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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Please see the earlier comments. We've decided that details for linking to photo sites should be covered in a separate topic. I'm not qualified to cover that one. Thanks.
  2. If this is a Rufous, I'd appreciate it if someone would tell me how to separate this from an Allen's. Thanks, not that I'm likely to see an Allen's in SC.
  3. I don't know what you mean by 'links to share website'. Would you explain that? Which website do you want to share? Thanks.
  4. Based on that response, I'm voting for the largest number of available responses over the shortest period of time. Personally I don't see the value in 'Reputation'. The name makes it sound like there are factors being considered beyond just 'Likes'. If the price to get unlimited 'Likes' is to drop 'Reputation', I'd vote for that option, or at least renaming it as 'Likes'.
  5. Our network firewall settings where I work block access to Flickr. Imgur is not blocked. The only reason I upload photos to a sharing site is so I can link them here for identification. I already have an eBird account. If I can link to pictures on eBird, there is no reason for me to create an account on Flickr. Flickr would just be one more account, username, and password to keep up with I have only 10Gb of photos and plenty of storage space on my hard drive, so having 1Tb of space doesn't matter to me. If I can organize my photos without having to use a third party or sharing site, then I'm not locked into an application or resource that could be closed down.
  6. I think we've all seen second and even third posts from people asking why nobody's identified the birds they posted ten minutes ago. If they want to become better birders, learning to be patient will be a valuable skill.
  7. I've made these changes. Right now they're only shown in my working copy, not in the original post above. ⦁ Added 'if' to '... especially if your request ...'. @The Bird Nuts ⦁ Increased the number of birds per post from three to five. @akiley, @Aveschapines, @PascalNJ, @MerMaeve ⦁ Removed 'Also, please submit only three posts at a time. @Aveschapines, @The Bird Nuts ⦁ Used bold purple text to emphasize questions. ⦁ Changed title to 'What, Where, When! How to Request a SUCCESSFUL Bird ID!'. @PascalNJ, @Aveschapines ⦁ Rearranged paragraphs in What / Where / When sequence ⦁ Changed the wording in the 'What' paragraph slightly. ⦁ Removed the break between the 'What' paragraph and the 'Photo Linking' paragraph, combining the two.
  8. Holy cow, we can upload photos here from eBird / Macaulay! Why am I putzing with Imgur (which has suddenly stopped accepting new photos to my library)?
  9. The overall length has been my biggest concern. How about we put the following sentences in bold purple? That should draw attention to them. ⦁ Where did you see the bird? Please tell us what state or province you were in. Other useful items are geographic region, city or county, local or national park, body of water, etc. ⦁ When did you see the bird? Often the month is enough, although the day or week is better. Time of day is also useful (early morning, middle of the night, etc.) ⦁ Tell us the physical details you remember. What colors were the head, body, wings, and tail? Can you compare the mystery bird to a bird you're already familiar with? Was it smaller, fatter, longer necked, shorter tailed, etc.? ⦁ If you have photos, you can link to most popular photo sharing sites. Respectfully, I think these are beyond the scope of this project. I don't know if the Powers That Be intend to revive forums for outside North America. i believe that' still being decided. As you note, the mechanics of posting pictures has always been a bit of a challenge. I'd prefer to leave that to another discussion entirely, and perhaps link to it if / when someone decides to tackle it. I've already changed my working copy to '5 birds per post' and no limit on the number of posts. Thanks.
  10. Just a notion to keep one person from overwhelming the board. Basically, I copied the limits suggestions from other boards. I can certainly leave the 'three posts at a time' out, and up the number of birds per post to five. I'm not committed to any single line; it's all open to debate as far as I'm concerned.
  11. That's the plan. I discussed it with Aveschapines before I posted it. Once we get it smoothed out, he'll pin it. Yeah, I don't know how many will read it but I don't think it can hurt. I was motivated by a rash of questions this week that didn't include locations or dates. I tried to keep it relatively short, so let me know if there's any fat I can cut.
  12. You can always bump it. 😉 It was only a few hours old.
  13. The text below is my proposed post advising new members how to help us help them. Get out your red pencils and razor blades and post your suggestions, edits, etc. Hopefully we can come up with something to make it easier and faster to answer ID questions. Thanks! New Members - How to Request a SUCCESSFUL Bird ID! Welcome! We understand you're excited to learn about that mystery bird you saw, and we're delighted to help. Some of our members can give you an answer based on a surprisingly small amount of data. Still, the more information you can provide, the more likely we'll be able to give you a correct identification. At a minimum, please include these items: ⦁ Where did you see the bird? Please tell us what state or province you were in. Other useful items are geographic region, city or county, local or national park, body of water, etc. ⦁ When did you see the bird? Often the month is enough, although the day or week is better. Time of day is also useful (early morning, middle of the night, etc.) ⦁ If you don't have a photo, tell us the physical details you remember. What colors were the head, body, wings, and tail? Can you compare the mystery bird to a bird you're already familiar with? Was it smaller, fatter, longer necked, shorter tailed, etc.? ⦁ If you do have a photo, you can link to most popular photo sharing sites. That information is usually enough, but some birds are very similar. These items can be useful in narrowing down the options: ⦁ If you think you know what the bird is, please include the bird's name and location in your post's title. For example, "Carolina Wren in Eastern Kentucky?" ⦁ What was the local environment? Was the bird in a forest, desert, beach, urban area, etc.? Was it raining, snowing, windy, etc.? ⦁ What was the bird doing? Was it hopping, flying, singing, sitting still, etc.? If it was eating, could you tell what it was having for lunch? ⦁ Were there other birds? Did they look like the mystery bird or were they different? Were there a few of them or many? Please limit your requests to three birds per post. When there are more than three ID requests in a single post, it becomes difficult to follow the discussions for each bird. Also, please submit only three posts at a time. Please be patient. We have many active members, but we aren't Facebook or Twitter. It may be a few hours before our members respond, especially your request requires research. If you don't have a reply within 24 hours, feel free to 'Bump' your question. Sometimes a bird can't be identified. All of us here have had sightings and photos that left us scratching our heads. That's just part of birding. Thanks for joining us! We hope you come to enjoy birding as much as we do.
  14. I have a draft. Is it possible to pin it for discussion, then create a new 'locked' pin for the final version? Thanks! I really hope this will help people get accurate answers.
  15. I don't care if it's a Lesser Regurgitary Greenlegs, that first shot is fantastic!
  16. Hey, @Aveschapines! Would a pinned topic on 'How to Request an ID' be welcome? Something along the lines of what information to include in a request - date, time of year, location, local environment, etc. I just notice a lot of ID request lately are missing the minimums needed to accurately pin a name on the donkey. If one would be welcome, I'd be happy to rough something out and have others fine tune it. Either way, have a good weekend!
  17. Could we get a second set of eyes on this one? Thanks.
  18. I shouldn't answer this but since you set it up, ... ANYTHING IT WANTS. I notice we still don't know where this bird is.
  19. I'm with @Nighthawk01; that's truly a stunning bird.
  20. Must just be me, but I can't get any perspective on that photo. Is the bird on top of a fence, on the edge of a roof, or something else? Those sheet-metal wall panels on the lower left must be six inches across, or that's the legendary Four-Foot Flycatcher.
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