By accordionboy - May 11 8:53 pm
Hawkman1234 wrote: ↑May 12 2:47 pmNope.Never been a Gray Jay reported as far as I know at swan lake and been birding there for over 25 years.Gray Jays 99 % of the time are only seen at much higher elevations.I will give you some advice.99% of what you see when birding are going to be common birds.Most are there all year round.In the spring and fall there is a greater chance of something rare.But that still does not happen very often.Your Black - headed Grosbeak for instance would be very rare in middle of winter but this time of year they are there every year so not rare.Really need to study your guides and pics on line as this bird is way off for gray jay.Your I’d skills will improve in time keep at it but again don’t try to hard to turn a bird into something it’s not .First instinct is usually right.
zwest wrote: ↑May 13 7:16 amI’d also recommend looking at the eBird data for the area to get a good idea of what to expect at different times of the year.
Check the “Recent Visits” section - often there will be postings from the same day/time you were there, which can help to solve the mysteries.
I can certainly relate! I couldn’t hear any birds either until about a month ago when I spent a large sum of money to hear themaccordionboy wrote: ↑May 13 9:25 amThanks zwest... I usually to up to recent sightings and then check ebird hotspots and who saw what where and when.. That's how I knew to go to esquimalt lagoon for the Godwit and the Victoria Golf Course for the Whimbrel etc.
I have been reading about birds and consulting bird guides for many many years..
I'm hard of hearing so I don't ear bird.. And I find a lot of the "plainer" birds confusing..
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