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  1. BRDL 50 πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸͺΆ πŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  2. I think we all need to realize that not all birds live in our part of the continent, nor do we all have photos of all the birds that do live in our part of the continent. For simple geographic reasons, we can't all participate all the time. There is no reason anyone should feel guilty or left out because of the weekly selection. You can't please all the people all the time...
  3. I have trouble with banding codes and even thinking up bird names at times, but I still enjoy the game. I usually try to formulate the banding code from the name of the bird I want to guess, and if it fits I try again. Many times I am at a loss of finding names with certain letters on my own and that's when I'll refer to a list. I usually use an alphabetical list of ABA birds but occasionally I refer to the banding code list they use for the game, which is found right under the BRDL at the top of the page. Even the game will tell you that checking a field guide is fine unless you're playing in hard mode, so don't feel bad about cheating, the game was designed to allow for it. πŸ˜‰
  4. BRDL 49 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  5. BRDL 48 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸͺΆπŸ¦ 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 It's a good thing that wrong codes don't count as wrong guesses or I never would have gotten this one. Like @PaulK, I too had the wrong idea about the first two letters and was just trying to see what letter fit without really thinking it through or checking a list. When I found the letter that did fit, it was a DUH moment for sure.
  6. I have read through most of http://www.digitalbirdphotography.com a few times, and refer to it now and then for refreshers. I've also referred to https://www.digital-photo-secrets.com/tutorials in the past. Both websites have technical camera tips, post processing tips, and tips that deal with some of the other things to consider when out in the field.
  7. Watching and listening is the only way I can connect the bird song to the bird, and I'm terrible at it. After repeated exposure, I eventually become familiar with the sounds and don't need to see the bird. Exposure to bird sounds is the best way, how you expose yourself to those sounds is up to you. Videos and audio recordings might work for some people but the best teacher and classroom for me are birds in the wild.
  8. Quoting him has the same effect. πŸ˜‰
  9. I wonder if some photographers who post to eBird might be a little on the modest side and rate their own photos on the low side. If one of the three ratings at this point was the photographer's, there might not really be any review bombing going on. I'm not saying that is what happened here, but I would think there might be some photographers that feel obligated to rate their own photos because eBird requests it, but are too modest to give themselves a high rating. I know I would rather rate my own photos as a 1 and have others tell me it's a 5 instead of the other way around. Not all photographers will claim their photos are great, even if they think they are. Just throwing that possibility out there. As for rating photos, it appears to me that there is very little consistency in how photos are being rated in this thread. It seems that the argument of why one photo is, or isn't, a 5 star photo is argued differently from one photo to the next. Perhaps the rating guidelines should be posted right beside each photo with a checklist so everyone is on the same page, and stays on the same page regardless of who's photo they're rating. For what it's worth, I have seen a lot of great photos being discussed here, both members photos and stranger's photos, but I have seen very few that I would rate as 5 stars. Yeah, I'm a tough judge but I like to think that I am consistently tough, even when judging my own work.
  10. Would you keep your current setup or will you be selling it to help offset the high price? Your$7K upgrade might come in a lot lower if you can get a decent price for your current gear. Myself, I currently have the full frame 5Diii and the 7Dii and I think I would have to buy and try the mirrorless setup before deciding if I want to keep the DSLRs and lens or sell some of them off to recover some of the expense involved in the change over to mirrorless. Decisions, decisions....
  11. As much as I loved the 100-400mm MKii paired with the 7D MKii, I think I will be going with the mirrorless 100-500mm for my next upgrade, I'm not sure I'd pair it with the R5 though. 45MP sensor would be nice to have but I'm not sure I'd want to work with such huge file sizes. There'd definitely be lots of room for cropping, if it was necessary, but I'm not sure it'd be worth the extra $2000. Then again.... I feel for you @chipperatl, major upgrade purchases are not easy decisions to make, nor are they cheap decisions to make. I have been resisting spending more money on camera gear, but I am always window shopping and waffling back and forth about what I might purchase. It'd be so much easier if someone else made those tough decisions and bought and paid for our camera gear, don't you think? πŸ€”
  12. I say that with just a quick reference to iBird's range maps, not using ebird's maps.
  13. While I don't agree with ruling out anything based solely on range, I do wonder if range is enough to lean strongly against Western in this case.
  14. BRDL 47 πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  15. If I have the days right, yesterday's bird was Black-Capped Chickadee.
  16. BRDL 46 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 List assisted.
  17. Okay kids, this isn't funny anymore. Quit hiding and get back here now!
  18. Not a stellar shot by any means, but it was nice to see the Wild Turkeys displaying this morning. Thankfully I could zoom to 4000mm on the P&S to watch them because they were too far for the binoculars to see more than blobs moving around.
  19. Been there, done that.
  20. BRDL 45 πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦
  21. BRDL 44 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I got it on the seventh guess this morning. ☹️
  22. My first thought, for what it's worth, was a White-breasted Nuthatch with a seed in it's mouth making the beak look long.
  23. I refer to that as a brainfart. They're not as smelly as the regular kind but can still be just as embarrassing. *speaks from embarrassed experience with both*
  24. No worries @PaulK, I was just using you as an excuse to make fun of the groggy start to my day. I'll just have to drink my coffee before starting BRDL tomorrow. πŸ˜‰
  25. BRDL 43 πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ¦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 Getting the second letter on the first guess didn't help in the least. Lists don't provide much help when there's that many options. It doesn't help when the first unread post I saw this morning, as I took my first sip of coffee, was @PaulK's comment hinting at an unusual code. I didn't realize I was reading a late reference to yesterday's puzzle and mistook it as a hint for today's puzzle. Needless to say, I scrolled past many obvious guesses looking for an unusual code but none of the unusual options would fit the letters I had left. I scrolled up and down the list multiple times before finally going with a familiar bird with a simple code and bang, there's the answer. Bottom line is, it was either a lack of coffee or @PaulK's fault I didnt solve it sooner. πŸ˜„
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