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# lonestranger

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1. ## BRDL

I usually switch up my starting choices. There's lots of common letters that can be arranged in too many different ways for me to stick to just one opening guess.
2. ## BRDL

I simply start by picking any bird and then entering the code to see if anything matches or comes close. If I figure out the first letter, like you did with your AMCO guess, then I guess a bird that starts with that letter. If a letter is in the wrong spot, I usually use that letter as the starting letter of the next bird I guess. If I don't get lucky on the first few guesses, I have still successfully eliminated letters and hopefully narrowed things down to where there's less and less remaining possibilities. I don't think in birding code while I am trying to solve the puzzle, I think about the bird's real name and then check to see if the code would fit. I'll admit that a lot of it comes down to a lucky guess or two to point you in the right direction but don't get discouraged if your lucky guess doesn't come in the first few guesses.
3. ## BRDL

I've started taking screenshots after each game so I can remember how I achieved the solution and discuss it the next day. After looking at my results from yesterday, I probably shouldn't have started with Rose-breasted Grosbeak because it uses the letter R twice, and the same applies for Mallard with the double L. Once I had the M from Common Merganser and the A from Mallard, I switched them around and made a guess that it was an American something or other. That's when I referred to iBird and after eliminating a few birds because of the letters I had and didn't have, I took a wild guess on American Dipper and got lucky. I've found that I need to refer to a list of birds for the simple reason that while I might know of most of the ABA birds, there's no way I would even think of some of the possibilities without a list, especially for birds from other parts of the continent.
4. ## BRDL

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6. ## BRDL

How's it feel to be an enabler to a new addiction?
7. ## BRDL

I just went through some of the conflicts listed for the birding codes and it seems like BRDL rejects some codes in favour of the alternate code. I have no idea how or when an alternate code is used, but it might be worth keeping that in mind when a known code isn't accepted.
8. ## BRDL

I checked this website that @Charlie Spencer shared and it shows BANO as an alternate code for Barn Owl, and BADO for Barred Owl. Both are accepted in BRDL. https://www.carolinabirdclub.org/bandcodes.html
9. ## BRDL

<spoiler> tags </spoiler> don't work. π
10. ## Name the bird

Welcome to Whatbird @WendyLeeW. When and where did you photograph this bird?
11. ## BRDL

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12. ## Caption Contest!

The faces you make when you have an itch that you just can't scratch.
13. ## BRDL

'Hello wordl' will probably be right up your alley then. If you're not familiar with it, it's like Wordle with extras. You can play continuously, and choose the length of your words from 4-11 letters. If anyone is hooked on Wordle, this one is sure to fuel that addiction for a while. π P.S. Setting it to 4 letters is also a good way to practice the strategy aspect of the game and apply it to the 4 letter bird codes in BRDL.
14. ## Caption Contest!

I think it's up to you, but most of us have been going about 2-5 days. I'm in favour of a last call type post before announcing a winner but it's not a requirement.
15. ## BRDL

I like it. Screenshots could show the solved puzzles with the letters in place and the different ways people got, or didn't get the solution. @neilpa just replied and makes a valid point, next unread topic would be a real spoiler for those not wanting a spoiler. Hmmm....Perhaps another option is a "Yesterday's BRDL" thread. Screenshots from today could be posted and discussed tomorrow. That should eliminate any chance of spoilers spoiling things with the Next Read Topic.
16. ## BRDL

Once I figure out a letter or two, I use my iBird app to scan a list of possible birds starting with those letters. Of course there's always a chance that the one or two letters I have guessed are trailing letters and not leading letters, but it shows me possibilities I never would have even thought of and can lead to ideas for other possibilities.
17. ## Bird feeder height

What kind of seed are you using? Black Oiled Sunflower Seed is the most popular seed but it can sometimes take a while for the birds to find a new food source regardless of the type of seed. Once a few birds realize there's food to be had, your feeder will become more and more popular. In the meantime, I'd refresh your seed regularly, just putting out a little at a time and dispersing the old stuff on the ground. Your increased activity at the feeder will draw more attention to the feeder and the scattered seed on the ground will attract more birds. Before you know it the birds will be waiting in line for you to fill the feeder.
18. ## BRDL

I'm still not a fan of using banding codes but I'll admit that this game is giving me a better understanding of them. BRDL 9 π₯π₯π₯π₯ πͺΆπ₯πͺΆπ₯ π¦π₯π¦π¦ π¦π¦π¦π¦
19. ## BRDL

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20. ## Your Best Photo of a Bird Species.

I missed more than one possibility, @The Bird Nuts. Another possibility is that people watch everyone else do it and just follow the crowd, monkey see, monkey do kind of thing. There's too many reasons, legitimate and questionable, to list them all. Hopefully @Kevin's recent polite reminders, and my rant, will help jog the memory of those that have forgotten the rules. π

23. ## Caption Contest!

And the winner is...
24. ## BRDL

Here's what it looks like when get BRDL in seven guesses. π *whistles innocently while shining my halo* BRDL 6 π¦π¦π¦π¦
25. ## More Eurasian Collared-Doves on the way

I'm not sure that food is needed for the courtship to be successful. I have watched Mourning Doves do a similar courting type of nuzzling without any food. If there was no food visible, I suspect the nuzzling was just part of the courtship to help set the mood.
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