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  1. 1 hour ago, lonesome55dove said:

    House Finch, typical. ?

    House Finch, yellow variant.  ?

    House Finch, orange variant. ?

    You wasted a perfectly good Y and O on your House Finch, lonesome55dove. I would have saved the variants for further down the alphabet, but I'm a cheater like that. :classic_laugh: 

  2. Hmmm, I'm not sure ours has ever lasted long enough to have to throw it away. As I said, the squirrels and chipmunks like the jelly too and they do a good job to make sure there's no waste. :classic_laugh:  We only put out a big tablespoon or two at a time, which becomes a daily thing later in the season when the young start showing up. We don't see much of the orioles during nesting season though, they must be eating the same insects they're feeding their young and ignoring the fruit table.

  3. We have pretty good luck with the jelly here in Ontario. All we do is use a plastic lid, usually from a plastic peanut butter jar, as a dish and secure it to our fruit table with a small screw. We use grape jelly and it's often just the cheap no name stuff. It does attract ants, squirrels, chipmunks, etc., so don't set it up right at your front door. :classic_wink: The orioles are probably attracted as much by the orange halves we put out but they dive right into the jelly when they find it. The adults have fed the young ones jelly but the young are usually feeding themselves by the time we see them on the fruit table. Not only do the orioles here love the grape jelly but the cardinals, catbirds, and grosbeaks enjoy it too. I highly recommend a fruit table/station with any combination of grape jelly and assorted fruits, orange halves and watermelon slices work great for us. The orioles also like the sugar water mix we feed the hummers, we don't have an actual oriole feeder but they get their fill easy enough from the hummingbird feeders. I'm not sure if this link will work, but page 13 of my flickr photo stream has some pics of orioles at the fruit table from our old place. https://www.flickr.com/photos/27232701@N04/with/20420995539/

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  4. 15 hours ago, millipede said:

    ... part of me think that maybe if I put some other topical posts out there someone will finally create appropriate places for them???  I can dream I guess...

    We might as well dream of winning the lottery too. :classic_laugh:  @Administrator sounded committed to adding more forums back in September and mentioned it again in October but nothing has happened yet. I think we're just adding to our own frustration by pursuing this any further. The members have spoken, in more ways than one,  but it doesn't seem like the right people are listening.


    As for the Canada Goose term, I have to agree with you that it's weird not to use the term Canadian Goose. Being from Canada, and knowing better, I use the term "Canadian Geese" when referring to the plural but use Canada Goose when referring to an individual. It just seems to roll off the tongue better for me that way. Everyone knows what bird(s) I am referring to either way I say it so I never worry about which term I use. 



  5. This sure looks like a red-tailed hawk to me. The belly band is an obvious indicator for me. The barred tail is typical of immature birds and also seen on some west coast adults. While I always second guess myself because there are similar looking birds in different ranges that I'm not familiar with, I am fairly confident it's a red-tailed and not a sharp-shinned hawk.

  6. While we're on the subject of presenting changes to the forums, I'd like to suggest that we also ask to have the Edit feature changed from it's five minute time limit back to the old way with no time limit for editing our posts. It's frustrating when you can't correct a silly typo, and even more frustrating when you can't correct a critical typo that confuses those reading it. Lets face it, we don't always notice the obvious right away and it's easy to hit the wrong keys or have auto correct change a typo into the wrong word without us noticing it. If you submit your post and run to the bathroom before reading it, there's a good chance you won't be able to edit your post when you come back if you notice a typo in it. I know that I'm not only one frustrated with the current Edit time limit, I've seen it mentioned over and over again so lets add it to the suggested changes. 

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  7. I guess more than anything, I want what I know I can't have, the old community that enjoyed the old website before the first major crash. The community/members is what has always made this website great, but since the crash we seem to have lost the interest of many of our members. The old forums use to have places for birders to get together and discuss non-birding topics, and get to know each other a little better. There were forums where the young birders could be kids and have fun that wasn't restricted to just talking about birds. People used to create simple games that many of the members would participate in just for the fun of it, and there were many of those games going on before the crash. There were forums to share photos of the stuff that kept us amused when there were no birds around. Those forums or sub-forums weren't always here though, they were added to the website at the request of the members and many of them became quite popular and I suspect a few even attracted new members. The other wildlife forums weren't added as ID forums, they were added so that people could share their experiences with the rest of the community. Any IDing that was done in the wildlife forums was voluntary but because the community was always willing to share their knowledge where and when they could, and there's a lot of collective knowledge in the minds of our community, those wildlife forums had an almost natural transition into informal ID forums. The members of our community may not have built the old website but the members of our community ARE what made the old website what it was, and that was not just a great educational site, but also a fun place to be.

    The WhatBird community is as diverse as the birds at the root of our mutual enjoyment, and just like the birds, some members will leave the area and never come back. I guess I am just hoping that some of the members can be enticed to come back. We all know that birds can be attracted to our yards by putting out a feeder full of sunflower seeds. We also know that putting a variety of feeders out with different seeds will attract more, and a wider variety of birds. We also know that putting out specialized feeders like hummingbird feeders and suet cages can attract specialized birds like hummers and woodpeckers. We also know that adding a bird bath or water attraction will attract more birds than just putting out seed or specialized feeders. If we remove all our feeders and bird baths from our yard, what do you think will happen to the birds that used to enjoy our yard? They might come back for a while looking for what was once there, but if they don't find what they're looking for, they're quite possibly going to stop looking in our yard altogether. I for one prefer to keep our yard as bird friendly as possible by adding attractions, not by removing them. That's just this birder's spin on things. 

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