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Charlie Spencer

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  1. I've been thinking about some kind of brief intro to birding resources on the web - eBird, AAB, etc. Possibly even an intro to birding in general, since COVID is inspiring a covey / flock / gaggle of new birders. Probably something collaborative again. Thoughts?
  2. If you're not already familiar with eBird, it's an international database of bird sightings run by the Cornell School of Ornithology. It's an easy way to track your sightings (or 'lists'), but it has scientific benefits beyond any one member's records. The combined numbers allow scientists to track and study the location, migration, and other behaviors of birds globally. Other birders can request the database notify them when unusual birds show up in their area. Let us know if you have any questions about eBird. It's free, and setting up an account requires only a minimum of personal information. https://ebird.org/home https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/folders/48000439527
  3. That's how I feel about vireo legs, which are obviously gray.
  4. You can drag the photos into the message box here, or copy and paste.
  5. @FishkaFishka, I agree with The Bird Nuts. Most people count what they can see and hear FROM a location, not just lands within the limits of the property. If we only counted what lands on the boat, we'd never be able to count most pelagic (seagoing) birds. If we counted only what we see and not what we hear, most of us would never have any owls or Whip-Poor-Wills on our lists. Have you discovered the eBird web site yet? https://ebird.org/home Click on 'Explore' at the top, then 'Explore Hotspots' on the right. In the 'Location' box, enter Michigan (or a specific county). You'll get a map, and you may need to zoom in until it resolves to individual dots instead of a smear of colored squares. Each dot you see is a location that birders have suggested as having good variety of birds. Click a dot will give you additional info - the number of species seen there, directions, and access to more data. One general birding hint - places with water will normally have more birds than places without.
  6. I guess I'm the only one who can't see BirdNrd's photos at all, just placeholder icons. I can see Connor's comparison photo.
  7. I bow to your depth of knowledge and concede the point.
  8. A Leaning Bay-breasted? Geez, now they're divided into subspecies by posture??
  9. @Candydez12 could we get a more accurate location? California is pretty big, with a lot of different environments. Thanks.
  10. A new moon tide will be a bit higher than a full moon one, because the sun and moon are both pulling from the same direction. On the other hand, there's a lot more light during the full moon. Either will be higher than any other time in the lunar cycle.
  11. At age 61, I truly regret not being into birding when I was in my teens and we lived in Vegas, or when the Army had me in Sierra Vista for a few months in my 20s. Ah well, more opportunities when I retire in a few years.
  12. https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/bandcodes.html
  13. They've been moving through the Midlands for a couple of weeks.
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