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Charlie Spencer

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  1. As a network administrator, I advise against using flash drives and memory cards for long term storage.  They're not reliable over a few years, and they're too easy to lose.   If these photos really matter that much to you, I recommend spending the $150+ or so for an external hard drive.

    But flash driver or full external hard drive, remember that all you've bought is storage.  You haven't bought any backup capability.  If something happens to your chosen storage device, you're going to lose everything on it.  The best way to protect your data in the long run is to have a second copy.  The easiest ways to do that are either to pay for a cloud storage service (you're not going to get two terabytes for free), or to buy a second external hard drive and copy the first drive to it.  If you go with duplicating your files on a second drive, you'll have to recopy the first drive periodically.  How often is up to you, based on how often you add new data to the first drive.  I also strongly recommend storing the second drive away from the first one, either at work or with a family member or friend.


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  2. 14 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:


    How ‘bout “rail sp.” with comments?

    Your bird, your call.  The sighting is three weeks old, so it's not like you have to make up your mind today with just two opinions.

    I (kinda) understand where Hasan's coming from but I report what I think I can positively ID.  If that causes others to have negative opinions of me, or the checklist entry to be blocked from public view, so be it.  If I can't ID it to my satisfaction, I don't report it; I've left potential lifers ID'ed by others off lists if I couldn't ID the bird myself.  As long as I can look myself in the mirror, I'm good.

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  3. 11 hours ago, Aidan B said:

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but this looks like Common to me, as there appears to be a dark carpal bar in photos 1-3, and the primaries in photo four appear to be dark. The cap also seems to be fine for Common. 

    Just for clarification, when I said "I don't think it's dark enough for Common...", I meant the bird overall, not strictly the cap.

    But I agree with Common for the carpal bars I overlooked.

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  4. On 9/22/2021 at 12:30 PM, Jodi Nielson said:

    Yes it was.  

    Well, I did a quick Google for 'Western Kentucky birding groups' but I couldn't find any active groups.  There's a state organization but it appears to mostly active in the central areas.  I found references to groups in Hopkinsville and Hartford but those references lead nowhere; apparently those groups are inactive.

    That's a shame, because birding with an organized group is one of the best ways to improve your skills.  

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