder. To qualify as a lifer, birds must be observed in the wild and under appropriate conditions to be added to a life list).

So, I’ve had an exciting week where I’ve seen and photographed FOUR lifers! They’ve all been in Phoenix, in 3 different locations, and none are overly common.

Western Wood Peewee

Western Wood-Peewee Front

Western Wood-Peewee 2

Western Wood-Pewee, above

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Warbling Vireo

I only got one shot of that little guy but he’s (she’s?) awfully cute.

And I got 2 lifers today at the park I go to once every weekend, Granada Park, and where I see quite a few birds but haven’t seen any lifers lately.

Lesser Nighthawk 2

Lesser Nighthawk

Nighthawks are those birds you often see flying around at night at brightly lit stadiums or close to freeway lights, hunting insects. But, in the daytime, they lay low and are usually camouflaged. I was very surprised to see this guy just standing on the trail, posing for me. He did take off and fly into some brush after a few shots.

Swallow 2

Swallow 3

Swallow 1

Northern Rough-Winged Swallow

There was a small flock of these in a tree I passed by. I had heard they were in this park but I had never come across them in my frequent visits there.

Swallow and Fledgling

Northern Rough-Winged Swallow, fledgling with adult

I hope my luck continues and I keep cranking out these lifers so that I can have a Big Year!

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7 thoughts on “Jacked About Lifers

  1. Lesser Nighthawk is a bird that I do not know !! a chance of having met and a great photo !!! – I love these birds full of life! Have a nice week

  2. Love the concept of lifers and that you got so many in a short time! It must be an auspicious year for you! I have never seen a lesser nighthawk and find him exquisite.

  3. You have a wonderful collection of different birds. That must be exciting to fine a Lifer. You have created an excellent post.

  4. well it only makes sense that you keep track of them. Your photographs of all the birds are really terrific. You should be very proud.

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