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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. birdie ? #28: ????⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  2. birdie ? #27: ?????? https://birdiegame.net/ Too lazy to check a guide for a bird I'll probably never see.
  3. I thought of those but thought they'd be a bit ambiguous since many woodpeckers have a red crown and/or a red nape and many have a ladder-backed pattern of sorts. Maybe Northern Red-crowned Woodpecker since they sure look the same.
  4. Red-bellied Woodpeckers seldom show their red belly but I'm drawing a blank for a better name. I guess a number system is out of the question? Red-white and Black Woodpecker #1, Red-white and Black Woodpecker #2, Red-white and Black Woodpecker #3,..... Red-white and Black Woodpecker #11, .Red-white and Black Woodpecker #12, etc., is probably not an option, eh?
  5. BRDL 144 ???? ???? ???? ????
  6. I spotted the Strawberry Moon rising over the trees last night so I grabbed the camera, which was sitting right there beside me. I cranked and cranked the shutter speed down until it gave me a decent exposure and started taking hand held shots at 1/30's shutter speed. If I get the chance tonight I will try again with the tripod stabilizing things so that I can try lowering my ISO below 3200.
  7. BRDL 143 ???? ???? ???? ????
  8. birdie ? #26: ?⬛⬛⬛⬛⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  9. I don't think 'Common' birds are as common as their names imply but it'd be fun to see how many of the birds with 'Common' in their name that we have photographed. There's 37 birds listed on the ABA Checklist with common in their name, and more beyond the ABA list, so let's see how many Common Birds we have photographed. Share individual photos or your complete collection of Birds with Common in their name. I'll start with my most common Common bird, the Common Grackle.
  10. Just to be clear, I wasn't challenging the previous guesses, I was simply adding my guess to the list and trying to make it clear that I didn't know what I was talking about.
  11. I don't know the required frequency, but the way it's worded on https://www.aba.org/aba-checklist/, I think they have to show up in the Americas at one point or another to make the list. So I guess it's already happened. "The ABA Checklist includes species found in the ABA Area which are breeding species, regular visitors, casual and accidental species from other regions that are believed to have strayed here unrestrained by humans, and well-established introduced species that are now part of our avifauna. Species Total: 1128"
  12. BRDL 142 ???? ???? ???? ???? ????
  13. birdie ? #25: ?????⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  14. I'm not a fisherman but my first thought was speckled trout, or brook trout, which I think is the same thing, but like I said, I am not a fisherman.
  15. I have no idea how much a .Com costs but I would have thought that bird.com would have been long gone before someone paid to put that garbage on the website. No offense to fans of the show, but the fact that it is spammed behind a deceptive link qualifies it as garbage.
  16. I don't want to put a damper on anyone's discussions about upcoming birding trips but I think it's prudent to remind people that revealing too much info online can be dangerous, including info about when we might be away from our homes for extended birding trips. Nefarious individuals, and organized groups, monitor discussion boards that might provide enough info to determine when and where to look for vacant targets. It wouldn't surprise me if this very forum is frequented by some people with nefarious intentions. After all, ANYONE can read our discussions and a forum about birding trips would be right up the alley of anyone looking for potential vacancies to burglarize, so be cautious that you don't draw the wrong kind of attention when planning your next birding trip.
  17. Do you have any other shots of this Kite? Perhaps an angle that shows the necessary 'Made in Canada or Made in USA' markings to prove it's a North American kite? ?
  18. BRDL 141 ???? ???? ???? ????
  19. birdie ? #24: ?????⬛ https://birdiegame.net/
  20. That's something I didn't need to see.
  21. Just like you, we had an hours drive to the after hours vet clinic, we didn't have to wait though, the vet was expecting us. Shadow had been bleeding out from her rectum long enough to create a puddle of blood about a foot in diameter before we realized there was even a problem. When we got to the vet about midnight on that Saturday night, it took about 10-15 minutes waiting before the vet told us that she had lost a lot of blood and her body temperature was so low that she should already be dead. He'd never seen a dog with such a low body temperature and he wanted us to know that she probably wasn't going to make it before he went any further. As close to death as she was, she still had that spark of life in her eyes that I wasn't prepared to extinguish so we told the vet to do what he could. After x-rays and ultrasounds to eliminate the possibility of a blockage, the vet showed us where Shadow had been shot and explained how the 3 pellets showing up on x-ray might be lead pellets. They weren't relevant to Shadow's illness but he pointed out that they may cause other issues later in life. He also pointed out that they might be steel and the risk would be minimal. It didn't really matter since surgically removing the pellet near her spine wasnt feasible. On Monday morning we had to find a vet to take over the duty of keeping Shadow alive because the After Hours Clinic was ONLY After Hours service, Shadow had to be out of the emergency clinic by 9am. The clinic helped us find a more local vet that could take over the immediate problem of pulling her back from the edge of death. We had to wrap Shadow in blankets with hot packs to keep her warm, and heat the intravenous tube before the fluids entered her body, load her in the car and drive her to vet clinic #2 of 3. Vet #2 was not a 24 hour clinic but they must have seen something in Shadow worth saving because they found a volunteer to spend Monday night with her so that MJ and I could figure out what to do next, if anything. At this point Shadow was off her anti-siezure meds because her liver was at risk so she needed to be on constant seizure watch. We had decided to wait until we saw Shadow on Tuesday before making that really tough life or death decision, and am I ever glad we did. When we left Shadow on Monday morning she was still a dying dog, while the first vet saved her life to this point, she wasn't out of the woods yet, not by a long shot. When we called the vet later in the day, not much had changed, which was a good thing considering the change that might have happened. It was during that phone call that the vet offered to keep Shadow overnight and we'd see what the morning brings. We called the vet Tuesday morning and the receptionist sounded very positive about Shadow's condition so we jumped in the car and 15 minutes later we saw Shadow get up and greet us with her spinning tail and eyes full of life. She was weak and unsteady on her feet, but I wasn't looking at a dying dog anymore, she was full of life and the next decision was easy to make. She needed some more full time care, so we made arrangements to admit her to the nearby Veterinary College. She spent about 5 days with the 3rd group of vets/students while under 24 hour seizure watch until we could start her on new medication that didn't affect her liver. I think the total for all 3 vets was $4879 or something in that range. It was definitely a big gamble right from the beginning. We're not wealthy and the credit card took a major hit, but I can honestly say that I have gotten a better return on that $5000 gamble than all my other cash bets combined. I wouldn't have spent that kind of money to save any of my previous dogs, and I won't spend that kind of money on any pets in the future. What can I say, Shadow is special, in more ways than I can describe, so she got that once in a lifetime special treatment.
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