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Everything posted by Spyonabird

  1. I find that I am usually in the minority... I agree wholeheartedly. Everything has a time and a place. I realize that not everyone will become a hardcore birder. Some people just want to know the species that are around them and others will drive 2 days to see a rarity. I think most people start out by casual birding and for this, the apps are very useful. The select few that want to move past that will look for other options. Maybe I am old-fashioned but that doesn't mean that I avoid technology. My day job is filled to the brim with science and tech. That might be why I don't use the apps, I birdwatch to escape...
  2. I wanted to weigh-in on this technology topic. First some background: I go on group birdwalks about 2x/year and belong to the local Audubon. I usually bird alone or in groups of 2 (hubby and I). I list my sightings on eBird and belong to Cornell. For 12 years, we have owned and operated a wildlife surveillance company and the local bird store owners know me by name. I have a good camera with good lenses and a good set of binoculars but I wouldn't call me a hardcore birder. While I believe that ID apps have a time and a place, there is really no substitute for paging through a good field guide. You may find some people that get started birding by using an app and a smartphone, but if they are serious, they will almost always abandon the app and buy a book. I had iBird and I found it mainly useless for ID. If you know the name, you are good, but it needed to be separated by type and family. I still have it, but never use it. I tried Merlin in the early stages and found it to be very unreliable. I haven't tried Sleuth yet so I may find that useful. That being said everyone has a spark bird that got them interested in birds. If the app help them get that spark - great.
  3. I had bluebird babies in my nestbox. The first is from 5-12-18 when they were hatching. The second picture is from the second brood 7-18-18
  4. a messy nest with lots of moss on a man-made structure - seems like a classic Eastern Phoebe nest.
  5. I store my raw photos by date on a portable backup drive which leads to organized chaos. Processed/edited pics are stored alphabetically by species on my computer and also in a jumbled mess on flickr. This results in more organized chaos.
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