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  1. 3 hours ago, Clip said:

    I buy 64GB or better so I don't really have that many.

    Unless your quickly filling the memory cards with RAW files, videos, or lots and lots of JPGs, smaller memory cards might be safer if you're going to use them for storage purposes. There's less photos to lose on the smaller memory cardsIFone of the cards goes bad for some reason. Finding the right balance between risk and safety, and cost, is obviously a personal choice. I'm just pointing outsomeof the things to consider about photo storage for anyone that might be reading along.

  2. 16 minutes ago, Zoroark said:

    I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to take all the codes and figure out which letters are most common

    I think it was mentioned long ago that SORA was one of the codes that used the most common letters, I think that was the reference at the time.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Zoroark said:

    I've been punching in the same few codes at the start

    My first few guesses are intended toelimitate as many groups of birds as possible. While I do switch it up, I often open with Purple Finch, PUFI. If I don't get any letters, I can remove a whole bunch of birds from the list of possibilities. If there's noP then there's not likely any petrols, plovers, sparrows, etc. If there's noUthen there's not likely to be any vultures, hummingbirds, orgulls. Without aF,theflycatchers andfinches are ruled out. The lack of anIeliminates kingbirds, vireos, and so on. Doesn't usually make a difference in the end, but that's how I approach it in the beginning.

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  4. On 12/5/2023 at 6:15 AM, lonestranger said:

    BRDL 681

    My method for solving these puzzles usually starts with a few guesses until I start getting a letter or two and then I fine tune my guesses accordingly. Sometimes I'll be able to work it out in my head but more often than not, I need some help. I try to avoid the banding code lists until I'm really stumped, preferring to use my digital field guide first. The digital field guide lists the birds with thumbnail images on the opening screen, so when the time comes for help I'll open the guide and start scrolling through looking for bird names that I can use to create banding codes thatmightfit the letters I have to work with. Since many of the letters have been eliminated by this time, I can skip past a lot birds starting with those letters to speed things up. Obviously if I get the first letter right, well, the search is limited to birds starting with that letter. If I don't get that first letter right though, like yesterday, I work my way through the list alphabetically, sometimes using up wrong guesses that fit but don't work before I find the right one. In the end I got lucky yesterday so all this rambling is just my way of saying, I really wish I had of worked through the alphabetical list backwards yesterday.

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  5. 3 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Did anyone else open with <Black-and-white Warbler> before detouring through <Pine Grosbeak>?

    No, but I can see why you went that way. I skipped the first guess and narrowed it down close enough on the second guess to leave me with 50-50 odds for my third guess.

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  6. 15 hours ago, Kevin said:

    Forgive a homeschooled lad but the way I learned math is different than yours.




    Llama(s)=10%*x (x=number of Llamas)

    That doesn't leave you with 70%.

    Your homeschooling obviously doesn't teach Canadian math.




    Llama(s)=10%/y (y=number of Llamas)

    The fact that I will be holding the llamas' cut in trust for them, means I will only have 70% left.

    That's how we do math in Canada.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Clip said:

    I'm pretty sure I have too much for SSD drive. I have two external hard drives where my photos go directly I think. I keep all my memory cards but that doesn't help with the organized photos. Perhaps if I used Google Photos just for the organized ones?


    2TB of portable storage will hold 60 32GB memory cards worth of photos, at a fraction of the cost of 60 memory cards. My 2TB portable hard drive has approximately 50,000 photos on it so far, with approximately a third of them being larger RAW files. I still have 1.6TB of storage available so I shouldn't have any problem with storage space for a while.

    Forgive me if I misunderstood you but I couldn't imagine buying a new memory card everytime the card I was using reached capacity. I take far too many photos just for the sake of taking a photo to store them all on their original memory cards. I buy quality memory cards when I buy a new camera and dont buy another new memory card until I buy my next camera. After the images are transferred to the computer and then to the storage drive, the card is formatted and used over and over again. I know that doesn't address your cloud storage inquiry but you might want to consider a portable storage device as an alternative to continuously buying new memory cards.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Birding Boy said:

    How do I get involved?

    Ummm, I think at this point there is only one option, and that's to do it all yourself. @Kevincan help you aquire the llamas and you can give him his cut.@Charlie Spencercan get you a deal on the suet and you can give him his cut. You can etransfer my cut and your bail money to me in advance, and then the rest is up to you.:classic_biggrin:

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