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  1. 13 hours ago, lonestranger said:

    Didn’t you know that birds don't always read about dress codes or range maps before going out in public, @zoutedrop:classic_laugh:

    I worded my rant incorrectly as I was not questioning the ID, just my frustration that, especially with gulls, a guide doesn't tell you everything you need and poorly tried to explain that. With my lack of discerning color variations, zero auditory skills, and poor memory makes me the perfect nonbirder. There are times that I cringe posting a question because I know in advance that it would be obvious to someone. I have been on this site since 2009 and find that the current group of active participants are excellent and I am very grateful for the help.

    Despite my personal frustrations, I keep coming back.....

    I am too digital and too old to fix it.

  2. 35 minutes ago, chipperatl said:

    I deleted a bunch of them, so don't think I have anything much better.  

    I learned fairly quickly into my birding that sometime obscure angles and lousy pictures actually add to the ability to ID a problem bird. Since then, I have kept every shot I have ever taken and simply file them by date for future reference. On multiple occasions that process has saved me. Storage is cheap.

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  3. I am probably beating a dead bird here, but these illustrations are what I was working with. Per my observations (which are typically faulty) 1) my bird is in adult plumage, 2) does not have a yellow beak, 3) has gray legs

    thanks again for your help in getting me a lifer, fun anyway you look at it


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