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Charlie Spencer

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  1. Okay, here's the rewritten version of the subject line and the first half. There haven't been major changes to the bottom half yet, so I didn't include it this time. What, Where, When! 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 members can give you an answer based on a surprisingly small amount of data. Still, the more information you provide, the more likely we'll reach a correct identification. Please start a new post for your bird; your request may be overlooked if you add it to an existing discussion. At a minimum, please include these items: What did the bird look like? 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. 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.)
  2. The bill isn't long or pointy enough for a Northern Mockingbird. Odds are it's a Brown-Headed Cowbird, but give us your location just to be sure. EDIT: SNIPED!
  3. Nope, still just an inert thumbnail. Can you provide details of what you're doing? What site hosts the photos, what steps your taking, etc.?
  4. @pbgalvin, If you've already read what this said originally, please ignore it!
  5. I don't think any here has a publicity agent issuing press releases regarding how many reputation points someone has, and how that's more than Taylor Swift or Oprah have. But I could be wrong When I joined here a couple of years ago, I found the term 'Reputation' very confusing. I mistakenly assumed it indicted the member's reputation as a birder, maybe based on the number of IDs provided or trip reports filed. I have no objections to getting 'Liked' for bad puns but I wouldn't want anyone to think a high Reputation number is representative of my merely average birding skills.
  6. I can't enlarge it either. Maybe you pasted a thumbnail instead of a link?
  7. When a guide for linking photos is written, we can add a link to it.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I don't know what you mean by 'links to share website'. Would you explain that? Which website do you want to share? Thanks.
  11. 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'.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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)?
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. You can always bump it. 😉 It was only a few hours old.
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