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  1. Snow can be a lot of fun to play in, @Clip, unfortunately today wasn't a play day. A view from behind the vehicles. Cell phone photos before and during the snowblowing.
  2. This is a shot from my back steps looking towards the driveway side of the house this morning. For a point of reference, the squirrel baffle under the bird feeder is approximately 4 feet off the ground, about the same height as the snow drift. I haven't been bold enough to go out and see how much snow the winds have piled up around the vehicles yet. I have to get out there soon though, the temps are suppose to get above freezing this afternoon and I want to do my snowblowing while it's light fluffy snow and not wet slushy snow. And yes, I will have to make a path to my tarped shelter by shovel if I want to get to the snowblower. Yikes.
  3. Welcome to Whatbird, UAEbirds. Besides witnessing hawks and crows inverting in the air while they chase each other, I have also been lucky enough to grab some photos of Canada Geese as they flipped upside down while coming in for a water landing. I'm not sure any species is "expected" to fly upside down, but I suspect many of them can under the right circumstances. There's more photos on page 11 of my flickr photos. https://www.flickr.com/photos/27232701@N04/page11
  4. I should clarify, that last lucky guess of mine was list inspired. I had a few options left to choose from for my last guess but I couldn't think of any more of them off the top of my head. Once I checked the list it was just a lucky guess of the remaining possibilities. The whole game comes down to one lucky last guess, it's just a matter of how early in the game we get that lucky last guess. 😁
  5. BRDL 28 πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 Right down to the last lucky guess.
  6. A deliberately wrong third guess didn't help any so I had to go back to a list again. BRDL 26 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  7. BRDL 26 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  8. I didn't need a list today, or the last few days. Today's was one of those puzzles where I had to figure out the bird AFTER I guessed the code though. BRDL 25 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦πŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  9. Here's some more info/speculation on what happened with this flock of birds. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/feb/14/why-did-birds-fall-from-sky-in-mexico-probably-a-predator-experts-say-aoe
  10. BRDL 24 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  11. https://www.cnn.com/videos/world/2022/02/14/birds-fall-from-sky-mexico-orig-jc.cnn
  12. Hey, quit pulling my tail back there.
  13. BRDL 23 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  14. I wonder if maybe some third party flash units don't register with the camera's exif file. It sure looks like flash was used to this amateur.
  15. leash /lΔ“SH/ Learn to pronounce noun a strap or cord for restraining and guiding a dog or other animal. 😁
  16. I used the 400mm f/5.6 for many years before buying the 100-400 mark ii. If you're looking for a prime lens that isn't too heavy to carry around, I'd recommend the 400 F/5.6 if you can find a used one. I can honestly say that I was always pleased with the lens, except for the fact that it wasn't a zoom lens, it's not very practical when a deer is less than 10 meters away from the car window unless you want to decide between capturing the antlers or the face, or half and half. For birding it's a great lens, the fact that there's no IS built into the lens wasn't a big deal for me, it just means it's a lot lighter to carry. Now having said that, if it was me spending your children's inheritance, I'd definitely buy all three. Maybe put a clause in the will so the kids inherit the camera gear, it'd still be part of the inheritance for the kids and you'd get new camera gear, sounds like a win-win to me. πŸ€”
  17. BRDL 22 πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I dropped one of my feather letters from my first guess and reused one of my goose egg letters for my second guess and got the third letter. That gave me lots of possibilities to choose from without even referring to a list, so I guessed 🐦🐦🐦🐦 and got lucky.
  18. Don't tell me there's such a thing as a @PalmWarbler/ Dark-eyed Junco Hybrid. As if subspecies aren't hard enough. 😱
  19. I will also take a known letter at times and put it in the wrong position to find new letters, sometimes I find out there's a duplicate letter that way. I don't know why but duplicate letters trip me up regularly, on Wordle and BRDL.
  20. Might as well give this a bump and see if anyone has anything to add before @Trevor L. passes on the caption baton.
  21. BRDL 21 πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 Both BRDL and Wordle in three guesses this morning.
  22. The photo only has two ratings so it makes me wonder how it got in the top 5. I just double checked and there's no criteria for accurate identification in the ratings guidelines. I guess the name of the photo has nothing to do with the quality of the photo, and it can always be flagged and corrected later without affecting the photo's rating. Definitely not a quality observation but a real nice photo. "Rate the quality of the image, not the quality of the bird or the observation."
  23. Interesting article @RobinHood. It reinforces my belief that accipiters are tricky. Even when you know what markers to look for, there's enough variation in both species to make one look like the other.
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