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  1. Hi all! I saw this wren briefly, but am new to the possibility of Sedge Wren (I'm from the West Coast) and am still having trouble ruling it out. Can you tell from this call which one it was? Sound recording and more info: https://www.xeno-canto.org/499568
  2. Yes, unfortunately there are a lot of variables. The major browsers are all definitely aiming for you to be able to use their latest version for just about all of the things you can use any other browser for. But it still ends up varying - they interpret the website code in slightly different ways (sometimes with a major effect on what the user ends up seeing), or have slightly different priorities as far as which modern web design techniques or technologies they put the most energy into supporting. A web designer on their best game will test the site in all the major browsers and find a way for the site to work in all of them even if they behave differently. But in practice, it's not always easy and not always successful. This, of course, is all in addition to any issues caused by interactions with add-ons or plugins, which are coded by third parties and are too numerous for the web designer to specifically work around. Yeah, using Java "applets" in webpages was already considered old-fashioned when Flash was at its peak (but I think not for security reasons), so people might be phasing that out too.
  3. Okay, so first let me apologize for this sound recording - you might have to turn it up and listen carefully through all the white noise - but there is an animal (a bird I think) making a sort of hooting sound. I made the recording thinking it might be a Long-eared Owl, but it doesn't sound close enough to the recordings I've heard for me to call it. What do you guys think? Owl, or something else entirely? Recording here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/33443551
  4. Most ducks - especially breeding-plumage males, like this wigeon - can actually be identified from quite far away by the combination of body proportions, behavior, and dark/light pattern. The wigeon's black and white patches near the back end (on a male) - and only there - are a little similar to some other ducks, but not exactly the same. An orangish body and grayer head like that, on a roughly Mallard-shaped duck, also point to American Wigeon. Ruddy Ducks, on the other hand, are very small ducks with short necks and proportionally big heads and bills, and a cheek area that's paler than the rest of the duck. They also often dive completely under the water (they are "diving ducks"), while wigeons and other "dabbling ducks" very rarely go all the way under, instead just turning sideways and sticking their heads down into the water to feed.
  5. Are they reports of captive birds in enclosures at the zoo? If so, someone is using eBird wrong. If it's considered rare there, the reviewer should have caught that. But it's also common to report the wild birds outdoors that aren't part of the zoo collection, since a zoo is basically a big park/garden.
  6. I believe Chrome and Firefox should be roughly equally secure in terms of actual cybersecurity - minimizing the risk of hackers or viruses getting into your computer. But it's probably true that Firefox is a little better if you're concerned about privacy concerns. Firefox is developed by a non-profit organization that makes a point of prioritizing the rights of its users, while Chrome is developed by Google, which...makes most of its money by analyzing your behavior and using the information to serve ads to you. You can probably achieve almost equal privacy on both if you know which settings to change, but Firefox tends to emphasize that for you a little bit more. They even have a mobile version (Firefox Focus) that's in permanent "incognito/private browsing" mode and blocks websites from tracking you or serving you ads by default (the downside is that some websites don't work perfectly on it, and if you close the window, it won't remember what webpage you were on when you start it back up again).
  7. I think it's probably an intergrade. That undertail color isn't like a normal Yellow-shafted (bright sunny yellow) or a normal Red-shafted (more of a brick-red). And the primary shafts are much too red for a proper Yellow-shafted. I've seen this light orange color on intergrades before. The face also seems to be intermediate in terms of the amount of gray vs. tan. I'm from Oregon, and intergrades are actually fairly common there (so probably in Northern California too).
  8. Yay! In theory it should probably be possible to narrow down the problem in your other browser to some add-on or setting, but if not, at least you can use it in Chrome now. Glad to help.
  9. Huh. I see the shoulder and upper chest being the only parts not in shadow at all, but it still looks like the whole head is black. I believe you though. Funny the tricks our eyes can play on us sometimes.
  10. Definitely a California Scrub-jay. It's just especially fluffed-up, which makes it look a little different.
  11. Looks like a Lincoln's to me too. The face usually looks grayer than that, but it may just be the warm overall color of the photo. Marks are all look good for Lincoln's.
  12. Wow, really hard for me to imagine that being a shadow. But I don't have any alternative suggestion either.
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