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  1. It would be nice to finally give Canada a true endemic by splitting off the Haida Gwaii subspecies of NSWO. There’s actually a few subspecies of birds that are only found on those islands that probably could reach full species status at some point.
  2. I’m sure highly rated photos do get hit by 1s by a handful of people every now and then (for the reasons discussed in other threads), but since eBird doesn’t show the distribution of ratings, it’s all hypothetical. I’ve had a few photos and audio rated 1-2 stars that obviously aren’t that low of quality, but I only know that since it’s the only rating. But I’ve also had 2-3 star media get rated as 4s or 5s. So it goes both ways. 🤷🏻‍♂️
  3. He’s actually the small blob at the very top of the spruce tree 😅
  4. I haven’t taken any photos since last week, but this is my most recent worst photo… It’s a Northern Pygmy-Owl 😀. Sometimes not carrying a camera has its disadvantages, but realistically it wouldn’t have been a very good photo regardless. Only proof (if you could say that) I have of one, so it stays until I get something better.
  5. IMO I think everyone should try their best to not get fixated on ratings. Not every photo needs to be rated, and not every photo necessarily needs to have a perfect score. 4/5 stars is still a very high rating, so if that’s what it ends up with after being judged by multiple people then that’s pretty good. In most cases, you can find reasons why perceived 5 star photos can be interpreted as 3s or 4s. I’d argue that truly amazing (5/5) photos would be robust to any form of review bombing, especially now with the revamped ‘top photos‘. We also don’t know if photos are getting rated 1s, they could just be getting more 4s, or 3s, than 5s. Which I wouldn’t consider review bombing, but rather part of the gamble you take when you elevate your photo to the public square. So I think if photos don’t get the critical reception that was expected, everyone should maybe take it as a chance review how that photo could have been improved (if at all) and/or write it off as an ‘oh well’ and move on as it’s not the be all and end all—and certainly isn’t the point of eBird or birding. Also a reminder that the rating system only exists to make it easier for Cornell and friends to select photos for Merlin, BOTW, and so on. Even in that case, photos are currently being used that have overall ratings below 5 stars. 5 star photos are definitely something to strive for, but it’s not worth stressing out over.
  6. I think so, but even then Indigo bunting would be very rare as well. As of now there’s still no confirmed reports of one in that county 🤷🏻‍♂️
  7. Since anyone can join eBird and there is no verification process to make sure someone has any bird ID skills or is a real person at all (I’ve seen accounts for dogs, and there was that one account posted here that was a cats kill list) it makes a lot more sense for reviewers and the like to assume BS on reports coming in from people they don’t know that don’t have proof. If you ever scroll through the trenches of Facebook you can see just how bad peoples bird ID can be. Saw one post suggesting a NSWO was a Tawny owl, and another person asking a thorough explanation of the difference between a house finch and a redpoll as they couldn’t tell…. There’s some people here that can get approved with only an explanation, but generally most do provide a photo or the sighting is backed up a few hours later by someone else. Though, even some of the big cheeses with photos don’t get approved right away (or ever) so I would say there’s no real difference in the confirmation process. There’s also the possibility that photos/sounds are being sent to the reviewer through other means than eBird, or the bird itself was reported by someone not on eBird (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp, etc) and is already a known bird outside of the eBird bubble. Your unconfirmed birds still count towards your County ranking so that data is still being reflected in that way and others can see the addition of those birds (if you’re in the top 100). In one of the counties I frequent, someone’s rank went up with the addition of an Indigo Flycatcher… which has a very limited range in Malaysia.
  8. 35 today and I think that’ll be it for January. Still a lot of easy birds around, but with the weather taking a nose dive tomorrow, I doubt I’ll be going anywhere until February. Mostly missing ducks, but they’re all on the opposite side of the city where the river isn’t frozen over. So I’ll probably make a trip over there once the weather warms back up.
  9. Florida—-Northern Mockingbird I’ve travelled to a few states, but Florida is the only one where I was sorta birding and taking photos. Last time I was in the US was 2015
  10. Mine has remained exactly the same. Somehow have gone this long without reporting any escapees, provisionals, or hybrids. 32 spuhs though
  11. 333. Calliope Hummingbird (wing sound): https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/457243981
  12. 332. White-tailed Ptarmigan: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/502645851
  13. 324. Laughing Gull: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/283880851 325. LeConte’s Sparrow: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/466367161 326. MacGillivray's Warbler: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348070861 327. Townsend’s Warbler: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/457261891 328. Trumpeter Swan: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/320515161 329. White Ibis: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/283881851 330. Wilson’s Snipe: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/469339061 331. Yellow-headed Blackbird: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/457238241
  14. 314. American Coot: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/344485341 315. Black-billed Magpie: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/321562911 316. Brewer’s Sparrow: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/343174331 317. Cassin’s Finch: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348070641 318. Cassin’s Vireo: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/344498021 319. Clay-colored Sparrow: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/420267771 320. Common Grackle: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/333332871 321. Hammond’s Flycatcher: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/348087201 322. Harris’s Sparrow: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/332866971 323. Horned Grebe: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/31876942
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