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Everything posted by lonestranger

  1. Does this lipstick make my mouth look big?
  2. What's this?...No photos of the house sparrows???? I don't usually point my camera at them either.
  3. By shortening the time frame, I think you'd be short changing those people that might not have a photo of a particular bird and could otherwise use the whole week to try to get a photo of the desired bird, or get a better photo if they already have one. Just my thoughts.
  4. I printed the ABA checklist and ticked off the birds I knew I had ID'd just to see what kind of count I might have in comparison to others that were talking about their life list numbers. I can't be certain of the number at the time, I think it was 172 but I didn't write it down or keep the checklist so I can't be certain. I did this once, and only once, and that was close to 10 years ago. I have no interest in using eBird to document a list for me. My interest in birds is in watching them, not counting them or listing them. I guess I am what most birders would call a bird watcher, which is a title that accurately describes how I enjoy the birds. To me, lists add a competitiveness to birding that takes away from my enjoyment. Just my spin, which I have said before, isn't always the popular view.
  5. Perhaps, in the future, gradually showing a little bit more of the bird instead of revealing the ID all at once might be more helpful/educational, and more fun, for those eluding IDs. Just a thought.
  6. If "our age group" is the one where you feel older than you are and always thought the aches and pains you're suffering were for older people, then yeah, I'm in that age group.
  7. You crack me up @Charlie Spencer. I don't know what you put in your coffee this morning but it definitely made me laugh. Hmmm, maybe it was what I put in my coffee that made me laugh...ummm, *said in my best Rosanne Rosanna Danna voice*...Never Mind.
  8. As you said, @Clip, things have changed. The membership has been asking @Administrator to improve the forums to what they once were ever since the site crashed but our repeated requests fall upon deaf ears. It is my opinion that Admin has dropped the ball and has no intention to pick it up again. You can still post different wildlife photos you just don't have separate forums or sub-forums to keep things organized. You'd be surprised how much falls under the umbrella of birding in the photo sharing and discussion section. People see, hear, talk and think about all kinds of things while birding, which opens the door for EVERYTHING to be posted in the Photo Sharing and Discussion forum. Like others here, I am disappointed in the new forums but try to make the best of it.
  9. I think some newer birders might be more inclined to jump to the hybrid conclusion, not sure if that can be related to the west or east though. I think some newer members struggle to separate certain species at times and use the hybrid suggestion when they can't make the tricky IDs. I also think that once the idea of hybrids gets into some people minds, which appears to have happened recently, well, they start looking to ID hybrids before they look for the basic IDs. That's just an opinion, and we all know about opinions.
  10. That's my experience too. I've often followed Kestrels down the back roads with the car window open hoping I can stop and get the camera up before the bird takes off again. I can apply that to most any bird that perches on the power lines though, they just don't seem to like being stalked by car anymore than they do by foot. Go figure. 🤪
  11. Your link took me to Google's search page, @Charlie Spencer. Is this the link you were looking to share? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/news/like-chasing-tornadoes-the-fun-and-challenge-of-mixed-species-flocks/
  12. I'd say you're good right up until the next species is posted. Besides, I don't think anyone is going to complain if someone's timing is off a bit.
  13. While the rear view is probably not our favourite view, sometimes it makes for interesting photos.
  14. I'm not sure how far owls can be heard from, but if the owl's desired habitat is only a mile away, I would say yes, it might be possible that you heard a spotted owl. I often hear owls that sound close by at first but when I try to track down the sound I realize that they are far, far away.
  15. It's the same/only profile pic I have used since I joined in 2009 so it might be familiar to some of the members. I got tired of reloading it when the site was going through it's phase of crashes but recent talk about pfp kind of pushed me to upload it again.
  16. I haven't actually left Facebook, I still have an account with them, I just don't use Facebook anymore.
  17. As I said, @Aveschapines, it's an annoyance and just knowing that it's not just me makes me feel somewhat better. Thanks for looking into it.
  18. I get a downy feel here, it just feels more like a small bird than the bigger hairy. While the bill looks too long for a downy in at least one shot, it looks too thin and dainty for a hairy to me. Again, just based on a feeling, not any credible ID skills.
  19. NO, the influx of useless emails can be overwhelming.
  20. I wonder about missing posts too, @JP48. I had dismissed some missed posts as part of me not scrolling up to see them but wonder if maybe they weren't there the first time around. I know that I sometimes stumble upon an entirely unread thread that shows that the first post was hours ago but there were no new topics just a few minutes earlier when I was looking for new content to read. Weird.
  21. Ummm....let me think of something good to say about Facebook and I'll get back to you with a pros and cons list. On second thought, I'll leave it up to someone else to express the positive side of Facebook and I'll just keep my opinion to myself. Enough said?
  22. While you're entitled to ask to have your posts deleted, I don't think there is any benefit in removing your posts from a thread that isn't going to be removed. The comments of other members contain quotes of your posts, so it's not like your posts will actually disappear. Your link issue was sorted out and your bird was ID'd so I'd say it was a successful post with no need for anything being deleted. That's just my spin on it, @Aveschapines might have a different view and might not view it as a waste of her time, but in my opinion, deleting your posts at this stage would be a waste of time with no upside to it. As I said, just my spin on things, which may not always the same spin as other members.
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