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    First Kolea!

    On the lawn in front of the main building at the Kaneohe campus of HPU. He was really scrawny-looking, and I'm pretty sure he got in just in the last sixteen hours or so, because I've been looking for the birds who were here at the beginning of summer. He wasn't there yesterday.
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    Saw our first one here this morning. Chatty little bird, too, making lots of calls.
    Chat on, Kolea. I'm just glad you're back!

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    We have a kolea in our yard every year - can't be sure it's the same one, of course - but one of the birds stops by regularly to feed on whater she can find in our "lawn."

    Sighted the bird yesterday Aug 10 for the first time - one of the subtle indications that the seasons DO change in Hawaii. Seems a couple of weeks early this year...maybe it's colder than usual in Alaska?
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    I saw our first one of the season here last Friday morning!
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    Darn it! I have yet to spot any of mine. Kimo, chances are excellent that it is the same bird, as they like to come back to the same spot from year to year.

    We also have a rather long-running "first kolea" thread here.
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    ...maybe mel should xfr and we can revive it for 08

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    Maybe, but Mel's not the moderator of this section: Helen is.
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    The only thing I can do is haul out my big lens and look for a bird to shoot!

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    i was going to post in the, "best part of today" thread about our first sighting this morning of our resident kolea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mel View Post
    The only thing I can do is haul out my big lens and look for a bird to shoot!
    ...and post the result here, please!

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    I saw one last week Monday morning at Washington Intermediate (one of two that make this territory their home). That would be December 4. That's pretty early. And this one (a female) was very skinny. I also saw another one at Ala Moana park yesterday during my morning run ... but only one. Most of them have yet to return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kani-lehua View Post
    i was going to post in the, "best part of today" thread about our first sighting this morning of our resident kolea.
    some of you have named your koleas. mine's a girl. i'll have to come up with a cute name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honoruru View Post
    That would be December 4. That's pretty early.
    Ooops! I meant August 4. That would have made it very, very late. (Why was I thinking December?)

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    Well I am still waiting! We have lots and lots of them around here and none yet. Maybe today when I'm out on the morning routine walk with Manele & Koele I'll finally spot at least one!
    Keeping my fingers crossed!

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    Just saw a Kolea at Ala Moana Park this afternoon during my run. Very skinny. I wonder if she came in on the back of Felicia.

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    * bump *

    Nice article at this link in today's Advertiser.
    I've been noticing that my local kolea have been getting their 'tuxedos' on and getting fat and sassy for their journey back to the Arctic Circle. As the article points out, roughly 90% of the birds will leave about one week from today, around April 25. They'll be back in August.
    One more thing from that article:

    "From 7 to 8:30 p.m. on April 26, kōlea expert Wally Johnson will be giving a lecture, "Where Did the Kolea Go?," at Windward Community College, Hale 'Akoakoa, Room 105. The lecture is hosted by the Sierra Club, the Hawaii Audubon Society and Windward Community College."
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    Thanks for the heads-up. That's a crazy busy week for me, but I'm going to try to make it.
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    Me too! I heard about this while at the Town 5th Birthday party and then came home and read the paper. Sounds like a great presentation.

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    I live across the street from a large park, north of Wahiawa. Our plovers left at the end of April as usual. Strangest thing - two plovers appeared back in the park this afternoon. One in tuxedo, one not - I assume it's a pair but don't know who to ask with Bob Krauss gone. But they were definitely together, which is not typical.

    I'm really enjoying watching them this afternoon but am a little concerned. They've been gone for three weeks but are back? Maybe they will stay and keep us entertained for the summer also.

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    Sometimes the younger ones decide not to make the trip if they haven't built up enough fat. Since the birds have certain departure points from which they leave in groups after assembling, maybe they just hung out with their buddies for a few days before deciding not to make the flight. Keep us posted!
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    * bump *

    I just now saw the first one of the season. HOORAY!!!



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    Awwww man. I haven't seen one yet, but it saddens me a bit when the first ones show up. It means school's about to start!
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    Saw my first one on August 15th on Schofield as we drove by.

    Another flew over H2 yesterday.

    Shoots, Lika, you too fast!


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    Seen one today on the Honolulu Community College campus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyleet99 View Post
    Shoots, Lika, you too fast!
    I take it you're an ex-girlfriend of mine.
    But seriously. There's a large lawn right outside my office, and there are two kolea hanging out there together. Kinda unusual. They usually seem to be territorial and I don't recall seeing two hanging out in the same area before.
    Scriv, you seen your first one yet?
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